Instead of a typical fruit salad for your next party, put together this edible fruit arrangement that is both eye pleasing and tasty. Although you can purchase fruit arrangements making your own will save money and allow you to use any fruit you desire, making it one of a kind. Learning a few basics will get your creative juices flowing and you will want to make a fruit arrangement for every get-together.
Choose a basket to use as the base for your fruit arrangement. The basket should be approximately 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Or choose any type of container to use such as a ceramic bowl, clean flower pot or even a coffee can. Cut off approximately one-third of a head of iceberg lettuce and place the larger side into the bottom of the container cut side down. This will be used to hold the wooden skewers.
Remove the skin from a fresh pineapple and cut into half-inch slices. Using a flower-shaped cookie cutter, cut flower shapes out of each slice. Brush lemon juice over the pineapple slices to keep them from turning brown. Push one small marshmallow onto a wooden skewer about 1 inch below the tip, then insert a pineapple slice onto the skewer until it rests on the marshmallow. Cut a purple grape in half and place on the skewer, cut side down, to form the center of the pineapple flower, being sure to cover the tip of the skewer. Push the bottom end of the skewer into the lettuce in your container to hold. Repeat this step for the rest of the pineapple flowers.
Place the baking chocolate in a double broiler over low heat until melted. Place a whole strawberry with pointed end up onto a skewer, being sure not to push the skewer through the strawberry. Holding the skewer end, dip half of the strawberry into the melted chocolate; lay on wax paper to dry completely. Repeat this step using approximately 10 strawberries. Once dry, arrange the skewers with the chocolate-dipped strawberries by pushing the end of the skewers into the lettuce in the container.
Cut out circle shapes from the cantaloupe and alternately thread pieces of cantaloupe and red grapes onto skewers beginning and ending with the cantaloupe. If necessary, place a small marshmallow on the skewer first to keep the fruit from sliding down. Place the ends of the skewers in the lettuce and arrange as desired.
To finish, lay kale leaves over the top of the container to cover the lettuce or use any other type of lettuce leaves. Make your arrangement no more than an hour before serving and keep chilled in the refrigerator.