Foods as centerpieces have been used for centuries when the main course was set in the middle of the table as the focal point at special occasions. Today, edible centerpieces are found at occasions from casual gatherings to elegant weddings. Making your own edible centerpiece not only will delight your guests, but can satisfy their appetites.
The type of edible centerpiece you can make will depend on the event. Carved fruits and vegetables and fruit or vegetable kabobs, artfully displayed work well for more casual occasions. Large baskets arranged with fruits, vegetables, pastries and flowers can be created for any celebration. Fancy dessert centerpieces, like cakes, cupcake towers and chocolate-dipped fruits are most often reserved for once-in-a-lifetime events, such as weddings, graduations and baptisms.
The function of edible centerpieces is to make an attractive, visually appealing display that entices your guests to consume your creation. Your edible centerpiece becomes a part of your menu, serving a dual purpose. Coordinate edible centerpieces to complement the rest of the menu.
Edible centerpieces should feature the most appealing item on your menu. Along with being edible, the centerpiece colors need to coordinate with one another. The size of your edible centerpiece needs to be tall enough to attract attention and to be easily accessible to your hungry guests.
An edible centerpiece is cost effective not only because the components are less expensive than alternative centerpiece materials, like flowers, but also because it is also part of the menu. Additionally, an edible centerpiece creates an atmosphere that is inviting, relaxing and warm, putting your guests at ease.
When designing an edible centerpiece, consider the venue. Perishable items in a arrangement cannot withstand high temperatures for hours or days. Many fruits, such as sliced apples, will turn brown and appear unappealing, when exposed to air. It is easier to carve fruits and vegetables at room temperature, and use produce that is blemish free and not over-ripe. Store items for your edible centerpiece separately until you are ready to assemble the piece so the pieces do not affect each other if one accidentally spoils. For large gatherings, have additional elements of your creation to replace the consumed portions.