What is a Popcorn Bar?
A popcorn bar is a delicious addition to any gathering or special event. It provides inexpensive and interactive entertainment for guests, allowing them to build their own gourmet snack with their favorite popcorn and toppings. You can also coordinate popcorn and accessories with a theme so it serves as an extension of your party decor. Use our step-by-step instructions below to help you set up a homemade popcorn bar that is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Gourmet Popcorn Flavors
Whether you prefer a snack that is salty, savory or sweet, Farmer Jon has created an assortment of gourmet popcorn flavors for everyone to love. Start with classic caramel, our most popular popcorn, and add an assortment of our other flavor creations for a tasty spread. Our bulk popcorn servings are perfect for hosting special events and catering to a crowd.
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"My Guests Loved the variety of flavors and how I decorated"
How to create a popcorn bar
You can create a gourmet popcorn bar with a variety of flavors, seasonings and toppings, or keep it simple with a few popcorn varieties and snacks. Whether you’re looking to set up a popcorn bar at a wedding, birthday party, corporate gathering or other special event, decide upon a theme or decor style and follow these eight easy steps to ensure your popcorn bar is a success.
Choose your popcorn flavors, colors and/or novelty items.
Everything starts with the popcorn. Select flavors that you think guests will enjoy, ensuring a range of flavors to appeal to a variety of tastes. Consider your theme as well when deciding upon certain flavors or colors. The number of items will dictate how many serving containers you will need as well as how much space the serving area will require. When ordering popcorn, be sure to look at how many guests you are expecting and follow our guidelines for how many ounces to plan for per person.
Select medium-sized serving containers that follow your theme.
Now that you’ve decided on the varieties of popcorn you will be serving, you need to consider how it will be presented to your guests. Choose serving containers that compliment your theme and consider using medium-sized bowls, regardless of how big of an event you are hosting. This will help keep costs down and ensure the popcorn is as fresh as possible. (You can continue to refill containers if you see the supply getting low.) Consider using a cake stand for serving popcorn cake or for stacking popcorn balls. And don’t forget the scoops!
Find a surface area that will hold your main popcorn bar items.
Depending upon how many items you decide to serve, you may have a full table dedicated to your popcorn bar or just a small section that is part of a larger food display. Allow yourself plenty of space so you have room for multiple guests to be filling their popcorn containers at the same time. The amount of space you have available will likely determine how many add-on toppings and/or seasonings you want to include. Utilize items to create various heights for the containers on the table and be sure to dress it up with a fun tablecloth or covering as well.
Pick out guest containers and other key serving accessories.
Next, it’s time to select the popcorn containers for your guests and coordinating items such as labels, candy dishes, etc. You can provide traditional popcorn bags and boxes or get more creative and have guests use customized cups or cone-shaped holders. Continue to consider the theme when selecting the labels, bowls for toppings and other popcorn bar accessories to ensure uniformity. (We wanted a rustic popcorn bar and went with metal, wood, chalk boards and kraft brown serving trays for a provincial, down-home feeling.)
Incorporate additional seasonings or snacks to use as mix-ins.
Now you need to consider what toppings you’d like to make available to your guests. Even though every good popcorn bar has a variety of popcorn flavors, the extras you offer will make the popcorn bar even more memorable. Incorporating seasonings like cinnamon sugar or powdered cheese allows people to shake on some extra flavor. Add-ons like candy, sprinkles, pretzels and nuts are also popular choices for popcorn toppings. Aside from considering the amount of space you have available, you are only limited by your imagination!
Create labels and prepare your popcorn containers for serving.
Make sure you prepare a label for each of the popcorn flavors to make it easier for guests to make their selections. You can adhere labels to the front of your containers, clip them to the back of buckets or create simple, stand-up signs. Depending upon the containers you are using, you may want to line them with cloth napkins or decorative cellophane. Add a finishing touch to simple buckets or baskets by tying a bow around them with ribbon or twine.
Create clever popcorn bar signage to tie the theme together.
Signage is an important part of every popcorn bar because it helps bring your concept together. You can either create your own to match your theme or search online for a pre-designed printable to purchase. If you need some inspiration, search for “popcorn bar sayings” online and you will find a variety of signage ideas for events ranging from weddings to baby showers to birthday parties. Take your theme one step further and use the phrase to customize popcorn bags and/or napkins.
Monitor the popcorn bar while appreciating all of your hard work!
Congratulations! You have created a popcorn bar that is sure to impress all of your guests. Even though all of the heavy lifting is done, it’s important to make sure that the popcorn bar you worked so hard on maintains its attractive appearance. Assign someone to “popcorn duty” to ensure that the bar stays clean, organized and well stocked. Also, if there is plenty of popcorn and individual containers remaining at the end of your event, encourage your guests to take some home as a party favor!