We don’t have to tell you how much fun candy bars are (and they make a pretty awesome photo op, too!), but pulling off a beautiful display is not as easy as it looks. We wrote this blog with tips on how to create an amazing wedding or birthday candy bar. Here’s the scoop straight from the pros for making your own sweet display!
Spring Candy Buffet
This trend is still going strong…in fact it has become a staple in most parties these days from small parties, baby showers, and birthday parties to large weddings!
Decide on a theme & colors
Candy buffets are all the rage in Baby Showers and Weddings! They are taking the place of giving out traditional party favors. They are interactive, fun, and a definite wow factor to the decor of any party. Decide early on the color scheme or theme you’d like to do with your Candy Bar.
Decide on Table size
Then set up your table to see how much space you have to work with. This way you can figure out how many and the type of containers that can be displayed on a 6′ (for smaller events) or 8′ (for larger events) table.
Divide your table into 3 horizontal zones
Back Zone: Use taller containers, photo boxes or glass jars to elevate your containers in this zone. Make sure the containers are not too tall so your guests can reach the candy inside them and avoid tipping them over. Test this in advance to avoid this.
Bright colors repeated throughout the table draw attention
Just a few of the tall glass containers Event Décor and More has to offer.
TIP: Don’t use bulk candy containers in this zone because it is difficult to reach and scoop out bulk candy in tall containers at the back of the table especially when the candy starts to get low.
Middle Zone: The middle area of the table is where you display bulk candy in containers to balance the table design. Using these containers allows you to display a lot of candy here without taking up too much of the table space.
A full array of apothecary jars create a pleasing visual effect for the guests.
Front Zone: The front of the table is where trays or shorter containers can display individually portioned items like cotton candy bags, ribbon candy, swirl lollipops and Hersey kisses!
Beach Candy Bar
Purple Candy Bar
When doing a color coordinated candy table, you can use clear containers so the color of the candy shows through and decorate the containers with ribbons. Remember to use containers that will properly display the types of candy you chose. If you offer bulk loose candy, be sure that you use containers with a large enough opening for a scoop to fit in and short enough where guests can actually reach to the bottom.
Amount of Candy
Stock at least ¼ to ½ lbs of candy per guest. Some guests will take more and some will take less so it evens out. Even if you don’t think your friends and family are likely to go overboard on the candy, we recommend stocking the bar anyways.
Feeling confident enough to set up a Candy Bar for your next event?! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’ll do our best to find you the answers!
Your Guide to Wedding Lighting
Lighting is one of the most impactful investments you can make for your wedding. It’s a great way to set the mood, brighten up the venue, or give it a romantic feel.
From uplights to fairy lights backdrops, wedding lighting can add drama and ambience to make your wedding day more special.
But where to start?
We wanted to bring you a guide to wedding lighting as we’re heading into the warmer months and having more outdoor weddings. We’ve also had several brides ask us about the different lighting options which encouraged us to write this blog post.
This is a great and simple way to light any room. Have a basic venue for your reception? Lighting around the perimeter of the room can light walls and add color that can be changed to suit a mood or theme.
Uplights with Pink Gel
These small but powerful uplights can transform your venue and add the drama you’re looking for.
Chandeliers are a great focus point for your ceremony or reception. They can add that elegant glamour to the venue or keep it warm and fairytale like depending on the theme.
Outdoor Wedding usage of Chandelier
String lights are most effective in creating a gorgeous detail for a sunset or evening wedding. Don’t worry, though, daytime weddings can have twinkle lights too, especially if your reception is indoors. String lights are also a great enhancement to take a tent from ordinary to magical under a starry night
Winter Wedding Tent
LED Lights Backdrop
We’ve recently added fairy lights backdrop to our inventory due to the high demand from our brides. Do you envy those Pinterest photos on your boards? With this rental you can now recreate your favorite Pinterest photo. These soft and romantic lights are great on their own and behind backdrops.
LED Lighting Backdrop
LED Lights Backdrop at Carolina Olive Oil in downtown Simpsonville
These are an inexpensive option to create romantic backdrops and centerpieces for intimate weddings. You can’t go wrong with floating candles, tea lights, and candles.
Wood and Candle Backdrop
These are a great way to add some depth and texture to venue ceilings and tents. They are also gorgeous in photographs!
Paper Lanterns hanging from Zens high ceilings in downtown Greenville
While you may get your string lights tangled every single Christmas, as an event rental store, we’ve decorated numerous venues with lights every year.
Here’s a few of tips for planning your gorgeous wedding lighting.
TALK TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Photographing lights is a real skill. If you’re dreaming of gorgeous night time shots under a sky of fairy lights, make sure that’s something your photographer can do.
And don’t forget to let them know your lighting plans so they can bring the right equipment on the day.
While you know how much we love DIY weddings (link to old blog post about diy wedding) – do be careful when it comes to DIY lighting.
If it requires more than just plugging in some fairy lights or lighting some candles, we suggest bringing in the professionals!
GET VENUE PERMISSION
You might have your heart set on 20,000 light bulbs adorning your wedding, but your venue could have other ideas.
Before you book lighting for your wedding, chat to your venue, not only about what lighting equipment they have already, but what you’re permitted to add. Some older buildings, or more remote venues might have dated fuse boards, electricity restrictions, or rules on what can be hung from ceilings and walls.
So many gorgeous lighting inspiration – did you pin them all? Or was that just us!
Do you have any wedding lighting questions? Feel free to contact us, and we’ll do our best to find you the answers!