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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Themed School Lunches

Gobble gobble! Her sandwich was Sunbutter, granola, and strawberry jelly on a bagel thin. To make it look like a turkey I used Sunbutter to attach a Ritz cracker and candy corn to the bagel. For the eyes I took a mini marshmallow and cut it in half. I then added a dot of black gel food coloring with a toothpick to make them look like eyes. The beak is made from cheddar cheese and the wattle is cut from a piece of pepperoni. I also packed some tomato slices, raw broccoli, Cheez-It's, corn on a piece of lettuce, and some yogurt covered raisins.
Native American shaped turkey and miracle whip sandwich. I used cheese for the hair, a mini marshmallow for the eyes, and fruit leather to make the mouth and headband. I also packed raw carrots and snow peas, black olives, raspberries with white chocolate chip centers, cucumber slices, and candy corn.
Leaf shaped Sunbutter and jelly with sprinkle cutout surprise sandwich, zucchini and bell pepper cut into leaf shapes, leaf cutout Babybel cheese, trail mix, raspberries, and mini chocolate chips.
Pilgrim sandwich, raw asparagus and broccoli, orange segments and raspberries, rice krispy treat, yogurt covered raisins and candy corn.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rise of the Guardians Party

My daughters favorite movie is Rise of the Guardians so of course this is what she wanted the theme of her birthday party to be. To make her invitation I used Algerian Extra-Condensed font, Perpetua Bold Italic font, Century Schoolbook font, and Constantine font. I made my own ticket mask to get the shape of her invitation.
Her cake and cupcakes are vanilla, buttercream frosting, and fondant snowflakes. The rings I found on Etsy at A Birthday Place shop. This was the first time I've ever worked with fondant and found it to be pretty fun. I got the snowflake stamp cutters on Amazon. They were really easy to use but I found that the small one seemed to leave little strings of thin fondant. I let them air dry for a few hours and was able to knock off those strings without damaging the snowflakes.
I made some super yummy Jack Frost cookies that I found on The Jolly Tomato blog. These were a huge hit and very easy to make.You can get the recipe here.
I wanted an activity for each Guardian. I found scratch art snowflakes at Oriental Trading and knew they would be perfect for the Jack Frost activity.
For North's activity the kiddos decorated homemade sugar cookies that my Mother-in-law made. They weren't on the table yet because I wanted the kids to eat lunch before doing this activity ;)
Sandy's activity was sculpting good dreams with kinetic sand. Have you ever played with it before? It is so amazing and fun. We love this stuff! I put two boxes in our sand table.
The biggest hit was Bunny's activity, which was an egg hunt! I glued a picture of the Guardians to a medium sized gift bag for the kiddos to fill with their finds.
Last activity was Tooth's. I had the kids help Tooth by throwing teeth shaped erasers that I purchased from Oriental Trading into "canisters" for prizes. I wish I remembered to take a picture before we started the game...lol. I really had grand plans for this but ran out of crafting time. There was supposed to be gold canisters that looked like they did in the movie and more decorations around the game. Oh well, the kids still loved it.
For a really easy decoration I sprayed a can of fake snow on our glass doors and copied the pictures Jack Frost drew to keep Jamie believing in Bunny.
Here's the happy birthday girl!!! She loved her party and even though it was a lot of work I'm glad I did it for her.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fun Halloween School Lunches

Happy Halloween!
Jack o'lantern bologna sandwich, bologna bat, cucumber and black olive eyeballs, ghost honeydew, pumpkin orange, halloween shaped pretzels, and Peep mini pumpkin.
Spooky Halloween pasta (veggie pasta, yellow tomatoes, tomato basil feta, and olive oil), rolled ham bat skewers, green apple, raw green beans, cooked brussel sprouts, and a  Peep mini pumpkin.
Fall leaf homemade lunchable, cucumbers, raw carrots and green beans, grape tomatoe and black olive skewer, and gummy snacks.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fun Halloween School Lunches

Sunbutter and jelly witch & mini house sandwiches, moon shaped provolone cheese, kiwi witch hats, pomegranate seeds, black olives, carrots, and cat shaped rice krispy treat.
Turkey and mayo with a slice of provolone cheese on top cut into a ghost shape, plums, raw green beans, grape tomato ghost skewers, peanut free candy corn.
Homemade lunchable made with pumpkin shaped cheddar cheese, thick cut Boars Head ham, and crackers. I also packed her grape tomato bat skewers, yogurt squeeze, cooked brussel sprouts, and peanut free candy corn.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Free Monsters University Food Label Cards & Invitation

Last year my oldest daughter had a Monsters University birthday party. I had always meant to post the blank invitation and food label cards. Well here they finally are! It's only a year later ;)

You can download the full 300 dpi resolution here.

The chevron digital paper is from Erin Kay Studio. I just changed the color to match my theme. I made the frame myself. On my original invitation I used Monster AG font, Varsity Regular font, Kristen ITC Semi-Expanded font, Home & Hearth Outline Bold, and Just Cole font.
On my original food label cards I used Varsity Regular font and Kristen ITC Semi-Expanded font.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fun School Lunches (Fall and Halloween inspired)

Fall lunch! Leaf shaped bologna and ketchup sandwich (my kid loves Boar's Head bologna), apple with a leaf cutout, multicolored sweet peppers cut into fall leaves, wheat thins and a couple of Cheez-Its, and peanut-free chocolate chips.
Pumpkin shaped sandwich that is made with bologna, ketchup, and slice of cheddar cheese on top. I rolled the leftover bologna from the cutout pumpkin and put it on a pick. Cut strawberries, yogurt squeeze, Skittles, and for the "pumpkin" cherry tomatoes I just put a piece of toothpick in the tomato to hold on the green bean. Whenever I use hidden toothpicks I show Charlotte before school so she knows to take them out before taking a bite.

Star shaped Sunbutter and jelly sandwich, Babybel cheese with a star cutout, star shaped strawberries, Cheez-Its, green beans, and Florida Natural gummy nuggets.
Graveyard pasta (veggie pasta, olive oil, black olives, and tombstone cheese), cherry tomatoes, ghost cutout apple, green beans, yogurt squeeze, and Tootsie Rolls.

Fun School Lunches

Sorry I'm so late posting these. My husband and I went to Nashville for 5 days and I'm just getting back in the swing of things.
Princess lunch! Tiara Sunbutter and jelly sandwich, heart fruit, grape wands, cheese stick with heart gems glued to the wrapper, and Florida Natural organic gummy nuggets.
Homemade lunchable using a flower cutter, grape tomato skewers, strawberries, cauliflower, cucumbers with a flower cutout, and marshmallows.
Puzzle Sunbutter and jelly sandwich, Babybel cheese with a heart cutout, zucchini with heart cutout filled with a heart red bell pepper, cauliflower with flower red bell peppers, plum, and Florida Natural organic gummy nuggets with a gummy vitamin in the center.
Homemade lunchable using a circle cutter and heart cutter, heart shaped strawberries and black grapes, cauliflower and cucumbers, yogurt squeeze, and peanut free chocolate chips.
Heart shaped Sunbutter and jelly sandwich that I decorated using a food marker, peaches, cauliflower, yogurt squeeze, and Florida Natural gummy nuggets with a gummy vitamin in the center.
Sunbutter and jelly bagel thin sandwich, black grapes, cauliflower and grape tomatoes, yogurt squeeze, Florida Natural organic gummy nuggets with a gummy vitamin in the center.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fun School Lunches

Puppy dog roast beef and cheddar sandwich. I used a food markers to draw on the eye and collar. I didn't want to throw away the scraps from cutting out the sandwich so I used them to make a meat and cheese skewer. The flowers are yellow squash and i sliced up a red sweet pepper. She also had peaches, yogurt squeeze, and Florida Natural organic gummy nuggets.
Elephant bologna and cheddar sandwiches. She also had sunbutter on celery with raisins, watermelon, yogurt squeeze, and nut free chocolate chips.
Roast beef and cheese cube skewers. She also had plums, raw cauliflower, pretzels, half of a Cliff Kid Zbar, and Florida Natural organic gummy nuggets.
Hummus and pita chips. She also had grapes on skewers, sliced red sweet pepper, yogurt squeeze, and nut free chocolate chips.
Sunbutter, jelly, and nut free granola on a bagel thin. I cut the wax on a Babybel cheese to make it look like hair. I used a food marker to make the eyes. She had hummus with yellow squash flowers and sweet peppers to dip. I also packed her some orange sliced, raspberries, and peanut free chocolate chips.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fun School Lunches

School is in full swing and these are some of the fun lunches that I have packed my little Kindergartener. We went with a PlanetBox Rover for her lunchbox. So far I love it! It makes it really easy to plan and pack her lunches.
I found these cute Minion shaped graham crackers from Honey Maid. To make her sandwich I just cut it and a piece of cheddar cheese into the shape of a Minion head. On a slice of provolone cheese I cut a strip with a knife and a circle with a cookie cutter. I laid the pieces where I wanted them and trimmed the strip to fit. To draw on the face I used a Wilton Food Writer marker in black.
I carved the wax on a Babybel cheese to make a ladybug. To get perfect circles I used a hard straw from a plastic tumblers to cut the wax. I used heart picks that I got from the Dollar Tree to make her "fairy wands". I just put on a couple of grapes and then a piece of flower shaped honeydew melon to make the wands. She also had sunbutter, jelly, and granola on a bagel thin. For her treat I gave her some nut free chocolate chips :)
For the green balls I just used a melon baller on honeydew melon. I bought these super cute and easy to use egg molds on Amazon. You just pop a warm hard boiled egg into the mold, close it, and stick it in the fridge until you need the egg. I found that an extra large egg worked pretty good in the fish mold but some egg did squeeze out the sides. I just cut off the extra and they looked adorable.
I made her a homemade lunchable. I had the deli slice my Boars Head ham thick. When I got home I used a circle cookie cutter on the ham and sliced cheese. For her treat I gave her some mini marshmallows.
Sorry for the horrible photo. This was her lunch from the first day of school. I was in a big rush and didn't realize how blurry this photo was. (I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone and feel that it takes awful photos). Anyway, the white hearts are a hard boiled egg cut in half. I used my new eggs molds that I talked about on the fish lunch. You have to use extra large eggs to fill the heart mold.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Anna from Frozen Babybel Cheese

I used a really sharp knife to cut out her bangs. After I took the rest of the wax wrapper off I sliced it into long strips and braided it to make her pigtails. I also cut out a mouth with the left over wax. I used a small sliver of provolone cheese to make the white strip in her hair. I pressed the cheese and the top of the braids into the wax of her bangs to get them to hold on. I really wanted her to have blue eyes but I didn't have a blue colored food marker so I had to improvise with a tiny piece of broccoli pressed into the cheese. I used broccoli to wedge the cheese into her lunchbox so that it wouldn't move around that much.
I put an Elsa shaped gummy in the center of some marshmallows. Her sandwich is sunbutter, jelly, and granola on a bagel thin.

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Luau Third Birthday Party

I used the Cricut Cupcake Wrappers cartridge to make the waved shape cupcake wrappers. I found that setting my Cricut to cut at 2 1/4 was perfect for normal size cupcakes. I was able to get two wrappers out of a 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock.

I made the paper umbrellas using this DIY Cocktail Umbrella tutorial over at create.craft.love blog.
The cups were a Dollar Tree find. I made flagged straws so the kids would know what cups was theirs.
I wanted something that would match the hula skirts that I made all the girls. For really cheap I made hula skirt snack cups out of paper cups, green crepe paper, and paper punched flowers.

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