May 16, 2015

Popcorn Bar

So it's been an eventful 3 weeks at my house.  I think the month of May was named completely wrong, it should have been called Mayhem.  Between proms, 2 of them (still haven't posted about the 2nd), end of school year projects, performances, award ceremonies, graduation.  Oh, and ya, we are in the middle of a move - things really have been MAYHEM.  But, no complaints here, this is what life is made of and although I'm tired, I am happy and enjoying it. 

The good news though, in the middle of all the mayhem, I have managed to pull off a few fun projects.  Here's one from Miss M's grad party that we held this weekend.  It's my DIY Popcorn Bar!

Miss M told me a long time ago that she wanted a popcorn bar at her grad party.  So, this project has been in the works for quite awhile.  In fact, we bought the cute little burlap bags in February (Target Dollar Spot - $3)  I knew when I saw them that they would be perfect to hold scrumptious popcorn.

Seriously, aren't they perfect?!

I also grabbed some simple little food scoops.  They are just plain clear plastic so I wanted to dress them up a bit and make them match the rest of the decor.  It was easy to do though,  I just wrapped some jute and hot glued it in place on the handle.  (The scoops came from Party City $1.99 each)

And lastly, I ordered some small brown bags from Etsy and placed them in a cute little basket, yep, also from Target's Dollar Spot.  Everything else was just items I pulled from my house that I already had on hand.  

After all the display items were purchased, it was time to start working on the stand itself.  I'm lucky to have a smarty pants for a husband, so I quickly sketched out my idea and he drew up a plan and then built the frame for me.  It's designed to sit on a table top so it makes it really portable and easy to set up.  I wanted the front lower than the back, and Mr. K built me exactly what I was wanting. 

After the frame was built, I made the canopy with some cute fabric I found at JoAnn's.  Then I added a quick popcorn banner that I made by just stenciling on the word "popcorn". 

And then, last but not least, we just had to set it up and fill the baskets with goodness.  I'm very fortunate to have meet a fun couple in our hometown that run a Kettlecorn business.  (I've written about their delicious kettlecorn before - I'm probably their biggest fan.)   Filling up the baskets with their yummy popcorn was the finishing touch.  Not too mention everyone at the party loved it.

It was pretty fun to watch people's approach.  Most took just a little to start and then kept coming back to try a different flavor.  One kid filled his bag 7 times and really, I can't blame him because I just wanted to take the whole basket and sit and snack as well.  Yumm!

Anyway, thanks A-Maize'n Kettle corn, llc - you helped us pull together a super fun party.  
If you want to know more about them, you can check out this video that Kent and I made.  All three of my girls are in there, the twins are in there a couple of times (it's like finding Waldo) and the voice, ummm, well that's me.  So now you know what I sound like.  
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We also rented a soft ice cream machine and set up a self serve rootbeer and orange float station.  Sadly, due to some weather issues and last minute changes, I didn't get any photos of that.  It was a hit though and a lot of fun!

Fun times, indeed!  And, congrats to Miss M as her big day is quickly approaching.  It was so fun to have so many of her friends, and people who have been influential in her life, come and help us celebrate!  A fond memory for sure!