Today I am sharing a really easy and quick idea that made a big impression on the family. If you’re anything like me, when you attend sporting events or any event at an arena, the overpriced and unhealthy food is a bit of a turn off. It’s not that I don’t love a yummy dish of nachos, but feeding my family junk food that costs a small fortune just doesn’t sit well with me. The other night we surprised the kids with tickets to a hockey game. We had to leave the house during rush hour and I knew it would take us an a while to get there. So in lieu of having a starving family ready to pounce on a $100 worth of junk food, I created fun to-go boxes for the car ride. They ended up being a huge hit.
When the kids came home from their softball/baseball practices these were sitting on the counter. Everyone took a quick shower and we hopped in the car to drive up to the hockey game. I told them they couldn’t open them until we were in the car. You would have thought it was Christmas morning! I found the boxes, ribbon and name cards all at Michaels. The boxes come in a flat package and can be found in the baking aisle. I lined them with black tissue paper so they couldn’t see inside.
HINT: Don’t throw away the boxes! They can be reused anytime. I kept the tags and the boxes for the next time I am wanting to serve dinner in the car.
hockey game with the family
What Made These Special?
I have never been a short order cook. I always make one meal and the family eats it (well at least I hope they do each night!). For these boxes, I completely tailored them to each person and that made it so much fun for everyone. My husband and I had a healthy salad we both love as well as a few sushi rolls. The kids had croissant sandwiches paired with each of their favorite fruits and snacks. I tossed in their favorite sweet treat and water and we were good to go. My daughter said, “Mom. You made this so good I couldn’t decide what to eat first!” It just made it really fun to see them excited and surprised and it didn’t cost me a ton of money. Most of it I already hand and it was fun doing a quick grocery run to make each box special.
For very little effort I had a happy and well fed family for far less than I would have spent at the sports arena. Of course we still let them have popcorn during the game but everyone was full and didn’t need a ton of junk food. It worked out well and helped to pass the time during the drive. Just wanted to share since my family was pretty darn excited about these simple to-go dinner boxes.
Let me know if you try something similar. Enjoy your day.