Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Mighty Thor Bento Lunch & Birthday Party + Bonus Paper Bag Popcorn Recipe!

Here's another Marvel character lunch for Beanstalk! He's had Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man & the Amazing Spider-Man themed bentos... today his PlanetBox lunch is a tribute to the Mighty Thor !


I went with colours from the movie poster - red, silver, black and a little blue. The blue corn chips look kind of blackish to me! The salsa is red, as are the Gala apple wedges, and the ham is skewered on a blue star pick. Surrounded by garlic pepper popcorn - made in the microwave with plain kernels, olive oil, garlic salt, & pepper in a brown paper bag - is The Hammer of Thor.


The Hammer of Thor is two granola squares wrapped in aluminum foil on a popsicle stick! Beanstalk took a peek before he left for school, and his smile made getting up at 6 am to think up how to make a hammer from my picky kid's limited food choices well worth the effort    

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Mighty Thor Movie Party!

Last year for Beanstalk's birthday we reserved the balcony of the base theater and took him,  Pickle, and 10 of his friends to see Thor ! Sounds expensive, but it was so not! About $6 a kid which included their admission, popcorn, a drink & a candy selection. We had the balcony to ourselves to watch the movie, and the upstairs lobby for the cake and presents. Awesome!


I made "movie ticket" invitations with Beanstalk's picture on them and hand delivered them to the invitees in striped popcorn bags as envelopes: 

Movie Admission Ticket Party Invitations
They were so cute - the bar code even said RSVP and our phone # ! They were really easy to make - I found the free template here - all I had to do was drag and drop his photo, add my text, print on card stock and cut out :)

I used more popcorn bags (a pack of 12 for $1 at Dollar Tree) for loot bags. 


And since my baking is hit or miss and my cake frosting skills non-existent, I bought a grocery store bakery cake and added a Thor action figure and his accessories as cake toppers. Beanstalk loved it.


His 10th birthday Thor movie party was a hit! 

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By request, here is how I make
Easy Peasy Paper Bag Microwave Popcorn!

 

1/4 cup good quality popcorn
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt, the finer the better
Seasonings to taste - I like garlic salt, cayenne & cracked black pepper
Brown paper lunch bag
  1. In a small dish, toss the popcorn with the oil, salt and seasonings.
  2. Dump it all in the paper bag.
  3. Fold the bag over several times. Secure w/ tape if it won't stay folded.
  4. Microwave on high 2 or 3 minutes - until there are several second pauses between pops.
  5. Empty into a bowl and enjoy!
*If not eating right away, line bowl with tea towel or paper towel to absorb oil and cool before transferring to storage container.

9 comments:

  1. LOVE the hammer in his lunch!!! So clever :D And a movie birthday looks like so much fun!

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  2. WOW! You have been one busy lady sister! Impressive!

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  3. Explain more about the popping and seasoning of popcorn in the microwave...

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  4. That hammer is amazing! :) Great idea!

    And I love this popcorn you're talking about. More details would be awesome. ;P

    I'll definitely have to keep a movie birthday in mind for one year.

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    1. Thanks! Popcorn recipe below :)

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  5. I'll make a little popcorn post with pics one of these days :) But it's really simple.

    1/4 cup good quality popcorn
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1/4 teaspoon salt, the finer the better
    Seasonings to taste - I like garlic salt, cayenne & cracked black pepper
    Brown paper lunch bag

    In small dish, toss the popcorn with the oil, salt and seasonings.
    Dump it all in the bag.
    Fold the bag over several times and secure with tape.
    Microwave on high 2 or 3 minutes - until there are several second pauses between pops.
    Empty into a bowl and enjoy!

    *If not eating right away, line bowl with tea towel or paper towel to absorb oil and cool before transferring to storage container.

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    1. Thanks so much for this! :) I love having popcorn, but I'm far too lazy to pop it over the stove. I'm pretty sure I can handle this a lot better. :P Can't wait to try it!

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  6. Pickling salt is super fine! Perfect for popcorn! And not iodized, so no funny flavor (I only use iodized in my cooking. We use kosher and pickling salts for seasoning on top.)

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