Here's a fabulous idea for a fun, easy-to-assemble party treat for kids' birthdays, tween or teen sleep-overs, or a movie night with the girls. A popcorn bar is an easy and inexpensive way to offer fun snacks.

To set up the popcorn bar start with a very large bowl or a few large bowls of plain popcorn. Choose cute bags or containers for guests to put their popcorn in.

For example, you might want to hand out popcorn bags (like the one shown below), popcorm boxes, takeout boxes, or even plastic champagne flutes.

For toppings, set out several smaller bowls, or perhaps a divided serving dish, plus shakers for powdered and spicy toppings.

The best flavor assortment: both sweet and salty toppings. Here is a list of suggested items, adapted from the Popcorn Board.

Spices, herbs, and flavorings:

  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano
  • Italian seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • onion powder
  • five spice powder
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • cocoa powder
  • cinnamon
  • brown sugar
  • nutmeg
  • pure vanilla powder


  • Nuts and seeds (pine nuts, peanuts, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
  • Cheese crackers, like Cheese Nips or Goldfish crackers
  • Pretzel sticks or small twist pretzels
  • Chopped dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots, apples)
  • Grated cheese (parmesan, cheddar)
  • Chocolate, peanut butter and butterscotch chips
  • M&Ms
  • Wasabi peas
  • Small graham crackers, (Teddy Grahams, Golden Graham cereal, or other type)
  • Gummi bears, worms, or other (sounds weird, but kids will love it)
  • Shredded coconut
  • Dry cereal
  • Granola
  • Miniature marshmallows

Photo credit: The Popcorn Board