Our lolly experts share 5 tips for a cheaper lolly buffet

If you’re the party organiser, you may be planning a Pinterest-inspired, Insta-worthy lolly buffet that’s full of lavish, colourful, and eye-catching lollies.

Of course, if there’s one thing you’ve noticed scrolling through inspo albums is that a lot of the very best lolly buffets look like they took a lot of effort – and more importantly, a lot of money, too.

While lolly buffets can be a more affordable way of sweetening up your event, if you don’t keep a close eye on costs, even this relatively affordable dessert alternative can end up out of control.

Luckily, we’ve got a couple of pointers that you can follow to ensure that no matter how grand your candy buffet ideas are, you’ll still be able to keep costs down and present an impressive lolly buffet within budget.

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5 tips for a cheaper lolly buffet

Lolly tip #1: How do you make a cheap candy buffet? Buy bulk lollies

If you’re planning a lolly buffet, you’re going to need heaps of lollies anyway – so why not buy in bulk?

Buying in bulk means saving money, simple as that.

This is especially useful if you’ve got an extra-large lolly buffet planned such as a wedding lolly buffet.

While you could get by with multiple bags from the supermarket and other candy shop suppliers, it’s simply easier – and not to mention, cheaper – to buy bulk quantities instead.

We’re talking big, 1kg bags and boxes of your favourite bulk lolly treats such as Chupa Chups, party mixes, Killer Pythons, bananas, and many more!

Lolly tip #2: Use coloured lollies to save on party decorations

Renting party decorations can be expensive – and buying is either too costly, or if you look for bargains, a bit too tacky.

However, if you’re planning a lolly buffet, you’ve already got a whole bunch of coloured things that you can use instead of decorations!

Organising a baby shower lolly buffet? Whether that’s a gender reveal or an afternoon tea, save money on decorations by letting the lollies themselves do the talking and making all of those colourful sweet treats the decorations!

A good set-up can make your colourful lollipop candy buffet into a decoration itself!

Want our advice? You can start by:

  • Looking for the right coloured lollies that will match your buffet theme
  • Mixing and matching the right shades and colours
  • Organising your lolly jars to bring attention to the main event, such as a cake

More tips can be found in this blog post.

Lolly tip #3: Add other sweets than lollies   

Add more variety to your lolly buffet while saving on cost by buffing your lolly table out with budget-friendly desserts.

Not only do they add more variety and visual flair, but in some cases, they can also help bring the cost of your lolly table down, especially if you make them yourself!

What sorts of things are we talking about?

  • Mini doughnuts
  • Cupcakes
  • Cake pops
  • Fruit skewers
  • Cookies
  • Popcorn

Lolly tip #4: Get larger lollies

Want your lolly buffet to look full even though you’re working on a budget? We’ve got a tip: buy bigger lollies!

Not only do they look more impressive, but they also give you more bang for your buck – bigger lollies means you can fill more space with fewer sweets.

Lolly tip #5: Choose the right number and type of lolly jars

Glass jars are a sure-fire hit for any lolly buffet – however, they can also add more expenses to your budget, which is why you need to carefully consider how many jars you’re going to need.

And that starts by carefully planning out what lollies you’re going to use in your lolly buffet.

Make sure you get the number right before you go shopping to avoid spending more than you have to.

Another good idea (and thoughtful, eco-friendly choice!) is to buy second-hand lolly jars from your local op shop, or recycle glass vases from around the house!

Lolly tip #6: Got leftovers? Give them away

How many lollies do you need for a lolly buffet?

It’s important that you get this number right, as a miscalculation may result in you having to spend more than you need to.

Luckily, if you do end up with extra lollies, there are things you can do with them – for example, you can always use them for party favours or take them into the office on Monday for a sweet treat.

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Price isn’t the only thing you’ll need to think about – other lolly FAQs

How much candy do I need for 50 guests?

Obviously, it’s going to depend on how big of an appetite your guests have – as a general rule however, our lolly experts recommend that you plan on about 150-200g of lollies per person.

This is a good, round number – just be sure that you also get an appropriate number of jars to go with it. That way, you can, to your best ability, fill your jars accurately and ensure a full, colourful, and sweet candy buffet!

How much candy do I need for a candy bar at a wedding?

Weddings are important – you want everything to be absolutely perfect.

And if you’re planning a lolly table, that also means getting the perfect amount of lollies too – enough to keep people fed and content, but not so much that you’re left with heaps of leftovers you can’t finish!

If you don’t like to deal with complex math or don’t feel comfortable guessing, you can put your trust in our lolly experts – we’ll help you to calculate the volume of the lolly jars as well as how many lollies you’ll need.

More than just bulk lollies

In addition to supplying bulk lollies, our team can also provide lollies in smaller packages if your event calls for it.

Case in point: our lolly bags.

MyLollies gives you a wide range of mini bag lollies for treats. Save on cost by getting up to 100 Mini Bags of our signature 100g mix or choose ones in 50g varieties that come in boxes of 140 units!

Whether you’re interested in a standard lolly bag or snake mini bags, all of our bags come at irresistibly low prices and make for great “thank you” gifts to your guests.

Buy a variety of mini bags as party favours with MyLollies.

Buy cheap Australian lollies for your lolly buffet at MyLollies!

Get cheap bulk Australian lollies with just a click! MyLollies offer a variety of lolly treats that you will surely love, whatever it is you have planned.

Even if you are on a budget, you can still turn your DIY lolly buffet into a the centrepiece of your party – and it’s all thanks to our:

  • Bulk lollies
  • Wholesale prices
  • Huge range of sweets
  • Fast nationwide delivery

Get everything you need for your next party with MyLollies – if you’re Melbourne based, you can even drop by our confectionery warehouse and check our awesome emporium in person!

Got questions? Need help? Contact our friendly staff by calling 1300 899 000 or get in touch with us online.

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