Good Friday to you and welcome to part four of our Back to School Party planning series. Today, we will be talking about Back to School Lunch Box Party Meals for your party guests, as well as a fun way to serve it!
When it comes to hosting a party, I’m guessing that your favorite things to plan are the invitations, decorations, desserts, and party favors. Don’t worry… you are not alone! These four elements are all directly associated with the atmosphere and look of your party – making it “Pinterest-worthy”, and therefore, are typically the focus of most people’s party planning efforts.
However, in placing your focus on these four areas, two of the most important aspects of of your party are getting overlooked. As important as your invitations, decorations, desserts, and party favors are, your guests will determine if your party is truly the best based on the menu (including the lunch/dinner & desserts) and the activities/games you have planned (which we will talk about in party 6 of this series).
So today, our focus is entirely on your party menu (minus the desserts). AND, since we are working through our Back to School Party, I thought it would be a great idea to serve your guests a “Lunch Box Meal”! You really can’t get any more school-ly than that!
If you are just starting to read this Back to School Party series, I highly suggest going back to start this series at the beginning. All of the posts in this series can certainly be read exclusive of each other, however, reading them all consecutively will give you the full party guide that will help you plan your own Back to School Party this summer!
In the first installment within this series, we talk about what a Back to School Party is, why you should host one, and what you can expect in the party planning posts to come. You can find the first post in this series by clicking here!
In the second part of this series, we talked about the importance of sending Back to School Party invitations. We then discovered five adorable invitations that you could use for your own party – including one that was totally DIY! You can find the second post in this series by clicking here!
In the third segment of this series, we detailed five decoration categories that will give your party the Pinterest-worthy pop! Each of the five categories included at least three awesome ideas that you can use in your own party decorating! You can find the third post in this series by clicking here!
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So now, let’s get to planning our Back to School Lunch Box Party Meals! Keep in mind, when packing a lunch box meal (whether for your party guests or for your own children when school starts) that a well-rounded meal will include each of the following: 1 main course item that will cover a serving of protein and a serving of carbs (sandwich, pita & hummus, etc), 1-2 fruits and veggies, 1-2 snack or treat, and 1 portable drink. Each of the meals below contains just this, and since PB&J is a lunchbox staple, we are going to have each meal feature a different version of a PB&J! Hope you enjoy!
3 Back to School Lunch Box Party Meals
1. Lunch Box Party Meal #1: Peanut Butter Banana Wraps
This lunch box party meal features a Peanut Butter Banana Wrap as it’s main course. The grape tomatoes and orange slices take care of the fruit/veggie portion of this meal. As a special treat, pretzel goldfish are also included. Then, you would just finish this meal with a portable drink – maybe a carton of milk to throw in some calcium as well?
The Peanut Butter Banana Wrap is perfect for encouraging your kids and guests to eat their fruit serving! To make these peanut butter banana wraps, you would simply spread peanut butter on ½ of a sandwich wrap and jelly on the other. Then, place a peeled banana toward one side of the wrap and then just roll up the banana in the PB&J wrap. Finish by cutting the wrap in half to make it easier for your kids and guests to eat.
2. Lunch Box Party Meal #2: Peanut Butter & Jelly Skewers
This lunch box party meal features Peanut Butter & Jelly Skewers as its main course! Skewered along with the PB&J squares are different kinds of berries, which will cover your kids/guests fruit serving as well! As a side, you can serve a variety of veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, etc) to dip in some ranch dressing. Then, you would just need to include a drink to finish this meal. I think a bottle of flavored water would be a great addition!
Placing PB&J onto skewers makes eating super fun for kids! To make these PB&J Skewers, you should remove the crust from your bread and pre-cut your bread into squares (to make the cutting part clean and easy). Then, spread peanut butter on one square and jelly on the other. Place the two squares together and skewer onto a wooden skewer stick. Separate the PB&J squares with individual fruit pieces – like blueberries, raspberries, etc.
3. Lunch Box Meal #3: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sushi
This final lunch box party menu features Peanut Butter & Jelly Sushi as its main course. For the fruit/veggie serving, this meal includes baby carrots and peeled, sliced cucumbers. Then, the honey and chocolate grahams add a tasty treat and the meal would only need a drink to be complete. I would recommend a 100% fruit drink to round out the meal by adding a fruit serving!
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sushi is another super fun way to eat PB&J! To make these, you will need to remove all of the crust from your bread and then use a rolling pin to flatten your bread a bit more. Then, spread peanut butter on ½ of the bread slice, and jelly on the other half. Roll your sliced bread and cut into “sushi” pieces – making sure that each roll has both peanut butter and jelly in it!
Now that you have three super great ideas for what to serve as your lunch box party meal, the next item to figure out is what to serve them in! I love the idea of the bento box style container (as pictured above). Below, I have compiled three ideas for how to serve your meal!
3 Back to School Lunchbox Ideas for Your Party
1. DIY Metal Lunchboxes
These inexpensive metal lunch boxes from Oriental Trading allow you to serve your party meal in a traditional lunch box style. These are also super great as a party activity – which we will talk more in depth about next Friday! BUT, to peek your interest, here are a few ideas of how to decorate these lunch boxes:
2. Reusable Bento Boxes
These are also a fairly inexpensive serving option. These come in a pack of four and are available on Amazon! I love these because they give you the little compartments to serve each of your menu items in! Also, you can give them to your guests as a party favor (more on this later) OR keep them for your own family. Then, when the school season begins, you can pre-pack your children’s lunches for the whole week!
3. Disposable Kraft Lunch Boxes
This is the least expensive option for serving your meal in a “lunch box”. These kraft paper boxes are disposable – making clean up super easy! You can also decorate them with ribbons (as pictured above) or allow your child to decorate the boxes for their friends by coloring pictures/designs on them before you pack the meals!
Now tell me that these menu ideas and lunch boxes DON’T make you feel excited for the coming school season! I hope you feel inspired to create a fun lunch box meal for your Back to School Party this summer! There are a ton of other ideas out there, but this is a great place to start.
In the next installment of this party planning series, we will be discussing different ideas for your Back to School Party Dessert Menu. We hope to see you Friday when we get to reveal a ton of super cute school themed desserts! Don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list before you head out – that way you will get a reminder of the next segments in this series!
We hope you have a GREAT weekend and look forward to revealing our Back to School Party Desserts on Monday!
Have a wonderful day,