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!

How to Have the Ultimate Summer Movie Night

Schools out and summer is in! Celebrate by inviting friends, neighbors, and family members to enjoy a family-friendly summer movie night filled with food, fun, and irreplaceable memories.

Alternatively, you can make your summer movie night exclusively for the members of your household – just don’t forget to include snacks for your favorite pup!

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Summer Movie Night Invitations
Start with the invitations. Provide not only the start time of the event, but also the time you will start screening the movie. That way, if guests are running late, they will know when to be extra quiet and cautious when entering.

The Main Attraction: Picking the Right Movie
As with any event with a group, you want to make the choice that pleases the majority. If there is a special occasion surrounding your event (i.e., 4th of July, FIFA World Cup), choose a movie that can be related to that special theme! If not, it is a good idea to have one first choice movie, and then 3-4 backups just in case.

You may also choose to include a selection of 3-4 movies on your invitation and have guests vote for their favorite – just be sure to state this CLEARLY on the invitation! Here are some family-friendly movies for some inspiration for your summer movie night.

Poppin’ Treats for Movie Night
 movie night snacksThere’s a reason the traditional movie night treat is popcorn – from its irresistible crunch to savory scent to easy-to-eat bites, the combination is just popped perfection!

Start with an assortment of popcorn fun from our popcorn bowl and snacks set (perfect for a family affair) or for a larger group, opt for our movie night popcorn sampler, filled with 18 individually packaged treats in a variety of flavors.

For dessert, end on a sweet note with our caramel popcorn cupcakes – complete with FREE movie night printable cupcake wrappers for a treat that’s festive, fun, and irresistibly delicious.

Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

What are your suggestions for the perfect summer movie night? Share with us in the comments!

Sweet and Simple Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Looking for the perfect sweet movie night snack? Look no further than these drool-worthy Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes. These popcorn cupcakes are so sweet and simple to make, and the recipe can be customized to suit your taste buds.

All you need to make these easy popcorn cupcakes are your favorite flavor cake mix, some buttercream frosting, and caramel popcorn! Pair that with our printable popcorn cupcake wrappers, and you’ve got the perfect sweet treat for movie night, a circus themed party, or even just for a fun midweek snack!

Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Supplies for Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes
Your favorite flavor of cake mix
Buttercream frosting
Caramel Popcorn
Cupcake tin
Spatula
Printable popcorn cupcake wrappers

Directions for Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Step 1: Prepare cake mix using directions on box. Pour batter into cupcake tin to create cupcake shape and pop into the oven.

Popcorn Cupcake Wrappers

Step 2: While the cupcakes are baking, download and print the printable popcorn cupcake wrappers. Cut out the liners and add glue or tape to the tabs to seal into the circular shape. Once you have all of the popcorn cupcake wrappers created, set aside.

Step 3: Once the cupcakes are baked and ready, let cool for 15-20 minutes. Once sufficiently cooled, use a spatula to spread the buttercream frosting on top. This will serve as a delicious adhesive for the popcorn.

Step 4: Once frosted, add the caramel popcorn! When you feel like you have enough popcorn on your cupcakes, simply slip into the popcorn cupcake wrappers and enjoy!

Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

DIY Oscars Popcorn Box Printables

There’s no pairing more perfect and traditional than popcorn and a movie. Celebrate the biggest movie occasion of the year by hosting your own Oscars party!

Oscar Party Popcorn Box Printables

Whether you’re watching the Academy Awards for the red carpet fashions or to cheer on your favorite films and celebrities, stock up on your favorite popped snack and serve them up in these classy and chic Oscar party popcorn boxes! We’ve created these free printable inspired by stars that are sure to add a festive touch to any spread. Simply print, fold, and enjoy!

If you’re looking for more Oscar party decorating ideas, take a peek at our sophisticated popcorn bar post. Celebrations.com has the how-to for the Hollywood glamour inspired DIY Gold Paint Jars. A little bit of creativity mixed with LOTS of popcorn sure goes a long way!

Supplies for DIY Oscar Party Popcorn Boxes:

Downloadable Oscar party popcorn box template
Card stock
Glue or tape
Scissors

Directions for DIY Oscar Party Popcorn Boxes:

Oscar Party Popcorn Box Template

Load the printer with card stock. Download the popcorn box template and print.

Oscar Party Popcorn Box Printables

Cut the template out. Fold alongside black lines.

Oscar Party Popcorn Box Printables

Use tape or glue to secure the popcorn box shape. Make sure the bottom of your popcorn box resembles the photo above; this is the most secure way to fold the box.

Oscar Party Popcorn Box Printables

Add your favorite flavor of popcorn and present these beauties off!

Oscar Party Popcorn Box Printables

Popcorn and Movie Pairings for Oscar Night

The Popcorn Factory's Clear Favorites CollectionWaiting to see if your favorite movie will nab the most awards on Oscar night? Stop biting your nails in anticipation and munch on some popcorn instead! To help you cheer on your top-pick flick while you’re watching from home on February 24, we’ve paired a few larger-than-life Oscar nominees with equally epic popcorn flavors. So without further ado, let’s announce the popcorn winners! The envelope, please. …

Argo Movie PosterOscar Nominee: “Argo”
Award for Best Popcorn Pair Goes To: Drizzled Butter Toffee Almond Pretzel Corn
Why It Got Our Vote: A film about the real-life mission to rescue six U.S. diplomats from revolutionary Iran, “Argo” is crammed with action and suspense … and this popcorn flavor doesn’t fall far behind. This thriller of a snack keeps the surprises coming: First it caresses Drizzled Butter Toffee Almond Pretzel Cornyou with the sweetness of chocolate and butter toffee, and then it hits you with the saltiness of pretzels and almonds. If you like how “Argo” keeps you on your toes, you won’t be disappointed by this exciting popcorn flavor.

Django Unchained Movie PosterOscar Nominee: “Django Unchained”
Award for Best Popcorn Pair Goes To: Buffalo Ranch Popcorn
Why It Got Our Vote: In the latest Quentin Tarantino blockbuster, a former slave uses his training as a bounty hunter to save his wife from a low-down, good-for-nothin’ plantation owner. This southern tale is mixed Buffalo Ranch Popcornwith plenty of western flavor, so it deserves to be partnered with nothing but the zestiest popcorn in town. To do this gunslinging movie justice, you gotta enjoy it with the tongue-zinging taste of buffalo ranch popcorn.

Les Miserables Movie PosterOscar Nominee: “Les Misérables”
Award for Best Popcorn Pair Goes To: Double Cheese Popcorn
Why It Got Our Vote: This tear-jerking musical, which is based on the hit Broadway show, takes place in 19th-century France and tells the story of how the life of prisoner Jean Valjean is changed when he’s entrusted to care for a young girl named Cosette. What could be a more proper ode to a film Double Cheese Popcornthat so beautifully tugs at your heartstrings than double cheese popcorn? It has two times the comforting cheesy flavor of ordinary cheddar popcorn … and cheese is a delicacy in France, oui?

Life of Pi Movie PosterOscar Nominee: “Life of Pi”
Award for Best Popcorn Pair Goes To: Coconut Popcorn
Why It Got Our Vote: A truly grand saga of adventure with breathtaking imagery, “Life of Pi” is a film about a shipwrecked boy who fights for survival alongside his only friend … a Bengal tiger. For a snack experience Coconut Popcornthat’s just as exotic and unique as this film’s storyline,try the extraordinary flavor combination of popcorn and coconut. After your first bite, it won’t be long before you start daydreaming about being a castaway on your own magical ocean!

Zero Dark Thirty Movie PosterOscar Nominee: “Zero Dark Thirty”
Award for Best Popcorn Pair Goes To: Peanut Brittle Popcorn
Why It Got Our Vote: You can’t help but feel besieged with a sense of nationalism when you watch this flick: It’s a blood-tingling account of the 10-year hunt of Osama bin Laden after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. If your heart belongs to this Peanut Butter Brittle Popcornmovie, then keep marching to the beat of the patriotic drum and chow down on peanut brittle popcorn while you watch the Oscars. It brings together two all-American favorites for a truly original flavor that could only be made in the USA.

Which popcorn flavors would you match with your favorite Oscar-nominated movie?

Movie Night! The Best Films to Watch on Election Day

The Popcorn Factory Red States and Blue States PopcornNovember 6 is just around the corner, and you know what that means: It’s time for everyone to break out the ballots and choose the next U.S. president! What better way to celebrate than by gathering your friends—democrats and republicans alike—and treating them to The Popcorn Factory’s Red State vs. Blue State Popcorn Mix? Pair up your patriotic snack with a movie inspired by our nation’s commander in chief, and you have a party fit for a president. We’ve rounded up the best presidential films to watch while you and your guests wait for the polls to officially open on Election Day. Here are the five movies that got our vote:

Air Force OneCandidate No. 1: “Air Force One”
Party Affiliation: Action Lovers
The Back-Story: Just after President James Marshall (played by Harrison Ford) announces to the world that he won’t put up with terrorist threats against the United States, Air Force One is hijacked by Russian radicals. Now, Marshall must find a way to save the hostages’ lives … and his country’s reputation.
Approval Rating: If you want to pump up your Election Day party guests with a double dose of excitement and nationalism, this movie is your winner.

 

Candidate No. 2: “All the President’s Men”All the President's MenParty Affiliation: Suspense Junkies
The Back-Story: When five burglars are arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters, Washington Post investigative reporter Bob Woodward (played by Robert Redford) is assigned to cover the supposedly no-big-deal story. Once he teams up with his colleague Carl Bernstein (played by Dustin Hoffman), however, the duo uncovers a much larger scandal that spells disaster for President Richard Nixon.
Approval Rating: Want to fuel some intellectual conversation at your get-together? This nail-biting whodunit is sure to keep your friends talking.

 

Head of State

Candidate No. 3: “Head of State”
Party Affiliation: LOL-ers
The Back-Story: After being kicked to the curb by his girlfriend and getting axed from his job as an alderman in Washington, D.C., Mays Gilliam (played by Chris Rock) seems to be living life in the shadow of failure. But when his party’s presidential nominee dies in a freak accident, Gilliam accidentally finds himself running for office … as president of the United States.
Approval Rating: With so many debates going on, election season can become pretty intense. This movie is the best choice for laid-back voters who want to lighten the mood.

 

The American PresidentCandidate No. 4: “The American President”
Party Affiliation: Diehard Romantics
The Back-Story: As President Andrew Shepherd (played by Michael Douglas) draws closer to the end of his term, his reelection looks like a sure thing. When a chance meeting with environmental activist Sydney Ellen Wade (played by Annette Bening) turns into a love connection, Shepherd faces career-threatening attacks from the opposing party.
Approval Rating: Who said you can’t find a great love story in the White House? Your starry-eyed pals will adore how this film brings a little romance to the presidential race.

 

Wag the DogCandidate No. 5: “Wag the Dog”
Party Affiliation: Conspiracy Theorists
The Back-Story: Just a few days shy of Election Day, the U.S. president is caught red-handed in a humiliating sex scandal. In a wild effort to divert the media’s attention from the controversy and secure his reelection, he hires Hollywood producer Conrad Brean (played by Robert De Niro) to cook up a fake war and win back his popularity.
Approval Rating: Part comedy, part drama, this movie is the perfect recipe for partygoers who love to second-guess candidates’ agendas … but still have a few laughs along the campaign trail.

"Air Force One" Image Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Corporation

 

If you need even more suggestions for your presidential movie marathon, these runners-up are also worth adding to your list: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Dave” and “Thirteen Days.” Which movies will you watch to celebrate Election Day 2012?

Unique Gift Ideas for Father’s Day: Part 1

Welcome Back,

It’s time to dive into summer! We can’t wait for the constant warm weather, sunshine and another holiday to celebrate our other very important parent: Dad. If finding the perfect gift for dad seems like it’s always the hardest thing to do, keep check back with us! We have great gift ideas that Dad will both love and be impressed with… let’s jump in!

zig zag popcorn samplerUnique Father’s Day Gift Idea #1: Father’s Day Summer Movie Kit

If there is one thing we love about summer, it would definitely be the great summer blockbusters hitting the screen every weekend. We may be biased, but nothing goes better together than a great movie and some delicious popcorn. For this Father’s Day, put together a fun and delicious kit with all of Dad’s favorite movie snacks, his favorite Popcorn Factory popcorn, and a movie he’s sure to love!

Order our Zig-Zag Sampler that includes creamy vanilla caramels, sour hard candies, chocolate chip cookies, dry roast peanuts, assorted Jelly Belly® beans, and a delicious popcorn trio of robust Cheese, White Cheddar and Almond Pecan corn with whole almonds and pecans tossed in a buttery glaze. Pair this with a movie theater gift card from your local theater with a promise to go see a movie with Dear ol’ Dad.

Or you could try our Movie Night Scoop Boxes, which come in a set of two, with all-natural Butter popcorn, red licorice twists, malted milk balls, gummy bears and Kiddy Mix candies. Pair this with a movie theater gift card or a new DVD/Blue-Ray movie that he is sure to love! Our Popcorn Bowl & Snacks gift will definitely ensure a great movie night at home and includes all-natural Butter, robust Cheese and secret-recipe Caramel corn, red licorice, Jelly Belly® beans, chocolate chip cookies and creamy, foil-wrapped chocolates. Fathers day movie popcorn gifts

Our Ultimate Dad DVD/Blue-Ray Movie Picks:

In Theater Picks:

Check back with us next week for another Unique Father’s Day Gift Idea! 

Celebrate National Popcorn Month with Us!

We must be very POPular if we get our own month! October is National Popcorn Month and we couldn’t be happier. Why October you ask? For over 30 years (Hey! That’s how long we’ve been around!), October has taken the title of National Popcorn Month because of the fall harvest in the Midwest every year. It was given the official title in 1999, under then Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman! And now every year, we get an extra reason to celebrate the snack we love most: Popcorn!

We’re not the only ones crazy for kernels though! Popcorn was actually discovered first by Native Americans in North America and was used as everyday food or as a supplement to other meals. Evidence was found of popcorn being made in 3600 B.C. in New Mexico, making it one of the oldest forms of cooking corn! Who knew it wasn’t just for snacking during movies or baseball? (Well, clearly historians and us of course). An early Spanish account of a ceremony honoring the Aztec gods who watched over fishermen reads: “They scattered before him parched corn, called momochitl, a kind of corn which bursts when parched and discloses its contents and makes itself look like a very white flower; they said these were hailstones given to the god of water.” (source).

We may be biased, but I think everyone can agree that popcorn is the perfect snack to enjoy year long, with so many variations to choose from! Our all natural butter popcorn is a staple for any movie night; mix it up and add our real cheese popcorn for a popcorn purist’s dream mix! No one can resist our secret recipe caramel popcorn, sweet and buttery and always fresh. We’re also constantly coming up with new and unique flavors to try! Our peanut brittle popcorn is actually a staff family recipe. Our jalapeno popcorn can rope in anyone who tries it. For any Fall fans out there, our caramel apple popcorn is a must have!

Is your mouth watering yet? Head on over to our site ThePopcornFactory.com and look at all the scrumptious selections we have to offer! Don’t forget to try our scary good Halloween collection while it lasts; a wide assortment of savory and sweet popcorn as well as other delicious treats! A Halloween Treat just for you: Save $10 on your order of $50 or more on regular priced items using the promo code “SCARY” before 10/24/2011. You’ll be celebrating the holiday deliciously in no time!

Happy Hauntings and Poppings!

Back To School Cool

College Extreme Survival Kit Snack Assortment & 3-Way Popcorn Tins $44.99 - $59.99

Another school year is here! It’s time for buying books, going to classes, late-night study sessions, and the occasional paper or test. Or perhaps this is yours or your loved ones first year going away for college and making a fresh start. No matter which case, it is always a fun, exciting (and maybe a little scary) time for everyone.

During this crazy and busy school time, we know that it’s the comforts of home that everyone looks forward to most. Whether you’re sending a care package, homecoming gift, study snack, or even their favorite snacks, it will definitely be appreciated (and maybe you’ll even get a phone call home!). We like to think that we’ve perfected our own kind of college survival kits and college study kits; the perfect gifts to let your little think-tank know that you miss and support them…and that you don’t want them to starve when they’ve run out of late night snacks and the campus store is closed! A delicious popcorn treat can really help keep focus for an all-night study session, and is the perfect between meal snack to keep them full and happy.

These tins are also perfect for fast approaching Homecoming weekends! Show your school pride if you’re an Illini, Badger, or any of your other favorite mascots. These college team tins are great to bring to any tailgating parties, mid-game cravings, or a delicious gift to any alumnus.

We don’t like to brag (too much) but we bet if they shared one of our delicious sample popcorn tins with our secret recipe caramel, or our real cheese cheddar popcorn, they will be making friends in no time. Several of our snack tins include our favorite flavors of popcorn like butter, white cheddar, or secret recipe caramel. They also include a variety of tasty bites like cookies, chips, candy and many more sweets to keep your scholars satisfied. We can even personalize the messages on the tins with a picture or note (this would be the perfect time for any silly family photos from home). When they’re done with the goodies inside, the tins are perfect for storage and decorated with your University’s logo and colors or fun, bright designs so that they can easily fit in with the dorm décor.

So what do you all think? Let us know in the comments what would be in your ultimate college survival tin? Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook as well!