How to Create a Fruit Centerpiece

Overview

One of the more popular centerpieces for picnics and parties is the fruit bouquet. Fresh fruit sliced and arranged to look like a variety of flowers makes an appetizing decoration for a summer table, and the centerpiece can be even more special if you use the fruit that you grow in your own garden. Watermelon, cantaloupe and strawberries are easily grown in just about any garden, and the more advanced gardener may even have grapes and blueberries at hand as well.

Step 1

Slice pineapple about half an inch thick. Use a flower cookie cutter to cut daisy shapes from the slices, or use a paring knife if you don't have a flower cookie cutter. Poke a skewer through the slice in the center, allowing about half an inch to show through the top. Push a blueberry onto the pointed end of the skewer, creating the dark center of the flower.

Step 2

Cut wedges of cantaloupe, honeydew melon and watermelon. Peel the wedges and cut them in half horizontally so that you have rather triangular shaped fruit wedges. Push the pointed end of a skewer into the flat end of each wedge.

Step 3

Thread four or five grapes onto a skewer, with the last grape covering the pointed end of the skewer.

Step 4

Choose the best-looking strawberries that you can find, in impressive sizes and shapes. Slide each strawberry onto a skewer, with the green cap still on the berry. Make sure that the skewer only goes halfway into the strawberry.

Step 5

Cut a slice off one side of a cantaloupe or mini watermelon to make sure that the fruit will sit still on a table and not roll. Use a skewer to poke holes in the top of the fruit for the flower skewers to go into. Arrange the flowers in the melon, starting with the largest flowers first, then adding the smaller pieces to fill in.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure that you cut a large enough slice from the bottom of the melon, or it will begin to roll when people start to remove the fruit to eat.

Things You'll Need

  • Pineapple
  • Blueberries
  • Melon
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Flower cookie cutter
  • Sharp paring knife
  • Wooden skewers
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Anne Baley is a writer and photographer living in Southeast Michigan. Her degree in public law and government began a lifetime love of research, and has served her writing well. Baley has written articles for EndlessSunday.com, GardenGuides.com and hundreds of articles for eHow.com.