Wednesday, October 5

STYLING | Rustic Popcorn Bar

Well it's about time I posted the full details from the Rustic Popcorn Bar I created for the September issue of
The Party Dress Magazine...

The inspiration behind its creation was my Family Reunion this summer.
I wanted to do something special for our "movie night"...
We'd be watching a slideshow of family photos I was asked to put together...
a POPCORN BAR was the perfect answer!
I mean really...
What goes better with watching a movie, afterall?
(and it WAS a movie - the slideshow ended up being one hour and twenty minutes long) *gasp*

Repurposing this cart as the focal point along with some borrowed rustic wooden barrels...
I designed the popcorn bar to be interactive so that everyone, (even the kids), could customize their own bags of popcorn.
The food prep was SUPER simple since I bought bags of fresh pre-popped popcorn I ordered from my local grocery store.
I picked up some salt shakers from a local restaurant supply store...
dressed them up with some labels...
and filled them with a variety of popcorn seasonings I ordered from Kernel Seasons.
Additional candies and peanuts were offered for those wanting a sweet and salty mix...
and there were also Popcorn Balls from Kernel Encore available for the kids.
The kids LOVED those almost as much as I loved displaying them on The Pastry Pedestal™ *wink*

I also ordered five unusual popcorn flavors from Kernel Encore, (no easy task from their 200+ flavor selection),
and created a simple game called "Mystery Popcorn Flavors".
(the person to guess all five of the flavors was the winner).

Okay - that's enough explaining...
I'll let the photos do the rest of the talking...

I hope you feel inspired to create your own popcorn bar...
It's seriously one of the easiest "dessert" buffets I've ever put together.

And just to make things easier...
All of the printables you see here are now available for purchase in my shoppe!
Everything comes in a "Printable Bundle"
• 24x36 Olde Fashioned Popcorn Poster
• 8 Popcorn Seasoning Salt Shaker Labels
• 4 Candy Topping Labels (including label for Popcorn Balls)
• Mystery Popcorn Game Label and Coordinating Numbers (1-5)
• Coordinating 8.5 x 11 "Instructions" sign for guests

First of all...
The Popcorn Bar looked nothing like this for my family reunion.
The cart was damaged in transit so my plans/vision were drastically changed...
everything was set up on the kitchen counter instead. *frown*
(Not quite the effect I was going for - but thankfully my family appreciated everything anyway). *wink*
Once the cart was put back together (only good enough for the photo shoot, mind you)
I had to recreate everything for the magazine feature. 

On a different note...
I enjoyed some WONDERFUL and much needed alone time over the past three days.
Aside from spending an evening with my mom watching movies and eating stir fry...
most of my precious, quiet hours were spent working...
on projects...
on design work...
on filling orders...
on painting my studio...
and on a gorgeous photo shoot I can't wait to share with you!!


Jessie October 5, 2011 at 4:46 PM  

This is truly beautiful! I am so amazed by your creations!

I want to share an art-project that I think you may like. I have came across this project, where a girl is trying to collect pictures from all over the world with a sign saying "Hello Tony" and make a gift for her boyfriend. It is not my project, but I LOVE the idea and want to spread it on the blogs I know.

Please have a look at and help spread the word! (And I hope you forgive me for posting here, I know it is a bit off-topic..)

Rebecca @This Nest is Best October 7, 2011 at 9:38 PM  

Love the rest of these photos! This was SUCH a cute table!

{ L } October 8, 2011 at 1:08 PM  

Wow, you never cease to amaze me! I really liked all the fun words you used for this table! The popcorn in the big baskets was perfect! Every photo was a treat to see. <3

Sally October 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM  

Love LOVE love this idea! Wondering if you could tell me where you purchased your darling baskets/ buckets that you used.

Thanks for sharing this!

jess @ pen n' paperflowers October 14, 2011 at 2:43 PM  

Hi Sally...I'm glad you loved the Popcorn Bar so much. The baskets were purchased from my local Tractor Supply store. ('s amazing what you can find in there)! *wink*

Joan October 19, 2011 at 1:21 PM  

so creative-love everything about this:)

Wrapped Couture November 1, 2011 at 8:28 PM  

This is really nice and I LOVE everything about it!!!! I love the popcorn sign and the different shakers. Totally awesome!!

jess @ pen n' paperflowers November 2, 2011 at 10:47 AM  

Thanks Joan and Wrapped Couture... was SO fun putting it together!
And for once...
SIMPLE food prep! *wink*

Heidi Petrick February 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM  

What butter did you use to "Spritz" on? (from the instruction sign)
THank you. It's darling!!
(just ordered the printables today)

jess @ pen n' paperflowers February 4, 2012 at 6:28 PM  

Hi Heidi...

Thank you so much for your inquiry about the butter spritzer.

It was recommended by the Kernel Season's is the link:

I hope that helps. And thank you for your order as well!!

Stephanie June 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM  

Love it! Found you via Eighteen25. We're big popcorn fans (dad owned a theater growing up)-so this is a must do for the summer!

Jessica Kirkland June 15, 2012 at 9:39 PM  

I'm thrilled you found me Stephanie!! (via Eighteen25) That's so fun that your dad owned a theatre while you were growing up...what a cool dad! *wink* Thanks for commenting - I'm glad you like how the Rustic Popcorn Bar turned out.

Anonymous,  June 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM  

We love popcorn and are always trying different add ins. Such a cute idea!!!

Regan Smith June 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM  

This is WONDERFUL! Would you mind sharing where you found the large apple baskets and the small baskets that the flavors and candy are in/on. Thanks!

Jessica Kirkland June 27, 2012 at 1:19 PM  

Hi Regan...

Thanks for commenting - I'm glad you like how the Rustic Popcorn Bar turned out. The large and small baskets were picked up at Tractor Supply. *gasp* They were perfect!! I hope that helps...

cucpake mama January 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM  

Love this post! I am planning a pinterest night for the ladies at my church and this is a perfect addition to the evening! SO simple, so tasty, so cute, and so economical as well! Thanks for sharing.

Jessica Kirkland January 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM  

Cupcake Mama - A Pinterest night sounds so fun. I hope you'll come back and share photos of how your Popcorn Bar turns out! Thrilled to have you here and so happy to know you've been inspired!!

Anonymous,  February 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM  

Love this idea- we are recreating it for an anniversary party soon. Was the popcorn you purchased buttered or plain?

runningthroughlife08 February 18, 2014 at 3:37 PM  

This is awesome I am going to do this for my big are the baskets? THANKS

Jessica Kirkland February 19, 2014 at 11:17 PM  

Hi runningthroughlife08 - I'm so happy to know you love this and that you'll be doing this for an anniversary party! The baskets were purchased from Tractor Supply - I'm not sure how big they are but if I had to guess they are probably 24 inches across? Maybe a little less? I hope it turns out fantastic!!

Tisha A. Castillo March 17, 2014 at 4:28 PM  

I need/want/love that cart!
Is that custom?!
I wish I owned a saw & table!!!

Michelle Allmon October 26, 2017 at 12:58 PM  

Hi Jessica:
I'm wondering where you found the clear plastic liners you have in the popcorn baskets? Love this idea. Going to have a popcorn bar for my husband's 50th birthday party next month, lots of kids coming figured they would love this. Thanks Michelle

Jessica Kirkland October 27, 2017 at 10:24 AM  

Hi Michelle!! The clear plastic liners are actually small wastebasket liners used in office buildings by cleaning companies. I just happened upon these when I was visiting my manufacturer and they let me have a handful. Ha! Ha! BUT...I did a little research for you and found some on Amazon I think would work: I think 2 gallons would be the right size, although I'm not 100% sure. They also have 4 gallon ones here: Let me know what you end up doing so I can let other people know too! Thanks for visiting my blog! So happy to have you here!

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