The only way to make a popcorn party more fun is to turn it into a popcorn + bubbly pairing party!  

Popcorn Party with a Bubbly + Popcorn Pairing mat

Pairing Parties

If you have been around a while, you know we love a good pairing party.  We’ve paired Bubbly and potato chips, popcorn, pizza, macaroni and cheese, cake, and pretzels.  

We love a good parting party for several reasons.

  • It’s something different to do. 
  • It lets you taste the bubbly in a different way.
  • It’s not something you’d do randomly, so this allows you to try out some new foods and fun bubbly and see what pairs nicely.
  • There’s no right or wrong!  There’s no right or wrong way to do it.  And no one can be right or wrong…because it’s your taste.

Now, I know I just said there’s no right or wrong and I truly believe that.  But the “experts” out there would totally disagree with me.  But as I have said time and again, I don’t consider myself an expert. 

Sure I have tasted A LOT of bubbly.  And yes, I have traveled all over to do so.  And I have taken some courses, but to me that just makes me an avid lover of bubbly.  And in my quest to shine a brighter spotlight on sparkling wine, I’m also a firm believer in drinking what you like and pairing it with what you like.

Bubbly Pairs Well With

And here’s the facts, according to Food & Wine, salt and fat both love champagne (and vice versa)—the sparkling wine’s high acidity and the prickle of those bubbles are the ideal combination for salty snacks.  

So, what better salty snack to pair your bubbly with than popcorn?  

Bubbly + Popcorn Pairing

One of the key pieces is the Popcorn and Bubbly Pairing mat that came with your purchase of the Very Bubbly Holiday Bundle from Eola Hills.  We created this pairing using the New Year’s Eve portion of the bubbly in mind (which is the same bubbly that’s on the bubbly tasting mat).

Bubbly + Popcorn pairing mat from Bubbly Side of Life and Eola Hills

Popcorn Party Prep

Let the popcorn party begin!  The prep work for this popcorn party is really quite quick and easy.  

  • Gather supplies
  • Print Popcorn and Bubbly Pairing mat (1 for each person) 
  • Pop the popcorn
  • Set up table
  • POP the Bubbly

The best part about this popcorn party is you don’t need anything special in order to create it.  You can do exactly what we did and use one of our pots, some oil and popcorn kernels to make a bit batch of popcorn.  It’s as easy as that.  

Bubbly + Popcorn Pairing Mat

One of the key pieces is the Popcorn and Bubbly Pairing mat that came with your purchase of the Very Bubbly Holiday Bundle from Eola Hills.  Your holiday bundle comes with 4 sparkling wines, 3 of which we categorized as “New Year’s Eve” sparkling wines and these have both a tasting mat and this popcorn + bubbly pairing mat that are downloadable.  

When we were discussing the Very Bubbly Holiday Bundle, people were asking us for something fun to do for New Year’s Eve since the parties will not be happening this year.  So, we brought together the Sparkling Chardonnay, Sparkling Blanc de Blancs and Sparkling Marechal Foch and created the tasting and this pairing for your New Year’s Eve fun.  

The pairing mat is a fun way to keep track of the popcorn salt you tried and which bubbly you liked and which you didn’t like with it.  For more direction on how to use the tasting mat, be sure to check out the video.  

Popcorn Salt

Now, of course, you need a variety of popcorn salt in order to make this popcorn party a bubbly pairing success.  We grabbed this variety pack off of Amazon and it was perfect.  There was a good variety so that everyone found several they liked and could experiment with.

Popcorn salt make the perfect toppings.

TIP:  Be sure to add butter to the popcorn before adding the salt.  It will bring out the flavor in the salt, but remember, sparkling wine loves fat and salt…so bring on the butter. 

Popcorn Party Supplies

One of the best parts of this pairing party is you don’t need too many supplies to make it come together.  The biggest item is the popcorn salt.  

To make your shopping trip easier, we linked up everything we used in the Bubbly Side of Life Amazon Shop.  There you will find everything from the variety pack of popcorn salt to the little cups for each pairing mat.  

And remember, the pairing mat comes with the Very Bubbly Holiday Bundle downloads.  Simply download and print as many as you need.

Pairing Parties with Kids

We love to involve kids when we have pairing parties.  Of course, they are not drinking the sparkling wine…they have their own non-alcoholic bubbly.  

Welch’s makes 4 different types of sparkling juices that are absolutely perfect for parties like this.  We typically choose 3 out of the 4 for the kids to enjoy.  

Involve the kids in the popcorn party by letting them pair their popcorn with sparkling juice

You can print the pairing mat for the kids too and they can participate in the popcorn party with the adults.  It’s such a different type of family fun night that is perfect for a cold winter night or these quarantine days we’re going through.

It’s time to Party

Now that you have everything prepped and ready to go, it’s time for the best part!  Gather everyone around the table and let the tasting begin.  

There’s no right or wrong way to do to the pairing.  Basically, eat some popcorn, drink some bubbly and enjoy.

  1. Taste some popcorn and some bubbly
  2. Mark thumbs up, down, neither or both
  3. Continue steps 6-7 until you finish 
  4. Compare notes 
  5. Drink some more bubbly and eat some more popcorn
Bubbly + Popcorn pairing party

Be sure to let us know which pairing was your favorite!  And tag us in your social media posts…we want to virtually celebrate with you!

And if you’re reading this and haven’t purchased your Very Bubbly Holiday Bundle yet from Eola Hills, there is a limited quantity available, so don’t put it off any longer! Grab one before they’re gone.

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