When giving your next party whether for a birthday, anniversary celebration or for a family get together, make a tropical centerpiece to add a flavor of the tropics. Just by using tropical fruits and flowers, you can inexpensively and rather quickly put together this stunning centerpiece. Add tiki torches and have guest wear leis to complete the tropical theme.
Fill a 24 inch long carved out wooden log with craft moss, fluffing it up so it hangs over the sides. If necessary, to keep the fruit from sinking too low in the log, a 2 to 3 inch layer of floral foam can be added in before the moss.
Place two pineapples inside the log so each is about 6-inches in from each end. Add other tropical fruit into the log around the pineapples. Place the heaviest fruit in first, such as coconuts and mangoes, then add small bunches of bananas and finally, kiwi and star fruit so they do not get crushed.
Soak three blocks of floral foam in water for at least 5 minutes until completely soaked through. Place the soaked foam inside the log, one on each side of the pineapples.
Select orchids in any color or a mix of colors and citrus leaves or banana leaves to finish the centerpiece. Cut the stems on the orchids at a 45-degree angle so they can better soak up the water and cut so they are tall enough to show over the edges of the log.
Insert the orchids into the soaked blocks of foam. Add the leaves next to fill out the centerpiece.