The holidays are here! For us that means holiday POPCORN. 🙂 It also means LOTS of food and friends at holiday parties. Whether you’re hosting, toasting or simply looking for a fun activity for the kids, these holiday popcorn ideas are a great add to the party! Check out some the ways we’re making this season extra merry and bright. 🙂
Small Gift Idea/Dessert To Pass: Poppy Chow Treats on the Go
Holiday cookies are delicious, but if you’re looking to shake it up with something a little less time consuming, check out this delicious Poppy Chow recipe! Not only can you put this on the dessert table as a sweet treat to share, but this recipe is easily pack-able into cute holiday themed bags. Send them home with guests as a memento of how A-MAZE-ING (get it?? That was a corn joke…) your holiday party was.
– 12 cups popped popcorn
– 1 cup creamy peanut butter
– 12 oz bag chocolate chips
– 1 cup powdered sugar
– Prepare popcorn
– Melt chocolate chips in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds
– Melt peanut butter in microwave, about 30 – 60 seconds
– Combine melted chocolate and peanut butter
– In a large paper bag, add popcorn and chocolate peanut butter mixture
– SHAKE! (shake until popcorn is completely coated)
– Add powdered sugar and shake again 🙂
An Idea For the Family Friends: A Host/Hostess Gift Everyone Will Love
Create your own family movie night gift basket! With lots of different flavors to choose from, family movie night quickly will turn into an episode of Top Chef. Want to make it even better? Include movie tickets or a Fandango card for Mom & Dad to have a night OUT and a fun Christmas DVD for the kids to have a popcorn party movie night IN!
– Full Kernel Season’s Seasoning Kit
– 1 of each Crunchin’ Kernels (White Cheddar, Ranch, Original and Kettle Corn)
Check out how to fill your basket here!
An Idea For the Party Planner: D.I.Y Winter Wonderland Popcorn Bar
A do-it-yourself themed popcorn bar is the perfect way to “wow” your guests this holiday season. Whether you’re hosting a holiday bash or a small gathering with friends, everyone will be blown away by how fun and creative a popcorn bar can be. The best part is that it’s great for all ages (including the kiddos!). Check out how we created a Winter Wonderland Popcorn Bar in four easy steps (well more like three if you don’t count basking in your glory as a step ;)).
Winter Wonderland Popcorn Bar Instructions
– Find your space and plan your theme
– Select what you’ll want to serve the popcorn in and how you’ll serve it
– Pick your toppings (if you ask us, we think 15 seasoning flavors are just enough 😉 )
– Set up your table, sit back, relax and watch your guests enjoy all your delicious work!
An Idea For the Kids: Make A Gingerbread House that “POP”s
Did you know that if you pop raw white kernels they turn into fluffy piles of “snow”? 🙂 An activity for the kids + holiday decor for your party= win/win.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season (let us know how these ideas worked out for you!)! If you missed last week’s delicious (and festive) Eggnog Popcorn, check it out here! As always, give us a like on Facebook for the greatest popcorn recipes and monthly contests and a follow on Instagram for the latest news from Kernel Season’s!
If you’re planning a wedding, baby shower, birthday party or really any celebration– check out this cool idea for a Do-It-Yourself Popcorn Bar.
This set up is VERY easy (most of these materials we got from Walmart and Michael’s for pretty cheap and you know who we got the seasoning from 🙂 ) and will serve a lot of people on a relatively tight budget.
Want to make one for your next party? Here’s how we did it:
STEP ONE: Find your space and figure out how to use it.
Depending on the length of your table and how much seasoning/popcorn/serving containers you’re using, you’ll need to create some different layers of eight on your popcorn bar to make it full and pretty. We used wooden crates, metal washtubs and wooden baskets for this.
STEP TWO: Think of a theme and get decor.
We were feeling rustic so we went for metal, wood and chalk boards for a cute home-y feel.
STEP THREE: Find what you’ll serve the popcorn in and how you’ll serve it.
We chose to pre-pop our popcorn and leave it out with a scoop and bags. While it is not pictured in this image, we would also suggest a small crock pot of warm movie theater butter and/or popcorn butter spritzer to help the seasoning stick. To remain in the theme of choice, you can even cover these with your own paper/decor and use different labels.
STEP FOUR: Decide what you’ll serve as toppings.
At Kernel Season’s we have 15 different popcorn seasonings in addition to some other delicious toppings like Drizzle Brittle. In these jars (about the size of an 8 oz mug), we used three jars/flavor. Keep in mind some flavors might be more popular than others (everyone loves White Cheddar, for example), so make sure you have enough stocked up. We also chose to add some candy mix-ins to the bar as well.
STEP FIVE: Create labels and signs to show your guests what to do.
It was so easy to find stick on chalkboard labels that worked GREAT and even came with chalk. We also decided to add a “Popcorn Bar” sign to further explain how to use the table.
Once you’ve set up your table, sit back, relax and watch the guests run over to try it. The best part about a popcorn bar is that it’s fun for all ages. People will have a blast creating their very own popcorn and BONUS: this could totally count as your party favor! 🙂
Have any ideas on how to expand? Let us know below in the comments– we’d love to hear from you!