Making Edible Arrangements

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

I'm hosting a garden party in June and I'm interested in making "pretty food arrangements" or doing something creative with simple foods. I'll be serving most fruit and veggies. I was wondering if anyone had done anything creative with them to make them "exotic" or look like bouquets.

I've seen some fruit arrangements online that look like floral arrangements, except they're made of fruit, not flowers, such as here:

http://allrecipes.com//HowTo/make-a-fruit-bouquet/Detail.aspx

For a family reunion in July one year, I made a watermelon boat. You take an oblong watermelon and cut it in half using a zig zag cut instead of a straight cut. You scoop out the watermelon using a melon baller. You do the same thing with a cantaloupe. Then refill the watermelon shell with the melon balls. It was a big hit at the reunion. Of course you can add other fruits as well, like in this boat:

http://linas-mediterranean-kitchen.com/Watermelon_Boat.html

Does anyone have any other tips or tricks for making fruit or veggie bouquets or anything else easy and interesting. I'm not too crafty when it comes to food, but I'd really like to do some unusual centerpieces for the table. If you've done something unique, please share your "recipe", tips and tricks as well as pictures if you have any.

Thanks in advance! I'm looking forward to some of your creativity.

NancyAnn

Niles, MI(Zone 5a)

Nancy Ann, some of the eaisiest ways to make the arrangments is use only very fresh fruit, bananas dipped in chocolate, strawberries, and if you want to do a little extra work, using a ripe pineapple, cut it into rings,about 1/2 inch thick, do not core, and use sharp edged cookie cutters,(mine are copper) and use bbq bamboo skewers for the stems. Also you can use apples the same way, just dip the fresh cut apples into lemon water(1 cup water to 3 tbs lemon juice. The best "tool" is your imagination.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

Hi Annabelle, I'm afraid I'm not too imaginative. I need pictures to copy. I'm terrible with floral arrangements and landscape design too, altho I love growing plants and my whole yard is a garden. My design skills are few so plants just happen to go in any gaps I have. I'm afraid the edible arrangements fall into the same category as floral design.

Thanks for the tips. I'm glad you gave the recipe for the lemon water. I need that. Do you have any pictures of some edible arrangements you've made? I'd love to see some!

Ahhhhh, chocolate covered strawberries! If I make those, they may not make it to the arrangement. LOL

Niles, MI(Zone 5a)

Do a search for Edible bokays on line. there are many sites that show pictures, any fruit can be covered with chocolate, using both white and milk and dark chocolate.( you can fine the chocolate in the baking department at the grocery store) Once you get into doing the bokays you will be hooked. I started a monster in my family, now I am expected to make one every time we get together..........

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

I did do a search before I started this thread. But so many looked the same. I was looking for something different and thought people here might have done something unique, maybe even mixing in edible garden flowers as well.

Niles, MI(Zone 5a)

Butterfly, go to www. eHow.com. they carry instructions for edible bokays,
I use a daisy, leaf, star, heart , and cutters that fit the occasion for my arrangements.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Here is an idea. Buy a fresh pineapple and cut a slice from the bottom but not through to the middle. Just enough to make it stand level on the table. Cut the top off about 1/5 of the way down and save it so you can use it as the lid. Hollow out the pineapple and cut it in chunks. Mix creme cheese and marshmallow creme together. Grind a few ( to taste) coconut macaroon cookies and add to the mixture. Mix well and pour into the hollowed out pineapple. Use as a dip for fresh fruit.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

Oh, Cheryl, that sounds delicious and beautiful! What a great idea! I love it! Do I mix equal amounts of the creme cheese and the marshmallow creme?

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Depends on how sweet you want it. More marshmallow creme foe sweeter dip.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

Oh, ok. Thanks!

Niles, MI(Zone 5a)

That is going to our family dinner tonight, the grandkids will love it.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

Can you take a picture? I'd love to see the finished product.

Niles, MI(Zone 5a)

Sorry I went to work and when I got to the dinner it was pretty much distroyed, the kids even ate the pineapple, guess it was a hit. I'll take picture of the next one

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Glad they liked it. We had it for our Lua and it ws a big hit.

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