Jen is a crafting blogger at Hey! Jen Renee — she’s also good friends with Offbeat Home’s Managing Editor, Cat! Jen makes lunch fun for her kiddo Lo by combining cookie cutters and imagination with bento-esque plates — something I thought many of you might like to try. — Stephanie
This is something I like to call bento on a plate. It probably doesn’t even qualify as “real” bento but whatever. (This is just a grape jam “hedgehog” sandwich with a raisin eye, teddy grahams, clementine sections, salami, edamame, and cut-up string cheese.)
In case you’re wondering what I do with the rest of the bread (no, I don’t throw it away!) I usually end up eating my own sandwich, which looks something like this:
Lately, my most-used cookie cutter set is this one from IKEA. The wilderness edition, I guess. Forest friends? It’s pretty cute.
Sometimes we eat quesadilla dinosaurs who walk on raisin rocks underneath a colby-jack sun.
Or have a edamame/peanut butter cracker flower with a fruit leather squirrel for a snack.
But all that matters is that she eats it. I’ve been playing with cute lunches for a couple of years, since Lo is stuck in that picky-eater phase. I definitely make more of them now that the weather is sunny and we’re heading out on picnics and playdates more often. If you’re in the mood for a fierce bento blog, check out Wendolonia.