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The cheapest place to get sweets can really vary depending on what offers are available, the time of year etc. Most sweets have a pretty long shelf life so it’s perfectly okay to stock up at Halloween or Christmas for your summer wedding or party. In this post, I am going to share the cheapest places to buy sweets for a DIY Sweet table.
The Cheapest Places To Buy Sweets for a DIY Sweet Table
The number of sweets you will need to buy will vary depending on the size of your party or wedding – if you’re hosting a kids party with 15 or so attendees it may not be worth bothering with bulk buying – getting everything you need from the supermarket will be far more cost effective. If it’s for a wedding party of 200 then bulk buying from eBay or Groupon is probably going to be the best way to go for the biggest savings.
Groupon actually has some fantastic offers when it comes to sweets and if you’re a new customer you can save even more by using a discount code for your first offer. I actually used Groupon to buy sweets for my wedding – the offer at the time was six large boxes of Haribo for £25ish although I think paid less than this with a discount code. The boxes were random from a selection of about 20 and I was happy with ones I was sent.
While they are no longer running the offer I mentioned above, they do still have some sweet offers running: (valid at the time of publishing (02/12/18)
- 120 Piece tubs and 600 Piece tubs depending on type £5.99 each plus delivery at £1.99
- Up to Six tubs of Haribo Sweets £6 Each, two for £10 (must be the same) plus £1.99 delivery individual flavours or an assorted option although this was sold at the time writing.
- Fun Gums tubs – £6 Plus £1.99 delivery
- Hard Boiled and Gummy sweet selection – £10 but much cheaper gram for gram if bought from the supermarket.
Buying In Bulk From Cash ‘n’ Carry
If you or your partner are a member of a Cash and Carry such as Costco or Bookers they are by far the cheapest places to buy sweets with most large tubs being around £3 or £4 and obviously you get to choose exactly what you want. (This post has a great offer if you’re planning to sign up to Costco). Sweets like Sherbet Lemons may actually be cheaper to buy from the supermarket.
Amazon & eBay
Cash and Carry such as Bookers and Makro are by far the cheapest places to buy sweets. However, if you don’t have access to those Amazon and eBay might just be the next best thing. I’ve done a quick price comparison below on the sweet table classic flying saucers below:
As you can see Makro is by far the cheapest but if you are unable to use a cash n carry bulk buying 500 on Amazon would be the next cheapest way to go.
If you’re planning well ahead for a party but are rubbish at saving up large amounts of money or are on a very tight budget, buying a few sweets each week from the supermarket might be the best plan. Most supermarkets do three for £1 on sweets and often have offers and Haribo and bags of chocolates like M&Ms and Skittles (the bright colours look fab in glass jars!)
Some of the other cheapest places to buy sweet include Wilko’s – they often have half price pick n mix during half terms – filling up a few large cups could save you a fortune. There are also discount stores such as B&M and Home Bargains that do tubs of Haribo and other jelly sweets fairly cheaply.
Jars and Scoops
I really think there is no need to rush out and buy any jars or bowls – cake stands, vases, candle holders, wooden boxes and jewellery boxes all make great sweetie holders. You could try saving glass jars for a retro sweet shop look – Kenco large coffee jars (pictured below) are great for this as they have really nice chunky lids.
Try asking friends and family if they have anything they could lend you – most older family members will more than likely have items you could use. You could even line the tubs the sweets come in with brightly coloured tissue papers if there will be lots of children and you don’t want to use glass. Poundland also does very cheap fishbowls and cake stands perfect for piling up with sweets.
You will, however, need to buy paper bags and scoops for your DIY sweet table.
Sweet Table Themes
- Retro – By far the most popular sweet table theme – Piled high with childhood classics such as Sherbet Lemons, Flying Saucers and others that are certain to evoke a trip down memory lane. This is an easy option where sweets could easily be bought from the supermarket.
- Candy Shop – Think of the Dahl classic Charlie and The Chocolate factory – brightly coloured swirling lollypops, M&Ms, Skittles, Jelly Babies – anything with a bright pop of colour!
- Colour Coded – For a more subtle affect, you could try having just one or two colours for your sweetie table – with pink and white being the easiest choice to achieve although pastel colours or just gold would also look amazing.
- Walt Disney Themed – This one would take a huge amount of effort but if you’ve been to Disneyworld you’ll have an idea of all the different candies and amazing American candy on offer. From Mickey Mouse Rice Krispie treats, Goofy’s Gumballs to edible seaweed from the little mermaid – the end result could be truly awesome especially if you are having a Disney themed wedding!
Harry Potter Themed Sweet Table
Here are some of the sweets I used:
- White Chocolate
- Skulls Giant
- Jelly Snakes
- Haribo Sticxx
- Pineapple Cubes
- Sherbet lemons
- White chocolate mice
- Fruity Frogs
- Jelly Beans