Throwing a pony party? Or perhaps a western themed party or barnyard animal themed party? This cute general store candy buffet setup is easy to set up and looks so cheerful and inviting. Guests will have a blast “shopping” at the candy store for their party favors!
Pony Party Planning
When our daughter was younger, we threw one of her birthday parties at the farm where she takes lessons. The barn atmosphere was the perfect setting to play up a “western” theme and we had a wonderful pony party. The kids all had the chance to ride a pony, plus ate lots of snacks, and made some crafts. It was a great time!
As I started to thinking about the different aspects of the party, some ideas came easier than others. We grabbed a pony piñata and filled it with treats.
Pinterest was filled with post after post of candy buffets at weddings and I loved the idea. I wanted to set up something similar, though on a smaller scale, for our favors.
The end result was a “general store” themed candy buffet! See how we set everything up below.
General Store Candy Buffet
The sign that I used for the candy buffet was actually just a cheap, seasonal wall sign from the dollar store. I used THE BACK of the sign (which was blank/black) and wrote on it with chalk.
I used mason jars (quart and pint sized) to hold some of the candy and grabbed little metal pails for other candy. The pails also worked great for the kids to load their candy into! I made stickers with each guest’s name and put one on each pail. The lollipops in the back were stuck into foam blocks hidden in small terra cotta flower pots.
Penny Candy Ideas for Candy Buffet
When it came to deciding which candies to add to the general store, I tried to go with some of the classics. I picked up most of the candy at the dollar store. They actually have a big variety of candy – and many great, colorful options!
Here are the candies that we had in our buffet:
- Cow Tales
- Ring Pops
- Swedish Fish
- Pixie Stix
- Rainbow Lollipops
- Wax Bottles
- Candy Buttons
- Double Bubble Gum
Our candy buffet was a big hit with our little guests! They had so much fun at the party and the candy buffet was the perfect way to wrap things up.
You could also take this idea and use it for a horse show tailgate setup. Sometimes we go to shows where we set up lots of food and sweets. A candy buffet would be a fun way to end a long show day.
Let me know if you give this idea a try at your next party! I would love to hear how it works out for you!