How to Make a Fruit Bouquet
A fruit bouquet is a beautifulcenterpiecefor the perfect spring
orsummerget-together. You need onlypatienceto accomplish an unusual,
attractive and deliciousdessert. This centerpiece is a great classy
addition to any outdoor party. Here are some tips to create your own
bouquet of fruit.
1Find ordrawa design that roughly resembles a floral display, and then
have fun imagining which fruit will replace the flowers. You might make a
bouquet as simple as nothing but strawberries, which can be stunning, or
you might make a more complex bouquet of varying fruits and shapes, or
two-tone colors presentation. The ideas are limited only by your
2Choose fruits according to color and texture. Colors should be appealing
and match your theme, if you have one.
3Consider how to manipulate each respective fruit.Some fruits may need to
be cut for aesthetic or arrangement purposes. For example, strawberries
are generally best left whole since they are small and have an attractive
shape without cutting.Pineapplesandmelonsare best cut into cubes or other
similar shapes to better fit in the display.
4Trace your cutting designs.Create a visual representation of your work
before working with the actual fruit. Using a guide could be very helpful
in ensuring that everything is cut and arranged properly.
5Choose a container for your arrangement. Good choices include abasket, a
ceramic container or avase.
6Place florist's foam or a lettuce head in the base of the container.
Before putting the foam inside the container, wrap it completely in
plastic wrap to keep it away from the food. For larger baskets, you can
opt to use a head (or heads) oficeberg lettucefor the filler base.
Lettuce provides an edible alternative to foam.
7Place some sheets of colored tissue paper over the foam. The paper
should be thin enough to be pierced by the sticks that will hold up the
fruit. If you have some paper hanging over the edges, trying "fluffing it
up" once the fruit arrangement has been made for a more pleasing look.
8Use different lengths of sticks (toothpicks, swizzle sticks, kebab
sticks, or anything food-grade) and spear your fruit pieces into place.
Construct your bouquet using fruit and wooden joiners like these.
9Prepare the arrangement by poking the base end of a stick into the
florist foam or lettuce head. Imagine the fruits going up in a bouquet
shape, with a pointed middle piece and with the bulk of the fruits
layering out to the sides. Use your original sketches and designs in this
stage, but feel free to adjust your designs, if necessary.
10Assess your fruit arrangement for its overall look, balance and
11Finish and garnish your arrangement.Mint leaves,dipped chocolate fruit
piecesand tiny balloons can be used to complement the fruit.<
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You can assemble skewers of fruit and place them in a refrigerator prior
to the event. Arrange right before serving.
Determine how durable the fruit is. Raspberries and other soft berries
are difficult to work with when not at a hard consistency.
Be patientwhen creating the bouquet. It takes time to create an
Grapes can be left whole and threaded onto sticks.
Avoid using very perishable fruits. Bananas and apples brown after
prolonged exposure to the air and can distract from the other fruit in
Use sturdy fruits in your bouquet. Examples of these include The best
fruits are strawberries, pineapples, melons, mandarin oranges, mangoes
Do not make edible fruit arrangements too far in advance of an event.
Some fruits will brown or spoil when exposed to the air for extended
periods of time.
If you use floral foam, you can place parsley on top of the floral foam
to fill in any gaps that can be seen between the skewers.
Make sure that the container is food-grade, clean, and has not been
contaminated with hazardous materials, such as paint or certain
Be careful when cutting fruit shapes. Hold the knife steadily and make
sure your fingers are out of the way when you begin to cut the fruit.
Do not let the florist's foam come into direct contact with the food.
Wrap the foam completely in plastic wrap instead.
Always wash the fruit and your hands before preparing a fruit bouquet.
Things You'll Need
Knife. It is preferable to use a smaller knife when carving shapes.
Clear plastic wrap
Tissue paper. Choose a color that works well with your theme.
Toothpicks, or similar items, on which to mount your fruit.
Additional decorations to garnish your bouquet.
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