Upcycled Box Party Serving Tray

You may have guessed by now that my daughter’s upcoming graduation party is my single focus these days. That can happen when you don’t really think through your invitation list and end up with 85 people coming when you thought you’d have 40-50 guests!  

If you’ve hung around here very long, you know I have a compulsion to use repurposed items and I’m doing it again today. I started buying a bunch of serving items and realized that I could make some repurposed boxes pretty so they’d work for the party. Here, let me show you my upcycled box party serving tray.Upcycled Box Party Serving Tray - Organized 31

A trip to to Costco to purchase party supplies led straight to these empty boxes and a lightbulb moment.Upcycled Box Party Serving Tray - Organized 31

I already had tin foil and decorative tape at home, so it took 5-10 minutes to line one box with foil and then cover the outside of both boxes with tape.Upcycled Box Party Serving Tray - Organized 31

I’ll put cookies in the lined box (you’ll get to see that later) and use the other box to organize hold plates and napkins.Upcycled Box Party Serving Tray - Organized 31

The perfect free (except for that expensive Costco trip) and super quick solution for party hostessing using an upcycled box serving tray.Upcycled Box Party Serving Tray - Organized 31


My friend, Holly at The Coconut Head’s Survival Guide had a similar upcycled party lightbulb idea.


Upcycled breakfast box utensil holder.

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Shabby Chic Cutlery Holders from Feeding Big





  1. says

    What a great idea! I would have never thought to use boxes like this for a way to organize party supplies. Hmmm….I am thinking this idea would be useful in many areas of my house! Off to Costco for my “free” boxes!

  2. says

    That is such a good idea, a party table just looks so much for “finished” when it’s organised nicely. I’ve done that thing where you are standing in the shop with an item in your hand when suddenly you think “actually, could I fashion something similar for free?” – it’s lovely when it works. I love that tape (red is my favourite colour and polka dots probably my favourite pattern!)

    • susan says

      Julie, I’m the same way. I look at things in the store and wonder if I could make it myself rather than buy it.


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