I was lucky enough to be part of a wonderful group of ladies organizing a bridal shower for a friend’s child recently. We all pitched in to create a light summer menu with gazpacho, 3 fancy salads, and a variety of desserts. One of the women made a unique and beautiful cake made from cupcakes in the shape of a bridal dress, complete with swirly white icing and pearls at the neckline. To accompany our summery theme, the cheerful centerpieces (above) were made from fruit and placed on the tables for guests to help themselves.
A number of people asked how to make the centerpieces, which is why I decided to post the instructions.
You will need for each centerpiece:
1 decorative container
1 iceberg lettuce head to place in container
Curly kale to cover lettuce and opening of container
Long and short wooden skewers
Fruits of your choice (I used kiwi, canteloupe, red and green grapes, pineapple, blueberries and strawberries in the photo above)
Flower or star cookie cutters
- Wash the fruits as needed.
- Prepare the fruit. For example, cut pineapple and canteloupe slices about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the heads off the strawberries.
- Create flowers or other shapes using the cookie cutters. Pineapple, canteloupe and kiwi are generally the easiest fruits with which to work with the cookie cutters.
- Dip the strawberries in melted chocolate if you want. A pineapple flower half dipped looks and tastes great too!
- Thread a raisin onto each skewer, then add fruit (the raisin is to prevent the fruit from sliding down the skewer). Be creative with your combinations – there is no wrong way to do it!
- Press the skewers through the kale into the lettuce head about 1 inch
Below are some pictures for other ideas:
These centerpieces are easy unless the fruit is too ripe, which is a problem I had with mine. The fruit did not want to hold it’s flower shape once cut, and so I added more skewers with grapes, blueberries and strawberries.
Do you have a favorite edible centerpiece?