The New Candy Buffet AKA Popcorn Bar

There has been a huge craze for candy buffets, but have you considered an alternative? We introduce to you a flavored popcorn bar… a.k.a. the new candy buffet.

Candy bars and buffets are very popular and have become an integral part of today’s wedding receptions. We don’t see any signs of this trend slowing down, either. We can see what’s great about it, though:It looks good as a part of the decor for the reception
It’s interactive for the guests
Candy is a wedding favor that 95% of your guests will enjoy

So put a twist on the been-there-done-that candy buffet: why don’t you offer a gourmet popcorn bar at your wedding?? It will still engage your guests, it can look fantastic inside your venue and it’s tasty!

To figure out how much popcorn you need, we would probably allot 1/4 to 1/3-gallon of popcorn per guest.

popcorn buffetTo save on costs, I would look for original and unique glass containers in places like Michaels, Ikea, thrift shops and antique stores. And there’s always the option of renting containers. One trick that many miss is to limit the size of the containers. I would only use small to medium containers, with only one or two large containers. Five to seven small or medium containers definitely give the look of more goodies as opposed to three large containers, although it’s holding the same amount of popcorn. Remember–presentation is everything!

We would liven up the table by adding  linens or table runners that match the colors and scheme of the rest of the reception. Votives, flower petals, seashells or scattered gems would also liven up the buffet. You really don’t want it to look bland. It should be inviting and appealing to your guests. It should almost scream out: “Come scoop me. . .” Gilded frames for the signage would be beautiful touch, as well.

We would stage the containers at different heights on the table using lifts/risers. This makes access to the popcorn goodies easier, but it also adds drama to the table. We would definitely stage the favor bags and boxes, too, because they are a part of the presentation as well. Stainless steel or silver scoops would round out the look for my gourmet popcorn bar.

Your gourmet popcorn bar is sure to be a success at your next special event or wedding reception. Who doesn’t like to pick and choose their own delicious take-home treats?

 What different ideas do you have for bars or buffets? We’d love to hear your ideas!
PopcornBar with guests

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