Who would have guessed that you could use your fridge full of fruit to decorate your preschooler's party room! Once you've put together a few of these festive looking fruit platters, you won't even need any other decorations to turn the recreation room into a room fit for a celebration. The best part is these decorative fruit centerpieces look so tasty, your little party guests won't even notice if you skip the loads of sugary junk food.
1. Tropical Beach Platter
1 Peel an orange and divide it into individual slices. Place two slices, side by side, at the edge of a small plate. Arrange four more slices in an overlapping row just above the first two. Add one more row of four slices, overlapping the row below. Now you have tropical orange sand.
2. Tropical Beach Platter
2 Peel a small banana and slice it down the center. Slice each half into pieces about 1/2-inch wide. Keep the banana half together as you cut. Pick up one entire half and place it on the plate above orange slice sand. Place the other half next to the first. Now you have tropical banana trees. Bend the banana halves a little to make slightly less perfect looking tree trunks.
3. Tropical Beach Platter
3 Peel two medium-size kiwi fruits. Slice up the kiwi so it looks similar to the orange slices. Arrange these in an umbrella-like pattern around the two banana tree trunks to make the tree's foliage.
4. Tropical Beach Platter
4 Place one miniature tropical fruit platter at each place setting at the party table.
5. Watermelon Baskets
1 Cut a watermelon in half to make two baskets. Scoop out the watermelon's fruit. Use a small paring knife to create a decorative edge around the top of each basket.
6. Watermelon Baskets
2 Slice open the cantaloupe and melon, and scoop out the fruit with a melon baller. If you don't have a melon baller you can cut the fruit into squares instead. Put the cut fruit in a medium-size mixing bowl.
7. Watermelon Baskets
3 Wash and cut up some of your favorite fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and orange slices. Put the fruit in the mixing bowl and mix up the fruit with a large spoon.
8. Watermelon Baskets
4 Pour half of the mixed fruit into one watermelon basket and then add the remainder to the other basket.
9. Watermelon Baskets
5 Combine 2 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 1 tablespoon orange juice and 1/4 cup of sugar in a separate bowl. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely and then spoon the sweet juice onto the fruit in the baskets. This will add a little bit of sweetness and help to keep it fresh if you're making the baskets a few hours in advance.
10. Watermelon Baskets
6 Place the two watermelon baskets in the center of the party table. You can lay them side by side if your table is small, or space them further apart to decorate a large party table. Voila -- sweet and colorful table centerpieces.
11. Fruit Rainbow
1 Wash a few handfuls of dark cherries and remove the pits with a cherry pit remover. The remover gets rid of the pits to avoid choking hazards without damaging the flesh of the fruit. Arrange the cherries in an oblong shape at one edge of a serving tray. This makes the bottom of your rainbow.
12. Fruit Rainbow
2 Wash a few handfuls of blueberries and arrange these around the cherries to form the second color of the rainbow. Wash and peel green grapes, cut them in half and arrange these around the blueberries to form the rainbow's third color.
13. Fruit Rainbow
3 Slice pears and arrange these on the tray to make the fourth tier. Peel and separate oranges for the fifth tier. Complete the rainbow with strawberries.
14. Fruit Rainbow
4 Place the rainbow fruit platter in the center of a buffet table or at the front, center of the gift table. If you have small side or end tables in the party room, make some miniature rainbow fruit platters on small plates to complete your fruit decorating.
Items you will need
- Small plates (1 for each guest)
- Platters (serving trays or large plates)
- Paring knife
- Honeydew melon
- Melon baller
- Mixing bowl
- Large spoon
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. lime juice
- 1 tbsp. orange juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Small bowl
- Dark cherries
- Cherry pit remover
- Garnishing: A Feast for Your Eyes; Francis T. Lynch
- What Can I Bring? Cookbook; Anne Byrn
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