5 inspirational TikTok lunches to get you in the back-to-school spirit

Making kid-friendly meals in a pinch is a skill that many parents take pride in.

When it comes to school lunches, some parents really go all out, packing aesthetically pleasing boxes that have a tendency to go viral on the internet. Most of these packing methods aren’t necessary, and some are even over-the-top, but they’re definitely fun to look at!

Here are some TikToks to check out if you’re looking for some fun school lunch inspo. 

A cute breakfast bento box 

This breakfast-for-lunch bento box is the work of TikTok’s lunchbox queen, Jessica Woo (@sulheejessica). Packed with pancakes, crispy bacon, sliced grapes, berries and Goldfish crackers, this kid-friendly bento box would be just as delicious to an adult. A cute inspirational note on top helps round out this balanced breakfast. 

An adorable googly eye waffle sandwich 

Googly eyes make everything look cute, and such is the case with this peanut butter and jelly waffle sandwich. The creative mom also adds some fresh fruit and no-bake oatmeal balls on the side. If you’re looking for a fun, low-effort way to give your kids a laugh when they open their lunchboxes, googly eyes are the answer. 

An all-orange bento box 


Reply to @fred.weasleys.left.elbow here it is! hope y’all enjoy 🧡 #bento #MyStyle #bentobox #fyp #lunchbox #foryoupage #schoollunch #lunch

♬ I’m Okay Though – Sara Kays

Who knew so many tasty foods were orange? Cantaloupe balls, Goldfish crackers, a mandarin orange, carrots, and mac ‘n cheese round out this monochrome lunchbox. The filmer also adds in some fun little orange characters and mini forks, because how could you not? 

A fancy charcuterie-style lunch 

This school lunch would work just as well as a dinner party appetizer! Hard boiled eggs with everything bagel seasoning, raw almonds, multigrain crackers, and salami and cream cheese roll ups make up this refined meal. One user made the suggestion to “Get some Oreos in there.” He got 17,500 likes. Everyone’s a critic these days. 

A mermaid-themed lunch box 


You guys blew up yesterday’s lunchbox video 😱 let’s get it to 1 Million !!!! 😍 #snowslunchboxes #bentobox #lunchbox #fyp #lunchboxideas #brotzeit

♬ Shower – Becky G

This mermaid box is quite the spectacle, with fish-shaped cutout sandwiches, heart-shaped strawberries, and a sparkly marshmallow donut. Not all parents have enough time to dive into themed lunches, but using themed picks and utensils is an easy way to spice things up if you’re looking to make a splash.

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