Under the Sea Candy Buffet Ideas!
Over the next several weeks we’re going to be highlighting Candy Buffets – the increasingly popular themed buffet table at parties that features lots and lots of candy! Today we’re talking about a super kid-friendly theme – Under the Sea.
The Under the Sea party theme is a perfect boy’s or girl’s party and can be tons of fun for kids of all ages – not just the little ones. Here’s how to get started…
As usual, set up a rectangular buffet table and put a dark blue table cloth and skirt around. Or check out this super-fun Ocean Wave Metallic Table Skirt from PartyCity.com – it even has strings with fish, crabs and octopi on it!
Use round glass fishbowls, small aquariums and beach pails with shovels for your serving dishes. Table top decor can be fish netting and sea shells, or these green and blue electric lights. If your party is geared towards a slightly older crowd (high school and older) use blue, green and white candles for extra emphasis.
Most importantly, here are all of the awesome candies that you can include in this candy buffet:
- French Filled Shells
- Chocolate Rocks
- Clown Fish
- Gummy Sharks (blue and white or assorted colors!)
- Swedish Fish
- Gummy Frogs
- Salt Water Taffy
- Chocolate Sea Shells
- Swedish Fish Aqualife (includes starfish, seahorses, etc.)
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Want some additional ideas to spice up the candy buffet?
1. Serve up Swedish Fish Sushi! This is so simple to do. First, take white powdered donuts and cut into rectangular pieces for the “rice.” Lay a Swedish fish on top. Cover the fish with a long, rectangular slice of fruit roll-up. (recipe and photo from Adorablog.com)
2. Make a Gelatin Fish Bowl! Here’s how (from Martha Stewart Living)
This recipe is for a 2 1/4 quart fish bowl.
- 1 two-liter bottle lemon-lime soda, flat
- 4 1/4-ounce packages unflavored gelatin
- 2 drops blue food coloring
- 2 ounces gummy fish
- Place 1 cup soda in a large bowl. Sprinkle gelatin evenly over soda, and let stand to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Place 2 cups soda in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until just before a boil. Add the softened gelatin, stirring to dissolve the gelatin completely over the heat, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the remaining soda and food coloring, and stir to combine. Pour the liquid into the fish bowl. Using a damp paper towel, carefully remove any bubbles that have formed on the surface. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill overnight.
- When ready to serve, use a sharp knife to make vertical slits in the gelatin; insert the fish in a random pattern to make it look as though they are swimming in the bowl. Keep refrigerated until serving. Serve within 6 hours.
- Note: To make the soda go flat, twist off cap, and let the bottle stand at room temperature overnight.