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When Spring comes around, how can you not start daydreaming of everything baby?  First, there’s all the flowers and new life popping up everywhere, then all the little bunnies and chicks that ambush us at Easter. So we decided to do something productive with all that baby fever and create a springtime baby shower candy buffet.  What do you think?

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Since the point of a baby shower is to please that special mom-to-be, of course we had to start with the chocolate.  We decided to bring in items that had rich nut flavors, smooth, like from the peanut butter in these chocolate buckeyes, and crunchy from these cocoa covered almonds. And of course little packs of Junior Mints, (We love it when things that are delicious also are puns!)

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For the colored candy, we decided to stick to bright colors and pastels.  First, we selected Party Mints.  We love that these peppermints melt in your mouth, and they came in the perfect colors too.  We also picked out two different kinds of rock candy sticks, white and light green. Rock Candy sticks are always one of the most popular parts of our buffets, but also a great visual, so we wanted to put extra out there so the focal point of the rock candy in the glass jar would last a little longer.  The green was the perfect color to match our tissue pom-poms.  For some “summer is almost here” tang, we filled a jar with Gilliam Pink Lemonade Stick Candy.  Seriously, so good! And of course, no candy buffet is complete without gumballs.  We decided to mix and match some of our lighter pastel shades.

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By the time the baby shower comes along, a mom can be pretty pink or blue-ed out, so we decided to go with the perfect color combo for a spring celebration, bright poppy yellow and lime green.  We kept the accents to a minimum so they would pop against the clean white setting. (Why not white? With a baby around, it’s a color the mom-to-be won’t be enjoying for a while!)  We did some simple and easy tissue paper pom-poms to hang over the buffet, and found some alphabet blocks in matching colors to decorate.

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For the jars, instead of labels, we created these cute craft paper tags to hang on the jars.   We then created a sweet little welcome sign to match.

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Finally, a vintage mom and baby elephant and a little stuffed giraffe make sure that everybody takes a little (or a lot!).

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Hope you like! Anything we missed, or questions about how we did it?  We’re happy to answer.  Bye!

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Personalized Lollipops

Guess what?! You can now personalize lollipops with edible messages and four-color photos and logos at Candy.com! Let everyone know you’ve launched a new company, had twins, your spouse is 40, or your daughter graduated from Yale.

Personalized Pops are a sweet way to get your message across to family, friends, clients, and colleagues. They’re also perfect for party favors and when you need a clever gift to take the place of a ho-hum Target or Starbucks gift card.

Think how cool it would be to surprised with a bouquet of pink rectangular lollipops that pops the question, “Fly to Paris?” Or, greet your baby shower guests with gender reveal “It’s a Boy!” blue lollipops. Or, send birthday party guests home with a bright red lollipop that says, “Thanks for partying with me!”

Candy.com gourmet lollipops come in four shapes (Square, Rectangle, Small Circle, Large Circle), and six bright colors (Pink, Red, Orange, Blue, Green, and Purple).

It’s so easy to personalize your pops, too! Just Click Here and start creating.

We look forward to seeing how creative Candy.com customers get with their personalized pops. Bring it on!

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Sweet! Today, we’ve got a tutorial on how to make adorable Baby Chick Gumballs today from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle. These baby chicks would be a major hit at a baby shower. (Take a peek at SweetSugarBelle’s Jordan Almond and M&M’s Bluebirds.) Thank you SweetSugarBelle for sharing your sweet yellow chicks with us. Love them!

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Want a cute accent for your next baby shower? These baby chick gumballs are adorable and easy!

Baby Chick Gumballs

Here’s what you need:

1. Yellow Gumballs

2. Black Royal Icing {piping consistency} fitted with a #1 tip

?3. Orange Royal Icing {20-second icing} with a #2 tip

4. Yellow Royal Icing {stiff piping consistency} with a #13 or #14 tip

Here’s the how-to:

Begin my packing a cooling rack on a cookie sheet and cover with a towel. This will help to keep the gumballs from rolling around as you work.

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Make sure to give the gumballs a little space so you can work without bumping into the others.

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Next use the black icing to add eyes.

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At this point, I kinda start thinking of this…just kidding.

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But seriously, at this point use the orange icing to add a beak.

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To finish up, use the yellow piping icing to add a sweet little puff of feathers to the top of the chickie’s head.

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Let dry and you’ll have the cutest and easiest chickies you ever did see!

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For matching cupcakes head on over to my blog, The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle.

Hope to see you there!

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Now that candy buffets are as common as cakes and cupcakes at weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, etc., I thought I’d check in with a handful of event planners to get their tips on building the best candy buffets, pitfalls to avoid, and trends they’re noticing. I’ve got some gems:

Tracey Baxter, Aisle Do, Charlotte, N.C.

- Offer multiple containers of the same candy to control traffic and add symmetry to the buffet design. If guests can access the same candy at two locations on the buffet, they wait in line for half the time.”

- Use scoops proportional to candy sizes. To determine if guests will get the right amount with each utensil, ask yourself, “Will this scoop provide a handful of this candy?”

- Know when to stop. Variety is important but more than 15 different types of candy presents too many options for a buffet to still be functional. Extreme variety does work well, however, when using a single candy type in multiple flavors such as jelly beans, taffy, rock candy, or chocolate gems.

- If your event is not bent toward specific flavors, name your candies something related to the theme. For example, with a nautical theme, “gummy melon O’s” could become “Melon Life Preservers.”

- Use signs to let guests know what family member or friend picked the candies and/or flavors they are enjoying.

Kim Byers, The Celebration Shoppe, Columbus, Ohio

- I spend a lot of time with others in this industry and I see a lot of candy tables. Almost every single one now has saltwater taffy on it. I think it has a great deal to do with nostalgia and the ability to get it in so many colors.

- In the past five months we’ve created printable candy table/buffet tags. They’re selling like hotcakes.

  • Candy Dish Tags from The Celebration Shoppe

Heather Kuhn, Sweetest Candy Buffets, Carmel, Ind.

- We’re seeing an interest in using multiple flavors of gourmet jelly beans and including “recipes” for eating those jelly beans together.Recently, we have had people inquiring about including unique items on their buffets, such as flavored popcorn or cake bites/balls.

Terri Altergott, ?Something Borrowed, Something New Events, Uxbridge, Mass.

- Routinely, I’m asked to create a visually interesting candy buffet. In a few weeks, we’re adding lots of bling to a candy table. Envision crystals with light dancing off of them and submersible lighting at the bottom of each apothecary jar to illuminate the table.

Lia Moore, Full Circle Eventi, Clawson, Mich.

- While many containers come with lids, this often leads to broken glass and missing pieces. If you love the lids, present your display with the lids in place, but remove and store them away the moment your candy station is open.

- Consider a round table vs. a standard rectangular buffet to eliminate long lines and encourage guests to mingle around the serving station.

- Vase size is important! Use large, wide-mouth containers so guests can see what they’re getting and get at it easily. Variety in vase size and shape also keeps the eye engaged and the display interesting.

- Use thematic take-out pails or cello bags for guests to take candy home. Personalize the packaging with small stickers and ribbons.

Last tips:

- When ordering candy, be sure to place your order well in advance so that you have time to stage the buffet at home before the party and order more candy if necessary.

- Need inspiration? Check out these gorgeous candy buffets by NYC’s event planning guru, Amy Atlas.

Top photos by Amy Atlas

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