Miss Party wants to highlight a super-cute AND super-inexpensive container that most normal people would only think to use for it’s intended purpose which is, of course, to hold popcorn. The iconic, American popcorn box has been quietly doing it’s job for over a hundred years and yet, it still looks fresh and exciting, ‘delicious and crisp’. Let’s think outside that adorable red and white box for a minute or two, though, for a few other uses than just for holding popcorn!
First of all, why use popcorn boxes for anything other than popcorn? New, retro/vintage-style popcorn boxes are: 1) very easy to find online, in party supply stores, and/or in big box stores, such as ‘Target’ or ‘Wal-mart’; 2) easy to purchase in small or large quantities (for example, Miss Party recently purchased packs of 8 popcorn boxes at ‘Target’ in their candy aisle, but ‘IParty sells them individually or she could buy a case of open or close-top popcorn boxes at www.SnappyPopcorn.com); 3) very inexpensive per box whether purchased in small or large quantity, (if you need a VERY large quantity, purchase a case of 100 boxes for just pennies each); and the last, but definitely not least important reason to use popcorn boxes, 4) they’re full of character and American entertainment history that money just can’t buy!!
So, Miss Party has piqued your interest, but what else would one do with a popcorn box except put popcorn in it? Well…
-Use open or close-top popcorn boxes as PARTY FAVOR CONTAINERS! They are the perfect size to fill with all sorts of fun party favor toys and wrapped candies which have also been themed to your specific era or party theme. Or, fill them with one or two flavors of gourmet popcorn, or other popcorn-related snack mix (bag to keep fresh). A case of 100 popcorn boxes is around $12-15, which makes each box only around 12-15 cents each!
-Use open popcorn boxes on dining tabletops or high boy tables to add to your table decor and fill them with nibbles for guests–popcorn, nuts, M&M’s, Jelly Bellies or wrapped candy. If filler is unwrapped, purchase mini acrylic or metal scoops for guests to scoop out a portion.
-Use open popcorn boxes like you would a vase as table centerpieces to help carry along your party theme. Put a drinking glass down inside the box to fill with fresh flowers and water. Or, instead of flowers, take a ‘bouquet’ of helium balloons tied to a balloon weight (and a few stones) and set inside the popcorn box ‘vase’ or ostrich plumes with stone vase filler to weight down the box. Use real popcorn to fill the remaining space inside the popcorn box.
-Use open or close-top popcorn boxes as a container for guests to fill at a Candy Buffet. You might pre-assemble 20 or so to get people started.
Party themes that are ideal to use retro-style popcorn boxes:
-Circus, carnival or festival themes; whether modern, retro or vintage-style.
-Any whimsical, rainbow, or sweets themes.
-Any Hollywood-related themes; such as, ‘Old Hollywood’, ‘Hollywood Glam’, ‘Night at the Oscars’, or any type of ‘Movie Night/Drive-In Movie’ themes.
-Any Broadway-related themes.
-Sports themes of all sorts. A ‘Take Me Out To The Ballpark!’, baseball theme would work particularly well.
-Retro or vintage-style era theme party or event (a casual birthday party or wedding reception).
-Retro/contemporary-styled party or red/white color scheme. For ex., A ‘red bouncy ball’-inspired or ‘My little red wagon’ themed party with a red/white color scheme.
-Graduation party, large birthday party celebration, or casual wedding reception with any sort of retro, vintage or whimsical theme (ideal because of low cost per box and easy to get in 100, 250 or 500 per case quantity).