How to Make a Pineapple Palm Tree

Overview

Hawaiian or Polynesian themes are popular for showers, graduation parties and other summer get-togethers. A pineapple palm tree is an impressive edible display for a center table or to anchor the ends of a buffet table. While this project looks as though a caterer took hours to construct it, you can create your own island look in very little time using only household kitchen tools and equipment.

Step 1

Slice the top and bottom from each pineapple, making sure that the ends are level and flat, and not on an angle.

Step 2

Cut the center out of each pineapple, leaving 1/2-inch of pineapple meat attached to the inside of the skins. Chop up the remaining pineapple fruit into cubes and set them aside.

Step 3

Poke three skewers into the remaining pineapple meat at equal distances around the top edge of one pineapple. Push the skewers in until they are halfway buried in the pineapple.

Step 4

Push a second pineapple down on top of the first one, burying the tops of the skewers into the meat of the second pineapple. These two fruits will now be joined together by the skewers.

Step 5

Push three skewers into the top of the second pineapple at equal distances from each other, but slightly off-center from the first set of skewers and not directly above them. Push a third pineapple down on top of the second one, connecting them together with the skewers. You now have one palm tree trunk made of pineapples.

Step 6

Create another palm tree trunk in the same manner as the first one, using the remaining three hollowed-out pineapples.

Step 7

Stand the tree trunks up in the middle of the serving tray. Pile cut fruit around the base of the trunks in attractive piles.

Step 8

Place artificial fern branches into the holes in the tops of the pineapple tree trunks. Push the fern stems into the pineapple meat and have the leaves stick up, creating the look of palm tree fronds.

Things You'll Need

  • 6 pineapples
  • Sharp knife
  • Wooden skewers
  • Large serving tray
  • Artificial fern leaves
  • Cut up fruit

References

  • Chef Mike: Wedding Reception & Luau Party Fruit Tray Displays--Easy Ideas
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About this Author

Anne Baley is a writer and photographer living in Southeast Michigan. She has written dozens of articles about places she has discovered while traveling throughout the United States. Baley's work has appeared in a variety of online outlets, including EndlessSunday, GardenGuides and Travels.