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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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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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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

Love the Price of Vistaprint, but not their designs?

Any of you love the price of the hauls you are seeing, but can’t find any designs that you love on the site?  Well, you don’t have to use the templates you see while clicking through the pages.  You have a few options.

Option #1

Check the drop down menu next to the invites, some of them come in different colors.

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Option #2

Download the blank template for the size document you plan to use and design your own invite.  Then upload the complete design.  – or –  Send the blank template to an etsy seller and have an invite designed for you to fit the vistaprint documents.

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Click to Download templates off VP

Download VP templates is located at the bottom of their page under
“Services – Design Uploads”

**WARNING**  PLEASE READ*

Vistaprint has Very unusually sized documents.  Please be aware of the size of the document you plan to use when uploading a design.  Vistaprint invites will usually have a little area above and below the uploaded design that you will need to trim off if you wish to fit them in a pocket fold envelope.  Also, if you plan to upload a design but use the VP envelopes, be sure your design is created to fit the dimensions of the document.  If you do not design your invite on the template you might be stretching your design to reach all 4 edges and some of the original design may be be cropped off.

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Option #3 –  

Check out the designs in the business section.  If you are trying to save money, you might want to buy the business products instead of the invites.  The XL postcards are the same size as the 6×9 invite.  The Rack cards are the same size as the 4×8 invite/menu/program.  The regular sized postcards are the same size as the 5.5×4 inserts.  You can look at the designs that VP provides on their business products and try to create invites on them.  Or you can have VP customer service help you out.  Put the invite design that you like into your cart.  Then put a blank postcard into your cart.  Click on the “help” in the top right.  Under the FAQ is a link is a “Still need Help” link.  You can use the chat feature to ask customer service to transfer a design from one document to another.  The customer service will also create matching documents for you if you can not find your design on all the products you wish to use.

When using the business products as invites, I suggest you upgrade your paper.  The business products come with a Free Premium, 80-lb.  glossy card stock.  For a small upgrade fee you can get the 100-lb. Premium Matte Recycled Paper.  It’s the same weight as the premium paper card stock used on the invites. The paper is smooth with slightly more visible fibers than traditional matte paper.   Even with this upgrade, the postcards cost less than the invites, but are the same size.

Option #4

Use Vistaprint’s “Get more Customization options” link located over the invite after you select a design. This takes you to the advanced edit screen.  Once you are at the advanced edit screen you can build your invitation right on VP with the add image and add text boxes.  You can hit the space bar to erase all the default wording, or use the drop down to actually delete the text boxes.  I personally do not like the spacing of all those little text boxes and put all of my invite wording in 1 text box with the names getting their own separate text box.

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You have a few options on how to “create your own” on VP.

A. Some items give you a blank template option in the top right corner.

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B. You might need to find a plain white invite and start adding images to it.

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INVITES

If you are confused on what size the invites are that you are looking at, select “all designs” and then use the “Filter by” to select the invite size you wish to use.   Or place a keyword into the search (ie. white) and then filter by invite size.

You might notice that some of the invites have a fancy script font on the names.  For example “Spun Elegance” has a black background image with some white flourish around the names.  The names are in the font “AnnabelleJF”  This font is not in the normal drop down menu if you start with a blank invite.  You might want to create you invite Over this design just so you can take advantage of the font.

Hope this helps!  ~ Happy Planning ~
“Hayley C”
Read more in my “How to design invites only using the Vistaprint Software”  – coming soon

Tips for the Week of the Wedding

First off, a great big congrats on your upcoming wedding!
Hopefully with 7 days to go you have reached the F* It   stage.  You have done all the planning you can do.  Any little project that is not done yet, just let it go.  No one will notice that small little detail missing.  Just remember the day of, wake up and enjoy every minute of it. Take the time to step back and enjoy the sights and sounds. The little mishaps is what makes the day memorable, just go with it. No one but you will know that it is not Exactly to plan. If you don’t get those last minute projects finished, don’t worry. Again, only you will miss those small details – just let it go.


Put your marriage license (and pre-cana certificate) in your shoe box – you need them both to walk down the aisle.   Also, put an invite in with your shoe box. The photographer will like to take pictures of your rings on it.

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THINGS to remember…..
  • Pets? Anyone watching?
  • Bride outfit or Button down shirt to wear to get hair done
  • Something old, something new, etc
  • Under garments, Garter, shoes, jewelry, hair stuff
  • Hubby’s favorite smelling lotion/perfume on you
  • Deodorant (Spray Deodorant on your thighs to help with chaffing if you are not wearing pantyhose)
  • Toasting flutes, cake knife, Cake topper, guest book, card box
  • Cash to tip your vendors
  • Phone and Phone charger
  • Have a list of Phone numbers of your vendors
  • Pack your overnight bag for the hotel (with a cute outfit for the next day)

* Don’t forget to pack A Bag to put your dress in the next day when you at at the hotel, unless you think you will remember to grab the one your dress is in now (But you probably will forget the nice one in the room you are getting ready in)

* Speaking of your dress *  If you did not buy/make one of those personalized hangers, at least pack a Nice Wooden hanger.  Don’t use that white plastic hanger for your dress pictures.

** Control the Shine ** Get some oil absorbing blotting papers from the make-up aisle in the drug store.  They will remove the shine but keep the make-up. Put them in a little purse with your mascara, lip gloss, tampon and your PERSONAL Cameral. Have it near you (or your maid of honor have it on her) at all times. When it is your 1st dance/cake/etc have your maid of honor take pictures with YOUR camera so you have something to look at the next day.

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Get a crochet hook if your dress has buttons. (helps with button bustle too)

Remember a lighter (for unity candle) or a bottle opener (wine ceremony).
*tip, cut a little of the wax off the wick off to make for easy lighting the day of the wedding

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 Remember to eat during the day before the ceremony. Eat Breakfast and have some finger food snacks that won’t get you messy for before/in between pictures. Have a straw for drinking so you don’t mess up  your lips.

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♥ Idea if you have time ♥ ~ romance basket ~ dollar store toasting flutes, bottle of champagne, bottle opener, matches, candles, petals, oils,  lotions,  sexy play list of songs ~ for the hotel room

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Ask the venue to pack up a few pieces of cake for you to take back to the hotel room for a midnight snack. You might be walking around and socializing and not notice when the cake is on the head table – if you don’t eat it right away they just clean up and take it away.

And appetizers too!!! Ask the venue to place a little dish of them at the head table for you. I’m sure you will be taking pictures or socializing and will miss out on the delicious appetizers that you picked out.

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Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2003

And if you can, get a special cup to walk around with your drink, or if you are not afraid of breaking it, use your toasting flute.  (etsy, ebay, wedding stores, or party stores have Very cute Charms or covers)

You will probably lose every one of your drinks after only getting 2 or 3 sips if there is not some way to pick your drink out of a crowd. I don’t know how many times I put my drink down on a table to take a picture or go dance to a song and then had No CLUE which one was mine or where I left it, and had to go get another.

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Bring some comfortable shoes (platform flip flops) that are the same height as heels.  Or even some beat up heels in your closet if they are the same or 1 inch shorter than your wedding heels.  If your back up shoes are a LOT shorter than your wedding heels, you will step on the front of your dress while walking and will rip your dress or trip yourself.

Don’t go from  5″ Sexy Heels down to Flats!!!!

You can always put the sexy heels back for your garter toss.

Congrats!  ~ Hayley C ~