A carved fruit centerpiece is perfect for any occasion: luncheon, dinner, brunch or buffet. It's decorative, while functional as the contents can be eaten and enjoyed by your guests. A watermelon can be formed into the perfect basket for a mixture of fresh fruits. The colorful display will have your company amazed at your talent. Despite the uniqueness, the process is fairly simple.
Choose an oval-shaped watermelon. Today, with many hybrids offered in grocery stores, there are different sizes and shapes of melons. A longer, oval watermelon will produce a centerpiece that won't roll around the table. Also, purchase other fruits you would like to add to your fruit centerpiece.
Cut off a small slice at the bottom of the watermelon to create a flat spot. This will ensure that the centerpiece will stay in place when it is placed on the table.
Draw the shape of a basket onto the watermelon. Start by drawing a line around the melon, horizontally, lengthwise, in the center. Now create a handle, vertically, in the center from the top of the first line all the way over the top to the line on the other side. Estimate about 1½ inches on each side of the middle line and draw parallel lines. This should form a 3 inch wide handle.
Use a sharp knife to cut straight down along the handle lines. Then cut in and around the first lines drawn, careful not to cut through the handle. You should be able to remove 2 segments of watermelon, almost a quarter of the fruit, each. Set these aside.
Carve the watermelon flesh from the inside of the handle and out of the bottom of the melon basket. Save the fruit. The basket shape should be carved down to the white, inside rind.
Remove the melon from the cutouts and chop it into pieces, along with the saved fruit from the carving. Place the chopped pieces in a large bowl.
Peel and chop your other fruits (except those that brown), such as pineapple, grapes, cantaloupe and berries. Mix them in with the watermelon pieces. Refrigerate the watermelon basket and bowl of fruit until shortly before your guests are to arrive.
Peel and chop any fruits that brown after a short period when introduced to oxygen. Such fruits are apples, peaches and bananas. Place them into the fruit bowl and mix them in. Place all the chopped fruit into the watermelon basket. Place the carved fruit centerpiece onto the table or buffet table as your guests arrive.