Last month, I was asked to help with a baby shower and ended up being assigned the favors. I had a very strict $40 budget for 25 invitees but wanted to do something fun and fabulous! Candy Buffets are all the rage right now at weddings and I thought I could pull off a small one for less than the $40 I had allocated.
The first place I looked for jars was on Craigslist and found a TON (28 to be exact) of glass jars listed by one person for $15. They looked pretty good in the pictures and I knew I'd be able to use at least 4-5 of them and hopefully only buy one or two more at thrift stores if I needed to. When I picked them up, I quickly realized I wouldn't need any additional jars.
The Mother-to-be knew she was having a girl, so we decided to go with a pink and purple theme, but I also threw white in the mix for the buffet. I visited a few different candy stores to get ideas of the different kinds of candies that would coordinate, but be inexpensive, and provide visual interest.
Once I got the final count of guests, I set about determining how much candy I would need and chose the jars accordingly. I decided on purple wrapped dark chocolate kisses (on sale with a coupon--YAY), Good-N-Plenty candies, some make your own candy bracelets, and some white chocolate dipped pretzel rods sprinkled with pink and purple sugar (homemade by me). The candy total was just over $12, including little treat bags to wrap each pretzel individually!
I ran across the most darling Baby banner on Tricia Rennea's site, which I printed out on card stock. Then, I found a coordinating thank you card on her site, which I shrunk down and printed out on full sheet label paper I already had to attach to the clear treat bags ($2).
So for just shy of $30, this is what the guests were treated to at the shower!