Next I have a whole plastic jewelry/bead organizer (literally the best way to organize my picks ever…and my washi tape too, see here for more on that!) for all my picks. I found mine at Jo-Anns for like a dollar with a coupon! I bought many of my picks at BentoUSA, my new blog sponsor Modes4U, and there are now many sellers on Etsy too like World of Kawaii, Japanese 2 Please, etc. I also find many picks at Michaels, Jo-Anns and Walmart if you look in the holiday sections…think cupcake toppers and food picks!!!
You typically use picks to decorate food…pick fruit, hold turkey roll-ups together, and they can even be used as a mini fork to skewer foods that need to be dipped or makes hands messy! The leaves (above) are some of my all time favorites as they can pick two grapes, strawberries or cherries together…even olives…think outside the box!
Oh, I also have these cute little cups, seriously so small, which are perfect for ranch dressing, hummus, almond butter, etc. Plus, aren’t they stinkin’ cute!?
If you don’t want to invest in silicon cups you can always use paper cupcake liners…these days they come in all sorts of cute colors and themes and are priced extremely reasonably. This option is a little less environmentally friendly but if you aren’t sure you want to invest in bento meals yet it’s a great way to go. I found these super cute ones out in Seattle…umm, can I just live there please! Japanese imported bento cuteness and fabric shops carrying all that super adorable Japanese fabric…sigh.
You can even search thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales. I found these super cute vintage cutters at a garage sale last summer….score!
And lastly, I’ll share with you the hard-boiled egg bento gadget. Super cute…if your kids don’t love hard-boiled eggs, this may just get them to! You hard boil your eggs, peel them, and while they are still warm you place them in the animal shaped cavity. Lock it and place the whole thing in cold water to set the form. After a few minutes you pop out your bear or bunny shaped hard-boiled egg…super cute!
Ok, so is that enough for today…does your head want to explode?
Or are you ready for more?
Tomorrow I’ll go over different bento containers you can use for the meals…yay fun!
Thanks for stopping by!
**You can find Part Two here: