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Going to a NYE party and don’t know what to bring as a thank you? Let’s look back at Janet’s post and bring some delicious hostess gifts (that may just get eaten by the other guests!).

The holiday season has begun and so have the invitations to holiday parties! Every year I try to think of something special I can make for the host or hostess to enjoy. This year I enlisted my daughters help. She is turning into quite the sous-chef!

By: Janet


  • “Sweet and Easy” popcorn maker ($54.99 Lee Valley)
  • Favourite popcorn recipes (1 savoury and 1 sweet)
  • Mason jars (large 2 qt $16.99/6 Canadian Tire)
  • Holiday fabric ($5.25/yd Fabricland)
  • Bakers twine ($16.00/spool Greenmunch)
  • Holiday tags
  • Pencil
  • Scissors


I purchased the popcorn maker about a month ago in an effort to make healthier snacks for our family movie nights. I went all out and bought the more expensive model at Lee Valley (I read that it was durable enough to make roasted nuts in it, and I was super excited). Anyway it works fantastic and we’ve been experimenting with sweet and savoury recipes which gave me the idea for the hostess gifts this year. A “Naughty” and “Nice”theme for the Sweet and Savoury popcorn. My popcorn maker came with a recipe book, but I’m sure you can google recipes online as well. If you don’t want to purchase the popcorn maker, the old shake-the-pot method we all grew up with will work too. Choose one savoury and one sweet recipe and make a batch of each.

Thoroughly wash and dry jars. Place the lid on your fabric and draw a 2″ wider circle around the lid. Cut two and set aside. Place popcorn in the jars and seal tightly. Lay fabric circle on top of lid and thread bakers twine through the tag and around lid neck to secure to jars.

On a side note, I know the price of $16 may seem steep for the bakers twine but this is the 5th project I have used it on and you can see in the photo there is still a ton left.


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love these! Where did you buy the holiday tags?

    December 4, 2013
    • Janet #

      I made them.

      February 3, 2014
  2. liesbeth #

    Agreed. Super nice little gift. I think my loved ones might welcome these as a nice change from my cookies.

    December 4, 2013

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