You couldn’t get away with any hanky panky at our dinner table when I was a kid. If you tried to doodle in your mashed potatoes, braid your fettuccine, or squish peas with your fork till their innards popped out, you’d get shut down instantly. That’s probably why I’m so charmed by these fun examples of whimsical food play, from the sublime to the ridiculous, collected from around the www. I think even my dad would have to admit they’re pretty cool. So go ahead, blow bubbles in your milk, I won’t tell ;)

Permission to Play --- 20 Whimiscal Recipes to bring back a little fun to the table!

FOOD ART by Karl Kleiner (via TheDesignerPad)

Permission to Play|Panda with Bamboo

PANDA WITH BAMBOO by Meet the Dubiens

Permission to Play | Origami Wafer Cookies

DIY “ORIGAMI” WAFER COOKIES from Fête Gazette

Monster Smoothie Bowls

MONSTER SMOOTHIE BOWLS from Fork & Beans

Monkey Face Breakfast | Funny Food

ENGLISH MUFFIN MONKEY from Funny Food

Permision to Play | Silly Apple Faces

SILLY APPLE BITES from Fork & Beans

Permission to Play | Leopard Milk Bread

LEOPARD MILK BREAD from Coco e Baunilha

Permission to Play | Springing to Life

SPRINGING TO LIFE from Ida Frosk

Permission to Play | Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites

THREADED SPAGHETTI HOT DOG BITES from Belly Full

Permission to Play | Edible Tulips

EDIBLE TULIPS from Whole Life Cooking

Permission to Play | Animals in Tea Cups

ANIMALS IN TEACUPS from Bento Monsters

Permission to Play | Rainbow pasta

RAINBOW PASTA from Gimme Some Oven

Permission to Play | Chocolate Easter Eggs

CHEESECAKE FILLED CHOCOLATE EASTER EGGS from Raspberri Cupcakes

Permission to Play | Frida Kahlo

FRIDA KAHLO from Lee Samantha

Permission to Play | Mondrian Cake

MONDRIAN CAKE from The Salt

Permission to Play | Totoro Shortbread

TOTORO BLACK SESAME SEED SHORTBREAD from Hungry Girl por Vida

Permission to Play | Sausage Piglet Buns

SAUSAGE-STUFFED PIGLET BUNS from Girl Versus Dough

Elmo Cupcake | I am Baker

ELMO CUPCAKES from I am Baker

Permission to Play | Banana Sushi

BANANA SUSHI from Fit Foodie Finds

Silly Toast Faces | fork & beans

SILLY BREAKFAST TOAST FACES from Fork & Beans

So you see, kiddos aren’t the only ones playing with their food. ;) Hopefully this post has inspired you to find humor and creativity on your plate!

 

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Permission to Play - 20 Whimsical Recipes to bring a smile to your table!

 

Hayley Putnam

This recipe round-up was curated by The View from Great Island contributor Hayley Putnam. Follow her on Pinterest and Instagram.

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18 Responses to Permission to Play! 20 Whimsical Recipes

  1. Susan says:

    My goodness, these are all so creative! Love them all!

  2. I love Frida too! I laughed out loud when I saw her! These are so fun, Sue. What a great collection.

  3. Susan says:

    Love it! What fun! My fave? Frida!

  4. Bevery says:

    Passing this on to Daughter so she can do these with my grandchildren this loks like fun. Thank you for sharing

  5. John Lightfoot says:

    Yes–her dad does say that they’re pretty cool!

  6. What super-cute food ideas!

  7. Who could resist one of those cute Elmo cupcakes?! And I love the origami wafers and leopard bread, so fun!

  8. Bita says:

    This post made me smile! So much fun – thank you for sharing :))

  9. What an adorable post! Love those little tea cups critters :) banana sushi and the cupcakes – brilliant! Thanks for the smiles!

  10. What a super fun post! Brightened my day :)

  11. What a fun, funny collection. I love them all, so colorful and cheerful!

  12. Lisa says:

    OMG! These are so fun and creative!! Thanks for posting.

  13. monique says:

    Frida?
    And the Bento Monsters..all are very very cute..but if those were placed in front of me..I would ask for take out and bring them home to keep:)
    I ordered the Lego mold..too big:( I was too quick..will have to think of other things too:)

  14. Dawn says:

    My 4 year old has been scrolling back and forth through this post on my ipad — I think I have to make him one of these cute breakfasts!

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