How to decorate with candy & glass jars

Updated February 21, 2017

Decorating with vibrant candy and glass jars will give your home or table a whimsical look. Create an old-fashioned sweetshop table display for a birthday party or baby shower. Use the candy jars to brighten the dinner or dessert table and have guests scoop some of the sweets into bags as edible favours. Customise the jars by filling them with candies featuring hues to reflect a specific party theme or colour scheme.

Select clear glass jars in varying heights. Use vintage apothecary jars featuring domed glass lids for sweetshop appeal.

Pick candy according to the party colour scheme or theme. Use a mix of pink or blue gum balls, gum drops and jelly beans for a baby shower. Choose different shades of rock candy and candy rings when decorating a bridal shower. Go with a mix of vibrantly hued candy, such as candy-coated chocolates, gummy worms, Sweet Tarts, Life Savers and lollipops for a child's birthday party.

Fill the glass jars with the candy. Use a separate jar for each candy colour, or mix the goodies up to create a rainbow effect. Add different coloured jelly beans to a jar in layers for a creative look. Bundle sticks of rock candy or lollipops and tie them with ribbons to create mini candy bouquets prior to placing them into the jars.

Line the jars up down the centre of the party table to create a candy buffet. Stagger the jar heights for a varied look. Place some of the jars on decorative props, such as vintage books, crystal cake stands or wrapped gift boxes to add height and visual interest.

Place a small metal or plastic scoop next to each candy jar so guests can fill goody bags after the celebration.


Avoid using chocolate candies if the display will be outside on a warm day.

Things You'll Need

  • Various types of candy
  • Glass apothecary jars with lids
  • Decorative props, such as vintage books and cake stands
  • Small candy scoops
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Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.