Chances are you'll be invited to at least one holiday party during the Christmas season, or perhaps you'll be hosting your own. Many people worry about holiday weight gain during this time, so provide a healthy appetizer such as a fruit platter. Your guests will likely appreciate it. Fruits also add a splash of natural color to the table of food.
Red and green are two colors traditionally associated with Christmas that are also found in many types of fruit. Arrange green fruits such as kiwi slices, grapes, honeydew melon and green apples in the shape of a wreath. Add decorations to the wreath with red fruit such as strawberries, cherries and red grapes. In the center of the wreath, place a bowl of fruit dip.
Better Homes and Gardens suggests creating a fruit centerpiece. This fruit platter variation provides a nice decoration as well. Place a tall, thick candle in the middle of a large glass bowl. Around the candle, place colorful whole fruit that your party guests can grab such as plums, apples and oranges. In between each section of round fruit, place a banana standing vertically. This adds some visual variation. Be sure to wash the fruits first.
Assemble your fruit platter in the shape of a Christmas tree using green fruit. Arrange strands of blueberries on the tree to represent garlands. Use other types of berries for ornaments. Place a slice of star fruit on the top of the tree. Use the skin of a pineapple to create the tree trunk. To make presents to go under the tree, cut cubes of watermelon, cantaloupe and pineapple.
Allrecipes.com suggests making a fruit bouquet. For a fruit platter with pieces that are easy for guests to grab, make the bouquet with Christmas shapes. Place a foam ball into a vase and cover with iceberg lettuce leaves. Cut honeydew melon, cantaloupe, pineapple and watermelon into circular shapes. Using Christmas cookie cutters, cut out shapes from the fruit. Place them onto wooden skewers and add small fruits such as strawberries, grapes and blueberries. Stick the completed fruit skewers into the foam in an artful manner.
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