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National average: $250


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The average cost for a candy buffet is $250. You are likely to spend between $160 and $390 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated August 1st, 2017

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Candy buffets are popular for parties, special events and weddings. Typically, a selection of candy is arranged on an attractive buffet table tailored for the specific event. People can certainly purchase all of the candy themselves and create a candy buffet on their own, but professionals are skilled at creating a candy buffet with style and a unique presentation. Hiring a professional definitely saves time and it can also sometimes save money. Depending on how elaborate the buffet is, do-it-yourselfers may need to buy or rent glassware, tables, linens and other decor. Professionals provide everything needed, and they set up, maintain and tear down the buffet after the event. Professionals can also procure hard-to-find or custom candies at a lower cost than most individuals can find themselves. Costs for candy buffets depend on the number of guests at the event and the amount and quality of candy and decor.

Number of guests

Most candy buffet services ask customers how many guests their event will have and then determine how many candies and other elements will be needed. Most pros base package pricing on the number of guests too. Industry experts peg the average cost per guest at $4–$7.

  • San Diego Candy Buffets of Vista, California, offers eight packages based on the number of guests:

    • 50 guests: five candies, 17 vases or containers

    • 100 guests: six candies, 19 vases or containers

    • 150 guests: seven candies, 20 vases or containers

    • 200 guests: eight candies, 22 vases or containers

    • 250 guests: eight candies, 24 vases or containers

    • 300 guests: nine candies, 25 vases or containers

    • 350 guests: nine candies, 28 vases or containers

    • 400 guests: 10 candies, 32 vases or containers
  • Sweet Confections Candy Buffets of Redlands, California, offers three packages priced from $4.50 to $6.50 per person:

    • 50 to 100 guests: five candies, minimum of seven containers

    • 101 to 200 guests: seven candies, minimum of 10 containers

    • 201 to 300 guests: 10 candies, minimum of 13 containers

Many candy buffet professionals will provide a quote only after a consultation.

Installation and decor

In addition to the candy, a range of other elements can be added to a candy buffet. Usually these elements are included in an overall package price.

CW distinctive DESIGNS of Brick, New Jersey, includes all the following as part of its packages:

  • Custom design services

  • Rental of tiers, displayware, apothecary jars and containers

  • Styling, setup and breakdown

  • Coordinating linens, overlays and accent fabric

  • Table

  • Servingware

  • Customized labels and stationery

  • Gourmet take-home bags

Type of candy

Not surprisingly, the more expensive the candy, the higher the overall cost. The same goes for the ornateness of the decor.

Cost-saving strategies

Buy a little less candy than the professional recommends. In many cases, there are leftovers that are simply taken home by guests at the end of the event or, worse, thrown away. Ask for discounts and packages.

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We Make Fun event company

I recently hired Anastasyia to design a candy display and hot cocoa bar for my baby shower. I can not tell you how impressed I was with her work. Every little detail was exactly what i had pictured and imagined in my head. Her price was reasonable and for the quality of her design it literally could not be beat! I received so many compliments and would not hesitate to work with her again ☺

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They did a Wonderful Job on my Garden Wedding! Beautifully done in purple and green. The purple chocolate tulip display in the basket was to die for! Everyone raved about their proffesionalism and their expertise. After the event , they boxed what was left of our candy, for us to enjoy at a later time. The Price was fantastic, we told her our budget was between $500 and $600. She never even attempted to aim so high where others would have easily aimed for the higher price. She quoted us for only $300 the buffet fed 200 and had so much left over and then she attempted to give us $50 back because she over estimated the cost of two of the candies we requested, But we refused to take it because of how honest she was! We had over 13 different selections of candy and the candy was not jus scoop candy, there was some retro candy, and candy from today. We found her from another candy buffet she did in another state where we fell in love with her "Red Velvet" M&M display in red and white. Definitely a great establishment for professionalism, quality and Quantity for pennies on the dollar. Thank you so much Thumbtack for helping me to find this AMAZING vendor!!

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