I have seen and used many different type of containers for candy tables – candy buffets. Personally, I prefer to use clear vases and containers so that the candy itself takes center stage. The containers sort of disappear when they are clear. This works well if you are color coordinating your candy choices. White containers work too but since they are opaque, you’ll see the container more in the design.
Clear Candy Table Containers
You can use almost any type of clear container for your candy — vases, jars, bowls, etc… — and they don’t need to be all the same style. It’s actually more interesting to the eye if they are different shapes. I like to mix tall & skinny with short and fat, for instance. Also, it’s important to make sure the opening of the jar or container is large enough for the scoop to fit and guests are able to get the candy out. I have seen some candy tables with pretty containers, but as far as being the right size or shape, they fall short. Here are a few that work great for a candy table:
Themed Candy Table Containers
You could use a container or two that represent your theme and highlight them by placing them on a riser in the middle, symmetrically on either side of the table or asymmetrically starting with the themed container on one side or the other. Both look great and feature the themed containers.
Here are a few ideas for different themes:
For Vintage, Americana, Rustic or Country Themes — Consider using containers that reflect this theme like:
- Penny Candy Jars
- Cylinder vases with old advertising labels attached
- Coca-cola, Pepsi, RC and the like bowls or dishes
- baskets (with plastic or linen liner)
- pails or buckets
- apothecary style jars
- Canning jars for suckers or licorice
- Depression glass compotes or trifles or cake pedestals with bowls on top
More themed container ideas might include:
- Oversized cocktail glasses for a Rat Pack Theme or Vegas Theme(brandy snifters, martini, wine and hurricane shaped vases)
- Arabian or Moroccan themes could use lined (to keep food safe) treasure chests or large silver bowls
- Dishes made in the shape of letters like “Love”, or your first names or as a Monogram with last initial and each persons’ first initial.
- Shaped planters – A lot of these have liners available as well. I bought one once that was shaped like Notre Dame and had a liner available. It was a perfect accent to a French theme.
- Tropical — there are tons of options for a tropical theme. Many stores carry bowls, vases and the like you could use for your candy buffet.
- Ceramic “Take Out” boxes are a great container for an Asian theme