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How to Crash a Tailgate Party

As the final blog post in this series of party ideas, here is the ultimate party idea:  Forget about planning, take this advice on How to Crash a Tailgate Party – no planning required.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn  makes no guarantees or promises that you won’t get thrown out for crashing a party. 

Examine your motivation.  If you are thinking to crash a party for a free meal or drinks you are going to have less success than if you are crashing to find some kindred souls that care about the team, the sports, and the tradition of tailgating. 

Be prepared to do a little six degrees of separation conversation, in other words: find some common ground fast.  Everybody knows somebody that knows somebody that knows you. 

Size up the tailgate landscape; if everyone is huddled in close with their backs to the common walkway; chances are you are going to have a tough time breaking in or through this group.  Better to make your approach to a group that seems literally and figuratively open.

Plan some entertaining opening ice-breaker comments.  Know that if you can appear to effortlessly contribute to the conversation and raise the level of fun just a bit, you will more than likely be warmly welcomed.

Note the level of food preparation, if it is obviously significant, chances are the host tailgaters may have a problem sharing, unless of course, you break out your Foodie persona and demonstrate you interest and skill in food preparation.

Come at the tail end of the tailgating.  Chances are people will be more willing to share than to figure out what to do with leftovers. 

Come dressed for the part, wear the colors of the hometown team and you will have 1000s of new best friends, and by all means DO NOT show up empty-handed.  Bring something popular like…Cravings Popcorn!

Remember where you are and who you are talking to, because if you are successful at crashing, you may be invited back for the next big game.

If you are brave enough to do this party idea, be sure to let us know how it went.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

Posted in: Entertaining Tips
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Back to School - Party of Two

In our series of blog posts on parties Cravings Gourmet Popcorn looks at several occasions to have a party.  In this post we fear that the partying will be all one-sided.  Here is a way to re-frame the celebration.

No matter what the age of your student, after you finish your back-to-school shopping, it could be a great time to come to Old Town, find a quiet corner in one of our many local restaurants and have a small parent/student Back to School party.  Take this time to reflect on the significant accomplishments of the last school year and talk about some goals for this upcoming school year. (Bring a pad of paper and pen, or your smart phone or tablet to record the details of your goal-setting)  Now you have cause for celebration.

When the deal is done be sure to stop in to Cravings for a congratulatory treat. While you are here don’t forget your new teachers.  They can be your most important allies at school to help your student accomplish their goals.  Why not start the new school year and new relationship with teacher on a good foot.   Our suggestion – you guessed it – the gift everybody likes: POPCORN!  

A tall cellophane bag with a bright ribbon tied on it means that there will be some good snacking after school on those long first days of school  or a gift certificate or a Conpoto certificate means when the teacher is ready the popcorn will appear. 

As you start a new school year remember this wise saying from Albert Einstein:  “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com
Posted in: Entertaining Tips
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Squeeze the Most out of Summer - End of Summer Celebration

This month at Cravings we are talking parties, all sorts of ideas for interesting parties.  As the summer winds down and before we turn our thoughts to fall and back to school, this party is right for kids of all ages. It is time to get goofy with some sponges and buckets of water.

This party involves lots of buckets, water and big sponges, large rolls of plastic, a garden hose, and stacks of dry towels. There are no rules, no age limits and no end to the fun for these water games…especially if it is a hot and sticky “dog-day of summer.” 

What would you do with buckets and water?   How about a modern bucket brigade that delivers plenty of water to a parched garden of an unsuspecting, yet forgiving, neighbor?  How about a little bucket race to see who can fill up a bigger container first…no running, just speed-walking!

What’s the plan for sponges?  How about a sponge toss like an old fashioned egg toss? This could be great for the beginning of the party when people are still in dry clothes.  Contestants pair up and form two lines with partners facing each other.  Make sure there are buckets of water strategically located and begin the tossing of water-filled sponges back and forth. If you fail to catch the sponge, your team is out. Take a big step backward with each toss making it harder and harder to toss and catch.  Winners are the farthest apart and the driest.

What to Do with the Plastic Roll?

Combine the roll of plastic, the hose and maybe a nice gentle sloping yard – you guessed it; you just made your own water slide! 

These ideas are just a drop in the bucket, we are sure you can think of even more fun ideas…like maybe a game of Twister with  a sprinkler in the mix.  Just remember to be safe while you are having all this water soaked fun.  Word to the wise, if you are planning to have Craving’s Popcorn snacks for this party (and we hope you do)…wait until the water is off and the towels have been used before you breakout the popcorn because nobody likes soggy popcorn!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

 

Posted in: Events
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Kid’s Cardboard Birthday Party

This month at Cravings we are talking parties, all sorts of ideas for interesting parties. If you have a kid’s birthday party coming up here is a wickedly creative approach to a kid’s party.

There is a You Tube video that has been floating around the internet for over a year that was part of the inspiration for this party idea.  It is Caine’s Arcade a video about a boy that created a whole arcade of games out of loads cardboard, cast-off toys for prizes, and one fierce imagination.  

Homemade Miniature Golf Course Party

To make your Cardboard Birthday Party with a Mini-Golf theme make sure that you have plenty of boxes, cardboard packing materials, packing tape, duct tape, scissors, and markers.  If you have lots of kids at the party you can pair them up to make miniature golf obstacles.  Set a reasonable time limit for the construction and testing – make sure those creative minds and tummies are fed with yummy popcorn snacks from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.   If you are planning a mini-golf event be sure the kids bring a putter and golf ball (which can also be decorated).  

For prizes make a trip to the Dollar Store with your Birthday Girl or Boy and let them choose all the prizes. 

Throw in some cake and ice cream and you have a Kid’s Cardboard Birthday Party.  (Other riffs on the cardboard construction activity could be Cardboard Robots or Cardboard Town with prizes for the best or most creative construction).

We hope you have fun with this one. There is nothing more engrossing and satisfying for kids than to have the time and materials to explore their creativity.  Let us know how it goes and send us some pictures.  

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

Image courtesy of Anna, showing her cardboard car wash, inside features rubber gloves as the washer "fingers". 

Posted in: Events
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Determination and Perseverance

Your resolve. Your inner drive that propels you to a goal. Determination is what drives you to be great. Your greatness drives others to become determined. Do your best because you may inspire someone to be their best.

Posted in: Videos, Community
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GenerosityGenerosity makes you feel good inside. It is the act of giving without expecting anything in return. You can change the life of someone while having a positive impact on your own life. Being generous is like planting seeds of good will. Its time for all of us to start a garden.

Posted in: Community
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Why Do You Love Old Town?There are many reasons to love a day in Old Town. Shopping, art, food and festivals just to name a few. Many people have not been to Old Town since the 1970's and 1980's when the area was in decline. Today it is clean and safe, a beautiful area to visit and to be amazed by. You don't have to go up north to experience a small town downtown. Shop local businesses, enjoy a meal with friends and listen to music with your family. There's lots to love about Old Town Lansing.

Posted in: Videos, Community
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Bike Share Rolls Out in Lansing

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn welcomes Capital Community Bike Share to Old Town. In a recent post on Bike-sharing Blog, a site dedicated to reporting on bike-share programs, it says there has been a new bike share program starting almost every two days throughout the world. 

Lansing’s new bike-share program pilot, Capital Community Bike Share, is rolling out on August 4th.  The Capital Community Bike Share in little ole Lansing is drafting right behind Citi Bike, the New York City program launched in May, and Divvy, the Chicago bike-share that came online in July.

Bike-share programs are designed to be a convenient short-term rental system to help keep people moving in short hops throughout the urban centers.  Lansing’s city bikes for this program are described as smart bikes, including solar technology on board for renting and tracking bike locations.  The obvious benefits to the environment are easy to get….less gas, less pollution and if you think about It, the potential economic benefits could be equally beneficial.  Those that are all-in with the bike share program can also look forward to some measurable health benefits as they change their habits for taking meetings or lunch breaks.  The Paris bike share program is celebrating its 6th anniversary and has quantified the health benefits to participants.

The 20 bicycle sharing pilot program only lasts a few months so be sure to jump in early to support this important community project.  Follow Capital Cummunity Bike Share on Facebook for regular updates.

 At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, we look forward to having our fans that live and work close by or in downtown Lansing  satisfy their cravings for some Craving’s popcorn by hopping on a CCBS bike for a quick pick-up.  We’ve tested it and the bike basket will easily handle 3 or 4 of our tall bags.  Tell us you are on a CCBS bike and we will add an extra punch to your Cravings card!  

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

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What is your Old Town Passion?Passion is the fire that drives you to achieve your vision. Old Town has grown over the years because of the passion of the people that work and live here. We are passionate about our community and popcorn. Tell us about your passion.
Posted in: Videos
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Lady Bowlers Invade Lansing

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is ready for the invasion … of lady bowlers. We've popped the best kernels into the tastiest popcorn, are ready with our best recipes for flavoring popcorn, and have plenty of our all-time favorite flavors like caramel with sea salt on hand and all packaged up to go.

The folks at the Convention and Visitors Bureau must be giddy with delight.  The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Midwest Women’s Bowling Tournament is a six week tournament that hosts competition bowling every weekend starting May 19 and ending June 29.  These lady bowlers come to compete for prizes but also bring revenue to area hotels, restaurants and shopping areas.  This is a big economic shot in the arm that happens once every six years. The next time we see the lady bowlers it will be 2019. 

So, Lansing, let’s roll out our welcome mat for these visitors that will no doubt be looking for fun and interesting things to do when they are not bowling.  The tournament is being held at the Royal Scot Bowling alley, which means there is a great opportunity for Old Town businesses to host these visitors.

Don’t worry regular Cravings visitors, there is plenty of room in the store and if it gets busy we promise that the team will work extra hard to get you in and out in a hurry. 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere in the nation. 

Image courtesy of franky242 at FreeDigitalPhotos.netnwide.

Posted in: Events
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Zoobies Returns!  Old Town Tavern to Re-Open

The rumors are true.  Zoobies will be open soon, under new ownership, but with the conviction to deliver the ambiance of a neighborhood tavern.  New owners Alan Hooper, Aaron Matthews, and Sam Short are no strangers to Old Town.  They all have skin in the game, and think Old Town is an awesome place for this venture.

The managing partner, Sam Short, says he is a lover of good booze in general. “As a sommelier I have always felt that it is important to serve the best product you possibly can, and we are going to make that so at Zoobies Old Town Tavern.”  See what the Zoobies website says about their product and presentation:

“We're a small neighborhood joint with an expansive beer, wine, and cocktail menu, some damn delicious bar snacks, and a fantastic retail carry-out area.(we have samples of a lot of our retail beer and wine, so try a sip before you buy a bottle.  In the winter you can cozy up to the fireplace and complain long and loud about the snow, and in the summer we have an outdoor area - because drinking outside in the summer in Michigan is why we all live here, right?)Come on in; you'll be happy that you did.”

You will be happy to hear that the distinctive name and Sputnik inspired sign will remain. The projected opening date is in mid-May. You can watch for updates on their website and Facebook fan page.

Craving’s Gourmet Popcorn welcomes Zoobies Old Town Tavern to the family of Old Town businesses that know that with hard work and a willingness to work together, good business can happen here!  And in the spirit of collaboration we are pleased to announce that Zoobies will be serving Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.  More on that later!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Events
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Tasteful Michigan Wedding

Cravings welcomes guest blogger Natalie Burg (now Vial) with her story about choosing Cravings Gourmet Popcorn gift bags as the guest favors for her Made in Michigan wedding.  Brava Natalie! You pulled off a meaningful and memorable celebration. We were proud to be part of it. 


According to the very scientific study conducted by myself, utilizing the vast resource of my own recent memory, 78 percent of wedding favors are pretty horrible. A trinket with someone else’s name on it? What am I going to do with this? A book of matches? This is supposed to make me feel favored?

For our wedding, my now-husband and I wanted our gifts to our guests to feel like actual gifts. We like our friends and family; why give them something horrid? We also wanted favors to surprising, fun and something people would genuinely use. Oh, and they had to be Michigan made in order to fit into the theme of our wedding. Not that we were setting the bar high or anything. 

It didn't take us long to dream up our ideal favor. Early in our relationship, I had taken my husband on an Old Town excursion for his birthday. He’s a musician, so I couldn't think of anything he'd love more than spending an entire day at Elderly Instruments. He did love that, but we ended up spending even more of our day at Cravings, where we sampled everything we could get our hands on and walked away with more popcorn than we could carry.

Since what we loved so much about that experience was discovering one delightful flavor after another, we wanted to share exactly that with our guests. So we made a bold proposal to Chad: How do you feel about making us 26 small batches of different popcorn flavors so our each of our guest tables can have its own? Is that asking too much?

It probably was, but that didn't stop the Cravings team from making it happen anyway. So on the night of our wedding, when our guests entered the ballroom at The Crofoot in Downtown Pontiac, they were directed to a table map showing them where to sit based on their popcorn flavor. Not only was everyone delighted by the deliciousness of their favors, but the map of flavors encouraged guests to mingle, checking out other tables and swapping flavors. 

Fun, surprising, useful, Michigan-made: check, check, check and check!

The reason having an all Michigan-made wedding was so important to my husband and I is that we're deeply proud of our home state and all the amazing talent we have here. We couldn't think of a better thing to send our guests home with as a reminder of that fact than a bag of Cravings Popcorn. 

I shouldn't neglect the one downside, however. For weeks, we fantasized about all the leftover and forgotten favors that we would inherit at the end of the night to take along on our honeymoon. But alas, with 250 guests, not one left their popcorn behind. We were equal parts bummed and delighted. I guess now that we’re married, we’ll just have to go back to Cravings and reload. 

MyMitteninYours.us - our wedding blog
natalieburg.com - my website
mikevial.com - my husband's website
http://www.thecrofoot.com - the Crofoot Ballroom

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan. We welcome visitors to our store and our website.  Enjoy our unique naturally seasoned flavors and vintage sodas, and when you can’t come in person know that we will ship your favorites to you anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Entertaining Tips
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Popcorn Like No Other – Why Craving’s Popcorn is Better

There are lots of specialty popcorn companies scattered across the country, but   when you visit them, the flavors seem to be eerily the same. Why? They all seem to be buying the same shake-on seasonings off the shelf. 

Our popcorn and vintage soda store, Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, is different.  The difference begins with not settling for off-the-shelf shake-on seasonings. When we add a new flavor to our offerings the seasonings have been created in our kitchen from scratch - beginning with our favorite recipes.  If we are going for a barbecue flavored popcorn you can be darn sure that the recipe started out as a real barbecue sauce.  And that, my friends, is why our popcorn is better.  Seasonings made from real food inspiration, real secret recipes, and no preservatives. 

POPCORN TRUTH SQUAD! There is one, just one, flavor of popcorn on our shelf that is made with a seasoning manufactured outside our store. I didn’t want to do it, but it was the one flavor that I couldn’t seem to capture.  Bet you can’t guess which one it is? 

The best thing about making our gourmet flavored popcorn is our crew of local fans that will taste test until we’ve got it right.  And, until it’s right that flavor does not go into our permanent line-up.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide. 

Posted in: Gourmet Popcorn
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