Making popcorn is a weekly tradition at our home. A big bowl of popcorn seems to make any evening at home more special. In a desire to involve our kids, we brought it off the stove and into the microwave. Making our own microwave popcorn allows almost any age to help with the entire process, and it makes homemade popcorn a quick (and less messy) treat – so we can make it more often.

The small bags also make a great way to present popcorn at a party. Serve the popcorn as un-popped kernels with pretty tape and simple directions and your guests will love making their own. A nice addition to an outdoor movie party, or afternoon play date at home.

How to make your own microwave popcorn:

1. Add popcorn seeds to a little bowl
2. Add oil to bowl and stir to coat
3. Pour the mixtures into a glassine (or brown paper) bag and fold top down
4. Seal with tape
5. Pop in microwave for two minutes
6. Optional: Sprinkle with salt and/or pour melted butter over and shake

Microwaves vary, listen for a 3 second pause between pops and then pull it out and give the bag a little shake to keep the popcorn from burning.

Don’t stop with the popping! Add fun ingredients to the bags after popping to make different (amazing) tastes and a fancy party presentation. Here are two of my favorite combinations to get you started.

Kettle Corn: Add in 1tbsp popcorn, 1/4tsp oil, 1/4 tsp sugar

Chocolate Dipped Popcorn: Add in1 tbsp popcorn, 1/4 tsp oil, 1/4 cup melted chocolate for coating

Project styling and photography by Tina Fussell for A Subtle Revelry.