Watermelon fruit baskets are edible displays for festive meals, banquets and weddings. A basket can be a simple hollowed-out watermelon filled with melon balls to an elaborately carved piece that is as artistic as a sculpture. It is important to have a quality chef knife with a sharp blade that will allow you to make precise cuts in a watermelon when carving your own basket. A melon baller and paring knife will also be needed for a do-it-yourself project. Fill the basket with the freshest fruit available.
The simplest watermelon basket is made by cutting the melon open lengthwise leaving a center band for a decorative handle. The top sides of the melon may be cut in a wavy or zigzag pattern for a simple decoration. Use a melon baller to scoop out the fruit and shape them into perfect rounds. Honeydew and cantaloupe melon balls may also be added. It is generally placed on a tray or pan that is filled with ice.
An elegant watermelon basket will take at least several hours to carve and assemble. Cut the watermelon to a specific shape, which may include a decorative handle. A practiced fruit basket designer will choose to carve an intricate basket-weave or multi-layered bird, flowers or scenes into the sides of the large fruit rind. These displays are filled with pints of strawberries, blueberries, starfruit, orange segments, grapes, melon balls and fresh fruit pieces that are cut into bites for the guests to enjoy. Display it artistically on a bed of ice.
Fruit Floral Display
Handmade fruit "flowers" mounted on skewers arranged in a watermelon basket is a display worthy of being a centerpiece at a party or wedding. The assorted fruit daisies, rosebuds and related shapes may be dipped in white, milk or dark chocolate. The fruit bouquet is arranged just as a floral centerpiece would be done. Strawberries, orange segments, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes and blueberries are some of the fresh fruits used in a large fruit floral arrangement.