Wedding Reception Ideas: How to Set Up a Lolly Buffet Your Guests Will Love

Wedding Reception Lolly Buffet

If you’re in the process of planning your wedding and know that there will be a number of children on the guest list, it’s important to think about that little something extra to keep them entertained during the reception.

You know what kids love, right?

So it could be worth considering a lolly buffet. They can be a fun and memorable addition to your reception for children, and the adults with a bit of a sweet tooth. And not only is it a tasty option, but it’s also a colourful and creative way to add some excitement to your reception décor.

Your Guide To A Wedding Reception Lolly Buffet

When it comes to creating the ultimate lolly buffet for your kid-friendly wedding reception, the sky’s the limit. There’s such a wide variety of lollies to choose from, available in so many shapes, sizes, and colours to suit your wedding theme.

With that said, there is a bit to think about to make the perfect wedding day lolly buffet. These are our top 8 tips to help make this planning stage as simple as possible.

Plan Things Out First

The important part.
Before diving in and setting up your lolly buffet, it’s important to plan out your lolly selection. Think about the colours, flavours, and types of lollies you want to include. A

You’ll want to consider incorporating lollies that match your wedding theme or colour scheme. Additionally, it’s also important to think about allergies that some of your guests may have such as gluten intolerance or peanut allergies and ensuring that you have a selection for everyone.

Consider How You’ll Display Them

We’ve seen so many different types of lolly buffets in the past. But we think the best option is to have each lolly in their own separate container. As a bonus, this also helps keep allergens separated compared to a platter layout.

The containers and display items you choose for your lolly buffet can have a big impact on its overall look and feel. Glass jars and bowls are good options for showcasing your lollies. Or you could also use decorative baskets, trays, and other items to add some visual interest. Just make sure that they match your wedding theme and colour scheme to create a cohesive look.

Provide Take Away Boxes

Tiny pairs of tongs and customised take-home boxes are a cute way to enhance the look of the lolly buffet while also allowing your guests to create their own little “goody bags” to take home. Trust us, the kids love these!

Lolly Bag Wedding Favours

If you really wanted to incorporate your lolly buffet into your wedding theme, you could consider packaging up individual servings of lollies in clear bags or boxes with personalised tags or labels. 

This is a fun and practical way for guests to take home a sweet reminder of your special day.

Choose an Accessible Location

When setting up your lolly buffet, choose a central location that is easy for guests, especially kids, to access.

We’ve seen the error made too many times before when the lolly buffet is either in a small space or right by a small walkway between tables. Things get crazy when you’ve got 20 children trying to get their share of that sweet sweet sugar.

You may also want to consider setting up a separate table or area for kids to make it easier for them to reach the treats.

Make It More Than Just Lollies

In addition to lollies, you could also offer some additional sweets or goodies including chocolate and possibly even fizzy drinks or juice.

And if you really want to go crazy, you could also set up a separate dessert table with doughnuts, cookies, and other baked treats to give your guests a bigger variety. 

Label Your Lollies

To help any guests who have allergies or dietary restrictions, be sure to clearly label all of the lollies in your buffet. You can use small tags or labels with ingredient lists, or consider setting up a separate section for allergen-free options.

Add Some Decorations

To add some extra flair to your lolly buffet and make things really exciting, spend some time including decorations and signs. Balloons, streamers and flowers are a great way to fill the space and can easily be chosen to match your overall theme. 

Wedding Reception Lolly Buffet Inspiration

Looking for some inspiration for your wedding lolly buffet? We got you.

Here are a selection of beautiful and creative lolly buffet setups that are sure to inspire your own sweet spread. From elegant and sophisticated to fun and playful, there’s a lolly buffet idea for every wedding theme and style. Drool over these delicious displays and start planning your own lolly buffet masterpiece.

With a little planning and creativity, you can create a lolly buffet that’s sure to be a hit with kids and adults on your big day.


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