Tonawanda News — Some trends are sweeter than others.
Over the past few years, particularly in the last year in Western New York, the notion of candy bars or buffets — offering a sugary and colorful display of treats for participants to mix and match and take home — has gained popularity, not even just for weddings, but for graduation parties, anniversary celebrations, baby showers and other events, said local party planners.
Mia Salvaggio, owner of The Wedding Agent in Kenmore, said she started seeing the trend about a year ago. She loves putting together the color-themed, sweet arrangements, which she called a design element as well as being a favor and a treat.
“It’s really part of making the room theirs, you know. I love doing them,” she said. “When there’s one piece left at the end of the night, you know they enjoyed it. People love taking things home at weddings, so it’s a good little thing they can take home and enjoy later.”
Salvaggio can provide containers, scoops and bags for candy buffets — and, of course, the candy. She works with a gourmet candy supplier and uses mints, chocolates, rock candy and more.
“We usually include about 10 varieties of candy, about 1/2 pound per person,” she said. “It’s a fun thing for people to eat, but it’s really a nice visual as well. It’s a sophisticated candy buffet. ... I keep it within the color scheme, strictly.”
For the best presentation, a candy buffet, or candy bar, is traditionally put together with a variety of levels and containers, according to Richard Boyle of Always a Party in Niagara Falls.
“We use different types of containers and vases, and then place them at different levels on the table,” Boyle said, adding that the levels are created by putting boxes under the tablecloths to add height.