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!!


  1. 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..)

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

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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*

  6. so creative-love everything about this:)

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

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

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

  10. 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!!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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...

  16. 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.

  17. 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!!

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

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

  20. 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!!

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

  22. 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

  23. 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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