Monday, September 7, 2020

A Dessert Tray for these new times ....

Are you familiar with Olive and Cocoa?  

The company has the cutest catalog and such unique and special gifts..  Each time I (or Mom) have ordered, the item is shipped in a hand made wooden gift box.  

I decided to upcycle this box when I was asked to bring dessert to my SILs cookout over the weekend:

I removed all of the paper filling and wrapped the box in a seasonal ribbon, which covers the Olive and Cocoa name engraved in the wood:

I bought little chalkboards clip-ons and labeled each with the type of sweet treat:

They have clothespin clips on the back and were easy to clip on the box:

I grabbed a bunch of paper cups from my party supply drawer

And to make this easy for me, I bought these two, pre-made brownie doughs....

...and baked them in paper cups from Sophistiplate, my go-to source for paper goods:

I also made some Cookie Balls:

I wrapped some plastic wrap over the cups and covered with the wooden lid.  

Ready to go!!

I decorated the brownies with dollops of chocolate frosting and a few sprinkle and used bamboo sporks in each brownie and a wooden pick in each cookie ball:

This was an easy way for guests to grab one or two desserts, no cutting, no serving, no paper plates and an easy dessert for the hostess to just place on the counter!!  Clean up is also easy - Toss everything away and recycle the box for the next party!

If you want to create something similar, here are links to purchase:

Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. I love this idea for the cookies! The wooden box is so adorable and perfect for the cookie cups. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  2. I have several of those boxes. Good idea!

  3. These are the cutest things ever, Patti! I bet everyone loved them too!

  4. I love Olive an Cocoa! You have the best idea hear for the box. What a perfect way to dress up and serve your goodies. Loving this idea.

  5. I have never heard of Olive and Cocoa (just like I had never hear of MC) and so I HAD to check them out and I love so much of their stuff! I need to remember them for gift giving time and this dessert box is super sweet!

  6. I'm going to have to check out Olive and Coco now, as I've not heard of them

  7. Wonderful idea for desserts. Such a lovely box. I am off to explore their site.

  8. I love how you used this beautiful box for dessert, Patti. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's, you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.