Tips for Creating a DIY Popcorn Bar

This post, tips for creating a super fun popcorn bar to enjoy with friends and family. Popcorn bars are a great choice for big gatherings.

I am involved with the youth in my church. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am in the Young Women’s presidency. Every Wednesday we have an activity for the young women, ages 11-17 in our church. These activities are usually planned ahead of time, and our girls love when it involves food.

This specific activity involved their parents or grandparents, so I needed something that could feed a big group of people. Popcorn Bar was the way to go with this big group. There was something for everyone. There was something sweet and salty/savory.

It took a whole lot of popcorn to serve just about 40 people. I believe I popped about 20 bags of popcorn. After doing this, I realized I need to invest in a air popcorn popper. Pop-Secret Movie Butter Microwavable popcorn came to my rescue though. This is one of my favorite brands of microwavable popcorn. It has just the right amount of butter flavor on it.

A popcorn bar is super easy to set up, and it can be used for a casual event or a more formal event. All you have to do is pop the popcorn, put the different toppings in containers and your ready to go!

Things you will need…

Sweet toppings:

  • M&M’s
  • Skittles
  • Chocolate Covered Raisins
  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate chips
  • Crushed Oreo cookies

Salty & Savory toppings:

  • Ranch dressing seasoning
  • Parmesan
  • Cheese balls
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Roasted Peanuts
  • Pretzels

I purchased a lot of my toppings from good ol’ Walmart. These of course are just the things that I used. There is an array of other things you could include in your popcorn bar as well. Get creative!

I ordered popcorn bags, scoop and my steel tub all from Amazon. I also had small little chalk boards that had sweet and savory on them.

I already had my larger chalkboard. I used that for my sign that said “Popcorn Bar” . I don’t have the prettiest handwriting with chalk, but it turned out pretty cute.

A popcorn bar is super easy to set up, and will be enjoyed by all ages. Have you ever put on a popcorn bar yourself. Any tips or ideas you could share? I’d love to hear, so share your thoughts in the comments below.