Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wedding Day Candy Bar!

So, I know everyone is anxiously awaiting wedding photos, but I need to clear it with the bride, as she hasn't posted any herself. Some things I just think you need permission for, and putting up pictures of someone's special day is one of them! However, I think I can safely share my favorite part of the wedding reception without spoiling anything.

I have done a "candy bar" on a smaller scale at the "Superhero Shower". I love, love the concept-all that candy is playful, it's cheerful, it looks great and it is just generally fun! I had pinned several different versions for ideas onto my Pinterest board for the wedding and I was delighted with the final product!
 I have to say, the first time I saw this display at Party City, it made my heart skip a beat. I really wasn't thinking, or I would have transported candy with me on our trip. However, my sweet, sweet husband, who deals so well with my "eccentricities" sent me several photos, including the one above, and bought candy and carefully transported it via airplane so that I would have perfectly matching aqua candy for my display! The candy came from all kinds of places:
I have to preface with this-the majority of the glass jars and the amazing wooden crates all belong to my mom (a few of the pieces belonged to the church) as well as the red lazy susan in the bottom left corner. She just has the best stuff! Other than those the items came from, by grouping:

1. Left Wooden Crate: ceramic dry erase easel, Hobby Lobby (HL)
Pixy Sticks (we sorted out the colors we needed) Dollar Tree (DT)
Blue candies in square jar-coconut candies from World Market (WM)
Bottom shelf: cherry chocolates-Costco
blue Jelly Bellies, local candy store
all the plastic tongs were purchased at HL

2. Red Lazy Susan: paper bags (hand stamped) HL
assorted red candies (gummy fish, Cherry Sours, etc.) Walmart
blue Sixlets-Party City
metal scoops are from World Market

3. Two-tiered Cake Stand from top down: red and blue gummy bears, PC
raspberry gummies, WM
gummy sharks-the bride's favorite-local candy store
Red Hots-Walmart

4. Sign-Hobby Lobby (stand is my mom's)
cake plate:suckers from PC

5. Wooden Crate right, from top down:
Bob's Peppermint sticks, DT
Laffy Taffy (box of each color) local restaurant supply store
sour cherries, local candy store
 aqua, white and red gumballs, Marshall's

on table:
licorice pinwheels-Walmart
aqua striped cookie sticks, DT

I had SO MUCH FUN putting this together. It was easy to find red candy, the challenge was finding blue. I didn't restrict myself to perfectly matching things, but I did try to stay more towards the aqua/turquoise side of things. Some of my fave finds: the cookie sticks, the gumballs (my sister bought those!) and the gummy sharks. I also loved the tiny paper bags-we stamped them with a simple heart but it added a perfect finishing touch.

The easel read:
"Help yourself, but please be nice,
of other guests, please think twice! Thank you."

I got precious few photos of any of the decor, I had to really work with the photos above to lighten them enough that you could see the details! I was so insanely busy putting things together the photos I did get were terrible. I staged everything inside the church, since I was part of the wedding photo, I relied on gracious volunteers to set everything up the morning of. I was glad I got to play around with it and get it just right, though. I snapped this quick photo in case I needed to adjust anything. My sister, Lisa Dawn, made the banners with papers from Hobby Lobby and the little red chalkboard tags were a delightful find at Micheal's.  

My sweet flower girl had a hard time deciding how to fill her bag! There were just too many choices. 

I think all the guests had fun. I am glad I got a few photos of it, I am just realizing that there are quite a few things that I missed.:( However, that wasn't the point, it was a celebration of the uniting of two lives, and it was wonderful-with or without photos!
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