How To Make A Birthday Lunchbox

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

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!:

Birthday Lunchbox

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.

Birthday Lunchbox

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.

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  1. POSTED BY Kristin  |  January 30, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    I LOVE this. Definitely going to try this. Although, I fear it may end up looking like a lukewarm, squashed albeit colorful mess. But it’s the thought it counts.

  2. POSTED BY CMEinmontclair  |  January 30, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    What’s the silver tray? That wouldn’t fit in a regular lunchbox, no?

  3. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  January 30, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

    The lunch box in the photo is a Planet Box, but you could use Anna’s idea of wrapping lunch items in any lunhcbox!

  4. POSTED BY alic314  |  January 31, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    Adorable post! Reminded me of my Mom sending in a little note on the napkin in my lunch each day when I was in Elementary School… AND-the second I got through it, I did have to go and Google PlanetBox-as I’m sure many other parental units did as well! That is one neat looking item.

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