Friday, 19 September 2014

It's International Talk Like A Pirate Day, Bento Buccaneers!

Arr! Ahoy there me hearties!  It be International Talk Like A Pirate Day! And for the Bento Bloggers & Buccaneers, that means lunch like a pirate too! Avast! Ye've discovered the mother of all pirate lunch link-up posts - this year's link party plus all our previous pirate hops in one place, a veritable treasure trove of bento post booty ;) An' if ye've blogged some pirate grub ye're welcome to set sail with us! Yo-ho-ho, away we go!

If ye wish t' link t' this party, grab this wheel:

In 2013 we had so many bento buccaneers we needed to hop aboard two separate ships for our pirate lunch adventures! Board each one 'n hop through at yer leisure, or plunder the linky, as you wish :)



Did ye catch the year 2012's Talk Like A Pirate Day Hop?
Arrr, it were a good 'un! A treasure hunt!

  

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Back To School Bento Basics Blog Hop & Giveaway!

It's that time of year,  when we all start thinking of the school year ahead.  Who will their friends be? What will they learn? When will the homework start? Where will their talents lie? Why must they grow so quickly? and How am I going to get through another year packing lunches?

Well, the Bento Bloggers & Friends are here to help! Let us inspire you to bring a little fun to your lunches. And to help get the ball rolling, we are also hosting a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a $70 voucher to spend as their heart desires at Bento USA. Then four runners up will receive a lunch packing tool, whether it be a complete EasyLunchboxes Set (for USA/Canada residents), a Bento Starter Kit from Eats Amazing (for UK residents), a gift voucher for bento goodies from De Leukste Lunch (for Netherlands/Belgium residents) or a CuteZCute Prize (for the rest of the world), we are sure you will love it.

But you have some homework to do first! Each of the 16 other blogs in the hop has a piece of a puzzle that you have to gather & decode. Once you have all 16 pieces in the correct order, you can answer the two mandatory questions on the Rafflecopter form, which can be found on most of the blogs participating in the hop, or you can always return here :) Like our fabulous sponsors to unlock more entry options. The more Bento Bloggers & Friends you like, the more chances you have to win. Full Terms & Conditions can be found here. Good luck!

Here is this blog's piece of the 16 you need to collect. Take it down then hop along to your bento lesson from Ms CandyGirl at BentOnBetterLunches


Winners will be announced via Rafflecopter below, in this order:
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  • Runner-Up USA/Canada
  • Runner-Up World
  • Runner-Up Netherlands/Belgium
  • Runner-Up UK

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Frozen Lunches! ♫ Do You Want To Build a Bento? ♪

Ah, summer,  the time of year warm hug loving snowmen dream of ... School may be out, but some of us are still packing lunches ... there's day camp, day care, picnics ... What could be more fun to find in your lunch box on a hot summer day than a cool Frozen themed lunch!

Disney Frozen Lunch & Snack Ideas from Bento Bloggers & Friends
♫ Do you want to build a bento 
Or a preschool snack they'll love 
If you want to make their lunchbox sing 
Make Frozen anything 
It's what they're dreaming of ... ♪

Many of the Bento Bloggers & Friends have made our little Frozen fans bento lunches & snacks inspired by the delightful Disney musical. And like snowflakes, no two are alike - you'll want to see them all! Click each image to visit the blog post for a closer look, details & instructions, or to leave a comment :)


Karen of What's In Our Lunch Bags painted a cheesy Olaf & Sven sandwich for her son's lunch.  Learn her technique in this separate post.


These Sven & Olaf sandwiches were created by Sandra of One Crafty Thing:

 

Also from One Crafty Thing, the Queen Elsa on the left. Sandra credits the inspiration for Elsa's edible hair to Lunchbox Dad's Elsa bento on the right:

 

Loving Lunches' Queen Elsa features pasta hair embellished with ham:


And perhaps the most unique version of an edible Queen Elsa, this hot dog lunch by Ludicrous Mama of Biting The Hand That Feeds You :)


Robot Squirrel & the Monkeys built a Frozen bento with a marshmallow Olaf! 


Anna of Becoming a Bentoholic built her smiling Olaf with squishy soft bread! 


Jean of Bento Days used quail eggs to build her Olaf. He's so cute I don't think I'd want to eat him, I'd rather give him warm hugs & keep him :)


And the same goes for this somen noodle Olaf by Ming of Bento, Monsters!


Ming's little bento monsters wanted more Olaf... this time she made a quail egg snowman and a rice Queen Elsa: 


Rice is perfect for building an edible snowman! This onigiri Olaf bento was built by Rebecca of Bentos on the Bayou:


& this one by Yvette of Little Bento World also features instructions: 


Olaf finally gets to enjoy summer in this bento by Karen of Karenwee's Bento Diary, where he floats in a pool of rice with a reindeer pool toy ;)


& her Queen Elsa, embellished with crabstick & nori, gives me chills!

 

So does this amazing seaweed & rice creation by Shirley of Little Miss Bento. And she perfectly captured Olaf's personality with her quail egg snowman :)


Don't despair if you don't have that kind of skill, or the time to try... 
BentOnBetterLunches has an easy-peasy way to make a Frozen theme lunch, fast: use snowflake cupcake picks & a pouch of character fruit snacks  ;)


And even if you don't need to pack lunches this summer,  it doesn't mean you can't make Frozen themed food...

♫ If you don't want to build a bento, 
but maybe just a treat,
Lunchbox Dad knows just the way
Complete with snacks to eat! 



The Bento Bloggers & Friends hope you've enjoyed our Frozen round up - and we hope you'll share yours with us...

Sunday, 4 May 2014

May The Fourth Be With You!


We're celebrating Star Wars Day with a blog hop of Star Wars themed lunches & stuff!  Click any of the buttons below to choose your side & start hopping:

   

PS, it doesn't really matter which side you choose, they're just for fun :) Just keep clicking whichever of those buttons you find in each blog post until you land back at the blog you started at.

Happy Star Wars Day,  May the Fourth Be With You!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Happy Earth Day!

It's Earth Day! Of course, some of the Bento Bloggers & Friends made Earth Day bentos :) Did you? Link up!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Lucky Lunch Link Party!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Need some ideas for greening your lunches? Look through our links! Made a lucky lunch? Link up!

Link back with this button if you like:

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


The Bento Bloggers & Friends adore Dr. Seuss. Who doesn't? We've made sooo many Seussian bentos, & shared heaps of Seusserific posts via hops & link parties over the years. This bunch was from our 2012 Hop:


Since then we've gained new BBFs and made many more Seussalicious bentos, so we're having an all new Happy Birthday Dr Seuss Link Party for 2014!

Everyone's invited! Yes, you too!

Dr. Seuss once said: “Children want the same things we want.
To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.”

If you want you can link back with a text link or this badge :) 


For more Seusserific fun food ideas,  you might like to revisit last year's Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Birthday Link Party, and you can also see a bunch of BBF bentos & more in this fabulous round up from BentoUSA: