Delicious Party Box Lunches: Ready-made Convenience to Order or Make!

Wouldn’t you just love a hassle-free party menu that lets you enjoy the celebration along with your guests? Well, one of the cleverest solutions we’ve found for this is pre-packed Party Box Lunches. These contain a selection of main and side dishes in single-serve packaging, plus a dessert and drink – all neatly presented in a box or basket. So handy! Just the thing for serving guests at a casual gathering like a baby or bridal shower, a picnic, a housewarming, even a corporate lunch party. See your options for ordering ready-made box lunches for delivery to your venue, or for assembling them yourself!

7 Ready-made Party Box Lunch Catering Options

Take the truly stress-free route and simply order from a box lunch caterer in your area. They’ll assemble your order fresh on the day of your event and deliver direct to you – ready to serve!


1 – Ingallina’s Box Lunch L.A. – Serving the Los Angeles area, Ingallina’s offers a wide menu of Value Box Lunches and Executive Box Lunches featuring special sandwiches on a variety of breads, as well as Gluten-free Box Lunches.


2 – Apple Spice, Irvine, CAApple Spice offers prepared box lunches with sandwich selections featuring freshly-baked breads, fine meats and cheeses, and crisp vegetables, plus homemade soups, healthy salads, and fresh bakery treats.


3 – Planet Sub – Each box lunch from Planet Sub includes your choice of fresh-made 6” sub (The Experience, Torpedo, SuperHero, or Planet Sub), a bag of chips, a pickle, and a fresh-baked cookie. Find a location near you.


4 – Mendocino Farms – Proudly called your “picnic pal,” Mendocino Farms can meet your needs for a perfect portable meal, offering sandwiches and to-go salads for pick-up or delivery from any of their SoCal branches – in addition to vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan choices.



5 – Le Pain Quotidien with branches in the Los Angeles area – The Lunch Box of Le Pain Quotidien offers a choice of classic sandwich or baguette sandwich, a side of quinoa taboulé or lentils, a mini brownie and cookie – plus an optional fruit and beverage add-on. Two other options on their boxed meals menu: their gluten-free/vegetarian Botanist Box and their Breakfast Box.


6 – Firehouse Subs with branches throughout the Southern Cal area- The Lieutenant is Firehouse Subs’ box lunch containing a medium sub stuffed with your choice of premium deli meat and provolone, topped with veggies and vinaigrette with sides of chips, dessert, mayo, deli mustard, and a kosher dill pickle. The Rookie is their other box lunch option, minus the dessert.


7 – Jersey Mike’s Subs, Los AngelesJersey Mike’s Subs assures you of high quality meats and cheeses in every sub, accompanied by fresh lettuce, onions, tomatoes, oil, vinegar and spices. Their Personal Box Lunch (shown in menu) includes any cold sub in regular or mini size, chips, and a cookie.

7 Examples of DIY Box Lunches to Inspire You: What to Put Inside!

Prefer a more personal touch? You can always assemble your party box lunches yourself. Get excited by these fun, healthy, and prettily packaged examples we found!


Take some tips from Fantabulosity (1) who simply filled cardboard boxes with prepared sandwiches from the shop, chips in a favor bag, fruit in season, little reusable drink containers holding juice or water, and 2-ct packs of Oreos cookies.


Instead of boxes, you can also use baskets for your packed lunches. Pretty berry baskets, as seen via Indulgy (2), that you can line with crinkle paper, trim with flags on sticks, and decorate with toy chicks – for a baby shower or an Easter garden party perhaps?


The star of this box lunch from Giggles Galore (3) is a roasted garlic caprese sandwich (recipe provided), accompanied by a cup of salad, fresh fruit, a bag of chips, cookies, and bottled water all packed in a cardboard meal box. Yummy and easy!


A similar idea we discovered at On Sutton Place (4) also uses a cardboard box, but with each food item neatly wrapped in chic little packages. The lower layer contains chicken salad, a croissant, fruit and chips, while the second layer holds the pasta salad, flatware and napkin.


For a child’s party with a whimsical woodland theme, Aesthetic Nest (5) opted for charming woven baskets for a packed party meal. Note the sweet woodland-inspired food tags; gingham basket liner, ribbon, and napkin; twine ties and wooden fork.


Going on a picnic? This box lunch via Pinterest (6) keeps it simple yet scrumptious – with a pack of breaded fillets (you could choose chicken or fish) and a dip or gravy, a cup of fresh fruit, and crunchy chips.


Why not use your party theme to guide your boxed meal presentation? We love how Jenny Cookies (7) played up the flower-arranging theme of this gathering with yellow plastic baskets filled with delicious sandwiches wrapped in paper and twine, pasta salad, and giant cookies.

Additional Ideas on What to Put Inside the Box:

  1. Fresh fruits like small apples, tangerines, or pears
  2. Trail mix
  3. Convenient sized bags of popcorn
  4. Condiments like mayo or mustard
  5. Small packets of candy
  6. Mini candy bars
  7. Small, disposable hand wipes
  8. After dinner mints


Seeing these practical examples – both to buy and to DIY – why serve casual party food any other way, right? Party box lunches it is!

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