Decorative fruit trays are an easy, healthy option to serve to guests when you're entertaining. They can be simple arrangements, or you can get very creative with them. You can scale them up or down depending on the number of guests or the size of your serving tray. Here are some different ideas for how to create a beautiful fruit tray. Feel free to customize it for you needs!
Things You'll Need
- Serving platter
- Knife (a paring knife and/or a chef's knife)
- Cutting board
- Optional: skewers
- Suggested berries: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries
- Suggested melons: honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon
- Suggested tropical fruits: pineapple, mangoes, kiwi fruit, dragon fruit, bananas
- Suggested citrus: oranges, tangerines, grapefruit
- Decorations: edible or regular flowers
If you want to use fruits that are quick to oxidize, such as apples, bananas, and peaches, brush them with some fresh-squeezed lemon or orange juice to stall the browning process.
Use a Wide Variety of Colors
We eat with our eyes first. Using a mix of colors will make any fruit try appear immediately eye catching and appetizing.
Consider Fruit Skewers
There are two ways to serve fruit from a decorative tray: toothpicks or skewers. You can also offer a mix of both options. Skewers are a great way to allow guests to grab and go as opposed to hovering over the tray.
Play With Your Food
There are many fruits that can be carved into decorative garnishes. An easy beginner option is a "kiwi flower." Here's a video tutorial on how to create one!
Add Some Exotic Fruits
Consider throwing in some fruit that your guests might now be familiar with, such as dragon fruit. Dragon fruit will add vibrance to any fruit platter. You can leave the skin on for a splash of pink color, but make sure that guests know the skin is inedible.
Use Fruit as a Toothpick Cup Holder
Try slicing off the top third of a lemon, lime, or kiwi (or a similar sized fruit) to use as a decorative toothpick holder. Slice off the very bottom tip to create a flat surface, if needed.
Add Even More Color With Flowers
Edible and regular flowers will bring life to any fruit platter. Edible flowers can go right on the fruit tray. However, those can sometimes be difficult to locate at the grocery store. Another option is to use a colorful bouquet of flowers. Since these are not considered edible, spread them around the fruit tray as opposed to directly on it to avoid any confusion.
Prepare in Advance
You can prepare your fruit tray a few hours before guests arrive. Cover with plastic wrap, place in the refrigerator, and serve upon their arrival for easy, elegant entertaining. Enjoy!