Popcorn Bar Ideas: Family Movie Night Ideas

Popcorn Bar Ideas: Family Movie Night Ideas

The post popcorn bar ideas was originally posted 12/16/2019

Popcorn Bar Ideas for your next movie night at home! A popcorn bar is a creative, easy, inexpensive ways to jazz up your next party or movie night.


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One of my favorite holiday activities is holiday movie night with the family. I look forward to getting comfy and cozy on our couch, grabbing snacks and settling in to watch our favorite Christmas movies.

Popcorn Bar Ideas

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If you want to host a holiday or birthday party, a popcorn bar is a great, option that doesn’t require a lot of prep.  Fun fact, I had a popcorn bar at my wedding, and it was a hit!



Build your own popcorn bar

My popcorn bar was for holiday movie night at home. I started with my theme and looked for festive, holiday signs and containers. You can shop my popcorn bar items here.


How to serve popcorn at a party

Look for containers to display your popcorn and toppings. As well as bags or containers for your guest to use for their popcorn.

Decide what type of popcorn you want to serve. I opted to have plain and kettle corn. Kettle corn always reminds me of the fair, so it was a must for me.

However, feel free to have whatever flavors speak to you. I suggest having a least one plain flavor especially since you will be topping your popcorn with other items.

You can buy popcorn that is already popped in a bag, microwave popcorn, or pop it fresh.


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How much popcorn do I need for my party

This all depends on how much you and your guest love popcorn. Popcorn is my favorite snack. I’m that friend who is ordering her own medium popcorn at the movies—don’t ask me if we can share.

If you’re doing a movie night, where everyone has eaten already and the popcorn is the snack or treat, then I suggest 1-2 cups per guess. But listen, if your friends are like me, then go ahead and make 2-3 cups per guest.


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What to put on a popcorn bar: Popcorn Toppings

This is where you get to have all the fun! Go Crazy with the toppings. Here are some fun ideas for toppings to add to your pop corn bar.

Popcorn Bar Ideas: Savory Topping

Some of my favorite savory popcorn toppings are: nuts, mini pretzels, grated parmesan cheese, ranch seasoning, BBQ seasoning, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce. the sky is really the limit here.


Popcorn Bar Ideas: Sweet Topping

I’m all about the sweet toppings. I like adding: cinnamon sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate covered pretzels, gummies, chocolate covered raisins, chocolate chips, Reese’s Pieces, marshmallows, candy corn, M&Ms.

The sky is the limit here!

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Movies for a Family Holiday Movie Night

Once you’ve got your snacks and beverage of choice in hand, the next question is what to watch. Here are my suggestions for family friendly holiday movies:

Home Alone – a classic, that most kids today aren’t even aware of.

Elf – this movie is so funny

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Santa Clause

A Christmas Story – another classic

The Polar Express – the colors and imagery are beautiful.

The Nutcracker

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Nightmare Before Christmas


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Movies for a Girls Night in Holiday Movie Night

This theme can certainly be used for an adult party. Swap out the juice boxes for wine 😉 Some of my favorite adult friendly holiday movies to watch are:

Best Man Holiday – make sure you have Kleenex on hand.

Bad Santa – hilarious

Four Christmases – I have seen this movie a million times and still laugh every time I watch it.

This Christmas – Idris Elba—do I need to say anything more!

A Bad Moms Christmas

Last Holiday

The Holiday

Love Actually

Sex and The City

The Family Stone

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A holiday movie night with a DIY popcorn bar is the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit.


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