I don't know about you, but do you find lunch time meals the hardest in terms of creating variation? The will to create something a little more exciting than a cheese sandwich has definitely been high up on my agenda. An invite to an afternoon with Capri Sun and Eat Well couldn't have arrived at a more suitable time. I've had my eye on these bento style lunch boxes for some time, but, both of my girls are not at school requiring a packed lunch. It wasn't until I read a lovely post on my dear friend Clara's blog lucyandbelle.com (which by the way is attached to the sweetest baby gift boutique) about travelling with children, that it opened my mind to the fact that your children needn't be in school to make use of a lunchbox. They are perfect for picnicing in the park, family days out, long car or train journeys or as suggested by Clara for airplane trips.
A few weekends ago whist the children were entertained by the wonderful staff at Maggie and Rose in Kensington we took over their kitchen to learn from the best, Grace Hall the amazing food artist who specialises in making creative bento style lunchbox ideas, and become lunchbox connoisseurs. I can honestly say it is the best spent morning in a long time. Not only was is such a pleasure to be around some other very inspring bloggers, I've learnt skills that will last me a lifetime and make a huge difference to the way I approach making lunch for my children.
During this short time we learnt how to make an entire packed lunch, it was so simple, creative and according to Gabriella and Lucia completely delicious, with a little practice the lunch box should be able to be prepped and made in 5 minutes. I think being realistic, i'm a bit of a faffer so I would allow myself 10-15 minutes. It's surprising how simple things can be made so interesting, I kept thinking throughout the class 'why hadn't I thought of that?' For example, the grapes dipped in chocolate.
Gabriella had the most wonderful time at the event, they played games and sang songs and she came home with a work of art, a master piece which I will hang on her bedroom wall.
Since my return I've been experimenting with lots of different themes, not quite as exquisite as grace hall's but Gabriella and Lucia have loved them. I've never gone out and purchased special ingredients, I've only used what we already had at home. I remember one of the questions asked was how this would this work if they do not go to school. I serve the girls on a mini wooden chopping board which I think solves the problem for when you are at home. It's more exciting than a plate, i'm told by the girls.
Capri sun are the perfect packaged drink to accompany any lunchbox, there are no artificial colours or preservatives. You only have to look at the ingredients to feel assured that you are making the right choice for your children. Thank you Capri Sun for hosting such a wonderful and informative event.
Grace's website is so inspiring in the lunchbox department, you must have a look at Grace Hall's lunchbox ideas her website is called Eats Amazing