Celebrate a special occasion with a number celebration candy board. This tray is a great dessert idea for a graduation party, anniversary celebration, New Year’s Eve party, or an athlete’s jersey number. Add number trays in the center then fill with a black and gold candy theme.
Graduation Party Candy Board
My oldest graduated high school this year and it was a special moment for our family. We are so proud of his hard work and excited to see his growth as he heads to college in the fall. Time really does fly by in the blink of an eye!
To celebrate our grad, we had a graduation party with a classic black and gold theme. I was inspired by the colors to make a candy dessert board with his graduation year in the center.
This dessert charcuterie board idea is perfect for a graduation party, a milestone anniversary, or even New Year’s Eve. The fun part is picking a color theme for the party and finding candy to fill the board with.
Supplies for making a candy board
- Round tray (similar)
- Paper mache numbers or ceramic number trays
- Black and gold candy
How to make trays out of paper mache numbers
This method works best with wrapped candy or hard-shell coated pieces like Sixlets, M&M’s, and skittles. You will want to avoid anything that can easily melt onto the paper mache numbers. I’m using 4-inch paper mache numbers. If making this tray for an athlete using their jersey number, I’d recommend 8-inch paper mache numbers.
Use an x-acto knife and carefully cut off the top layer of the paper mache number. Trim away any edges with small scissors. Arrange the numbers on the tray and fill them with candy.
Assemble the candy in a random pattern or alternating between black and gold. I started off by placing the gold Ferrero Rocher candy around the edge of the board then alternated between the colors directing the candy towards the center.
Black and gold candy board ideas
- Ferrero Rocher
- OREO cookies
- Gold wrapped chocolate balls
- Junior mints
- Mini York patties
- Almond kisses
- Hershey’s nuggets
- Black licorice
Where to find candy for a charcuterie board
I was able to find the majority of the candy at Target and a local grocery store. The gold foil-wrapped chocolate balls are from See’s Candy. If you need a high quantity of Ferrero Rocher candy, Costco offers the best deal on a large tray. My favorite stores to find candy for a color theme are:
- Party City
- Trader Joes
- See’s Candy
- Williams Sonoma
Get creative with melting chocolate and sprinkles if you can’t find enough candy in your preferred color theme. Dip OREO cookies, vanilla wafers, strawberries, and marshmallows in chocolate then add colorful sprinkles. Have fun creating a candy board your guest will enjoy!