Calling all creative peeps out there. Here is something for you! Something you can handcraft for your next party…maybe this coming holiday weekend?!?
I know what you might be thinking – why all this work on a fruit platter?!?
But I say – WHY NOT?!? It’s simply perfect: it’s healthy (just fruit). And fresh (it’s summer, and it’s still sweating hot!). And cheap (it would cost you a fortune to buy one of these). And most of all, it’s absolutely stunning.
Just LOOK at this! No words needed.
And yes, I have to admit, it is does take quite a bit of work, especially the first time you try it out, maybe a couple of hours or more, depending on your craft skills :)
But you know me (if not, here is something you should know). I always like to tackle any project, rise to the challenge, and step up to the plate (or vase! in this specific case). Haha! And I will not, under any circumstances, admit defeat… especially in the kitchen ;)
It’s super fun, and it can be done the day before. All you have to do is spray the fruit with lemon juice and store in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap. Oh, make sure you have enough room in there … it takes up a lot of space with vase and all!
Here are some things to keep in mind.
For the vase and floral foam you can use any shape and size, just make sure it’s sturdy enough – the fruit will be quite heavy.
For the big flowers I only use pineapple, but I’ve tested with other fruit, like watermelon. The good thing about pineapple is the middle hard/core part of the slice. This is hard enough to nicely stay on the skewer and hold the middle melon ball. If you use watermelon (or any other melon), the flower will eventually slide down the skewer and will NOT stay in place for very long. If you really want to use other fruit, make sure to have something hard to place under the flower (maybe a grape, or even better, a small piece of watermelon peel) that will hold up the flower.
For the center of the flower you can really use anything… cantaloupe, mango, peach … what you like best that can be cut with a melonballer.