1. Colors: Pick your dominant color (I used pink) then pick your complimentary colors (I used orange and yellow) When you go to purchase candy and accessory items for your party, stick primarily to these three colors (varying the shades of them) This will give a nice cohesiveness to everything.
2. Layout: Before you purchase your candy you want to figure out the size and layout of your table. The most important thing is creating levels. You can do this through varying the size of your containers as well as using boxes to raise things up. I used these simple sturdy boxes from the container store to create levels. I found a lot of my candy containers (the cute glass jars with the lids) at places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls - Under $10.00 for each one. Crate and Barrel also has them but they are a little more expensive.
3. Buy your Candy in Bulk: Once you have figured out they layout of your table make a list of the containers that need to be filled. Also try to make a budget on what you would like to spend. I actually brought my containers with me to the store to see how much I would need to fill each one. In Los Angeles there is a great wholesale candy store called Jack's Wholesale. I found some of the best treats at Smart and Final, Target and the Dollar Store. If you are getting overwhelmed with two many containers of candy some great ideas for cheaper fillers are marshmallows, donuts with multicolor sprinkles and of course cupcakes.
4. Little extras - Paper lanterns in the trees, DIY lolipops to line the walkway into the party, oversized and bright fake flowers blooming in the bushes. Balloon trees to tie in your color scheme and of course no candy party is complete without the Bunting. Those cute little flags on strings just make everything a little sweeter - if you have time you can make your own. I purchased mine from Starlit Nest on Etsy. She is fast and can customize her flags to match your theme
5. Gift Bags - My final word of advice is to make sure you have plenty of plastic bags on hand so your guests can take home candy with them when the party is done. You don't want any of it hanging around after the party is done. And yes, hard to believe but you probably will be sick of candy for a little while.