Happy first day of summer, everyone! While today may officially mark the start of the summer season, we have been in full on BBQ mode for weeks now. And can you really blame us? For me, cookouts are one of the best parts of summer, something that I know my husband hates missing when he’s deployed. That got me thinking about how I would send a BBQ care package and this inspiration post was born!
BBQ Care Package Decor
To really sell this box as a BBQ care package, it needs to look like a BBQ! The easiest way to do that is to decorate the box with paper that looks like a tablecloth (or use an actual tablecloth!) I’m a big fan of this gingham paper I found online.
You could a cutout grill, hamburger, hotdogs or any sort of grilling tools. You can find some really cute stickers to go along with your BBQ care package online as well. Possible wording could include “can’t wait for you to be all up in my grill”, “license to grill”, “you know how to turn this grill on” or “I’d PIC-nic you every time.”
If you wanted to turn this BBQ care package into a full-on picnic theme, you could package all the contents in a small picnic basket and put that in the box. How stinking cute would that be?!
BBQ Care Package Contents
Of course, the second step to a perfect BBQ care package involves having the right contents! Sending a grill and raw hamburgers is out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep the theme going with the help of a little creativity.
BBQ sauces: during the summer, BBQ sauce is everywhere. If you are able to find miniature sizes, you could send a few different varieties for your loved one to try.
BBQ flavored foods: you can find chips, snack mixes and even beef jerky that has a BBQ flavor.
Soda: while I think we all know that beer and BBQ goes hand-in-hand, you can’t send actual beer in your BBQ care package. Root beer may be a good substitute, just make sure to put each can in a plastic bag and cushion them well.
BBQ magazine or cookbook.
Summer sausage, mustard and buns: summer sausage is shelf stable and a great way to add a little meat to your BBQ care package. A loves getting these in his care packages; just make sure that they don’t violate any rules where you’re sending them.
Plastic plates, cups and silverware: now, I’m partial to these plastic baskets, but you could find great options wherever you shop.
Putting together a care package is a three-part process: pick a theme, decorate your box and then fill it with goodies that fit the theme and that your loved one enjoys. Luckily for all of us, the 4th of July comes with a pretty perfect built-in theme for military care packages. Steps two and three are pretty easy as well: I have the perfect 4th of July care package in my shop and have put together a list of patriotic care package contents so you can send the perfect care package!
There are lots of patriotic care package contents in stores right now, but if you’re interested in sending something a little more personal, I highly recommend the patriotic rice krispie treats! They are so festive and easy to make. Just make sure to add a slice of bread in with them and wrap them well so they don’t get stale!
I linked two options and can’t decide which ones I like best, but the flag cookies make take the cake, so to speak. They are definitely more complicated, but really fit the theme! And last, but certainly not least, I can’t wait to help little ones create the handprint flag art to send. It looks like such an easy project, but would mean so much to folks overseas.
Baking and crafting not your thing? That’s totally ok! You can find patriotic care package contents everywhere right now and they are perfect! The three I have here are specific for 4th of July, but there are so many other red, white and blue items that exist year-round.
Patriotic care package contents don’t necessarily have to be food. There are plenty of apparel items that you could send, including non-holiday ones. For example, my husband loves UnderArmour shirts for working out and one in red, white and blue would be perfect.
Other items could include red or blue Gatorade, gum in red or blue packages and fun patriotic decorations. Just remember that you cannot send alcohol or fireworks/sparklers. What are your favorite patriotic care package contents?
Full confession: my husband is in the Navy so I’m a bit biased when it comes to all things nautical. But I can’t not love my newest care package! This boat care package is the perfect way to celebrate the start of summer, because who doesn’t want to be out on the lake during the hot summer months?
And while I may have drawn some inspiration from my sailor husband for this boat care package, it doesn’t have to go just to sailors! Once you fill it with items like water bottles, flip flops and sunglasses, it would brighten anyone’s day.
I love how this box turned out. It’s fun and has all the best parts of summer depicted on the flaps. Everything from the palm trees to the dolphins makes me wish I was on a tropical island somewhere. The bottom piece is a little tribute to my husband, but is a sweet sentiment to share with someone in any branch of service.
I remember the first time I discovered Pinterest. I was in college and it was dangerously close to finals week, but I just had to pin ALL the things. If I had known how important Pinterest would be for me in the future, I may not have ever studied for my exams! But now Pinterest is a great source of care package inspiration and a place I regularly turn when I’m stuck for ideas.
To save you hours of browsing (and falling into the Pinterest rabbit hole), I’ve pulled together a roundup of my favorite Pinterest care package inspiration and linked sources when I could find them. Feel free to shop around or work with me on a custom order!
I love both of these designs from One Day Closer Design. The superhero one is perfect to send from a group; maybe from little ones for Father’s Day. And then the pirate one hits just the right note between funny and naughty without being (too) embarrassing.
These two beauties came from Creative Care Packages. Their Instagram is full of great care package inspiration, both for the design and care package contents. I love the romance of the Lady and Tramp one and it shows that you don’t necessarily have to own a fancy machine to create gorgeous care packages. I love how well the contents of the movie night care package fit the theme; you could use this as a long distance date!
Unfortunately, these four didn’t have sources linked on Pinterest, but they were so cute I had to include them. (If they’re yours, let me know in the comments!) I’m just in love with the camping one and think the words as a constellation are one of the most creative ideas I’ve seen. And the tissues on the flap for the prescription box? Perfection!
Care packages are a great way to tell someone you love them, no matter how far away they are. So shouldn’t there be a care package that’s as unique as your relationship? I thought so too which is why I’m now accepting orders for custom care packages in my shop!
That’s right! You can now order custom care packages and send your loved one a one-of-a-kind box decorated just for them. Just visit my shop and click the “Request Custom Order” button on the left hand side of the page. It will start a conversation where we can figure out exactly what you want and then I will create the custom listing for you to purchase. Each custom order is $15, ships for free and will be custom designed to fit your request.
Tips for ordering custom care packages
When ordering custom care packages, it’s really important to be as specific as possible. If you know your loved one hates glitter or loves the color purple, share that with me. The more specific you can be, the better shot I have of making exactly what you’re looking for.
Send ideas or examples.
Another great way to make sure your custom care packages turn out the way you want is to send examples. Pinterest is a great source of care package inspiration (check out some of my favorites here) and sending photos of care packages you like helps me narrow down the design.
Allow for creativity.
Part of the beauty of ordering custom care packages is that you get something no one else has. If you want me to copy someone else’s design exactly, that benefit is lost. Send inspiration, but also allow me to make some creative choices that make your design unique.
Interested in custom care packages? Send me a message on Etsy along with some of your ideas and we’ll get something started!