How To: Make a Midnight Snack Box

Everybody loves a good wedding, right? I know I do! Especially when I have not one, but two absolutely amazing dates on my arms and my whole family is dancing, laughing, and having a great time together:

After his third Shirley Temple, Marco really let loose on the dance floor…

Girl Cousins!

Sisters, reunited!

This past weekend, we celebrated the marriage of two of my very favorite people, Mr and Mrs Trombetta:

p.s. Krissy, I stole this from your facebook page.

I think this sums up how I feel: I was at the bachelorette party, with two of my other girl-cousins-of-legal-drinking-age, when a guy asked us who was getting married. I replied, “Our cousin.” Then he asked if we approved of the guy that she was marrying and my answer was, “Absolutely. She’s marrying our cousin. They are perfect together.”

He obviously gave us a really  weird look at that point, but from the first time that Tony brought Krissy around, she felt like family! That’s why I was so excited for it to be official and why I wanted to do something special for them on their big day…

So, when I saw this darling picture on Pinterest…

Via: Martha Stewart Food

…I was so hoping that it would link me to a store where I could order a gourmet snack, packaged in a sweet little box, to send to them on their wedding night. But no, it was a little blurb from Martha Stewart Weddings, 1997. Ugh.

Still, I thought that it was a super sweet idea: When the couple arrives at their hotel exhausted, exhilarated, and famished, surprise them with a box of romantic, luxurious snacks…

I decided that I just had to go ahead and make it on my own. It was a labor of love for sure, and I hope that they enjoyed recieving it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.


PART I: Making the Snack Box

You need: 1 Paper Mache Box– any size or shape. Alphabet stamp set. Black Ink. 2 medium-sized book pages. 3 white coffee filters (use round ones, not cones). Mod Podge, Foam Brush. Tea bag. Fork & Spoon stamp (or other kitchen/food themed stamp). Parchment paper.

Step 1: Cut circles from two of your coffee filters. I used bowls as stencils and cut around them with a utility knife. One needs to be smaller than the other, however the small one also needs to be big enough to fit the design on it.

Cereal bowl = big circle

Step 2: Fill a bowl with water and microwave it for about 3 minutes. Then put a tea bag in the water and let it steep. Put your two trimmed filters in there and let them soak for 15 minutes or so, until you get a color that you’re happy with, you don’t want them to be overly dark, though.

Lay the filters on a baking sheet and stick it in a 300° oven until they are dry (5-8 minutes… just keep an eye on it). I also recommend not dumping your tea into the sink until you are completely and totally 100% finished. Unless you like steeping tea 3 times for one project.

I tea-stained some book pages, but ended up not using them. So ignore that.

Before and after…

Step 3: Mod Podge your two book pages together so that you have one big page. Mod Podge your unstained, uncut filter on top (you don’t even have to waste glue on the whole filter, just an area that’s roughly the same size as your smallest filter).

Step 4: Take your smallest, tea-stained filter and stamp “A Midnight Snack” and the utensil design on it. If you suck at stamping (I do. I messed this up 20 times…), I would recommend cutting and staining several of the little filters so you have back-ups.

Step 5: Mod Podge the stamped filter on top of the book-page/plain filter. Cut around the tea-stained filter (I recommend using the same small bowl and utility knife that you used to begin with… it looked better than cutting it with scissors, because I also suck at using scissors).

Step 6: Mod Podge the bigger tea-stained filter to the top of the box. I didn’t go all the way to the edges, but you can if you want a flatter look. Mod Podge the stamped circle into the center of the larger circle.

I originally tried stamping right onto the box. This is how I learned that stamping isn’t as easy as it looks. All of this tea-stained coffee filter nonsense is my effort to cover up the boo-boo, which you can see in this shot.

Step 7: Cut two pieces of parchment paper to line the box. Use a utility knife to trace the lid and then trim if needed. Stamp one with the word “Love” and the utensil stamp (you know… just trying to get my money’s worth out of it…) and the other with the Bride and Groom’s names. If you have number stamps (I don’t) you could also stamp the wedding date. I didn’t have an ampersand either, so I tried to make a plus sign using the period stamp. Improvisation.

The one that says “love” lines the bottom of the box. The one with their names covers the snacks once it’s filled.

PART II: Filling it With Snacks

You Need: Snacks.

Ol’ Martha filled her box with tiny toast, cheesy-bread twists, cavier, cookies, truffles, and grapes.

Since, I’m obsessed with food and have a hard time exhibiting any sort of restraint, my box was packed to full capacity with almonds, white chocolate covered pretzels, shortbread cookies, wheat crackers, blackberry preserves, dried dates, dried figs, chocolate truffles, honey peanut butter, and brie. I also found mini bottles of an Italian citrus soda, but by the time I got all the food in there, there was no room for the beverages, so they had to get packaged separately.

don’t forget little plates, napkins, and utensils

I used deep baking cups (at Hobby lobby) to fill with the snacks since the box was deeper than I originally anticipated. If you use a shallow box, regular cupcake liners will do the trick.

I asked the front desk to deliver it to their room and put it in the mini fridge. Then I told Tony and Krissy at the reception to look for it when they got back. If I didn’t put the cheese in there, I’d have asked them to put it on the bed and let them be really surprised.


What do you think?

Would you have liked to have something like this on your wedding night? Can you think of other occasions to give a gourmet snack box?

I think this could be cute for…

…proud new parents who have had more than enough hospital food

…a loved one in the hospital (and their weary families) who have had more than enough hospital food

…your favorite college student who needs something to munch on while she studies for finals

…overnight guests who might not feel comfortable helping themselves to your pantry after bedtime

…new neighbors who need a welcoming to the neighborhood and a break from unpacking

…a thank you to your bridal party! Make a whole bunch of these and have the hotel put them in the rooms of your attendants and parents so that they can unwind and recharge after your big day


5 thoughts on “How To: Make a Midnight Snack Box

  1. so charming !!! i think this could be cute for a single parent who has just sent the last child out of the nest and is experiencing too much alone time. perhaps there are no groceries in the house as usual and this parent is wishing for a tasty snack to drown a bit of the sadness away from coming home to an empty house. perhaps this person has sleep issues and stays up to the wee hours of the morning and becomes a bit hungry around 3 am. i just wanted to add to the other possibilities of people who would enjoy receiving such a thoughtful and loving treat.

  2. This is such a fantastic idea! I am totally going to steal it! I don’t know who I will make it for yet, but I will make it some someone! I made something similar (kind of) for a friend for her shower called a “dirty laundry” basket for all her unmentionables. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  4. I LOVE this idea and am going to do t for my friend. I am just somewhat concerned about the logistics of it. Did you drop it off the morning of the wedding? I was considering sneaking it into the town car that the bride and groom are leaving in but I am concerned I might miss the boat!

    • They had their reception at the hotel where they staying, so when we arrived for cocktail hour, I made a quick stop to drop it off at the front desk, asked them to sneak it into the room, and then went to the party!

      If their town car is being driven by a chauffeur, you could try to recruit him as an accomplice to get it in there safely!

      Glad you liked the post! Your friends will be so surprised 🙂

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