Most Popular Concessions for Parties
Party and event trends today change faster than the blink of an eye. We are always seeing new and popular themes, decorations, and aesthetics which might be based on the newest Disney movie, decorating trend, or even historical or political event. Some themes go beyond the realm of our imaginations – the sky is really the limit!
I often write and speak about the party essentials: guests, entertainment, and, of course, the food! When I am invited to a party, I always look forward to the spread of delicious and fun things to eat and I am not alone. If guests are served an array of delicious treats and go home full, they are happy and the party goes well. When there is not enough food or the food is bad, that becomes the only thing people remember. I think one way to ensure great food that goes with your party theme is to include concessions in your party or event menu.
Here are some of the popular concession items available to rent for your next event. Below are some of our favorites along with the average rental prices:
My kids LOVE Cotton Candy and while I can’t claim that I have ever been a big fan, I recently had the opportunity to taste some delicious mango cotton candy from Fancy Fluff which changed my tune on the whole Cotton candy concession idea. If you missed our blog about this fantastic Austin based Cotton Candy company, check it out here.
If you decide on a Cotton Candy Machine for your next event, most rental companies have the option of adding the sugar floss to your order at an additional charge. Amazon also sells sugar floss in many flavors. My personal favorite is the 5 Flavor Candy Floss Sugar Pack which includes the flavors you love from your favorite state fair – Blue Raspberry, Cherry, Orange, Grape, and Pink Vanilla.
If you are feeling ambitious and want to try mixing up some of your own flavors, the internet is full of great ideas. My personal favorite is Maple Cotton Candy – check out this video and get inspired to try making some yourself! Or, if you don’t want the hassle, you can book Fancy Fluff to make it for you for $85 per hour.
This Frozen Drink Machine can be used for smoothies or milkshakes for the kids but it can also be used for margaritas – a Texas must have at any adult get together.
My personal favorite margarita flavor is the Mango-Rita. If you are looking for a twist on a traditional margarita, below is a great recipe to try making them in the Margarita Machine for your next party:
MANGO MARGARITA RECIPE
Ingredients: (per Margarita – you can increase the recipe to feed your crowd)
- 2 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces lime juice
- 2 ounces mango juice
- 1 ounce orange liqueur
- 1 lime wedge
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- zest of 1 lime
- Add tequila, lime juice, mango juice, and orange liqueur to the margarita machine and run machine until mixture is frozen
- Mix together salt, sugar, and lime zest on a plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and dip the glass into the salt and sugar mixture.
- Dispense frozen margarita in to the glass
- Garnish with a lime wedge
My mouth is watering!
At our house, popcorn is what it’s all about. We eat popcorn for snacks, meals, while watching a movie, and it is even the kids’ favorite part about going to the car wash – free popcorn. Popcorn machines are perfect for carnivals, a circus, a movie themed party, or even just as a good healthy snack for a kids’ birthday party.
If you are looking to make popcorn more of an activity or to spice up the butter and salt variety, why not have a “Gourmet Popcorn Bar”? To do this, have bags, boxes, or buckets for guests to fill with popcorn and their favorite mix ‘ins. Our personal favorite items to include in the popcorn bar are:
- Chocolate Covered Raisins
- Sugar babies
- A variety of popcorn seasonings such as Doritos Cool Ranch, Cheddar Cheese, or Butter Flavor
WARNING: Younger guests may need help creating their gourmet popcorn. I am certain that my two youngest children would happily add Doritos Cool Ranch seasoning to their popcorn and M&M’s and then refuse to eat it after realizing that was a bad combo!
Summers in Austin are hot! I always try to plan a cool treat for any outdoor event – ice cream, popsicles or SNOW CONES! A Snow Cone Machine can create a perfect snack (or drink) for an event for kids and adults alike. Whether you are planning a pool party, outdoor fiesta, or carnival, snow cones can go with your theme.
For a variation on traditional snow cones, try adding an array of sliced fruit for guests to add to their drinks – strawberries, watermelon, bananas, pineapple, or even maraschino cherries. Pretty much any fruit tastes great in a sweet frozen snow cone!
Hot Dogs make a great a main course for a party with kids and the hot dog carts are super cute. A couple of things to remember for hot dogs:
- Are there any non-meat eaters at the party? If so, make sure you have some veggie dogs.
- Don’t forget the toppings. I hosted a kids’ party once and all was going well until someone asked me where the ketchup was! Ketchup, mustard, and relish are the standards but feel free to include your personal favorites – chili or cheese perhaps?
Who doesn’t love a chocolate fountain? It is a great concession for events ranging from a classy bridal shower to a fun kids’ fondue party.
Chocolate fountains go great with your favorite droppable foods:
- Sliced strawberries, bananas, and pineapple
- Angel Food Cake
- And the list goes on…
Really, there are no rules when adding concessions to your party – you can usually find a way to make any of these fit your theme. My advice is choose what you like to eat just in case you have leftovers:) Or, rent them all and have a concession food park where guests can try any or all of the concessions on hand – this could even be the theme of your next event!