Saturday, January 26, 2008

Box lunch packaging

Salad bar containers eliminated the need for paper plates.

Chips and pretzels are much cheaper when you can divide a bag among small coffee filter cups.

Can you believe I bought this giant roll of grosgrain for 99-cents? Neither could I.

I decorated the boxes in the 35-degree garage. Handy refrigerated space, but not so good for tying 18 bows. Brrrr!

According to my (rougher than rough) numbers, each box cost about $3 to make. I'll do a cost analysis later.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Meredith-
I'm glad for you that your day went so well! I'll bet you're tired tonight, though! The box lunches are adorable! How did they go over? Did you feel like you had enough food for everyone once you got there? And how was the wedding?! Glad that you had no major mishaps. Looks beautiful!!!
Susan

Michelle said...

These came out SO GREAT! They look beautiful and delicious...and healthy!

I just realized another thing I admire about you...when you find a good deal on something, you actually USE it. Prime example, that grosgrain ribbon. I would have horded it! Lesson learned...use it up...another good deal will come along later.

You did a great job...thanks for the update!

Anonymous said...

The box lunches turned out gorgeous! I think you did a wonderful job. Would you mind sharing what is in the compartment with the cookie and the mint? I could not figure that one out. Keep up the great blog. Yours is one of best ones I read each day.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Very very nice. Thanks so much for sharing the pictures of your work. Take care. Roxie

The Stepford Wife said...

That meal looks absolutely delish! I love the careful choosing of foods that are healthy, attractive, and not prone to messing up pretty outfits. :)

Very nice!!

Meredith said...

The yellow in the dessert compartment is a lemon square cut into bite size pieces and placed into foil truffle cups.

I'm a lemon lover, myself, and thought it might be a nice taste if someone didn't want a cookie. They could just spear it with the fork.

I made a pan of lemon squares and only had to cut 1/3 of the pan for this. I froze the rest.

jonceramic said...

It turned out really nice. The red ribbon and napkin give it a special flair that I doubt a store bought sandwich tray could have delivered.

In hindsight, would you volunteer to do a Bride's breakfast and lunch again? Was it too much of a chore?

Bravo! Now you can relax.

eleanor joyce said...

Very very nice.You added such beauty to this bride's day and just helped the logistics flow so well. She's a lucky gal!

Anonymous said...

What a loving gesture your two meal deliveries were! They were so beautiful and appetizing andsaid "I care."

Mrs. Wilt said...

Meredith,
You have such an eye for detail! Who wouldn't love to dive into such a delicious lunch? :o)

Angela said...

It really did turn out beautifully. At $3 a box that is a HUGE blessing for the wedding party. And really, regarding the .20 more factor, timing and that value is important, I don't believe the Kroger pinwheels would have been much better, if at all then what you lovingly put together. Great job!

Jenni said...

Meredith, they are gorgeous!

Angie said...

These look really impressive! I love your attention to detail!

*carrie* said...

Wonderful job, Meredith!

Thanks for sharing all the details!

Ewokgirl said...

The boxes look fabulous!

Cindy said...

This is so cute. The coffee filter idea is great too. Thanks for sharing the details.

swallowingamoose said...

You are so creative! I absolutely love this idea!