Totally inspired by this lady & her "Week in Bentos" blog posts, I packed my very first school lunch EVER for Zoey this morning. Though I haven't had a chance yet to order some adorable bento boxes or other bento accessories from places like Ichiban Kan (who I hear is closing or maybe already closed their online shop?) & I'm bummed that the closest Daiso is in Lynwood, Federal Way & Seattle, I made do with what I had. Oh, I could go crazy with all the wonderfully cute supplies out there!
The pink plastic "bento" boxes are just Strawberry Shortcake containers I found at the dollar store. I already had some silicone cupcake liners & I just decorated the sliced peaches & cubed apples with vintage birthday candle holders picks. And though I lacked the sweet little food separator sheets , I used parchment paper that I scalloped with decorative scissors. The giant ham-n-cheese heart sandwich was made using a cookie cutter.
For a snack I made her some cinnamon crisps. I just spread butter on flour tortillas, sprinkled them with cinnamon-sugar & baked 'em in the oven on a super high heat (I was in a hurry this morning!) until it bubbled & got all melty & yummy looking. Slice the tortilla in strips or wedges & you're done!
It all packed up nicely--along with a juice box & a sweet floral cloth napkin--in her cupcake lunchbag that I have had for over a year. I got it on clearance at Fred Meyer & KNEW it'd be perfect for my 1st grader! And, hey, I only get to do this once a week so you better believe I'm going "all out".
I'll let you know what Zoey thought of HER first bento.
I had a thought this morning & wondered if any of my local Asian markets would carry bento supplies? Maybe I'll make a morning field trip of it next week.