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Homemade Popcorn Bar

Party idea: a popcorn bar!

Last weekend, Justin’s mom hosted a really sweet baby shower for his little sister (hashtag I’m going to be an aunt!!) And though his mom handled every last detail like the rockstar she is, I wanted to contribute in a small way. Enter: the popcorn bar. Inexpensive (seriously, the whole thing maybe cost me $30 for 30 people, including the ingredients), terribly cute, and a massive crowd pleaser. Truly. I cannot tell you how big of a hit this was!

Grab the steps to create your own popcorn bar for your next party!

I’d be lying if I told you it was quick and easy (read: it was not). But I like to make my life difficult and decided to make all of the popcorn myself, on top of creating that fancy little do-dad of a popcorn bar sign. It wasn’t hard by any means, just time consuming. But I don’t mind, because although it took me like three hours to cut around all those curly edges, I know I’ll get good use out of it (read: popcorn bars at every event I host from here on out!) 

Party idea: a popcorn bar

And if you don’t want to torture yourself by making batch after batch of popcorn, may I suggest simply picking up a collection at the grocery store? Next time I would probably buy the salted butter, the kettle corn and perhaps a caramel corn pre-made, and then whip up two (in lieu of five) others.  

The popcorn bar 
A few tips, if you’re looking to create your own popcorn bar for your next party: head to your local party store or craft store and pick up a bunch of the striped popcorn boxes. They come in a million different colours, and cost no more than a dollar for 5. Oh, and most party stores sell mini plastic scoops for like 50 cents each! Grab a handful of those too and place them in each vessel.

Next, grab vessels, vases, punch bowls, and anything else you have on hand. Try to keep it all consistent (ie: all glass, all porcelaine etc…), and try to vary the shapes, sizes and heights. Grab some sticky labels, write each popcorn variety on each label in your prettiest penmanship, and stick em on! 

And though this silly little sign took a lot of time and patience, it really was worth it as it totally took the whole shebang to the next level. The piece de resistance, if you will. Here’s how you do it….

DIY popcorn bar sign (a free printable!)

 materials
A sharp exacto knife
Scissors
(2) wooden dowels (I picked mine up at Michael’s!)
(1) thin piece of wood (I picked mine up at Michael’s!)
Hot glue
The popcorn bar printable (download it here!)
Thick cardstock (100 lb.)

instructions

No. 1 – Print out the free popcorn bar printable on thick cardstock (you may need to adjust your printer’s settings so that you don’t get a paper jam). 

No. 2 – Using your exacto knife and scissors, carefully cut around the outline. Be patient, and replace your exacto blades often so that you get a nice clean cut!

No. 3 – Using a hot glue gun, glue the dowels to your wooden base and let dry completely. 

No. 4 – Hot glue the popcorn bar sign to the dowels and enjoy!

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All images original to Lark & Linen

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44 Comments

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    supal {chevrons and eclairs}
    October 29, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Ok that is incredible! I would have a popcorn bar 24/7 if I went through all that. I bet it was so worth it though in the end! x

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      Jacquelyn
      October 29, 2014 at 10:55 am

      hahaha YEP! I’m like Oprah “and YOU’LL get a popcorn bar, and YOU’LL get a popcorn bar!”

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    Mallory | R.Simple Life
    October 29, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Will you be my sister in law?

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      Jacquelyn
      October 29, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Happily!!

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    Jessica
    October 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Wow that’s super cool! Love it x

    http://www.wild-cherrytree.com

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      Jacquelyn
      November 3, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Jessica!

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    Allison
    October 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    What a fabulous idea! I love the popcorn bar sign. As often as you host these gatherings and parties, have you thought of purchasing a digital paper cutter like the Silhouette Cameo? Mine has been worth every penny when I realize how much time it’s saved me and no more sore fingers from cutting it all out by hand. But thanks for including the DIY for those that don’t have one.

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      Jacquelyn
      November 3, 2014 at 9:59 am

      You know what, I hadn’t thought about it but it’s not a bad idea at all! I think there are going to be MANY more of these types of events in the future as all my friends start getting married and have babies!

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    Andrea
    October 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Amazing idea! It looks so cute and I bet it was delicious too. :)
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

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      Jacquelyn
      November 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Not to toot my own horn, but people LOVED it. Mega crowd pleaser, for sure.

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    Davida @ SHE uncovered
    October 29, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    This is the best idea although dangerous for my popcorn obsessed self! It is my weakness food (especially the movie popcorn variety –> TIFF has the BEST kind) . When I was in Minneapolis a few weeks ago to visit my business partner she showed me this thing called a “whirly pop” which makes movie theater style popcorn at home. I single handedly crushed her entire jar of kernels! So yeah….this is happening!

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      Jacquelyn
      November 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

      hahahahah that’s amazing! This will be totally up your alley then.

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    Linn
    October 29, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I love love love this idea! we had a popcorn bar at our wedding and it was a huge hit! I will def try it again for the next time the girls are over.
    http://www.lifestylingit.com

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      Jacquelyn
      November 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

      YES! Oh man, such a great idea. I’m totally going to bust it out at my next movie night

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    Estela
    October 29, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Great idea, thank you.

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      Jacquelyn
      November 3, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Any time!

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    Lauren Burkitt
    October 29, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    This is adorable Jacquelyn! So clever and such a fun idea for a party or movie night.

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      Jacquelyn
      November 3, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Thanks Lauren!

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    Love CompassionateLee
    October 30, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Awesome idea! Happy Thursday to you!

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      Jacquelyn
      November 3, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Thank you :)

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    Alison Dulaney
    October 30, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Such a great idea! Especially when award season rolls around:)

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      Jacquelyn
      November 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Yes! Totally!

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    Seersucker Sass
    October 31, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Ahh, this is lovely! My big had a popcorn bar at her baby shower, but it was not as “upscale” as this one. I am definitely inspired to have a popcorn bar at my next event now :)

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      Jacquelyn
      November 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

      It was a hit ;) I highly recommend!

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    Madeleine | The Daily Mark
    November 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Words cannot express how much I love this! And those flavours!! x
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

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    Pearl - Pretty Mayhem
    November 5, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    This is so lovely! I’m planning to host a movie night on my rooftop terrace soon and this popcorn bar would be perfect for it! Thanks for sharing x

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      Jacquelyn
      November 10, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Love that idea!

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    Links I’m Loving | Brandy Alexander
    November 6, 2014 at 11:13 am

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    Shae
    November 6, 2014 at 11:27 am

    So adorable! Such a fun idea for an inexpensive movie night snack with little upgrade. Great idea!

    XX,
    S. Roderick
    http://www.currenthabits.com

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      Jacquelyn
      November 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Totally!

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    Lauren Vandiver
    November 6, 2014 at 11:45 am

    LOVE this idea! So adorable and delicious.

    Fair-well xx,
    -Lauren Vandiver
    http://vandifair.com/

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      Jacquelyn
      November 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks Lauren!

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    MsYoLee.com
    November 6, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    what a fun idea! this is adorable :)

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      Jacquelyn
      November 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks :)

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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses
    November 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    This is such an amazing hostess idea! I also feel like it’d be a hit at a wedding…am I crazy for that?? Might even consider it myself, because I love popcorn THAT much.

    lovelovelove,
    Erica
    cominguprosestheblog.com

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      Jacquelyn
      November 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Hahaha DO IT! I think it’s a great idea

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