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So I said it would be the last lunch yesterday, but I ended up having to make one for Little A today.  I remembered to pay for Miss G’s lunch, and in the rush out yesterday forgot to include her.  Oops!

I also volunteered for the snack for the 2 year old room since it was a water day for them spending the morning in the hot sun.  I offered for a few reasons.  I really dislike the “snacks” that most other moms bring with tons of added sugar, food dyes, and the like, and I want to see all the kids refuel on the right foods.  After some great suggestions from friends, I went to the fruit skewer idea.  I had some issues this round though.  These are 2 year olds.  Not only do they put everything in their mouths, but they are also clumsy by nature.  I knew I couldn’t use the sharp, wooden skewers.  I poked myself plenty of times just making them so I was hoping to avoid injuries.  I decided on cake pop sticks.  They are the thicker, paper sticks with blunt, rounded edges like on a large lollipop.  There is one big problem with those sticks and fruit.  Paper and water don’t go well together.  DUH!  So they ended up being ok, but the sticks were wobbly by the time the kids ate them.  They didn’t fall apart, but they were not ideal.  Next time I will look for a different alternative.  Lastly, watermelon is terrible for the skewer idea. If you’re going to use it, you’ll have to do it in large pieces or it falls apart.  I also like the idea of leaving the rind on and poking the stick through it as separate snack.  All in all, the kids loved them, it was a healthy snack and they looked good.  They were made of cantaloupe flowers, pineapple chunks, honeydew melon stars, cherries and black seedless grapes.

Here is Miss A’s last minute lunch for her.  I used the puzzle cutter by LunchPunch for the sandwich and made a piece of vegan cheese and a piece of fruit leather on top.  To the right are mandarins and watermelon pieces packed in her LunchBots Duo.

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So I know this isn’t a bento post, but it’s still cute food so I guess I can pass it off.  Last weekend we threw a Pinkalicious birthday party  at the community swimming pool for our 4 year old..  As one of my neighbors said, I “went bento” on the fruit.  It was a fun party once it started, but my note to self is that I shouldn’t have taken most of the preparation on by myself.  I thought the project was manageable until I found myself cutting fruit hearts at 1:30 am the night before the party, and then I realized I must be crazy to think I could do it all alone.  Of course, I owe some credit to the idea which I found on Pinterest.

and a great watermelon on a stick idea from my blogger friend Keeley McGuire Blog

Here’s what I came up with:

GRAPE SKEWERS

HEART SHAPED MELON SKEWERS (HONEYDEW, CANTALOPE AND WATERMELON)

MORE SKEWERS OF HONEYDEW & STRAWBERRIES

AND WATERMELON HEARTS ON POPSICLE STICKS.  IDEA COURTESY OF KEELEY MCGUIRE BLOG.   THANKS AGAIN, KEELEY!  THE WATERMELON DIDN’T STAY ON THE SMALL WOODEN SKEWERS AS WELL AS I HAD HOPED SO I REMEMBERED HER POPSICLE STICK IDEA & VOILA!  PROBLEM SOLVED.

MY FRIEND LIGA AT LIGA’S SWEET CREATIONS MADE THE PINKALICIOUS CUPCAKES FROM SCRATCH & HAND DECORATED THEM ALL.  SHE EVEN MADE FONDANT CHERRIES SINCE I DIDN’T WANT ALL THE FOOD DYE FROM THE MARACHINO CHERRIES.  SHE USED ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS AND FOOD BASED, NATURAL FOOD DYES.  SHE IS AMAZING.  THE CUPCAKES WERE THE ONLY THING THAT WEREN’T VEGAN, BUT THEY WERE INCREDIBLE!

I was determined to keep the party as healthy as possible but still fun for the kids.  I had 3 trays of skewers and about 20 kids there.  There were only 7 skewers left at the end of the party!  I was so glad I spent all that time cutting those hearts when I knew my friends’ kids were all going home not filled with junk.  There was also a basket of clementine oranges and pretzels with hummus.  I wanted to use natural food dye to make the hummus pink, but I decided against my plan so that I could do the individual hummus packs & keep them cool.  It was about 87 degrees here on Saturday which is always tricky keeping fresh fruit and other foods safe AND fresh.  We had organic tea, raspberry lemonade and ice waters for everyone to drink.

Again, because the party was outside, I kept decorations pretty simple but VERY pink.  We had pink tissue paper flowers, hot pink lanterns, pink baskets for all the Pinkalicious plates, cups & napkins and I was able to use some of my spring pink baskets that I have to put things in.  I bought two glass vases from the dollar store, filled them with pink Peeps (not for eating), shredded pink recycled paper on top and used them to hold some of the party favors for the girls which doubled as the centerpieces.  They had pink and purple flower wands in one and pearl wands or pinwheels for the smaller siblings who attended.

The treat bags that went home had some Pinkalicious stickers & temporary tattoos for the girls and prince/knight themed ones for the boys.  Each child also got a cookie cutter of a crown, a unicorn (for Goldilicious, Pinkalicious’ imaginary unicorn friend) or a frog for the boys.  It was tough to figure the boy part out, but they all had fun.

A big thanks to all Miss G’s friends who were there, and we missed all those who couldn’t make it.  Happy Friday!


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