Two days until St. Patrick’s Day! (Have you downloaded my printable bag toppers!?) I’m thinking that perhaps I should have written this for you last week. But alas, kids. I mean, is anyone ever on time (or early for that matter) with anything when then have three kids? If you are, I’d like to come take lessons, thanks.
I’m giving you four different lunchbox ideas here, so you are bound to have something on hand to create one of these, or a mashup of a few of them! I’m going to share a few details on how you can create the same (or similar) lunch below each photo. Ready? Here we go! (Side note: because I get asked quite often, HERE is where I got the lunchboxes!)
1. The Leprechaun hat-wich
This lunch was fairly simple – cut your bread slices into the shape of a hat, assemble the sandwich and then add details. The other lunch I was creating at the time had a cheese stick and cucumber slices, so I used those to add a green stripe and orange “buckle” on top of the bread to get the leprechaun look. I always use simple toothpicks to hold sandwiches and wraps together. I added some green and “gold” to this with grapes, pickles, pretzels and oranges. And a sweet little surprise for pretzel dipping!
2. Four leaf clover roll ups
This lunch was fun to make. I had it in my head what I wanted it to look like, and it didn’t exactly turn out, but I think it’s still cute! I love the rainbow fruit, and of course a few “gold nuggets” at the end. Those cucumber slices are super thin, which helped make this look more like a clover and less like four ham spirals jammed into a lunchbox 😉 Don’t forget the ranch for dipping!
3. Gold and cheese are basically the same thing, right?
So the gold at the end of this rainbow is in a little different form than the last lunchbox. Cheese, chocolate, gold… it’s all pretty much the same, right? This is Annie’s Homegrown four cheese extra cheesy mac – to be exact and it’s sooo good! Do you like the little mini marshmallow cloud?
4. The hat in disguise!
This was the simplest of all. Do you spy the cucumber hat? Super simple! Slice a cucumber in half, cut the sides to make it more narrow, layer it on a toothpick with one peeled slice, and one unpeeled slice (you can halve these to make it lay flat) or disguise it in a bunch of chopped cukes like I did. The gold is a little sliver of a cheese stick, but you could use anything, be creative! I added some extra green and gold here with grapes, oranges and cheddar bunnies.
Are you packing a themed lunch? Tag me on Instagram! I tag all my lunches with the #packawinner hashtag so you can find them easily, get inspired to pack, or share with your friends. You can find me @ginaekirk, I’d love for you to follow along, and tag me so I can see your fun lunches! And if you haven’t yet downloaded my digital lunch workbook, get it below!