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Cake, Cupcakes, Candy Calculators for a Dessert Buffet

Thinking of doing cupcake and/or cookie dessert bar?   What  size cake you should order?   Wondering how much candy is needed to fill your buffet containers?   How many M&M’s are there in a pound?     Here is a collection of charts, tips, templates, and calculators to help you with your dessert bar or edible favors.
~ Happy Planning ~

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Do you want to buy a cake stand and are not sure how big your cake will be?  Check with your baker, but this should give you a good estimate on the size tiers needed to feed the guest list.  Remember:  An option to save money is to have a smaller decorated cake and then a kitchen cake (a sheet cake made by the same baker in the same flavor as the displayed cake.)  No one will know if their piece of cake came from the displayed cake or the sheet cake once it is all cut up.

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How Much Candy Needed for a Candy Buffet????
# of Guests x 3(oz) then divide the answer by 16(oz) = Total lbs you should buy.
example 155 guests:
155 x 3= 465, then 465/16 = 29lbs of candy (for kilos divide by 2.2 = 13kg)

Some say 1/4 LB per guest, others say 1/2 LB per guest. But it’s all about the way your candy looks. Plan by how you want the display to look, not how many guests are coming.

Take your candy buffet bags/containers that the guests will be taking home with them to your local candy store and fill them the types of candy you will have for your event. Then weigh them. Multiply by how many guests, then you will get an idea of the pounds.  Or check out some of the calculators below for how much candy a container can hold.

Don’t forget to check out your local dollar store, garage sales, and thrift stores for deals on containers!

This is a Great Link for Candy Buffet – Pictures, Tips, Ideas, Links, How to….
http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/candy-buffet-table-101

Candy Calculator

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How much candy can these buffet jars, bowls, and cylinders hold?  Check out this calculator!  Pick the size and shape of your container.  Then fill it with Candy: hard candy, wrapped candy, chocolate balls, chocolate covered goodies, gum balls, chocolate hearts, kisses, licorice bites, pretzels, rock candy, taffy, jordan almonds, m&m’s, jelly bellies, espresso beans, nonpareils, etc.

Example of a 2×2 box filled with common candies.

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Use this calculator by favorideas to estimate the amount of candy needed to fill your 2×2 favor boxes.  It defaults to the maximum number of candies the box can fit.  Remember, you don’t need to fill them to the top!  You can add some filler in the box to reduce the amount of candy needed.

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favorideas.com

Did you know there is about 530 M&M’s to a pound?
Check out this cheat chart for more estimates.

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favorideas.com

Thinking of doing a Dessert Bar?

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CUPCAKE Calculator:
http://calculate-this.com/how-many-cupcakes-person-calculator

COOKIE Calculator:
http://calculate-this.com/how-many-cookies-person-calculator

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Candy (AKA Sugar Coma) Sources:
This site has a giant list of places to buy candy.
http://www.big-wedding-tiny-budget.com/candy-buffet.html

This site has over 1,000 images of candy buffets for inspiration.
http://www.projectwedding.com/search?q=candy+buffet&resource=photos

Bags and Containers for your candy buffet
http://www.papermart.com/candy-bags/id=34803-INDEX
http://www.orientaltrading.com/party-supplies/candy/candy-buffet-a1-551302.fltr
http://www.koyalwholesale.com/c1207/cake-cupcake-candy-buffet-supplies.html

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DIY container template – check out the trapezoid box, take-out box, scallop box and others.
http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/templates.htm
http://www.designsbymeganturnidge.com/blog/?p=935

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Blue and Aqua inspiration boards

What colors go with Blue?  What colors go with Aqua/Pool?  Navy?  I have created some color inspiration boards over the years and have posted some of my favorites.  All images to create these boards were taken off google.   Sorry I do not have more information about their origins.  Enjoy!

peach blue gingam navy

peach – blue gingham – navy

royal silver ivory

royal – silver – ivory

men - navy - pink

navy – pink – gray

navy-fuschia

navy – fuchsia – pink

 

navy-yellow-white

navy – yellow – white


navy turq

Turquoise – Royal – Navy – Aqua

peach-teal

Peach – Teal

peach:turq

Peach – Teal – orange – turquoise

purple-teal

Purple – teal – Turquoise


fuchsiateal

Fuchsia – Teal – Turquoise

 

tiffany silver ivory

tiffany – silver – ivory

turq sunflowers

Turquoise – Sunflowers – yellow – teal

 

turq, brown, orange, olive

Turquoise – Brown – Orange – Olive

country2

Tiffany – red

countr2

Tiffany – red – Country

 

More images and flower examples on my facebook page under “photos” Blue/Teal Inspiration Board