Even if you just want a casual night with friends, don’t cheat them and yourself out of some flavorful food. Set up a concession stand in your kitchen or on a nearby bar cart.
Use this sample menu to help get you started:
Mix glass bottled soda and izze drinks with waters to give your guests some options. Don’t want to break the bank or cheat your diet? Buy the 100 calorie sodas at your grocery store. Top it off with these cute straws and you are good to go.
Oriental Trading Movie Night Paper Straws
(Find the chalk tumbler at Pier 1. Shown: Wedgwood Bone China Plate, vintage silverware, crystal glass and gold placemat)
For food I like to go for things I can get at the theater. Such staples like nachos but don’t forget about extra surprises like ice-cream bars, s’mores, and pretzels. If you know that your guests love a certain type of candy (Junior Mints, M&M, Twizzlers, etc.) than buy a pack or two and set it up like a concession stand.
But do not forget about the popcorn bar. Whether you grab a package of Orville Redenbacher or you buy a popcorn machine (see below), be sure to add a fun twist. This can be as simple as buying striped popcorn bags on Etsy or you can go all out and have a popcorn bar. Have various toppings for your popcorn sitting out such as butter, salt and white cheddar.
The popcorn machine goes perfect with a bar cart. A cart is the perfect way to set up a few snacks without having to make several trips back and forth to the kitchen. The different levels are also a great storage solution for baskets filled with candy and chips.
For an extra bonus you can add a marquee letter to the cart. You can find these fun letters at Kohl’s and Michaels. They are battery operated (no annoying wires) and they offer just enough light without distracting your friends from the screen.