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Most weddings I have attended are based on a color scheme. The bride’s maid dresses, flowers and table décor all tout the same color, or shade of color. The unusual wedding I just attended did not have a color scheme; instead, the bride chose a movie theme. The groom’s men and bride’s maids wore classic black and white attire. Dimmed lights set the mood at the reception with eight large-screen televisions playing a variety of movies with closed captions; from classic Bugs Bunny cartoons for children, to the Wizard of Oz, to the bride and groom’s all-time favorite movies. In the background, movie soundtracks played softly beneath the buzz of excited chatter.
Instead of an open liquor bar, they offered IBC Root Beer®, Coca-Cola® products, craft beers, and champagne. Along one wall of the reception room, the bride set up the most wonderful popcorn bar I have ever seen, or tasted! There was jalapeno white cheddar popcorn, butter popcorn, cheddar cheese popcorn, birthday cake popcorn, salt & vinegar popcorn, caramel popcorn, cinnamon popcorn, very unusual caramel apple popcorn, and a red white and blue mix that was blueberry, cherry, and vanilla flavored popcorn. The guests filled their bags and mixed flavors. I just had to keep going back to try all them all! I asked the bride how she came up such an idea and found out the popcorn was from a small business in Lebanon, Ohio.
If you have ever been to the historic Golden Lamb Inn & Restaurant, Anna’s Gourmet Popcorn is just down the street. Anna’s Gourmet Popcorn offers wedding packages, or like our bride, you can customize your own popcorn bar. You choose the number of tins, flavors, and bags of popcorn to fit your wedding. Actually, Anna’s Gourmet Popcorn is a great idea for any type of party or event, and they also have fundraising options.
Before starting her business, Anna worked in the flavor industry. For over a decade, she helped entrepreneurs create energy drinks, shots, kids’ drinks, and waters. Developing international brands made Anna realize she wanted her own business. She took her flavor experience and combined it with her love for popcorn. To keep her brand fresh and interesting, Anna comes up with monthly popcorn flavors, which are a combination of seasonal favorites, customer requests, and her own unique flavor combinations.
If you visit Lebanon, Ohio for the Annual Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Festival, held on the first Saturday in December, you’ll find Anna’s Gourmet Popcorn there supporting the community. Horses and carriages from all over the United States participate in this event. The event features two parades; the first parade is held at 1 pm and the second parade is at 7 pm. Check out the craftsmanship on the carriages and the variety of horses that pull them; minis, Clydesdales, Percherons and many more. It is a fun day filled with holiday cheer—and of course, Anna’s popcorn!
Regardless, if you savor salty or sweet snacks, Anna’s Gourmet Popcorn will satisfy your craving. I urge you to create your own popcorn bar at your next office party or event. Everyone will want to sample all the flavors—and your event will just be more fun. Keep supporting those small businesses. They offer such unique and creative products!