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Jan 17, 2009 05:43 AM

Interesting way to serve fruit for party

I am looking for a "fresh" way to serve fruit that will be passed around at a party.
Any ideas?

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  1. I cut a pineapple in half through the leaves and carefully separate the fruit from the shell leaving the shell intact. I cube the pineapple and place it back in the shell and surround this with sprigs of green and red grapes. Pretty easy, visually attractive and easy to serve!

    1. You can't pass this around but I watched a segment of the Barefoot Contessa recently where Ina was doing a cocktail party. One of her decorator friends made 2 fruit topiaries - 1 was a styrofoam golf ball shape covered with beautiful strawberries impaled with wooden toothpicks on a stick in a large cermic pot. The second was also a round styrofoam shape, but imaled with assorted types of fruit.. They did not appear to be hard to make. If you do this, please post a picture and report back. We are having a spring graduation party for DD and thinking of doing this as opposed to the usual watermelon boat.

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      1. re: Diane in Bexley

        did she glue on some green leaves to cover the ball?

        1. re: alkapal

          No, the strawberries and other fruit were impaled on tootpicks driven into the styrofoam ball. If you have ever seen a TV commercial for the Edible Fruit Arrangement, it looks like that. I would suggest trying it first. Would imagine styrofoam could be re-used. What we didn't get to see was what this looked like when 1/2 or 3/4 of fruit was gone.

          1. re: Diane in Bexley

            yep, that's what i was thinking, too. it might be cute to use some food-safe paint, and create a pattern on the styro, so that when it has been picked over, it is not ugly-bugly.

            1. re: alkapal

              Stick the skewers into a half of a red or green cabbage

              1. re: LisaN

                LisaN, cut cabbage has an odor I wouldn't want with fresh fruit.

                1. re: HillJ

                  Now that I thought about it, its a half a head of iceberg that is always in the bottom of the edible arragnements.

                  1. re: LisaN

                    Nice, neutral iceberg lettuce makes alot more sense to me too.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      i'd be neat to use the whole head on a topiary pole, 'planted" in a cute flower pot, where the "dirt" is covered by parsley. or use oreo cookie crumbs.

                      being sure, of course, to properly weight the bottom to avoid "tippage."

                      1. re: alkapal

                        Examples of this, including the use of fresh herb plants, can be food in photos appearing throughout tastespotting....visual inspiration!

                        1. re: HillJ

                          boy, this is pretty:

                          but i don't think it is meant for eating. i wouldn't want to see it picked bare!

                          1. re: alkapal

                            could you imagine a guest pulling a part a centerpiece like this to eat a pear...oh my...I would be mortified.

              2. re: alkapal

                Crazy but true....we tea stain styrofoam with teabags to color it and it works great.

                1. re: HillJ

                  hillj, i'll bet food coloring would work, too.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      it takes a big bottle of coloring, is that it?

                      1. re: alkapal

                        oh yeah! Around my area food coloring comes in tiny little bottles unless you go commercial supply store...and buy large bottles, powder or gels

                        1. re: HillJ

                          yep, i know the pointy-topped four to a package food coloring. mccormick's? i haven't bought food coloring in a zillion years.

        2. -Fruit kabobs with optional yogurt dipping sauce
          -Fruit cocktail - fruit cut into bite size pieces, sprinkled w/ sugar and sparkling wine - or lemon lime soda. top with mint leaves. serve in martini classes with cocktail toothpicks that have grapes speared on them
          -Fruit "bruschetta" - cut apples into thick slices and top with chopped fruit dressed in some sort of balsamic sauce.

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          1. re: soypower

            I went to a bridal shower where they alternated fruit and cheese on a kabob with mint leaves for a decorative touch. Very lovely and easy to eat. I also like HillJ's idea about the orange fruit cups.

            1. re: danhole

              Thanks for the compliment, danhole. This time of year if you can track down honeybells, they work the best as "cups"...grapefruits, altho larger, actually work horribly (skins too thin). Sans the Amaretto-I send my kids to school with fruit cups fairly often.

          2. Cut a navel orange about 1/2 inch from the top, scoop out the fruit segments and dice into bite sized pieces. To the shell add the orange segments, plus fresh pineapple bits, diced kiwi and splash a bit of Amaretto over the fruit. These fruit cups can be made ahead and held in the hand to enjoy.

            You can adapt the fruit to what the market offers seasonally but my friends and family love it.

            1. Fruit salsa with cinnamon chips is always a hit whenever I have served it at a party and it is a fresh way to serve it: