How to Make Your Own Edible Fruit Bouquet

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How to Make Your Own Edible Fruit Bouquet

No Comments 31 May 2011

Thank you Rochel from the wonderful blog Barefoot and Cooking! This DIY edible fruit bouquet looks so easy and amazing!!! Can’t wait to make it for the holidays!!!  Marlene

 


“Hi. I’m Rochel from Barefoot and Cooking. I’m excited to share one of my favorite hostess tricks just in time for Shavuous – an edible fruit bouquet centerpiece that doubles as dessert.

Simple to prepare, healthy, beautiful, and delicious, this fruit bouquet will wow your guests.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Bamboo skewers
  • Fruit in a variety of colors – melons, pineapple, berries, kiwis, grapes
  • Small cookie cutters in a variety of shapes
  • Melon baller (or cookie dough scoop)
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Rose bowl or vase
  • Chocolate, melted (optional)

Assume that each guest will eat 2-3 skewers worth of fruit. Keep in mind that depending on the size of your bowl or vase, you’ll probably need at least 15 skewers for it to look complete.

One of the many reasons I love making fruit bouquets is their infinite adaptability. I like colorful bouquets in a variety of shapes and sizes. But of course, you can arrange yours according to personal preference or color scheme.

The next part is simple, really. Wash and set out all ingredients. Peel the fruit. Scoop balls of melon. Slice pineapple and leftover melon into discs. Use the cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the discs.

Place skewers in your bowl or vase to determine how low on the skewers to place your fruit. Carefully arrange fruit on the skewers and place in your bowl or vase. (If they are loose, go ahead and strategically place a few pieces of citrus fruit in the bottom of the bowl or vase to hold skewers in place.)

If you want, dip individual pieces of fruit in the melted chocolate, wait for it to harden and then arrange on the skewer. Or, even better, place a bowl of melted chocolate on the table next to the fruit bouquet and, just like fondue, have your guests dip their skewers.”

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How to Transform  Holiday Centerpiece Snapshots Into Art

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How to Transform Holiday Centerpiece Snapshots Into Art

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Did you ever wish you could capture all of those gorgeous memories of your centerpieces during holidays past? Consider photographing them using interesting camera angles. Besides having a tangible visual reference that you can refer to, you may surprise yourself and create a work of art worthy to be enlarged and printed on plexi-glassto be hung on your walls.

During Passover, I hired Bettie Esses to create my flower arrangements. They were absolutely gorgeous and a few days later, I took the opportunity to practice my photography skills on these organic floral spring centerpieces.

Below are the centerpieces that were in the center of each square table. Simple trapezoid vases held orchid buds resting on a bed of colored rocks and stones. In trapezoid  vase # 1, I  arranged them in a row and photographed the vases in an angle to practice an interesting depth of field using a small aperture. For point and shoot users, the portrait setting may help create a similar affect of gradual blurring in the background. I photographed trapezoid vase # 2 from above using a small aperture. Again, point and shoot cameras on the portrait setting may give you that blurring effect.

 

Trapezoid vase photo #1 (above)

 

 

 

Trapezoid vase photo #2

Cylinder  photo # 3 is a simple photograph of what the two main centerpieces on my dining room table looked like. Each two foot long cylinder vase held a lone orchid stem completely immersed in water.  I took the photograph up a notch by standing on a chair to capture the circular shape of the mouth of the vase for an interesting perspective (cylinder photo # 2). Cylinder photo # 1 shows a closer perspective of the buds inside the vases.

Cylinder photo # 1 (above)

Simply shifting your position and photographing your centerpieces from different perspectives  may wow you with an image your certainly proud of . Plus, don’t forget to play with your camera settings (like portrait setting or smaller apertures) for added interest.

Cylinder vase photo #2

(above) Cylinder  Phot0 # 3

Gladys Hedaya loves to capture the extraordinary details in the everyday, awesome vacations, and special moments, through writing, photography and digital coffee table book creations.

Gladys graduated NYU and majored in English with a minor in fiction writing.
She taught scrapbook lessons for about four years and creates premium coffee table books and family legacy books.

Gladys currently contributes to the crafting section of the Alphabet Kids monthly newsletter.

Photos were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, SLR camera, and 50 mm 1.4 lens.

 

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