These style of boxes have become very popular for children's parties and often replaces the need for disposable plates. They are available to buy in many different themes, such as Jungle, Pirate and Fairy designs and you can get them in lots of plain solid colors too. Plain color boxes are ideal as they co-ordinate well with many different party themes.
Party boxes can either be used as food boxes at the party or as an alternative to party bags at home time.
Using them as food boxes:
This is ideal for younger children as it is much easier for them to manage and prevents any accidents like food rolling off paper bags! Also if you know of any child's dietary requirements prior to the party, you can prepare the relevant food and label the party box so the child doesn't end up eating anything they shouldn't. You should easily be able to fill each party box with a sandwich or finger food, small carton of drink, packet of snacks or some treats. If you are preparing hot food like Pizza slices or Fish Fingers, just place a small piece of grease proof paper in the box first to soak up any oils.
Many people who have parties at home, often don't have enough space to layout a table and chairs, especially if you have invited your child's entire class at school. Getting the children to sit around in a big circle on the floor is the easiest option and it is much better to then give each child a food box rather than paper plates which can be difficult to balance on their laps. Also you then don't have to worry about laying all the food on a table. If someone wants more sandwiches or pizza for example you could always keep a tray aside and top up their boxes. Children love the idea of receiving their own individual box and are actually more likely to eat the contents!
Using them as a Party Bag alternative:
Party boxes are ideal to fill with party bag fillers and gifts. You can even add a slice of cake or a cupcake without it getting squashed and it makes it much easier for kids to carry everything home. At the party, children could even decorate their own box. Buy plain coloured boxes and set a table with lots of art and craft materials such as pens, foam stickers, paper and glue. This would certainly keep them entertained for a while at least. Once they have finished their boxes and written their names on them, you can then fill each box ready for home time.