Monday, July 16, 2012

Birthday Bento! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Today my firstborn is 11 years old. Happy Birthday #1 Son!  
Beanstalk was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is proud of that, so for a special birthday lunch, I packed him a NOLA themed bento in one of his little sisters' Laptop Lunches. I chose a purple box of course, and purple, green, & gold inner containers - the traditional Mardi Gras colors :

In the gold container, he has a State of Louisiana peanut butter sandwich and a blueberry pomegranate fruit leather fleur-de-lis (in 2 pieces). I would have liked to make him a po' boy but he wanted PB and it is his birthday...

In one of the purple containers, he has a cinnamon roll covered in purple, green & gold sugar sprinkles, masquerading as a piece of King Cake. The baby is supposed to hide under the cake, but I stuck this one on top, next to the birthday hat pick, to represent my boy in his birthday suit :)

In the green container, he has grapes on lamp post party picks, and half a granny smith apple with a fleur-de-lis shape cut from the peel. 

The other purple container holds a fleur-de-lis cupcake pick nestled in some Smartfood white cheddar popcorn, with no special significance other than it's his favourite :)  Bit of snack trivia : Did you know the original Smartfood popcorn was created by the creators of Annie's Homegrown? Yep!

And last but not least, a Lunchbox Love note telling him how much I love him ♥

He was pretty happy with his birthday bento. Here he is opening his lunch (wearing one of his birthday gifts, a Doctor Who "Physician Unknown" t-shirt). He's looking down, but trust me, he was also wearing a big grin :)

I found all the NOLA food novelties - the cookie cutters I used for the sandwich, fruit leather, and apple shape, the party picks in the popcorn and grapes, and the king cake baby - at Mardi Gras Outlet. 

Happy Birthday! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

  Lunchbox Love


  1. What a perfect bday lunch for your NOLA boy!

  2. Oh this is SO cute!! Love the lantern picks. :)
    You can totally see his big grin in the picture. Great job and Happy Birthday Beanstalk!

  3. I sucketh at keepingeth uppeth. FINALLY saw this awesome lunch & love love love it!

  4. Hey Cristi, your website is really great and we LOVE your Bento box lunch you made! Thanks for linking to Mardi Gras!


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