Gas­ton Kit­mitto, pho­tog­ra­pher, event plan­ner and eti­quette recre­ate an el­e­gant con­fec­tionary dis­play for your next big shindig

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Candy buf­fet with Gas­ton Kit­mitto

What kinds of events would be best for fea­tur­ing a candy buf­fet?

A candy buf­fet or candy bar is no longer re­served for kids' events. It's for ev­ery­one to en­joy and will surely add that 'wow' fac­tor with a com­bi­na­tion of per­son­al­ized dec­o­ra­tion and fla­vors.

Does it take the place of tra­di­tional fa­vors?

We still have the tra­di­tional buf­fet of desserts placed next to the food buf­fet. How­ever, the candy buf­fet serves a dif­fer­ent pur­pose; both dec­o­ra­tive and com­pris­ing fa­vors to en­joy at any time dur­ing the event and to take away... We in­clude lit­tle cones for guests to fill with candy and per­son­al­ized jars. For ex­am­ple, a jar with the photo of the bride and groom can be a great sou­venir.

What type of dis­play and con­tain­ers work best?

I like to use all clear jars and con­tain­ers, like the ones you see in tra­di­tional French con­fis­eries - patis­series.

How much candy should be avail­able per per­son?

I like to set a gen­er­ous and pretty candy bar, re­gard­less of the num­ber of people. It is not ac­counted for like the food and dessert buf­fet.

How do you add that wow fac­tor?

Un­like the tra­di­tional buf­fet, the candy buf­fet is placed in un­ex­pected places, such as in the wel­come drink area or in the mid­dle of the ball­room, or on the side of the dance floor. It should be a sur­prise.

s hav­ing a speci c color scheme best?

If it is an Ori­en­tal themed candy bar, you can place some Turk­ish de­lights (lukum), nougat filled with pis­ta­chios, semsmye, marzi­pan etc... If it is a French themed candy bar, you will find mac­arons, meringues, madeleines, mints, dragees de Paris etc... I once used per­son­al­ized Nutella jars at the bride's re­quest and tar­boush/ghan­dour re­wrapped all in white.

What about in­cor­po­rat­ing non-candy items like fruit, cook­ies, pop­corn...?

Ab­so­lutely! It all de­pends on the gen­eral theme or feel of the candy bar.

Any tips you can of­fer on pre­sen­ta­tion?

Al­ways per­son­al­ize and have fun.

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