Still no baby, so I've still got plenty of time/energy for making cute lunches ... let's see what next week brings! PIP your cute lunches here!
Halloween lunches are so easy! Haunted house sandwich with cheese details and a chewy treat roof, golden tomatoes on picks, a tower of carrots and apples (I used a metal cookie cutter to cut the outline and just peeled off the peel with a paring knife).
I know there's nothing here for scale, but this triple-decker container is very small and perfect for throwing in a bunch of assorted foods from the fridge. As soon as I set it in front of her, DD remarked that this lunch had all the colors of the rainbow except purple. From left: Quesdadilla strips, baby carrots, tomatoes on a pick, hard boiled egg, kiwi and cut up string cheese in a blue container. I also included in the picture one of our kids pitchers. I often let DD pour her own drinks. It makes her feel very grown-up, it's a little pouring practice and it's another element of fun. The chick pitcher is cute but is actually a little tricky to pour.
Yuck - these apples turned brown really quickly after being cut and I didn't have any lemon juice to stop it. DD went fishing that morning, so this was a fishing themed lunch. So the apples are "boats" (with masking tape on tooth picks for the sails), a sealed sandwich with a dolphin cheese cutout (I was too lazy to search for the fish cutter), snap pea crisps, golden tomatoes, cucumbers and a small container of chocolate sunflower seed "bait."
Puppies! I cooked an extra scrambled egg at breakfast, cooking it in a thin sheet. At lunch, I used a heart cookie cutter to make an egg & cheese sandwich. Scraps of egg are used to make the dog ears, which are attached with bow picks. Purple grapes, cucumbers and snap pea crisps separated with a silicone sheet round out this small-ish lunch.
And here's a shameless PIP of my DD playing with pumpkin pie playdough and using lots of bento supplies, cookie cutters and other kitchen tools. Every time she plays with this stuff, I feel a little less guilty about buying so much! I used this recipe for the playdough and my DD has really enjoyed playing with it. It smells really good! http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/pumpkin-pie-play-dough-674772/
PIP your cute lunches here! Your little ones will love it and I promise it's not as hard as it looks!