Decorative Fruit Arrangements
I love Edible Arrangements. In my humble opinion, it is the best gift that one can recieve. I may be a little biased since I love fruit and I love feminine, girly arrangements! It has always been my plan to have large, decorative Edible Arrangements as the centerpieces at my wedding. I think that they are delicious, beautiful and classy!
The only thing with them is that they tend to be a little bit pricey. Also, there isn’t a location in my city to purchase them, the closest one is an hour away. Whenever I see them, I think to myself, “I could probably just make my own!” But until now, I had never attempted it!
I should mention that I am not crafty. At all. One year when I was young, I went through a sewing phase, and I sewed all my family’s Christmas presents. I made my dad a shirt which ripped clean in half when he put it on. I made my little sister a pair of dance/exercise shorts and accidentally sewed the legs together (not ideal for dance). I made my baby brother a vest with little airplane buttons and he pulled one off and started to choke. The rest of the family’s presents were even worse because I ran out of time and instead of sewing, I used glue. I am really jealous when I see beautifully arranged scrapbooks, crocheted blankets, and knitted sweaters. But alas, I do not have the gift of creative craftiness. So I am not sure why I thought that I could pull this off.
I hosted a baby shower recently, and I wanted to do a ‘baby-shower’ style arrangement as an appetizer. But I figured if it was a total failure, I could always just chop the mangled fruit up into a fruit salad and serve it that way. Or…just eat it all myself over the enxt few days. I have learned to begin crafty projects with minimal expectations. That way, if they do turn out, I am pleasantly suprised. If not….well, at least no one choked this time.
For the arrangements, I used pineapple, red seedless grapes, canteloupe, honeydew, strawberries, and leaf lettuce. I wanted to use watermelon as well, but the shower was for a boy, and I thought it might be too pink. Once everything was cut, I put some lemon juice into a new spray bottle and misted it all, so that they fruit retained its vibrant colours. I didn’t use any pictures as a guide because I didn’t want to set the bar too high. Also, I didn’t want an exact replica anyways. I just wanted to do my very best and hope that it turned out. I went a little crazy when buying the fruit, so I ended up with a lot….and made three separate arrangements. Two were in vases, like bouquets. The last one was like a garden, with flowers coming out of the ‘grass.’
On the above right I have a close up of one of the vase bouquets with the second one in the background.
I wasn’t able to get a photo of the bigger arrangement, the garden, before it was partially eaten! :) But this picture just gives you the general idea; imagine it with a lot more flowers coming out of it!
The whole project was amazingly easy! The entire process, from peeling to chopping to stenciling to arranging, took me maybe an hour. And I completed all three arrangements. I got a lot of compliments on them at the shower. Everyone kept saying how crafty I am! If only they knew…. ;)
If you live in a city that has an Edible Arrangements location, you are lucky! But if not, or even if you do, they are really easy to make yourself. If I can do it…anyone can! :)