Well, I've had a super busy week and a chocka weekend. I spent Saturday at a Food Smoking course which was fantastic - more on that to follow. The week was rammed too but I had to go to town for some craft supplies so I managed a flying visit to a charity shop.
My purchase wasn't huge, it set me back the princely sum of £1 in total, but I'm really glad to have found these.
They're re-usable cake toppers in all sorts of different characters.
Regular readers will know that I try to make themed lunchboxes for Ruby each day. She loves the surprise of opening her box and seeing what the topic is and it's also encouraging her to try new foods.
I'm not impressed by the blatant gender stereotyping going on with these cake people. There's clearly a 'boy' set with macho pursuits like football, surfing and occupations like firefighter and doctor versus the 'girl' set where they adopt the feminine pursuits of ballerina; nurse and princess. So of course, for 50p a set I bought both - she'd love a cowboy theme just as much as a princess one so there!
It's not difficult to make themed bento lunchboxes, and charity shops are great sources of cheap props like shaped cookie cutters for sandwiches, silicone moulds for serving small portions of fruit and veg and different shaped tubs and containers.
I make up a small batch of plain or fruit fairy cakes on a Sunday evening and then make up a tiny mount of icing in a saucer each day and add a themed topper or sprinkles.
Keep an eye on my Facebook page and you might see these appearing in a lunchbox soon!
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