Everyday Bento Box Party of One!



I’ve been a fan of Wendy Thorpe Copley for a while now.  I’ve made many bento box lunches (inspired by her website, Wendolonia) for my daughter during kindergarten. (Wendy has even guest contributed to Alpha Mom with her Bento Box 101.) However, I happened to have that kid who is super picky about her food. She would rather not eat at school at all if I gave her that choice. Do you have a kid like that? I’ve tried everything.

Everyday Bento Box Kids' Lunch Ideas

So when Wendy’s book, Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go came out and my daughter spied it sitting there so colorful and inviting on our coffee table, she immediately wanted to make a bento box lunch. I figured why should I have all the fun making art out of food? Why don’t I set up a little food party and she can create to her heart’s content? She might even eat it if she makes it herself!

Everyday Bento Box Kids' Lunch Ideas

I set the table with everything she would need to create a bento box masterpiece: containers, fruit, nuts, protein (sliced in “punchable” flat sizes), vegetables and rice. I had never colored rice before, that’s something really neat that I learned from Wendy’s book. I put out all of our small cookie cutter punches and a cutting board with a butter knife so my daughter could create her own shapes too.

Everyday Bento Box Kids' Lunch Ideas

Then I let her be. It was so fun to watch her create little scenes in her bento box containers.

 Everyday Bento Box Kids' Lunch Ideas

I can see this turning into an event for a party. I have to admit I had to get in on the action too. How could you not?

Everyday Bento Box Kids' Lunch Ideas

She was very proud of her creations.

Everyday Bento Box Kids' Lunch Ideas

She even took her favorite bento box out into the yard, sat on a blanket and ate the entire thing!

Go figure.


Are you looking for more ideas for packed lunches or snacks? Wendy’s book, Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go was released last week and is available for purchase. It’s packed with ideas for fun, delicious lunches. With 50 brand new bento box lunches and step-by-step instructions showing you how to make them will provide you with loads of inspiration.

About the author

Brenda Ponnay
Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it's painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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One Response to “Everyday Bento Box Party of One!”

  1. Grammy Mar 10 at 8:39 pm Reply Reply


    I had two kids who were exact polar opposites regarding food — a son who ate everything that didn’t move and a daughter who spent most mealtimes picking through all food to see if there was anything on the plate that she might want to taste. I found that when I could have her participate in some way in preparation I had a pretty good chance of her actual eating things.

    So she would spend half an hour in the garden selecting on her own “the roundest, brightest tomato you can find” and thereby I knew she’d at least eat most of the salad. I remember making a lot of kabobs because if she could thread meat and vegetables on a stick to be cooked on the BBQ, she’d eat most of the things on that stick. I wish I’d known about Bento boxes in those days (my kids are well into their forties now) because I think she would have loved it the way your daughter did.

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