Centerpieces set the tone for your table. While common centerpieces often include flowers, other options exist. If you're the creative type who sees potential in just about everything, put together some edible vegetable centerpieces for your next holiday gathering. The table will still look beautiful, and the vegetable centerpiece will start conversations as well as whet appetites.
A number of occasions exist in which you might want to go with an edible vegetable centerpiece instead of a traditional flower centerpiece. A summer barbecue makes a nice backdrop for your veggie centerpiece. Because fruit centerpieces are popular as a wedding centerpiece, you may want make a decorative vegetable centerpiece for the rehearsal dinner or other special occasion. The possibility of using a vegetable centerpiece instead of flowers may spark your creative juices.
Fall fruits like pumpkins, squash and gourds make some of the loveliest centerpieces for your table. To make a fall fruit centerpiece, start by cleaning out a pumpkin; do this as if you were going to make a jack-o-lantern. Save the top. Put the seeds aside for baking. Slice up vegetables like red and green peppers, cucumbers, fall squash and mushrooms. Slide them onto wooden skewers, adding cherry tomatoes, olives and cubes of cheese. Fill the pumpkin with ranch dressing. Stick the veggies skewers into the sides of the pumpkin. Bake the seeds. Put the pumpkin on a plate and fill small containers with the baked pumpkin seeds. Place these on the plate as well.
Vegetable Christmas Tree
The table at Christmas parties is often as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate. You can set your Christmas table and make a round of munchies in the process by creating a vegetable Christmas tree centerpiece. To do this, buy a Styrofoam cone at the craft store. Cover it with plastic and hold the plastic in place with a few fancy toothpicks, which you poke into the foam. Slice up some vegetables like cucumbers, squash and fresh mushrooms. Have cherry tomatoes, mini-carrots and assorted cubes of cheese in a variety of flavors. Insert fancy toothpicks into your veggies and cheese, placing the heavier, thicker pieces on the bottom of the cone; this keeps it balanced. Fill up the tree and make a star for the tree from a piece of cheese that you cut with a star-shaped cookie cutter. Put the tree in a shallow decorative bowl and surround it with sliced vegetables and containers of veggie dip.
Centerpieces don't have to be elaborate to be beautiful. A tall, cylindrical-shaped glass, with some beautiful ripe vegetables, forms the basis for a colorful summer centerpiece for the table at your backyard barbecue. Fill a glass container, measuring approximately 4-inches wide by 10-inches tall with colorful vegetables like avocados with dark green skins, small summer squash and vine-ripened tomatoes. Select veggies that are small enough to fit into the container without having to cut them.
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