I’ve been asked by some of my followers to compile a master list of all the things I use to make my fun food fridays. Some of you will think this collection is cool, some of you will think I’m absolutely crazy, and most of you will think I need a serious intervention. I kind of didn’t even realize myself how much stuff I had until I laid it all out to take pictures of it. You certainly don’t need all of this stuff to make cute lunches for your kids though. You can make cute lunches for your kiddos with very minimal supplies. This is just my addiction collection and I’m sure this won’t be the last of it. You could also use this list of equipment for making bento lunch boxes. Kirsten is starting Junior Kindergarten in just under 2 weeks and you can guarantee that I’ll be making her cute bento-style lunches for school using these very same supplies.
The things I use the most here are a sharp kitchen knife, scissors and veggie peeler. A good kitchen knife is essential for slicing fruits and veggies and cutting out shapes. Scissors are great for cutting tortillas into shapes for quesadillas and wraps, and veggie peelers are awesome for quickly peeling fruits and veggies.
I also use the tweezers and pick all the time. When I use my small plastic cutters, these are essential to get the small details out of the cutters.
Other stuff I use occasionally are my apple slicer for slicing apples and other fruit, pizza roller for quickly cutting up quesadillas, pancakes, etc. I also have a variety of scoops and melon ballers for scooping fruit like watermelon, kiwi, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, etc.
These larger plastic cutters aren’t my favourite, but I do use them occasionally. The metal cutters definitely cut through sandwiches, fruits and veggies easier. I do use them for tracing shapes on quesadillas, and the plastic ones with the handles (star, heart and flower) are really good.
You can find the plastic cutters with the handles here
And you can find a huge assortment of plastic cutters here
These little plastic cutters are probably my most favourite part of my collection. I got most of these at All Things for Sale (link in my sidebar). I can’t recommend that store enough. They have an awesome selection, great customer service, and offer shipping in the U.S and Canada for very reasonable rates. These little plastic cutters are awesome for making small details and cute decorative items on the plate. I use them to cut fruit leather, fruit, veggies, lunch meat, cheese, and more. Even though they are plastic, they are very sturdy. They are a much sturdier plastic than my larger plastic cutters above. The little tweezers and pick are essential for getting some of the smaller details out of the cutters. Love them!
I use my metal cutters a lot. My favourite metal cutters are the Wilton comfort grip ones. They cut through anything with ease and don’t hurt your hands!! I mainly use the large cutters for cutting sandwich shapes. I also love my alphabet cutters and the small metal cutters are great for cutting fruits, veggies, cheese and fruit leather.
Some of my favourite comfort grip cutters are the butterfly
I love, love, love my sandwich punches. I got the two lunch punch sets (princess sandwishes and puzzle shapes) at All Things for Sale (link in my sidebar). I absolutely love how these cut through sandwiches with ease and leave very little waste. Basically I’m just throwing out the crust, which the kiddos don’t usually eat anyway. Did I mention that I love these??
I don’t use these very often because my kiddos don’t love hard boiled eggs. Sometimes they’ll eat them, and sometimes they won’t. I have used these a few times though and they are really easy to use and make adorable shapes. I’ve actually made a tutorial on how to use these, but I just haven’t gotten around to sharing it yet. If your kiddos like hard boiled eggs, they will love the cool shapes these egg molds make.
I use these silicone cups a lot. They are great for holding yogurt, applesauce, cheese and crackers, fruit and veggies – really anything. The smaller ones are great for holding dip for the fruit and veggies. I’m always looking for cute new silicone cups.
These sauce and dip containers are small and great for holding little things. They’re great for holding dips, sauces, or maybe a small treat for the kiddos. Plus, they’re super cute which is always a bonus!
I just love adorable little food picks. The kiddos love them because they can eat their fruits and veggies without having to touch them and get their hands dirty. They are absolutely perfect for eating fruits and veggies, or you can use them as small kabobs, putting a couple pieces of fruit or veggie on them. I’ve gotten most of these at All Things for Sale (link in sidebar).
Decorations aren’t essential, but they definitely add a new level of cuteness to lunches. I love my food-safe markers for drawing on details and faces. The Wilton decorating gel tubes are also great for small details. The icing eyes are absolutely adorable, but if I run out, I’ve been known to slice a small white marshmallow in half and put a black dot in the centre with my food safe marker. Easy and equally as cute. The other set I have pictured I got from All Things for Sale (link in sidebar) and it great for cutting eyes out of anything (fruit and veggies, cheese, lunch meat, etc.).
You can find the food safe markers here
You can get some icing eyes here, and here
If have a major sprinkle addiction. The ones pictured are not all the ones I have. Sprinkles are great for sprinkling on cups of yogurt or applesauce. They’re also great for adding cute details to lunches, or faces. I absolutely love them and am always looking for more!
And lastly, cute dishes. I actually usually use the plain white ones because they photograph better, but the coloured ones are really cute too. I got all the plates at my local dollar store. The colourful bowls are from Ikea.
A lot of you are probably thinking, where on earth are you storing all this stuff? Well, all the cookies cutters and decoration items are stored in a plastic bin that sits on top of my fridge. My tools are in my cutlery drawer. The sprinkles are with my spices. The dishes are with my regular dishes. Besides the huge plastic bin on top of my fridge, nothing else really takes up much space. That’s probably why I didn’t realize I had this much stuff!