I’ve always loved to make school lunches for my son fun while he’s still young enough to enjoy it (I’m sure in the teen years he will NOT want bento lunches anymore). I’m always looking for ways to make them themed for a holiday or something going on at school.
You can simple or elaborate depending on your time and skills. I keep mine pretty simple making use of cookie cutters, sandwich cutters, picks, silicone cupcake liners, and edible markers.
These are real lunches I made my son. Only took a few minutes. They’re not fancy lunches that took hours to create fancy Pinterest food photography photos. Keeping it real. Keeping it simple.
School lunch bentos for Valentine’s Day
one: Heart-shaped sandwiches
lunch #1 – I used a heart sandwich cutter to cut out this sun butter and jelly sandwich. Using sandwich cutters is nice because they are designed to minimize bread waste. I added a cupcake pick for extra fun. The snack is a mixture of dried fruit, strawberries in a silicon heart cupcake liner. I also added few Conversation Hearts as a treat from our 14 Reasons Why I Love You countdown.
lunch #2 – I used a large heart cookie cutter to cut out this sandwich and then a mini cutter for the center heart.
Tip – Add peanut butter to the bottom slice of bread and then add jelly to the bottom slice. Cut the mini heart from the top slice of bread before putting the two pieces together.
Snack is dried fruit, yogurt covered fruit, carrots (with Ranch dip in the small red container), and a red Mini BabyBel with a heart cut from the wax using the mini heart cookie cutter.
Valentine’s Day Homemade Lunchables
Valentine’s Day Sandwich Pinwheels
PB&J on a Stick
I used the FunBites sandwich cutter to make mini square PB&J sandwiches and put them on a long heart cupcake pick. Snack is dried fruit, mini cheese crackers, and strawberries.
Valentine’s Day bento lunch supplies
- Easy Lunch Boxes bento lunch box
- Cupcake picks (similar)
- long heart cupcake picks/skewers –
- Multi-sized set of heart cutters
- edible markers
- Heart-Shaped Silicone Baking Cups
- Square Shaped Silicone Baking Cups
- Heart-Shaped Sandwich Cutter
- FunBites Squares
Are you doing this for your kids this year? We’d love to hear all about it. Post a photo to social and tag @sweetshoppemom. We might even share it.
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