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Chic Wedding Decorations: Reception Trail Mix Bar

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I’m in love. I’m absolutely hundred and twenty percent in love with this idea. I’ve already gotten approval from my man to go ahead and add it to our decorations. It wasn’t very hard to get his vote as he loves dried fruit trail mix. I’ll admit, I wandered onto the Found Vintage Rentals website because I love antique reclaimed furniture but I quickly tripped, stumbled and fell in love. I want to pack up my things, run to the store and start picking out trail mix items now!

Okay, anyways, here’s what I’m thinking… This idea works great with the right kind of atmosphere. Outdoors, garden wedding but not too hot (M&M’s melt!). Using mixed selection of jars and vases you can create your own clustered look. I am toying with the idea of using apothecary jars simply for the fact sweets can attract ants and flies. Centerpiece vases with stands attached to them work great for achieving the vintage look. Or try going with small metal silver favor buckets to make it more rustic and unique.

Complete the look with aluminum candy buffet scoops for your guests to pick out which items they like best. This trail mix buffet is very much reminiscent of a frozen yogurt bar only without the cold melting mess to clean up. But hey, you could throw in some tubs of vanilla fro-yo and you’d have a the perfect outdoor dessert bar.

All you need to complete your trail mix bags are cute sweet candy paper bags. If you’re planning on offering your guests larger pieces then give them bigger cartons to put their goodies in. These novelty popcorn cartons do the trick and add to the chic-reclaimed vibe. Lastly, plop some buffet signs so your guests know which type of chocolate, nuts and fruit are which.

All of this is just absolutely amazing put together on reclaimed furniture. A few of my favorite selections are the Eastlake Blue Dressor and Justice Teal Metal Shelves. Both of these options would be awesome combined with jars and vases to create a candy, cupcake or dessert buffet of any kind. If you have any questions, I’m sure you could just ask  Jeni at Found as she is a sweetheart!

Wedding Candy Bar Theme: Fad or Fab?

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I can’t make a final decision about the candy bar theme: fad or fab?

I like the idea of offering candy bars in custom colors rather than offering a broader selection. Limiting the color choices make for a more uniform color that matches the rest of your wedding reception. Plus, there are endless varieties of candies that come in customized color schemes. Buying bulk wedding candy also cuts down your cost as opposed to buying from a private mall candy store.

Most color schemes will work well mixed with white or black colored candies. I recommend narrowing your selection to two colors, then using white or black for more variety. This will create a uniform look to avoid looking too scattered and random.

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And don’t forget bon bons, taffy, cake pops and chocolate covered pretzels all count as candy! You want to remember to include a variety of different candies as your guests aren’t all going to like the same thing. Be sure to include candy for every age group and sugar free for the dieting or diabetic guests.

There are a variety of different options for candy buffet jars and vases. Once you’ve decided on a style you can mix and match the look for more flair. Each jar should have a candy bar utensil to scoop and tags or labels to distinguish between types. If you know of any guests that have an allergy to nuts or ingredients be sure to keep the utensils and bags separated.

Lastly, make sure your guests have goodie bags to fill and take home for them. This option doubles as party favors and guests can choose their favorites rather than being stuck with a bag of Jordan Almonds they don’t like. These cupcake boxes are my personal favorite for cupcakes but customized pocket style favor bags are also very retro.

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