Edible arrangements have seen wide use in decorating tables for parties and other equally festive occasions. While a flower arrangement with fresh in-season flowers or the alternative plastic or paper floral arrangements can nicely brighten up the atmosphere near the table in the same way that an edible fruit arrangement does, they can also get in the way. Since these arrangements take up space, less food can be set on the table for the guests, and this might mean more work in refilling the plates. Flowers also don’t serve any other purpose on the table other than as a decoration, and store-bought flower arrangements don’t come cheap either.
This is the main reason why edible fruit creations, which double as both decoration and as tasty, healthy food, are so popular. A classic fruit arrangement is the edible fruit basket, but the fruit bouquet is becoming just as popular recently, especially for prom and wedding parties. Professionally made fruit arrangements can be costly, so preparing one yourself might be a good choice if you don’t want to spend too much for a party. This is what you need to do:
- Find a container which will hold your arrangement. You can use a vase or pail or a basket for this. Wash your vase or pail and dry it with a towel. If you’re using a basket, make sure that it’s clean. Then put Styrofoam or florist’s foam inside the container, as much as you think is necessary to provide support for your arrangement, but not too much that it shows above the rim of the vase or pail. In the case of the basket, the Styrofoam should at least be an inch within the basket so there’s less chance that the Styrofoam will show.
- Choose which fruits to use. Some of the obvious choices are strawberries, red and green seedless grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe, and parsley or mint leaves for fringe designs or to cover visibly bare areas, but you can be creative and choose other fruits to put in the arrangement. However, choose ones which would still look eatable even after some time of being put in display. Apples will mottle quickly after their skin has been removed, so it might not be so wise to slice and remove all the skin of your apples if you choose to include them in your arrangement. Chocolate-covered strawberries in dark or white coloring look particularly good as flower bulbs. Remember to rinse the fruits before doing anything to them.
- Have fun with your arrangement. There is no right or wrong way with going about it, and you can be as creative as you want. Some suggestions would be to use half of a horizontally cut pineapple or a melon or watermelon rind as a base. You can secure this to your container by using bamboo skewers to help pin the pineapple or melon rind to the foam. The skewers holding the various other fruits will then be supported by the base. The blunt end of the skewer has to go into the base so that the tapering part points upward. You can cut your remaining fruit in different shapes like stars, triangles or circles. Grapes and strawberries and smaller fruits don’t need to be cut before sliding them onto a skewer. You can create more convincing flower designs by including mint or parsley as decoration.
Keep your edible fruit arrangement refrigerated until you are ready to present it. Also keep in mind that these are best eaten within 48 hours so they still appear crisp and fresh.