This IS the candy you're looking for: 7 ways to make your geeky candy buffet nerdtastic

July 13 2016 | bijouxandbits  
Photos by: Catherine Clark
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Geeky candy buffet ideas with MY M&M'S® -- as seen on @offbeatbride #sponsored #mysweetstory @mymms

Who's planning to rock a mad geeky candy buffet at their wedding reception? Candy buffets can be a super fun way to offer a less expensive favor to your guests, add some color and personality to your decor, and score points with chocolate lovers. It's an all-around win. If you're going with a geeky theme, like Star Wars or comic books, we've got some particularly dorksome tips for making sure your geeky candy buffet covers all the bases. Because all your base are belong to us.

PLUS, we've got a discount code only for you guys to snag a killer deal on some personalized My M&M’S® to fill out your candy buffet. Let's read on for the tips AND the big ol' discount…

Geeky candy buffet ideas with MY M&M'S® -- as seen on @offbeatbride #sponsored #mysweetstory @mymms

Save some cash by buying in bulk

Finding bulk bags of candy, like these big bags of personalized M&M’S®, can save you some cash when it comes to providing for a lot of guests. Tip: save any fancier/more specialized/more expensive candies for your smaller jars and fill up larger ones with fluffier and cheaper candy.

Geeky candy buffet ideas with MY M&M'S® -- as seen on @offbeatbride #sponsored #mysweetstory @mymms
Choose the Dark Side or the Light Side of The Force (or customize the colors yourself!)

Customize your candy to your geeky theme

Geeky weddings are one of our favorite themes, as you likely already know if you're a regular reader. Our awesome sponsor, My M&M’S®, has licensed personalized M&M’S® in Star Wars® and X-Men® varieties to make your geeky candy buffet ultra nerdtastic.

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Find Beast, Jean Grey, and Cyclops in the X-Men® M&M’S® blends

You can customize them even more with your signature colors (25 to choose from!), your own photos, themed clip-art, and names/special messages.

Geeky candy buffet ideas with MY M&M'S® -- as seen on @offbeatbride #sponsored #mysweetstory @mymms

Go Mathlete on your candy needs

A quick rule of thumb is to allow for four to eight ounces of candy per guest, but an easy way to economize is to provide smaller favor bags/boxes. You can either provide these in pretty containers on a sweets table or leave them as favors at each place setting, depending on what kind of reception you're rockin'.

Geeky candy buffet ideas with MY M&M'S® -- as seen on @offbeatbride #sponsored #mysweetstory @mymms

Decorate baked goods with more candy

If you're DIYing your baked goods or saving some money by purchasing plain ones, you can easily up your game by adding some candy decor. Add candies, like these Star Wars® personalized M&M’S®, to your donuts, cupcakes, sheet cake, or whatever yummies you have on offer.

Geeky candy buffet ideas with MY M&M'S® -- as seen on @offbeatbride #sponsored #mysweetstory @mymms
Geeky candy buffet ideas with MY M&M'S® -- as seen on @offbeatbride #sponsored #mysweetstory @mymms

Use props with abandon

Feel free to decorate your candy buffet with geeky props like action figures, movie poster backdrops, and geeky bowls and containers. This Stormtrooper in particular is getting into many shenanigans. Just know that if you have kids around, the toys may get sacrificed for the cause. It's a small price to pay for a rad tablescape.

Geeky candy buffet ideas with MY M&M'S® -- as seen on @offbeatbride #sponsored #mysweetstory @mymms
Geeky candy buffet ideas with MY M&M'S® -- as seen on @offbeatbride #sponsored #mysweetstory @mymms

Vary the height of your dishes

Try using some taller dishes with stems in addition to smaller/shorter bowls to add some height and visual interest to your candy table. In this case, I stacked one of these Star Wars® glass bowls on top of a stemmed tray for a little height. Think about using some inexpensive white cardboard boxes in the back rows to give your containers a lift.

Geeky candy buffet ideas with MY M&M'S® -- as seen on @offbeatbride #sponsored #mysweetstory @mymms

Look for coupon codes online

Our sponsor, My M&M’S®, gave us a special code for Offbeat Bride readers to snag a deal on their customizable M&M’S® blends, including the Star Wars® and X-Men® blends:

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Get 25% off through 9/1/16 by using the code OFFBEAT at checkout.

Geeky candy buffet ideas with MY M&M'S® -- as seen on @offbeatbride #sponsored #mysweetstory @mymms
CANDY BUFFET WIN!

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