I wanted to make 12 Days of Christmas themed bentos last year but never had a chance to do it. This year it was my priority, hence why there were not that many Christmas lunches posted this year. I have been working on this series all month long. I did have the aid of a set of 12 day of Christmas cookie cutters and also a 12 days of Christmas cupcake kit, although neither of them were used in all the bentos. Ok, Let's get to it!!
♫♪ "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree..." ♫
In the 1st day of Christmas bento - partridge in a pear tree PB&J sandwich, grape tomatoes, rainbow carrots, and pear slices accented with a bird (will say he's a partridge) party pick. This bento is packed in our LunchBots trio.
♫♪ "On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two turtle doves..." ♫
The two turtle doves bento is made up of a turtle dove (x2) stamped PB&J sandwich, grape tomatoes decorated with a Christmas tree pick, and red gapes with a cucumber "2" on top. This lunch is packed in one of our EasyLunchboxes classic containers.
♫♪ "On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three French hens..." ♫
Two French hen hard boiled eggs, baby carrots, red grapes with a music note pick poked in, and blackberries accented with a hen pick (the 3rd of the French hens) make up the 3rd day of Christmas lunch. Everything is packed into our PlanetBox shuttle.
♫♪ "On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four calling birds..." ♫
Inside this bento - red & green grapes with a bird pick (calling bird #1), waffle cut cucumbers, bean & cheese burritos with 3 baby calling birds made from cheese, and fruit snacks. This bento is packed up in our bus bento box.
♫♪ "On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five golden rings..." ♫
The fifth day bento has 5 mini yellow pepper rings on top of rice & a layer of black beans (on the very bottom), raspberries, and grapes complete this lunch. The grapes & raspberries are decorated with a golden jingle bell - because it's gold and it rings! Everything is packed in a book bento box.
♫♪ "On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six geese-a-laying..." ♫
I may have *cheated* here a little. I wanted to be sure and display the 6 geese, however, when sent to preschool the lunch contained 3 little goose sandwiches but there will still 6 pieces of goose shaped bread. The final lunch was made up of 3 geese PB&J sandwiches, green grapes, quail eggs (because our geese are a-laying!), and raspberries all packed in our Yumbox Panino.
♫♪ "On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven swans-a-swimming..." ♫
The swan-y swan lunch contains red raspberries, cheese crackers, jelly beans, grape tomatoes, a PB&J swan shaped sandwich, and clementine wedges. Six of the seven swans are made up of swan picks. The swans are swimming inside a Yumbox.
♫♪ "On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight maids-a-milking..." ♫
The 8th day turned out being my favorite lunch of the series :) This lunch contains 8 little sausage maids (I used this sausage/wiener cutter set) on top of leftover rice, blackberries embellished with a cow pick, pumpkin cookie butter dip inside a pail cup, and apple slices. This cute little bento is packed up in our LunchBots trio.
♫♪ "On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies dancing..." ♫
Packed in a PlanetBox Rover - salami slices, dancer shaped tortilla, pear slices, waffle cut cucumbers, a couple of blackberries, and mini pepper rings. The lunch is decorated with vintage dancer picks & paper Nutcracker ballerina picks.
♫♪ "On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten Lords-a-leaping..." ♫
For the ten Lords-a-leaping lunch a PB&J sandwich Lord leaping over a Babybel cheese with the number "10" cut out of the wax, watermelon shaped Lords (we will pretend that there are 8 in the compartment - I think I only was able to fit 6 shhhh!), and pepper rings with a "Lord" cupcake pick. This lunch was also packed in our EasyLunchboxes. The watermelon cut outs were done with this toast cutter.
♫♪ "On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eleven pipers piping..." ♫
♫♪ "On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, twelve drummer drumming..." ♫
The final bento is made of 12 frozen "meatball drums", marinara sauce sprinkled with oregano, cheese crackers, blackberries, and raspberries. This lunch is a little bit of a stretch. I originally planned to attach little drummer picks behind the meatball drums but time was short and the meatballs were frozen so the drums without drummers had to do.