I was making the weekly lunches last night and thought it was time to incorporate some Valentine’s Day fun.
My girls love Valentine’s Day- the sparkles, the candy, pink and red everywhere… So here are a few really simple ideas I came up with to make their regular lunches more festive. I admire the people that are super fancy crafting everyday lunches into little monkeys and other works of art- but that is not my thing. I just try to find things that can be done really fast and still bring a smile to my little girl’s faces.
Really all you need is a heart shaped cookie cutter- grab the Hobby Lobby or Joann’s coupons and you can get a great deal there. Sur la Table has tons of shaped cookie cutters for $1.00 as well.
I have a few heart shaped cookie cutters because I actually use these a lot. It is nice to have a small one and a larger one.
Here is what I made this week:
DIY Lunchables- using the heart cutter on the pepperoni. You could also cut the cheese in heart shapes with just cheese and crackers or cut the cheese into hearts if you prefer a thinner lunchmeat.
Heart shaped fruit and sandwiches- my girls are small so I only make them half a sandwich. Another option would be to do a normal sandwich of your choice and use the small heart cookie cutter to cut a tiny heart out of the bread (similar to a thumbprint cookie) and you would have a full sized sandwich.
The small heart shaped cutter works perfectly on lots of different fruit- we have watermelon on hand so I used it to cut little heart watermelon to put on top of the berries.
Veggies and Dip. My girls love red pepper hummus and cucumbers as a snack so this works perfectly with the little cookie cutter.
You might substitute whatever dips your children like- ranch dressing, guacamole, salsa etc… These little reusable cupcake liners fit perfectly into compartment lunchboxes to hold condiments. (I would only do this with something nice and thick though.)
Caprese. My big girl loves grape tomatoes so I pack those with a little mozzarella cheese. The cheese would be very easy to cut into hearts with a mini cookie cutter. In this case I added a few heart marshmallows instead as a treat. I love the marshmallows because they aren’t as messy as candy and the girls love them. I grabbed a bag of these for $1 at Walmart and we pop them into hot chocolate or you could melt a tiny piece of chocolate on a graham cracker in the microwave and make super fast S’Mores.
Yogurt and fruit. This works perfectly with yogurt as well. Especially a greek yogurt which is usually much thicker. I just used the mini cutter on strawberries (or you could just use a paring knife and cut a little V at the top). There is granola on the side or you could add a much bigger fruit cup as a quick little snack.
Pink Milk. And this is a really fun little after school snack idea. I just added a few drops of food coloring to milk and the girls LOVED the pink milk. We have done this for St Patrick’s Day and April’s Fools with different colors and they always get a kick out of it. In this case less is more and I did 3 drops of color which was a little too much.
And if you happen to have any fruit leather handy- that is the simplest thing ever to jazz up a sandwich. I cut two hearts out of a piece of Stretch Island fruit leather and put it right on top of the sandwich. These little hearts could go on fruit salads as well.
I also like to browse the Dollar Spot at Target for little containers or napkins or cupcake decorations that I can incorporate into a regular lunchbox for more fun. Even just a tiny bag of glitter heart stickers added to the front of a Ziploc bag would be cute.
There are a lot of free printable Valentine’s available on Pinterest and you might even print a few of those to add as a lunchbox note.
Does anyone else have tips for jazzing up lunchboxes for Valentine’s Day?
See more fun ideas for lunchboxes here.
And see some ideas for easy children’s snack boxes here.