A festive bouquet made from fresh fruit is bound to be the center of conversation at any special event, and the whimsical pseudo-posies can serve as an alternative to traditional floral gift bouquets. Use an assortment of colorful fruit such as strawberries, pineapples, grapes, plums, blackberries or cantaloupes to create this edible, all-natural bouquet. Create floral shapes, and then arrange the fruity blooms any way that strikes your fancy.
Things You'll Need
- Wooden skewers
- Flower-shaped cookie cutter
- Cantaloupe or honeydew
- Melon baller
- Grapes or blueberries
- Lemon or lime wedges
- Floral foam
- Vase, jar or basket
- Kitchen shears
- Fresh parsley or basil
Insert wooden skewers into several firm strawberries, using one strawberry per skewer. Be sure the tip of the skewer doesn't extend through the berry. Place the skewered strawberries in a jar or other container while you prepare the other fruit flowers.
Cut an unpeeled pineapple into 1/2-inch slices and use a flower-shaped cookie cutter to cut the slices into blooms. Poke a bamboo skewer through the center of the flower with about 1 inch extending from one side, and then attach a blackberry to the tip of the skewer to serve as the flower's center. Instead of blackberries, you can make flower centers by using a melon baller to remove round shapes from a honeydew or cantaloupe.
Thread four to six grapes or blueberries onto the end of a skewer, working carefully to be sure the tip of the skewer doesn't poke through the top grape. Make as many as you like to fill out your fruit bouquet.
Cut a cantaloupe or honeydew into several crescent shapes, each measuring approximately 2 inches long and about 1 inch wide. Remove the rind with a paring knife, and then insert a skewer into each crescent. You can also skewer unpeeled lemon or lime wedges.
Place a piece of floral foam into the bottom of a container such as a vase, jar or basket.
Arrange the flower shapes in the container, with the outer flowers placed at a slight angle to replicate a floral bouquet. The outer flowers should also be slightly shorter than the center flowers. To shorten the flowers, break the skewers to the desired size or trim them with kitchen shears.
Replicate floral leaves with a few sprigs of fresh parsley or basil. The green herbs will also fill empty spaces and camouflage the wooden skewers.
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