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:
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:
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.
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.
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
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...
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.
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.