My Favorite Back to School Lunch Supplies

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Howdy folks! Tomorrow rings in August and that means it’s officially back to school season.


This right here is the MOTHER LOAD of all must have lunch making supplies. All of these wonderful supplies are what make my school year a breeze when it comes to crafting fun lunches for my kiddos.


And guess what?! There might be an amazing giveaway at the end of this most…. so keep reading!


Let’s start with the most important part. The Lunchbox. They come in all shapes and sizes.  I love them all, but as you will see in my weekly lunch posts I tend to pack most of our lunches in EasyLunchboxes and Planetboxes.


1. EasyLunchboxes Brights and Classic color sets

2. Planetboxes

3. Lunchbots Duo, Trio and Cinco

4. Goodbyn Hero

5. Lock and Lock square container

6. Yubo Deluxe 

7. Yumbox


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 Next we have sandwich cutters!


These types of cutters are great for making boring old sandwiches fun! Think of them as cookie cutters for a sandwich. Simply make you favorite sandwich and press one of these on top! Ten seconds later…. you have a magical sandwich!


1. Lunch Punch sets.  Puzzle ShapesSweet SetWhimsical ShapesAnimal Shapes, and Transport Shapes 

2.  Variety of circle and square cutters

3. CuteZCute cutter

4. 101 Wilton Cookie Cutter Set

5. Cuddle Palz cutter


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To add special details to lunches…..these smaller food cutters are perfect for cheese, fruit-leather, meat and some fruits and veggies.


1. Mini shapes 

2. Mini heart and flower cutter

3. Animal cutters

4. 12 piece mini cutter set 1, set 2, set 3, set 4 

5.  Alphabet

6. Stainless steel vegetable cutters: Set 1 & Set 2


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Food picks are also an uber easy way to cute up a lunch.  Plop a few of these puppies in and you go from blah to WOW it 2 seconds!


1. Pandas and Bunnies

2. Balloon, stem, bone, ring and umbrellas

3.  Colorful Alphabet

4. Leaf picks,  Colorful flowers, and  Cute honey bee, ladybug, flower, and clover picks

5.  Animal set 1 and animal set 2


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Silicone muffin cups are a great way to separate food within your lunch boxes, and they also happen to add a POP of fun color.  I use these all the time to make my DIY Lunchables.  Sauce containers work great for dressings or condiments!


1.  Flower shaped, round and rectangle muffin cups.

2. Orange, cherry and pea pod shaped cups

3. Mini Dippers

4. Animal sauce containers, polka-dot and stripe 


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These are a must have for kids who love Uncrustable sandwiches. Did you know you could make your own and freeze them?!  Here’s the tools I use to make my own :)


1. Kotobuki Panda Sandwich Molds

2. Mini heart and square pocket sandwich press.




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Here are all the other MUST HAVES that I use all the time. They didn’t quite fit into another category :)

1. Bento Baran ( you lay it on top of or in between foods as a decoration: see here)  Pandas, happy food, animals, rainbow pack.

2. Lunchbox silverware 

3. Food sprinkles, and  candy eyes

4.  Newspaper designed wax paper

5. Elastic silicone bands ( great for holding wraps together)

6. Lunchbox Love Notes {my girls LOVE finding these in their lunchboxes}

7. Food Color Markers



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Here are some of our favorite lunch bags to use with our lunchboxes, along with drink canisters to keep refreshments cool and thermos containers to keep items hot!

1. EasyLunchboxes Insulated Bags

2. Pack It Freezable Lunch Bag

3. Skip Hop Zoo Lunch Bags

4.  Thermos drink containers, Thermos FOOGO drink containers

5. Thermos FUNtainer 


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Don’t forget to visit my lunch box section for TONS of lunchbox ideas for the WHOLE FAMILY! During the school year, ideas are updated weekly!


Lunchbox Ideas




And just in case you need some MORE lunch packing inspiration, check out these books!  Both are jammed packed with lunch packing ideas for both kids and adults!



And now…about that giveaway! I bet you thought I had forgotten about that :)


The amazing peeps at EasyLunchboxes, Planetbox , Lunchbox Love Notes and All Things For Sale, are providing one of my Family Fresh Meals fans with this HUGE Back to School Lunch packing kit.

Enter using the rafflecopter below!


Here’s what you could win!

– a container set of EasyLunchboxes and one lunch bag (winner can choose color)

– a complete Planetbox Rover set

– 1/2 a school year worth of Lunchbox Love Notes

– alphabet picks

– CuteZCute Cuddle Palz cutter

– silicone food cups

– 4 pack sauce containers


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  1. My biggest lunch-packing struggle is how to cater to the different needs of my kids. It’s so confusing sometimes! I would really like to streamline the process more, but their preferences are so different.

  2. Love all your lunch ideas! They are so inspiring :)

  3. My biggest struggle is not wanting to pack the same things every day! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Claire S says:

    Forcing myself to pack the night before so I’m not scrambling in the morning!

  5. My biggest challenge is putting them together QUICKLY.

  6. Making fun lunches that aren’t so cutesy for my 17 y.o. son is my biggest struggle. But if I feel like he needs some embarassment, I’ll stick some cute picks in his fruit!

  7. My biggest challenge is getting too repetitive! Being balanced (and staying vegetarian) Ahh, so browsing ideas now.

  8. Jennifer says:

    Love the ideas!!

  9. My biggest lunch packing struggle is not knowing what to put together for the kiddos (and hubby), that they will truly enjoy and be satisfied; all healthy, and how to package them! Wow, how to do that….always seems easy for others to do this, but I struggle with having the foods on hand and the package system to put them in. My goal is to conquer this in the next two weeks!

  10. My biggest lunch packing struggle is to actually do it a head of time so that I have time to make it look cute. haha Usually, i’m just throwing stuff together.

  11. My biggest challenge is finding new lunch ideas – am sick of making the kids peanut butter and jelly sandwiches all the time.

  12. My biggest lunch struggle is keeping the food from sliding/touching. If I don’t pack the lunch super tight or ensure it stays upright everything ends up together and my 3yo refuses to eat it.
    That, and he likes plain lettuce which is just problematic to pack.

  13. Gitisha says:

    My biggest challenge is combining healthy nutritious meal everyday to pack for lunch.

  14. My boys would love to get fun lunches packed with these super cool supplies!

  15. My biggest challenge is keeping it interesting and fun. My kids will basically eat anything. So I think for me, it’s getting passed the creativity block.

  16. Samantha says:

    My biggest challenge is making sure that smells don’t intermix and nothing gets soggy.

  17. TracyEllen Carson Webb says:

    My biggest problem with homemade lunches are affordable options. We qualify for free lunches and its hard to compete.

  18. My biggest challenge is coming up with fun things to pack that will fill up my boys. Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Chelsey Jenkins says:

    My biggest struggle is coming up with a variety of lunches my daughter will eat!

  20. Rachel S. says:

    Variety so easy to get stuck in a rut.

  21. Angeline says:

    My biggest struggle is finding things my 4 fellas will eat!

  22. My biggest challenge lately is keeping things cold in the 3 digit heat!

  23. Melissa Miller says:

    New things to eat besides sandwiches or lunchables for my growing teens

  24. Teresa M. says:

    My biggest lunch packing struggle is getting my kids to eat the healthy variety of foods I have packed.

  25. Christina says:

    My biggest lunch packing struggle is ideas on GF fun lunches!!

  26. Love all of the ideas and so wanting to add a few things to our lunch packing routine. What a great giveaway. Our biggest struggle is making sure her lunch doesn’t include something that will cause a reaction in one of her many classmates with food allergies.

  27. Mia Diaz-Ortiz says:

    My daughter is starting kindergarten this year and asked me for home lunch. I am at a loss of what to make or how to make it enjoyable and healthy, yet satisfying for her picky taste buds. I look forward to checking this page out and learning.

  28. These are such fun tools! What a great giveaway!

  29. I love your blog! Discovered it on Pinterest. Thanks for the inspiration!

  30. I can not believe it is time to worry about this already. I have been wanting some silicone cups. Thank you for the link.

  31. biggest struggle: thinking outside the sandwich!

  32. Elizabeth says:

    My biggest struggle is packing so things stay appetizing! Love the ideas and am excited about the give aways

  33. Amanda Cook says:

    Keeping things at their proper temperature is my biggest lunch packing struggle

  34. My biggest struggle is to get out of the habit of making a boring lunch and getting out of the rut of making the same thing every day.

  35. Usha Rajesh says:

    My son is a picky eater. It is really a challenge to pack something he would eat. I would love to win the giveaway.

  36. My biggest struggle is getting tired of packing it every day. Some days I just can’t.

  37. My biggest challenge is protein for myself – DH eats everything so it’s not a problem for him, but I am mostly vegetarian and I don’t like eggs! There’s only so many times you can have tofu in a week…

  38. Christine Cross says:

    My biggest struggle is taking the boring out of lunch. Mt son is a very picky eater and if he had it his way he would get grilled cheese every day. I love the idea of adding a lot of pizzazz to his lunch.

  39. Christine says:

    I’m so excited for this giveaway. I prepare my meals every day for the following day and the array of containers and baggies is insane. Any of these items could easily save me space and time plus they are super cute.

  40. My struggle is packing a well balanced meal that my 3 year old will eat and enjoy!

  41. My son struggled with acid-reflux this past year, and I felt as though the only thing he could eat and WOULD eat were chicken nuggets. Thank you so much for all of your great lunch ideas! I can’t wait for school to start in September to start packing!

  42. My biggest struggle is to pack for older kids boy and girl. They love the cute, fun things at home. I am trying the fun stuff
    for the first time this school year. We will see how it goes!

  43. Hannah fahey says:

    My daughter hates sandwiches and all deli meat. This is my struggle. She only like fruit and junk food. So planning a cold lunch that is heathy is a struggle.

  44. Rose Reins says:

    I love your lunch ideas!! So beautiful and practical!!

  45. Thanks so much for the fun suggestions!

  46. Yusimit Barrios says:

    My biggest lunchbox trouble is time and ideas, as well as keeping things cool throughout the day until they are ready to eat.

  47. My struggle is continuing to find unique, healthy and fun items for my daughter’s lunch box.

  48. Brooke Organista says:

    Our biggest struggle is coming up with gluten free lunch ideas that she can eat cold or room temp.

  49. My biggest struggle is getting my daughter to try new things – beyond the 3 things she typically wants for lunch :)

  50. This year I have TWO going to school and my biggest struggle is having them both be picky…about different things. :/ Your post was super informative – thanks for the chance!!

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