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Olde Fashioned Rustic Popcorn Bar

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I was flattered when Jenn asked me to share the Rustic Popcorn Bar I created for a Family Reunion party over the summer.  If you are looking for something super simple to throw together for your next event…look no further.  Order yourself some popcorn seasonings from Kernel Season’s and pre-order fresh, already-popped bags of popcorn from your local grocery store.  A-MAIZE-ingly easy!!

Rustic Popcorn Bar Elements

Spruce up some salt shakers with some cute labels and offer a few candies and nuts to sprinkle in the popcorn; You’ve got an instant interactive popcorn bar with very little prep work.  Although this particular popcorn bar has a rustic vibe, the concept works for any season.

You’d butter keep reading for all of the details. You just might be inspired to be the POPular mom in the neighborhood and host a movie night for the kids. Or better yet, how about hosting a “girls-night-in” movie night with your girlfriends.

Popcorn Baskets

Popcorn Toppings

Popcorn Seasonings, Popcorn Balls, Mystery Popcorn Game

Rustic Popcorn Bar

Popcorn Balls and Mystery Flavor Popcorn Game


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Jessica of Pen N’ Paperflowers Studio & Design

“When I found myself assigned to the arduous task of putting together a family slideshow to watch for the ‘Family Movie Night’ portion of our Family Reunion this past summer…little did I realize it would literally become a movie. (a 1 hour and 20 minute movie to be exact). I kept the length of the movie quietly to myself and decided I’d better have some fantastic snacks to offer the unsuspecting crowd.

The family movie was going to be shown at a family member’s home on 5 acres of beautiful property that included horses. Their gorgeous pool was the backdrop for the slideshow. With a country setting already provided, a rustic-style Popcorn Bar was in order. I wanted it to be kid-friendly and fun and I needed it to be easy as far as food preparation for 50+ people. It was the easiest ‘dessert table’ I’ve put together to-date and it was an absolute hit.

My intentions were to create an interactive popcorn bar that would allow everyone to personalize their simple brown bags of popcorn. By selecting a seasoning (or two) as well as offering a few candies and peanuts to throw in the mix, this option allowed everyone to get creative and ultimately cater to a large array of popcorn palettes.

As a fun, special element for the children, I offered caramel popcorn balls I ordered from Kernel Encore and served them up on The Pastry Pedestal™.

I pre-ordered 10 bags of fresh, already popped popcorn from my local grocery store. I then ordered an array of popcorn seasonings, (Kettle Corn, Apple Cinnamon, Nacho Cheddar, White Cheddar, Ranch, Chili Lime, and Caramel) and a butter spritzer from Kernel Season’s website.

I created a catchy sign with easy one-word directions so everyone would know exactly what the process entailed to create their personalized bag of popcorn: Snatch, Scoop, Spritz, Sprinkle, Shake and Savor. (and you could add Share…if you like). *wink*

I also added another interactive element to the popcorn bar by creating a fun, simple game called ‘Mystery Popcorn Flavors’.  I ordered 5 different ‘Sampler Bags’ of unusual flavored popcorn from Kernel Encore. (Salt & Vinegar, BBQ, Watermelon, Peanut Butter and Taco).  With each of the flavors in a separate numbered basket, I challenged everyone to sample them and offered a prize to the person to guess all five flavors correctly.

The food preparation couldn’t have been more simple and I believe everyone had fun serving up their own snacks in preparation for the movie. A popcorn bar is such a versatile idea allowing for so many different creative avenues to choose from.  It’s also one of the easiest dessert tables I’ve put together to-date.”



– Popcorn Bar Sign, Labels & Tags: Pen N’ Paperflowers Studio & Design
– Popcorn Seasonings: Kernel Season’s
– Flavored Popcorn Samples for the Game: Kernel Encore
– Popcorn Bar Baskets: Tractor Supply
– Fabrics tied around baskets: JoAnn’s
– Popcorn Balls: Kernel Encore
– Popcorn Ball Holders: The Pastry Pedestal™
– Popcorn Cart: re-purposed from this event

POSTED BY:Jessica K.JESSICA KIRKLAND is a designer by nature and is always engaged in something artistic.

26 responses to “Olde Fashioned Rustic Popcorn Bar”

  1. chrystina says:

    These tags are great!! Great shape, great colors, awesome font… and any use of alliteration is much appreciated in my book!

  2. antique engagement rings says:

    I love the antique or vintage look!

  3. FUN!!!! I love nothing more than a big bowl of popcorn, so this is right up my alley! I love the idea of ordering popped corn from a grocery store. (They do that?)

  4. Love this!! What an adorable idea!

  5. Jenn P says:

    Love it! Such a great idea.

  6. Hannah says:

    I want to do this!!!

  7. Anastasia says:

    I absolutely love it!!!
    But can’t find the fabric at JoAnn’s…

  8. Melissa says:

    Darling!! I’m going to take a few tips and apply them to an upcoming expo. How did you make the labels for the seasoning, toppings, etc.? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

  9. This is the theme we are doing for Clayton and Kilee's birthday party!

  10. Wendy says:

    What size baskets did you use for the popcorn?

  11. JoAnn Eddings says:

    I love this and using this for my son’s wedding for a after dinner snack. Can you tell me how did you made the labels for the seasoning toppings, etc. Any help would be much appreciated on this. Also what size of salt and pepper shakers did you use. Thank you.

  12. Sho Shopperzik says:

    I went to pen and paper flowers and purchased the “kit” for $25… and what I got were links to graphics I had to print… and cut… and glue… with an endless list of supplies I needed to make the popcorn bar. they are selling the “idea” ! Save yourself the $25 and get the clip art for free through google images, that’s where the original clip art comes from, and you can customize it for free.

  13. Michelle h says:

    Where are the silver scoops from??

  14. Allyson says:

    Can you tell me how big were the baskets & seasoning shakers?

  15. tiffany says:

    where did you get the plastic bags for the baskets?? I need some asap for my popcorn bar at my wedding and I can’t findanything suitable! thanks

  16. Jodie Schuerlein McInerney says:

    I love this! Thank you for sharing!!!

  17. Kate says:

    Where did you get the plastic that you used to line the baskets?

  18. Peter Cpin says:

    Where on the tractor supply site are they? Can't find the baskets!

  19. I found the baskets in AMAZON for $12 – $14 free shipping!

  20. Jenn says:

    How were the baskets tilted and propped? Love the popcorn bar!

  21. Tina Redmond says:

    Do you have the templates for this? If so, would you be willing to share them? They would be perfect for my wedding!!!

  22. Jenny King says:

    Should I use unsalted popcorn for this? What an adorable idea!!

  23. Such an awesome idea! Love it!

  24. Christy Geer says:

    What did you use for the plastic bags in the baskets?

  25. etherapi says:

    I like this idea. Actually i love popcorn balls.