How to Have the Ultimate Holiday Movie Night

The month of December means several things – family reunions, winter treats like peppermint and eggnog, and holiday traditions. One of our favorite traditions during the winter is hosting a holiday movie night with our family members and neighbors.

Keep in mind, there’s so much more to movie night than just picking a good holiday movie – so we’ve put together this list of tips and ideas to ensure you’ll have THE holiday movie night of the season!

Choose the Movie

While it’s not the only important factor, picking the right movie for your crowd is a delicate art. Do you go with a classic film that tugs at the heart strings and appeals to an audience of all ages? Or do you go with an animated flick the little ones will love giving the adults time to snack and schmooze?

Celebrations.com has cut your work in half by putting together a definitive list of the top 10 Christmas movies of all time – are your favorites in the list? If not, let us know in the comments what movie YOU would add or get rid of!

“Deck the Halls”

Decorate in loud, vibrant colors that will entice both the young and the young at heart. Get inspired with these holiday and Christmas decorating ideas from Celebrations.com – from DIY ideas to color inspiration, you’ll find the tools you need to take your event to the next level.

Alternatively, you can keep it simple by adding subtle, sporadic elements inspired by the chosen movie. Playing a movie with Santa or Rudolf? Whip up a simple DIY Reindeer Wreath like the one pictured above!

Celebrate With Snacks

Keep your guests fueled for the night’s antics with the age-old movie night snack pairing: popcorn. Of course, you know just where to turn to for your movie night popcorn needs!

If it’s just family, grab a few popcorn scoopers and place your favorite popcorn tin in the center for all to enjoy. If your movie night has been extended to include friends and neighbors, serve them in fun ways such as in cocktail glasses or cellophane bags with a fun tag attached!

Poppin’ Fun With Activities

How can you take your holiday movie night above and beyond? With activities paired with your movie pick! We love this roundup of 12 family activities paired with classic Christmas flicks from Celebrations.com. Will you play pranks like Kevin McCallister or celebrate Ralphie Parker’s infamous bunny suit by snacking out of bunny cups? The possibilities are endless!

What elements will you incorporate into your holiday movie night? Let us know in the comments!

The Perfect Pairing For Your Holiday Sweets

Take your Christmas desserts setup to the next level by serving them with the “coolest” sip around: Snow Cold DIY Milk Bottle Snowmen!

  This quick craft will add a festive touch to any food or drink display – make these in the beginning of December and use them all season long! Now it’s time to chill out (pun intended) and eat some sweet treats! Get the full idea at Celebrations.com Looking for some festive sweet treats? Check out some of our favorites!

Fancy Decorated Snowflake Cookies

Gingerbread Man Cookies

Garland Snowman Cookies

Cheryl’s Buttercream Frosted Christmas Cookies

The Perfect Father’s Day Gifts for Your Pops!

Dad’s big day is almost here: Father’s Day 2014 is Sunday, June 15! And we can’t think of a better way to say “You’re the best, Pops!” than with a giant tub of popcorn. To help you get a head start on your Father’s Day gift shopping, we’ve rounded up our top popcorn picks for every kind of dad:

Movie Night Scoop BoxesFor the Family Man

Top Father’s Day Pick: Movie Night Scoop Boxes

If your dad’s favorite hobby is to spend time with you and the rest of the clan, then give him a gift that’ll inspire the theme for your next family night! Perfect for a movie marathon, these snack boxes come with loads of sharable candy for the whole family: butter popcorn, red licorice twists, malted milk balls, gummy bears and more. Pair them with a few DVDs Dad loves, then head to the living room to enjoy some quality time with the man of the house!

Sports TinsFor the Sports Man

Top Father’s Day Pick: Sports Tins

Got a dad who’s crazy for sports? We have the perfect gift for Pops to show off his team pride! Whether he’s a MLB, NFL or college sports fan, he’ll love these sports tins. They’re adorned with tons of team logos and mascots, so you can pick Dad’s favorite. Not to mention that they’re filled with three delicious flavors of popcorn that your father can munch on while he cheers on his best players. But never mind the athletes: Dad will always be the MVP in your eyes!

Create Your Own Snack AssortmentFor the Handy Man

Top Father’s Day Pick: Create Your Own Assortment

Leaky faucets don’t stand a chance: When something around the house needs to be fixed, your dad rolls up his sleeves and gets down to business. If he’s a DIY dad who likes to get things done his way, there’s no doubt he’ll love this create-your-own assortment. Just pick three of Pop’s favorite popcorn flavors for a totally custom snacking experience that you handpicked yourself. It’s a Father’s Day gift that would make any handy man dad proud!

Which category does your pops fall into, and how will you surprise him with popcorn on Father’s Day?

Fun Administrative Professionals Day Gift Ideas for Men and Women

Thank You So Much Sampler

The time’s come to celebrate the unsung heroes of every successful business: Administrative Professionals Day 2014 is Wednesday, April 23! Although they often work in the background, secretaries, receptionists and other administrative support professionals who keep businesses running smoothly from day to day. If you know a co-worker who always goes above and beyond, give them the big thank-you they deserve with these Administrative Professionals Day gift ideas from The Popcorn Factory!

Administrative Professionals Day Gifts for Men

These cool, classic tins and gift towers come packed with heaps of snacks that any hungry man would love. With piles of absolutely scrumptious rainbow sandwich cookies, gourmet pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, foil-wrapped chocolates, sour fruit chews, jelly beans, mindblowing popcorn flavors and more, these are the perfect gifts for the guys who keep the show running at the office each and every day.

Administrative Professionals Day Gift Ideas for Men

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Administrative Professionals Day Gifts for Women

Give the ladies something bright and cheery with which they can prettify their desk space. In addition to being chock-full of yummy treats—honey roasted peanuts, dark chocolate caramels, chocolate chip cookies, gourmet pretzels, tortilla chips, salsa, sour hard candies, foil-wrapped chocolates, fruit chews, flavor-packed popcorn and more—they’re also beautifully decorated with colorful flowers and stripes. For the women who make the workplace a much lovelier place to be, consider these great gifts:

Administrative Professionals Day Gift Ideas for Women

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Do you have any terrific co-workers or employees that you’d like to honor on Administrative Professionals Day? Tell us all about them!

5 Awesome National Sibling Day Activities for Kids

Popcorn Bowl & SnacksHappy National Sibling Day! Every year on April 10, we celebrate our best lifelong friends: our brothers and sisters! All the best memories we share with our siblings start at childhood. So help your little ones create an unforgettable bond with these great National Siblings Day activities for kids.

Have a Just-for-Siblings Picnic

Give your kids one-on-one time to laugh, talk and play over some great food and snacks. Have them work together to fill up a picnic basket with sandwiches, popcorn, cookies, pretzels and any other snack foods they love. Set out a comfy blanket on the living room floor with some toys, pop a movie in the DVD player and let them dig in! They’ll be so excited to have their own private party, and they’ll create memories that will stay with them long after they’ve grown up.

Make Some National Sibling Day Crafts

Instead of having your little ones exchange store-bought presents, show them how to make handmade and heartfelt gifts they can exchange with each other. Help them draw their own National Siblings Day cards and tell them to write what they love most about their brother or sister. You can also get crafty with them and create some popcorn hearts that they can swap along with their cards.

Hold a Sibling Photo Shoot

Every kid should have some great pictures with their brother or sister. What better day to have a sibling photo shoot than today? Don’t worry; you don’t have to go to a professional to get great shots. Make it fun by setting up your own mini studio at home: You can hang up a sheet or tablecloth on the wall for an instant backdrop. Have your kids pick out their favorite outfits or costumes, give them a few cute photo props (like fake mustaches or jewelry), and tell them to strike a pose for the camera together. The sillier they are, the better the pictures will be! At the end of the day, they won’t just be smiling; they’ll also have lots of keepsake photos that’ll make them laugh for years to come.

Play a Sharing Game

Kids love to talk about their favorite things, so why not turn it into a fun game that’ll teach them how to share with their siblings? Tell each child to draw pictures of their toys and stuffed animals—without looking at their siblings’ drawings. Drop the drawings into a bucket and mix them up. Then, have each child pick a random drawing from the bucket and guess who drew it. After the game is done, tell the kids to take out the toys that they drew, exchange them with one another and explain why they love those toys. They’ll have a blast seeing the toys through their siblings’ eyes, and it’ll kickstart hours of fun sibling playtime!

Bond Over a Game of Sibling Trivia

No one knows you better than your sibling, and that close connection starts during childhood. You can help build that bond between your kids by playing an exciting game of sibling trivia. Have them sit in a circle and take turns saying two things about themselves that are true and one thing that is false. They can talk about anything: their favorite TV show, color, food, sport … the list goes on and on. Their siblings then have to try to guess which statement was false. When the game is over, they’ll learn so much about each other that they won’t just be siblings anymore—they’ll be best friends too!

What other kinds of activities will you be enjoying with your kids on National Siblings Day?

How to Make a Popcorn Heart for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Popcorn HeartsValentine’s Day is slowly sneaking up on us, so that means it’s time to have some crafty fun with the snack that makes everyone’s heart beat fast with excitement! Whether you give it away as a cute alternative to the typical box of chocolates or use it to decorate your house with some love, this popcorn heart will be your favorite DIY project for V-Day. Why? Because kids and adults of all ages can have a ball making it, and it only requires two simple materials: popcorn and floral wire. So go ahead; make some adorable popcorn hearts of your own and put your ticker on display!

What You’ll NeedValentine Kettle Corn

One canister of Valentine Kettle Corn
Floral wire
Glitter spray (optional)

Directions

Floral Wire Cut Into Two Even Pieces

  1. Depending on how big or small you want to make your popcorn heart, cut two even pieces of floral wire to the length of your choice.Popcorn Strung Onto Floral Wire
  2. String the Valentine Kettle Corn onto both pieces of floral wire, leaving a couple of inches of exposed wire on each end. You can string the popcorn in any pattern you like. Try red and white; all red; or all white. You can even make all three!
    Strung Popcorn Shaped Into Two Halves of a Heart
  3. Bend each piece of popcorn-threaded wire so that it looks like a half of a heart.
    Twisted Floral Wire to Attach Two Halves of Popcorn Heart
  4. Tightly twist together the two exposed pieces of wire at the top of the heart to connect the two halves. Do the same with the exposed wire at the bottom of the heart.
    Exposed Ends of Floral Wire Covered With Popcorn
  5. Stick one piece of popcorn onto each twisted end to cover up the exposed wire, and make your final adjustments to the heart shape.
    Popcorn Heart Decorated With a Gift Bow
  6. If your popcorn heart is only going to be used for décor—not for snacking—give it a little bit of romantic bling by spraying it with glitter. Hang it on your wall to make some dreamy V-Day art, or wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a lovely ribbon or bow to create a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day gift.

Who will you give your beloved popcorn heart to this Valentine’s Day?

Fun Facts to Celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day!

Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

Calling all cheese heads! January 20 is National Cheese Lover’s Day, so mark your calendars! In honor of everyone’s favorite dairy delight, take a look at these fun facts about cheese while you’re chowing down on The Popcorn Factory’s cheddar and white cheddar treats. (After all, no snack captures the deliciously creamy flavor of cheese better than popcorn!)

  • No one really knows when cheese was first made. Some say that cheese-making first started in 8,000 B.C., when the tribes in Central Asia stored milk in animal skins during their travels. Popular belief has it that the bacteria in the animal skins caused the milk to form the first cheese curds.
  • Scientists have found what they believe to be the remains of cheese buried in 4,000-year-old Egyptian tombs. Archaeologists have also discovered ancient Egyptian murals depicting the cheese-making process, which date back to 2,000 B.C.
  • Many ancient Roman homes featured a separate kitchen that was solely used to make cheese.
  • In the 17th century, people thought that eating cheese would make you, er, less intelligent.
  • The nickname “big cheese” was first used to refer to people who could afford to buy a wheel of cheese.
  • More than 900 types of cheese exist in the world today.
  • Americans eat about 31 pounds of cheese a year each, but they’re not even close to holding the world record. The Greeks consume the most cheese on a yearly basis: almost 60 pounds per person!
  • The U.S. does produce the most cheese in the world, though, and most of it comes from Wisconsin and California.
  • Wisconsinproduces about 2 billion pounds of cheese per year, and it’s the home of 126 cheese plants.
  • Ten pounds of milk are needed to make 1 pound of cheese.
  • The world’s largest piece of cheese was made in Quebec, Canada, in 1995. It weighed in at more than 57,000 pounds, and more than 540,000 pounds of milk were used to make it.
  • Eating certain types of cheese—such as cheddar, Swiss, bleu and others—right after a meal is said to help prevent tooth decay and help you sleep.

What kind of velvety cheese will you be munching on to celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day?

How to Make a Christmas Wreath With Holiday Popcorn

Christmas Wreath Made With Holiday PopcornDeck the halls with kernels of popcorn! All you need is a couple of crafty tools and some festive holiday treats to create a Christmas wreath that even Santa Claus himself would envy! Just follow this easy three-step tutorial:

Close-Up of Christmas Wreath Made With Holiday PopcornWhat You’ll Need

One green Styrofoam wreath
One 3-canister set of The Popcorn Factory’s Holiday Assortment
One hot glue gun
Christmas ribbon

Directions

  1. Using a hot glue gun, carefully glue the popcorn onto the Styrofoam wreath, piece by piece. Keep the kernels close together, and use the small pieces of broken popcorn to fill in the gaps. You can mix up the red and green kernels like we did here, or you can separate the colors to create a striped pattern on the wreath. Whatever you do, don’t burn yourself!
  2. Allow the wreath to dry completely. When it’s ready, loop a Christmas ribbon through the top of the wreath and tie it into a bow.
  3. Give your wreath a touch of winter wonder by spraying it with glitter. Then, hang it on your door, above your fireplace or on your window. For even more ideas on how to decorate your house with a wreath, check out this fun blog from 1-800-Flowers.com!

Ho, ho, ho! Now good old Saint Nick can be greeted with a beautiful Christmas wreath when he slides down your chimney!

What other kinds of nifty crafts will you be making with your holiday popcorn this Christmas?

A Toast to the Holidays: Creative Ways to Serve Your 3-Canister Popcorn Sets!

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Popcorn SetsGive a toast to the holiday spirit: Fill a few glasses with our delicious popcorn and spread the cheer to all of your guests! The new 3-canister popcorn sets are here just in time for the celebration, and their many colors and flavors will be a hit with friends and family! But making an even bigger statement with your snacks at the dessert table is easy and virtually effortless: Just pick an assortment (or more!) and pour the popcorn into your favorite stemware to create a stylish and elegant display.

3-Canister Holiday Assortment

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Holiday AssortmentThe cranberry, peppermint candy cane, and holiday kettle corn in this set makes for a fun, festive and downright delectable treat for the season. Add some extra pizzazz to your holiday spread by serving the popcorn in cute martini glasses and topping it off with candy stripe straws.

3-Canister Savory Assortment

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Savory AssortmentFor those with more serious tastes, the mouthwatering combination of cheese, buffalo ranch, and cracked pepper and sea salt popcorn will be at the top of their list of favorite things. Give this assortment a touch of sophistication by presenting it in beautiful wine glasses or champagne flutes.

3-Canister Chocolate Lovers Assortment

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Chocolate Lovers AssortmentNothing is more comforting than sitting by the fireside and enjoying drizzled caramel, s’mores, and dark chocolate sea salt popcorn with the family. For a cozy, laid back affair, hand out this treat in rustic mason jars and tie a festive ribbon around the mouth of the glass.

3-Canister Nut Lovers Assortment

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Nut Lovers AssortmentThis small sweet-and-savory treat is big on personality: The smooth, sugary taste of the almond pecan, peanut brittle, and butter toffee pretzel popcorn is complemented by a salty crunch. Show off the popcorn’s character and serve it up in mixed-and-matched glassware, like shot glasses and margarita glasses.

Which assortment of flavors is your favorite, and how do you plan on dishing it out to your guests this holiday season?