Wednesday, May 21, 2008

To-Go Box


Sweet lunchbox-style decorative boxes inspired our end-of-the-year gifts for Mary Ashley's preschool teachers. Our recent Mother's Day luncheon recipes provided a refreshing menu to fill the lunchboxes. I hope summer turkey salad, mini-loaves of zucchini bread, pineapple-cheese spread, crackers, and chocolate chip cookies provided a nice change of pace from the usual lunchtime staples.


This fun project required thinking inside the box. I plundered through my kitchen cabinets to find containers that would fit the box's narrow dimensions, but nothing seemed to work. Then finally I discovered the perfect solution in my craft closet: design-your-own planters leftover from a childrens art project. With coordinating scrapbook paper liners, these pots were a perfect fit for our teachers' to-go boxes. Tissue paper, ribbons, fresh flowers and napkin-wrapped plastic cutlery finished off the lunchboxes with charming detail. I hope our to-go boxes helped Mary Ashley's teachers feel pampered after giving so much of themselves to the children each day.



Pots with removeable liners made perfect salad bowls.






Wouldn't a pretty boxed lunch be a nice surprise for a teacher, co-worker or shut-in? Or how about meeting friends at the park and treating the mommies to a refreshing ladies lunch?






Who could you surprise with a to-go box filled with love?




78 comments:

Leah said...

Love this idea! Where do you come up with this stuff!! My brain does NOT work like that! But I'm thankful for a friend who's does and I can "borrow" the ideas!! :)

Nancy Hood said...

likewise! awesome idea, Melissa!!!

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

That's lovely! Living up to the title of your blog. I'll file this idea away as a treat for someone...

Joanne Kennedy said...

What a darling idea! I sure wish someone I knew would bring that to me.

Did you make the lunch box too?

I hope you and your little one have a fun filled summer!

Joanne

Melissa Lester said...

Joanne, I wish I could give you a pretty lunch like this! No, I did not make the box. I found it at TJ Maxx, one of my favorite spots to search for treasures!

Katy Lin :) said...

this is such a neat idea! i will definitely have to borrow it in the future!

Three plus Me said...

What a wonderful idea! Anyone would love to receive such a thoughtful gift!

Melanie said...

I think that anyone would love to receive such a beautiful gift...Me included! I will have to remember that idea for next year when Annabelle begins Preschool. Where does the time go? :)

Karol said...

That is so cute! I love the box and the idea!!

Brenda Jean said...

This is lovely! What a cool teacher's gift:)

Heather said...

Wow! I am impressed and amazed with your creativity and effort!! Amazing job! For my kiddo's preschool, we had so many folks to thank (she went to an integrated preschool, so there were 2 teachers, an asst teacher and 3 paraprofessionals in her class alone, not to mention her various therapists for speech, OT and PT), I wound up organizing an appreciation luncheon for the entire preschool staff instead. I'm not nearly artistic or crafty enough for your idea on a large scale, but I'm totally keeping this in mind for the end of kindy this year!

Cheers!

Jodi said...

What a clever idea!!!

Rhea said...

What a creative and unique teacher gift! Very nice. I'm impressed. My teachers get gift certificates most of the time. lol

Mandy said...

These are beautiful! Can I have your child(ren) in my class???? Pretty please???

Belle said...

What a gorgeous site. I'll definitely be checking in regularly. Happy SITS day to you!

Marla said...

What a great gift! I bet she was beyond thrilled when she opened it.

Melissa said...

Wow, what a BEAUTIFUL idea!! I like your blog already...I can't wait to check out more.
Melissa

Elizabeth said...

Happy SITS Day! I am a teacher, and I would love a gift like this!

Creative Junkie said...

That is the prettiest lunch box I have ever seen! Incredibly creative!

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Happy SITS Day! That all looks lovely.

CanCan said...

Wow, what a blessing!
I never got any gift that nice when I was teaching!

Kelly Deneen said...

Wow! What an exquisite gift. Your blog is beautiful. Happy SITS day!

Shanda said...

That's just beautiful...Your whole little corner of the bloggy world is just beautiful. I will be coming back here for my daily dose of beauty.

Vicki said...

The box is beautiful, but what I'm drooling over is that salad! I love mixed greens mixed with fruits and nuts. YUM!!! I'm sure the teachers loved it!

Shannon said...

How lovely! And what a cute idea... I am sure the teachers loved it.

Katie Says said...

Congrats on your SITS day!

wow that is so very pretty! I am not that creative at all. haha!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

So cute. What a great idea. Nice of you to share your ideas with your SITStas! Congrats on being Saucy.

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

That kind of gift would make me wish I was the teacher!! Great job.

Tracy P. said...

Amazing! Happy SITS Day, Melissa!

Ronnica said...

Cute idea! Congrats on being a "featrued" blog on SITS (the typo was on their site, so don't worry)!

Jenni said...

Those boxes are really cute. It makes me want to plan a picnic party so I can use them.

thotlady said...

Simply beautiful.

Congratulations on your SITS day.

Becky :) said...

WOW, what a great idea. I would have never thought of that. And I bet the teachers just absolutely loved it!!!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Pretty!

Live.Love.Eat said...

This is so incredible Melissa. Even though I have been reading you for awhile I love that you're featured today so I can go back to your older posts.

mrsmouthy said...

Holy smokes--the nicest gift I ever got as a teacher was a regifted, solar-lit garden frog that was missing a foot. That's stunning! (Your decorated pot, not the frog.)

-Bridget said...

Such a cute idea! I love the pot idea. I've never seen those pots. I'll have to go look for some. Those could really come in useful for a lot of things.

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Okay, that is one of the sweetest ideas I have ever seen! I mean it! I can't wait to try that! Your daughter's teacher probably about fell over from surprise at that gift! :) I am going to go look for those little pots~ what a great idea!

Melanie said...

Oh to be so crafty!! That is amazing.

Ann said...

This is breathtakingly beautiful!
Just beautiful.
Congratulations on your SITS day. I'm glad I came by!

Melodie said...

The whole thing is just gorgeous!

Tabitha Blue said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. What a great idea. My daughter turns 2 soon and also has wonderful daycare teachers... what a perfect idea! I may have to 'borrow' this.

Be-Frazzled Mom said...

I love that idea! And the salad looks scrumptious. Happy SITS day!

Kimmie0270 said...

these look fantabulous

dddiva said...

Adorable, love this idea. Congrats on your SITS day!

angie said...

I think this is just about the greatest teacher gift I've ever seen.

EmmaP said...

Sooooo Sweet!!! I am definitely going to steal this idea!

Peggy said...

A grat idea and so pretty! I bet the teacher felt like a princess.

nikkicrumpet said...

Martha Stewart just called....she wants to be YOU!

Party of 5 said...

What a beautiful idea!

Tiffany said...

Just lovely. What a wonderful way to make a teacher feel special!

Mrs. S said...

How beautiful is that.

Z's Mom said...

That is very beautiful....someone would fall over if I gave them something like that! They wouldn't believe it!

wendy said...

What fortunate teachers! That is, indeed, a lovely gift! I will make a mental note.

Happy SITS day!

Monogramchick said...

What a thoughtful and great idea!
As a former teacher I would have loved to have been pampered like that!
Congrats on being saucy, fellow SITSta

Inspired Kara said...

ADORABLE!!!

Pennies In My Pocket said...

OMG the flower pot idea is beyond adorable!! I am so borrowing that, but I'll give you the credit! hehehe

LOVELY little box, too. AMazing!

Congrats on the highlight on SITS!

~melody~

Hairline Fracture said...

That is beautiful! You give Martha Stewart a run for her money. I'm sure the teachers were amazed, too.

Debbie Y. said...

Happy SITS day! I love the TJMaxx lunchbox, but if someone brought me a lunch box filled with the lovely goodies you made I would think I had died and gone to heaven. Looks just scrumptious.

verygoodyear said...

Those are just GORGEOUS! I love them! How did the teachers react?

G. said...

what a wonderfully creative idea! Love it!

Maternal Mirth said...

Whoa ... if I was a teacher, I'd be praying to get YOUR kids :)

leezee52 said...

so so cute!
Lee :)

Mamasphere said...

This is awesome! I think I might do something very similar for my daughter's preschool teachers around the holidays!

Mindy said...

What a great idea! It is so cute!

Felicia Eis said...

Oh my gosh that is the cutest idea ever. I LOVE it. I know what I am doing for my girlfriends next :)

Andie said...

That is one of THE best ideas for a teacher ever! Thank you!

Parker said...

I love it. I just might surprize my husband at school with a picnic and your cute lunchbox idea. Too cute.
You're TEACHER must have been so surprized.
hugs,
Kat
p.s. love your blog, it's super cute.

mrsbear said...

That's adorable. I love it. I would never ever be able to put one of those together, but I'd love to chow down on one.

Laurel said...

Oh my oh my. I belong to the gift card slacker club and hang my head in shame. What talent you have!!

Michelle said...

Well, I don't think that *I* could surprise anyone with that because that's beyond me, but if someone wanted to surprise me with that, I'd be way into it!

Casey's trio said...

My goodness, that is the most beautiful, delicious looking lunch and lunchbox I have ever seen. I know your daughter's teacher must have been beyond thrilled to receive it.

Kelly said...

What a cute idea!!!
Congrats on your SITS day; bask in your comment love!!

Karen said...

What a great idea!!! I'm going to keep this in mind for the birthdays of the teachers that I work with!!!

Happy SITS day :-)

Mekhismom said...

What a lovely box and a wonderful idea! Congrats on your SITS day!

Rela Pantaleon-Manigsaca said...

You, my dear, are making "random acts of kindness" to another level!!!

Cracker Scraps said...

The box alone knocks off my sox, although I don't wear socks here in FL, it's mostly barefoot, yet you follow through with a delicious meal including flowers! I'm sure the teacher will not ever get such a lovely gift again or has she in the past!

You must be a very special spirit!

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