|A buffet minus the heating lamps and chafing dishes. |
Think back to the last wedding you attended. Was the highlight of the evening the painfully drawn-out and chuckle-free best man's speech or the leathery steak? More likely, it was the elaborate candy buffet that would make Wonka's factory look like the vending machine in an auto repair store's wait room.
Three and a half years ago, Kimberly Hale launched Extraordinary Sweets -- her Florida-based custom candy buffet company -- just ahead of the candy buffet trend that's now so popular at weddings, engagement parties, showers, and coroporate events. She and her small team of candy stylists (yes; such a job does exist) will be among the vendors at this weekend's sixth annual Sweet Dreams holiday festival at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.
The 21-and-older event is Friday and Saturday nights and promises a hedonistic spread of sugary treats like cake pops, fancy cookies and brownies, a chocolate fountain, liquid nitrogen ice cream, sweet crepes, and an assortment of other not-so-good-for-you goods. Hale and her team are putting together a "winter wonderland" themed buffet resplendent in silvers, ivories, purples, and blues.
"Almost everyone loves candy," Hale said. "It's that kid in a candy store sensation. You can take what you like."
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