7 Steps to the Perfect Candy Buffet

Creating the perfect candy buffet for your wedding can be tricky, but if you follow these simple steps, you’ll have it down in no time. Join me as I create this Easter themed candy buffet, complete with a wide assortment of holiday favorites in pastel colors.

Step 1 – Vessels

Assemble your vessels and make sure they’re all washed and allowed to dry fully.

I’ve chosen to use glassware, but if it fits your theme, use whatever container you like. Just make sure that you can fit a hand down inside to pull out the candy.

Step 2 – Organize and Fill

Separate your items by type and lay next to the vessel that best suits the item. Once that’s organized, go ahead and fill the jars.

Things to keep in mind:

  • It’s better to have a full container with extra candy for refills than to have a container that does not look full.
  • It’s also okay to have multiple jars with the same items, especially if they’re popular flavors.
  • If there’s no theme, that’s okay. If there is a theme, keep in mind that the goal is for people to actually want to eat the candy. Don’t buy things that no one likes just because the color is right or you’ll be left taking it home and trying to feed it to Fido.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix items. A candy buffet can easily become a treat buffet and I don’t think anyone will mind. Doing a movie theme? Mix in some popcorn. Want a black, white and gold vintage theme? Mix in Oreos, chocolate covered pretzels and marshmallows. It’s your buffet. Do what you like!
  • Plan for approximately 1/2 pound of candy per guest.

Step 3 – Height

Use random items as platforms to create height.

Use whatever items you have lying around… crates, a stack of plates, boxes (just make sure they’re stable), etc. Cake stands also work, but would go on top of the fluff. Depending on how decorative the cake stand it, try to balance it was a less ornate bowl or plain candy.

Step 4 – Fluff

Don’t go crazy with the fluff. It’s just supposed to add some color and cover the platforms. Be sure the fluff is a few feet longer than the size of the table top. I suggest about 3 yards for a standard 6′ table to be sure you can cover the platforms with enough to spare.

If the table you’re using has skirting clipped to it, position it so the fluff covers the clips so they don’t detract from the pristine final look.

Step 5 – Position


This is probably the trickiest part and will take some patience. Just keep moving things around until you find your desired look. Here’s how I do it…

  • Keep like items apart. If you have two containers of Reese’s cups, put them on opposite sides of the table.
  • Vary your heights. Ideally, your containers will be differing in shape and size. Put tall items on the platforms to make the buffet look even taller and put short squat, containers on the table itself or on low elevations. This gives the table extremes in both directions and makes it look grand.
  • Use as few tables as possible to fit all of the vessels. It’s better to have one very full table than two that have too much negative space.

Step 6 – Goody Bags

Add your scoops and tongs (metal are best if possible) and goody bags. The goody bags need to be appropriately sized. If they’re too big, you’ll find yourself with an empty buffet very early on.
If you’re labeling the candy, go ahead and add those along with any ribbons or further accents. The attention to detail is what will make your buffet stand out!

Step 7 – Edit!

In our case, I tried some ribbons, but it made the table too overwhelming so I took them off. Don’t feel like you have to use everything you bought. I ended up adding just a few plastic Easter eggs, the perfect finishing touch.

Store the extra candy in a bin under the buffet so it can be filled as necessary (assuming your table is skirted). Please share photos of your candy buffet creations!

Gin Signature Drinks

Looking for a signature drink for your wedding or special event? Check out these two options created by One Lincoln’s mixologist, both featuring gin as the base. Give them a try and tell us your thoughts!

Flower Child

  • 1oz. Hendricks Gin
  • Splash Juniper infused simple syrup
  • .5 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
  • Muddled Cucumber

Combine ingredients in a shaker, stir, and double strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a Purple Orchid or Honeysuckle Flower.
 
 

The Quintessential Gentleman

  • 1oz. Nolet’s Gin
  • Splash Rose petal/saffron-infused simple syrup
  • Splash Campari
  • Splash Grapefruit Juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker, stir, strain into rocks glass, garnish with an Orange Twist or Juniper Berries.

Candy and Fudge and Elephants… Oh My!

Candy, candy, candy… oh, wait, fudge too? And elephants? And an enchanted forest? Who knew an outing to Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium would be an adventure the whole family could love? In fact, that’s their main goal! I recently sat down with Nicole Bucher, co-owner of Mister Ed’s along with her husband Isaac, to get a little history!

It all started 50 years ago with a wedding gift from Mister Ed’s sister-in-law. It was a simple elephant and while he found it strange, she was quick to assure Mister Ed that it was meant for good luck. While on the honeymoon in Williamsburg, Virginia, his fascination with this pachyderm began to blossom and he purchased a few more. Before he knew it, the collection had grown to mammoth proportions, purchasing another everywhere he went. Miss Pat, Mister Ed’s wife, reached a limit when their home was overrun with the collection and told him he needed to find a place to keep his treasures. At the time, Mister Ed was working as a store manager at a Giant Foods in Virginia and thought it was the right time to become his own boss. After a few businesses including some restaurants, they decided a move to Pennsylvania was in order. It was 1975 when that they opened Mister Ed’s: The Territory’s Most Unusual General Store located just down the road from its current location. 9 years later, they moved the store to where it currently stands. While elephants had always been a part of the experience, they didn’t become the focus until the move. At that time, the combination of elephants and candy made for a truly unique destination, perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Over the years, the business has adapted to become what customers want, a wholesome environment for children to dream and explore.

Three years ago, Nicole and Isaac purchased the business of which they’d been a part for a decade. Since then, business has boomed. They’ve added a variety of items to the store, most notably, in my opinion, the truffle case. I can say from personal experience that these are by far the most delectable, mouth-watering truffles I’ve ever sampled and with the most unique varieties. With lots of liqueur flavors including amaretto and champagne, fruit flavors such as cherry and orange, the most popular flavor, hazelnut and a wide variety of white, milk and dark chocolate, it would be impossible not to find a flavor you love.

When you go in the shop, the elephants and sheer volume and variety of candy are admittedly the first thing you see, but their biggest seller is what’s kept behind the counter. That’s right… the fudge. With over 100 varieties, they produce between 1,000-2,000 pounds per week. That’s not a typo… per week! And the crazy part is that it’s all made on property. Cheryl, their fudge master and creator, uses two mechanized machines, which enable her to make 72 pounds of fudge per hour. The fudge is proudly sold all over Gettysburg and is made with only the finest ingredients. All of the cream comes from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia based dairy farms, making them one of the few Pennsylvania Preferred fudge manufacturers.

I asked Nicole what trends she’s seen over the last few years and while I expected the answer to be candy buffets, it’s not. The growing trend is a shift from candy buffets back to individually boxed favors. For this, they offer both fudge and truffles, which are, in most cases, more economical than creating a candy buffet from scratch. “The fudge and truffles have a bigger ‘wow’ factor,” remarked Nicole. “They’re more elegant.”

I asked what the best sellers are and “Fudge!” was the answer without hesitate. Specifically, peanut butter fudge. After that, Goetz caramel creams and root beer barrels come in second and third.

In regards to the most rewarding part of the job, it’s when they can make a personal connection with someone and help to bring joy to a family. “For us, it’s the warm fuzzy. We want to take people back to a time where you can have fun without technology and connect the generations.”

My favorite part of our conversation was a story she told me about how the community rallied behind them when the building burned down on July 5, 2010. They lost over 2,000 elephants, but they received tremendous support from our community and in one afternoon, they had over 100 volunteers gathered together, scrubbing fire damaged elephants with toothbrushes. The community also began donating elephants to help replace and rebuild the museum displays. Today, they have over 25,000 total.

And as if everything they offer weren’t enough, each year they host an enormous Easter egg hunt, summer music in the gazebo, a Great Pumpkin Party and Santa’s arrival. The events are always free and are always geared for children. Look for changes in the coming years to include both the addition of peanut brittle, Nicole’s specialty, as well as a new collection in Miss Pat’s Teapot Museum! I can’t wait to see what they’ll think of next!

Keep up to date with all things Mister Ed’s by following them on Facebook.

The Blushing Bride

Our master mixologist from One Lincoln, Peter, has done it again! Introducing The Blushing Bride, custom created for one of our very own Gettysburg Hotel couples. It was the most popular mixed drink of the night and won rave reviews from every guest who tried it. Now, it’s your turn to enjoy this tasty beverage and make it the signature drink for your next special event. Cheers!

The Blushing Bride
1.5 oz. Absolut Raspberry
.5 oz. Grand Marnier
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
Dash of Lime Juice

Combine Absolut Raspberry, Grand Marnier, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, cranberry juice and ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute. Garnish with a cherry and lime slice.

Your Destination Wedding in Gettysburg

If you think Gettysburg is too far away for your wedding, guess again! If you’re thinking there is nothing for guests to do traveling here to celebrate with you, guess again…again! We have so much to do and see that your guests will have no shortage of entertainment and activities to occupy their time and make your wedding weekend one to remember.

Here’s how to do it…


Contact Destination Gettysburg at 1.800.337.5015 and ask for their complimentary gift bags. The bags come complete with a large map of our town, visitor’s guide, a restaurant list and information about things to do in town on that weekend. They just need to know when you need the bags and how many to prepare. Then all you have to do is pick up the bags and bring them to the hotel. Our friendly front desk staff will distribute the bags on your behalf.

If you’re interested in putting together your own itinerary for the weekend, but need help finding out what’s going on, visit the Destination Gettysburg calendar, enter your dates and choose from all the fun events!

If you’re still in need of some ideas, here is a helpful list we’ve compiled of awesome vacation activities your guests can enjoy.

Battlefield Tours
InSite Gettysburg
Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tours
National Riding Stables at Artillery Ridge
GettysBike Tours
Segway Tours of Gettysburg
Gettysburg Guided Historic Walking Tours

Golf
Carroll Valley Resort Golf Courses
Mountain View Golf Club
The Bridges Golf Club
Quail Valley Golf Course
The Links at Gettysburg

Museums
Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park
Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum
David Wills House
Shirver House Museum
Jennie Wade House

Photography & the Arts
Victorian Photography Studio
Adams County Arts Council
Lord Nelson’s Gallery

Theatres
Majestic Theater
Totem Pole Playhouse
H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center
Eichelberger Performing Arts Center

Wineries/Distilleries
Adams County Winery
Hauser Estate Winery
Reid’s Orchard & Winery
Mason Dixon Distillery

Lincoln Wedding Fair

Here’s to love, laughter and happily ever after at the Lincoln Wedding Fair!

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Engagement season is well under way and our available dates are quickly being crossed off the calendar.  Don’t miss your opportunity to be married #happilyeverafteratgettysburghotel and to join the elite list of couples who have experienced our first class service, making you honorary royalty for the day!  If you’ve never been to the Gettysburg Hotel or are interested in another look, the ideal opportunity awaits you on Sunday, February 19th from 12:00 – 3:00 pm when Once Upon A Time Events hosts their wedding expo at our gorgeous venue.

The afternoon will be brimming with excitement as you start to plan one of the most special days of your life.  Meet with over forty vendors, including eleven from the Gettysburg Hotel preferred vendors list, providing a huge array of services, from attire to cakes, photography to transportation, DJs, jewelry and so much more.  We invite you to sample our amazing cuisine and take part in a vendor scavenger hunt to win fabulous door prizes, including the possibility of an overnight stay at the Gettysburg Hotel with dinner and breakfast for two!  We invite you to sip as you stroll when you purchase the show’s signature cocktail, the blushing bride, created by our in-house mixologist Peter Bales, available at the cash bar all afternoon.

Free pre-registration is going on now, but these tickets are limited.  You can claim yours now by visiting their website.  If you missed the free pre-registration, you’re still welcome to join us for the day’s festivities.  Just pay $5 in advance online or $10 at the door.

PURCHASE TICKETS

 
Come early or stay late so you can hang out with us a little longer.  Our award winning restaurant, One Lincoln, will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  We look forward to you joining us so we can show you how to make “Our history… your destination.”

Newly Engaged? Look No Further Than the Gettysburg Hotel

2017 gettysburg hotel wedding look bookCall April Rose today to book your tour and discover everything the Gettysburg Hotel has to offer to make your wedding stand out from the crowd!  Our newly refinished ballroom seats up to 240 guests with a huge dancefloor and because the ballroom was formerly a bank, you’ll have access to the bank vault throughout the entire evening!

And the best part, we’re running an amazing special to fill our remaining dates for early 2017.  If you book your wedding to take place on any available date between January 1st and April 30th, 2017, you’ll receive complimentary use of the ballroom (up to $1,375 in value) and our gold Chiavari chairs (valued at approximately $500, depending on the size of your reception)!

When you meet with April, be sure to ask her about our preferred vendor list too!  We’ve just unveiled our new bridal book, in which you’ll find our updated list, including vendors from a huge variety of categories.  The vendors we recommend are the best in our community and work as hard as we will to make sure your wedding day runs smoothly so you can sit back and enjoy every moment.  Check back monthly for our vendor spotlight where we will feature a few of our preferred vendors in greater detail.

View our new bridal book.

Our recommended vendors are:

Bakery
Karen Rodkey Cakes
Wells Family Baking Company

Bridal Salons
Tamzen’s Bridal at Butler Manor

Ceremony Locations
Gettysburg Foundation

Coffee House
The Ragged Edge Coffee House

Confections
Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium

Dance Lessons
Dancing Fox Consulting

DJ & Entertainment
Great Scott Productions
Phantom Shadow

Entertainment
Christopher Entertainment Group

Event Rental & Design
The Gala Event, LLC
Gettysburg Rental Center

Floral
The Flower Boutique
The Flower Shop

Hair & Makeup
Gettysburg Day Spa
Serenity Salon & Spa of Gettysburg

Jewelry & Gifts
Jewelry Designs by Gail
Scott & Co. Fine Jewelers

Limousine
A Touch of Class Limousine

Mensware
T&S Clothing and Gifts

Officiant
A Wedding by Summers
Reverend Ronald B. Crawford, Marriage Minister

Photobooth
Creative Force Photography, Inc.
Great Scott Productions
Phantom Shadow

Photography
Creative Force Photography, Inc.
Leer Photography
Time Passages Photography

Realtor
Brittanie Woodward, Realtor with Trish Rowe Realty

Tours & Transportation
Gettysburg Tours, Inc.

Travel & Honeymoon
Just Vacations

Up Lighting
Great Scott Productions
Phantom Shadow

 

Gettysburg Holiday Events

A rundown of everything related to the holiday season in Gettysburg. Gettysburg is the Place to be this Holiday Season!

 

If you’re still looking for a way to bring a little more magic to the holidays, look no further.  Gettysburg is offering a wide variety of events, sure to please our visitors and townsfolk alike!

First Friday Cookie Walk

December 2, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm

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Treat yourself to Santa’s favorite treat, Cookies and Milk, in One Lincoln on December 2nd from 5:00-7:00pm.  Don’t let the name fool you though.  This is a little stronger than what Santa is used to.  Cookies and Milk is our featured beverage on First Friday’s Cookie Walk.  The $7 dink consists of vodka, Kahlua and Bailey’s Half & Half.  The appetizer featured that night is our Blackened Salmon Risotto with Granola Crunch, only $5.  If you enjoy the Cookies and Cream, be sure to come back throughout December because we are featuring that beverage all month.  After visiting us in One Lincoln, don’t forget to stop by the front desk and enjoy a Christmas cookie.  Then, join the “Cookie Walk” and sample other holiday treats at participating vendors.

Breakfast with Santa

December 3, 2016 from 7:30-11:30pm

Don’t forget to join us bright and early on December 3rd as we welcome Santa to the Gettysburg Hotel for our 13th Annual Breakfast with Santa!  Tickets are $5 per person at the door.  Kids under 3 eat free!  Mrs. Claus will be joining him, as well as his most trusted reindeer, Rudolph.  Get your picture taken with Santa while you’re here and be sure to bring him your Christmas wish list!  The photo is included with admission and will be sent to your mom or dad.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Greens Wreath Class

December 3, 2016 from 1:00-3:00pm

The Greens Wreath Class at the Adams County Winery Farm location is back by popular demand.  They have once again partnered with Ashcombes Farm and Greenhouse to bring you a beautiful selection of fresh assorted greens with which you’ll make a stunning wreath to adorn your entryway.  If you’re intimidated by the idea of making your own wreath, cast those concerns aside.  Andrea Bitzel, with Ashcombes Fram and Greenhouse, will be there to instruct you every step of the way.  Adams County Winery will be featuring a selection of their most popular wines that afternoon and you’ll have the opportunity to sample a glass, included in your package.  Guests under 21 are more than welcome.
The class is $45 per person and reservations are required.  Call to reserve your seat today.  (717)334-4631

Olde Getty Place Christmas Parade

December 3, 2016 at 7:00pm

old-guard-fife-and-drum-corps-webThe 2016 Olde Getty Place Christmas Parade is coming to town.  Bring your mittens, a thermos of cocoa and a comfy seat and join us as we enjoy seven floats, baton twirlers, musicians, youth groups, local radio stations, a live nativity and much more.  Mayor and Mrs. Streeter will be there to help you usher in the holiday season.  And this year, it is Gettysburg’s honor and pleasure to welcome the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps to our small town to lead the parade!  And what Christmas Parade would be complete without an appearance by Santa Claus himself, escorted by the Gettysburg Fire Department!

Unwined & Relax

December 4, 2016 from 1:00-5:00pm

After a busy week of cooking for Thanksgiving, putting up the Christmas tree and getting your early bird shopping in, you deserve a break.  Head over to the Adams County Winery Farm Location and take their free essential oils class, presented by doTerra, from 1:00-2:00pm.  The class is free, but reservations are required for planning purposes.  After the class, enjoy time to shop at a variety of vendor booth for purses, clothing, jewelry, mini manicures by Grace Kelly Salon and much more.  Other vendors include LuLaRoe and Mary Kay, just to name a few.  The vendors will be there from 2:00-5:00pm to help you  “unwined & relax”.  Call to reserve your seat today.  (717)334-4631

 

Path of Pints is Gettysburg’s Craft Beer Adventure

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 Come Participate in the Path of Pints

The Gettysburg Hotel has once again partnered with Susquehanna Style Magazine as one of your destinations on the Path of Pints, a craft beer adventure taking you throughout the Susquehanna Valley. One Lincoln Food & Spirits has an impressive ten tap system that rotates constantly. In addition to a few standards, we are always pouring two light beers, two seasonal options, two IPAs and one hard cider.

We sat down with our soon to be famous Mixologist and Restaurant Manager, Peter Bales, for a little more insight on craft beers and their growing popularity.

“Unlike the major distributors, craft beers come from smaller breweries and most of the brands we carry are locally owned and operated. These breweries use large amounts of hops and malts and tend to have a higher alcohol content and richer flavor. The depth of flavors and mix of textures is endless and is drawing quite the crowd of curious connoisseurs.”

He continued:

“The tap system in One Lincoln is ever changing and often features sample beers from our local craft breweries. Stop in often and try what we’ve got because sometimes, once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.”

And don’t think that the options are exhausted if you’ve tried everything we offer on tap. With almost endless bottled varieties, we continuously feature a wide assortment of Pennsylvania favorites, including Tröegs Brewing Company based in Hershey and Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown.

Whatever your palette, we are sure to have something to tempt your taste buds and the perfect entrée to pair with your selection.

Check out Susquehanna Style Magazine or susquehannastyle.com for more information on the Path of Pints.

First Friday, Gettysburg Style

firstfridayOn the first Friday of each month, Gettysburg businesses offer special events and refreshments during extended hours. Approximately 45 businesses throughout Historic Gettysburg participate by hosting special receptions, guest artists and authors, sales and later business hours.

When visiting, look for the First Friday banner at participating Gettysburg area shops, galleries and restaurants.

Upcoming Gettysburg Hotel & One Lincoln First Friday Specials

March 7th 2014

Theme: March Into Spring

For march Chef Holmes is thrilled to be presenting Tossed Spring Greens, Garden vegetables, spicy pecans, and honey dressing to signal the impending beginning of spring. In addition, a tasty libation by all accounts. the Bay Breeze (2 oz. vodka, ½ cranberry, ½ pineapple juice) will be featured during the First Friday events.

April 4th 2014
Theme: Baseball

With April comes the quintessential springtime rite of passage, MLB Opening Day! Our salute to the national pastime on April 4th’s First Friday includes hot dogs & toppings, Cracker Jacks & peanuts as well as ice cold beer!

Learn more about Gettysburg’s First Friday program on the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association website. http://gettysburgretailmerchants.com