According to a recent article in “The Consumerist,” a Michigan moviegoer sued his local theater manager for charging too much for popcorn while forbidding patrons to bring their own snacks into the theater. The theater owner replied that cleaning up after messy patrons costs money. Since you can’t charge your friends admission to your home theater – not and expect to have any friends -- how do you keep your home theater fresh and clean?
Size Does Matter
Bite-sized snacks tend to be less messy than larger ones. Smear a little soft cheese on dried apricots and top them with whole almonds. Fresh fruit is also hard to make a mess with, but if you need a bit of crunch, serve mini-pretzels and "goldfish" crackers instead of chips.
Cut the Crumbs
Use flatbread, naan, tortillas or pita bread torn into bite-sized pieces instead of crumbly crackers. Or roll a meat and a cheese – salami and provolone, turkey and Muenster, ham and Swiss – together with a dab of hot mustard and secure them with toothpicks. You can also try training your guests to eat cheese and crackers with the cracker on top, but do you really want to be that guy?
Cover Your Tracks
If you can’t watch the big game without authentic – and messy – Buffalo wings, make custom slipcovers out of disposable plastic tablecloths and painter’s paper tape. Toss sports-themed throws on top and your pals will admire your decorating skills and team spirit without ever realizing that your home theater furniture has been party-proofed.