Thursday, October 23, 2014

Make Your Own Take-Out Boxes for Thanksgiving Leftovers


Do you host Thanksgiving at your house?  Every other year, we host my husband's family...about 30-35 people!  It's always a lot of fun and there's always a lot of food.  There's plenty of food left at the end of the meal too.  That's why I decided to make some great take-out boxes this year.  Everyone can take home some of the leftovers and enjoy them all over again on Friday.  


I found these great containers at The Dollar Tree.  I spent $5 total, purchasing 4 packages (3 pans in each) of the metal pans with lids and 1 package of 10 foam food containers.  (I had no idea you could buy the foam containers at The Dollar Tree! Love these!)



Next, I made labels to add to the boxes.  A quick visit to The Graphic Fairy and I found a great retro picture for my label.  Using Photoshop, I added the message "We're thankful for you!" and "The Fortes" to the picture and they were ready to print.  I picked up a large package of page-size labels at the thrift store many years ago and I'm still using that package!


Of course, my guests will need a nice sturdy bag to carry their boxes home in.  I picked up 2 packages of gold gift bags and a package of to go coffee cups at Big Lots.  It was less than $10 for everything.  Gotta love The Dollar Tree with a Big Lots right next door!  


I didn't add anything to the bag except for the ribbon and the small envelope.  I thought the guests could reuse the bags during the upcoming holidays!  

Our closest relative lives about an hour away.  So, it's important that guests have the food packaged for traveling as well as having a to-go cup to take some coffee or hot apple cider for that long ride home.


Do you recognize the feather stamp from this DIY post!  Decorating a little coin envelope with my feather stamp, I stuffed a couple of wintergreen mints inside and then tied it to the bag using black gingham ribbon.  


Did you know mint helps settle a full stomach?  Yep, all those tummies will probably be feeling full about time to go so I thought a little mint may help ;)

Are you hosting Thanksgiving?  How do you handle the leftovers?



Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie



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13 comments:

  1. Angie...this is genius! And not to mention super creative! I love everything about it!!! You will have some very happy guests :)

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  2. What a CUTE idea! I am getting ready to do a week of Thanksgiving recipes on my blog. I will totally link this idea to it!!!

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  3. Awesome idea Angie! Sure beats those flimsy paper/styrofoam plates covered in plastic wrap that ends up in your car seat on the way home.

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    1. Oh, the ol' plastic wrap that won't really stick to styrofoam! I've had those accidents. Thanks for your comment!

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  4. Custom-made leftover boxes, what an original idea! It certainly saves you from lending out your own containers.

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    1. Thanks for commenting Sailorchronos! And, yes, it'll definitely save on my own plastic containers :)

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  5. I love this idea so original and so cute. I don't know how many of my own containers have gone by the by - but, no more. Thank you.

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  6. This is such a cute idea. I know we pack a lot of foods to give to family on Thanksgiving. This is such a creative fun way to do that. :)

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  7. Angie, seriously this is so awesome! You always have the best ideas. I'm passing this along to my family. They need this for sure! Thanks for sharing! Hugs

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  8. What a great way to send folks home with a to-go package! Love all you special touches, especially the mints :-) Bwg ~~~

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  9. This is such a great idea! I always forget that The Dollar Tree has these containers! Thanks for the tips!

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