I was out shopping for a gift for my daughter and came across some amazing Day of the Dead cookie cutters. They somehow jumped into my shopping basket but don’t worry I remembered to get the present for my daughter too!
Day of the Dead, or rather Día de los Muertos, is celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd right on the heels of Halloween. It is also associated with the Catholic holidays: All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. This day focuses on remembering and praying for deceased friends and family members. I’ll let you go Google the whole background!
I did however decide that I had to decorate my lunch box using cutters as sort of a tribute to the Day of the Dead. I tried to include some of the traditions! Often people build alters and include the favorite foods and drinks of the beloved deceased so how fitting to incorporate in with some of our favorite lunch foods! The sugar skulls themselves are left in homes as a welcoming offering to the spirits of the deceased. The flowers, usually marigolds, are left on the graves to attract spirits as well.
Packed in a Laptop Lunches Bento Box this lunch menu contains:
- A sugar skull sandwich, ok it is whole whole bread with PB&J (substitute for your favorite protein of course – turkey would have been yummy here)!
- Plums & mangos
- Carrot & Sweet Potato Terra Chips
- Grape tomatos, cucumber and sugar snap peas (pack a dressing if you’d like)
- a couple of cheese star flowers and decorative carrots were thrown in – all edible of course yum!
Oh and the skull pick was actually picked up at a local cake supply store as part of a 4 pack that included a witch, a jack-o-lantern and a black cat. I couldn’t find a link for you sorry!