My daughter, like many kids, has a birthday that more often than not falls on a school day. This year, I wanted to make her a special lunch to have at school. After looking on Pinterest for ideas, I decided to make her a special birthday lunchbox by wrapping her favorite foods like presents.
Here’s the lunchbox transformation from regular to birthday spectacular!:
My daughter’s lunchbox started with potato pancakes, applesauce, Pirate’s Booty, part of a granola bar and a piece of banana bread. First, I put all of the food either inside a container, in a bag or wrapped in tin foil so they’d stay clean and ready-to-eat even after the wrapping and decorations were added.
I wrapped one container in traditional paper, topped another with a sparkly bow, put the Pirate’s Booty in a gold gift bag, and added a Happy Birthday message as well. For the final festive birthday touches there was a napkin printed with Happy Birthday, a noise blower, and a Happy Birthday banner which would unfurl when my daughter opened her lunchbox at school.
I really wanted the special lunch to be a surprise, so I picked foods that would keep overnight and made the lunch the night before while my daughter was asleep. If you plan to pack this birthday lunch during your regular lunch prep time, make sure you have enough time. It took me about twenty minutes (longer than I expected) to get everything wrapped and looking nice.
And If you’re thinking I’m one of those crazy moms to spend twenty minutes making this lunch, I have to tell you I thought maybe I was too, but the first thing my daughter said after school was “my lunch was the best thing EVER,” so now I think birthday lunches are pretty awesome, no matter how long it takes to make them.
Lunchbox pictured is from PlanetBox.com.