With a love of baking and sweets party planner extraordinaire, Amy Atlas, turned her passion into a career. Amy Atlas Events has been recognized as the company to turn to for a unique dessert table or candy buffet at weddings, bar mitzvahs, showers and every other party occasion. With Amy's attention to detail, each buffet represents not only the theme of the party, but the favorite treats of the hosts. From Halloween candy stations to an all-white wedding buffet, no one creates a dessert selection as delicious and as eye-catching as Amy. We asked her what it takes to make a great candy/dessert buffet and here's what she had to say:
Candy and dessert buffets have been getting more and more popular with brides and grooms over the past few years. If a couple is thinking of having one, what's the most important element to consider: color or theme, type of candy/desserts, number of guests, budget?
I think it is very personal. When I meet with the couple, the first thing I do is get a sense of what is most important to them. I like to look to the bride and groom for inspiration. The design can be inspired from...
something as personal as a family heirloom to as simple as the bride and groom's pattern on their wedding invitation. I like for the dessert buffet to tell a story about the bride and groom so that the dessert not only becomes functional for the event, but becomes part of the event design. Budget and the number of guests will always play some role in determining the dessert buffet scale and design.
Can a candy or dessert buffet substitute for a dessert course or does it complement it? Should you consider your dessert item or wedding cake flavor/design when selecting items for a buffet?
A candy or dessert buffet can absolutely substitute for a dessert course. The dessert buffets that I create include enough diversity for all guests to enjoy. If you do decide to have a separate dessert, consider the flavor and design of the dessert so that the buffet complements it.
Is there one item or type of candy you always try to include because it's a fan favorite or is each buffet a completely new creation?
I like to create completely new creations for each couple. There are so many amazing bakers and candy purveyors and I am always trying out new desserts. However, if a couple wants a particular dessert, I will of course include what they want.
If a couple wants to make a sweets buffet their favor, what containers do you recommend leaving for guests so they can easily take treats home?
There are so many types of containers that can be used. Paper lunch sacks, glassine bags, or takeout containers are popular. Or, you can make it more personal. I've used mini pails for a beach-themed dessert table to mini gable boxes for a picnic-themed dessert table.
If a bride wants to create a dessert buffet herself, how can she make sure she doesn't order too much or too little? Is there a "mathematical" way to determine how much candy to order per guest?
I always order desserts based on what I want the table to look like, not by the exact amount of guests. Dessert buffets are meant to "wow" your guests, and it certainly won't have that effect if the table looks sparse. After designing the table, then I add more of each dessert depending on the number of guests. Having a lot of candy or desserts also allows guests to take desserts home as a favor.
Your buffet tables are filled with more than just food. The decor elements - balloons, flowers, paper crafts - are they just as important to setting the scene as the candy and dessert?
Yes! I love bringing artistry to dessert buffets. The decor elements complete the look of the table. It is so nice to surprise your guests just at the end of the party just as they are getting ready to leave with a beautifully, designed table. It is the perfect ending to a sweet and special day!
To learn more about Amy Atlas Events, visit her Web site.