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« on: August 29, 2005 05:24:53 PM »

I posted this in the recipes section, but i did it for a bridal shower, so thought I'd post it here too.  thanks!
I am not terribly creative, so of course I pilfered the idea from the internet.  But, then i recreated it and it's so easy to do!  I made a fruit arrangement and a veggie arrangements for my girlfriend's bridal shower.  Everyone went nuts and it was actually pretty easy!  Here's what I used and what I learned:
Fruit bouquet:  
  • Pineapple (i used 2, but 1 will do)
  • strawberries
  • grapes
  • blackberries
I peeled one whole pineapple and then cut it in rings.  Don't core it!  Then I used a daisy cookie-cutter to cut daisy shapes.  Stick a skewer through the middle of the daisy and all the way through it so the tip of the skewer sticks out a bit and pop a blackberry on there.  Cute?  Hell yeah!  Strawberries are just washed and popped on skewers.  I made "thistles" out of the green and black grapes by putting 5 on a skewer at a time.  I clumped them in groups of 3.  I also skewered the pineapple top and put it in there for some filler.  Oh, and put some kale in there or something to hide the skewers.  
Everything is jammed into florist's foam (use the stuff that is like styrofoam -- it's more rigid for the heavy skewers).
I cut the other pineapple in half and hollowed the halves out to make boats -- one for holding dipping sauce for the fruit, the other to hold the chopped-up pineapple.  I don't know I just really wanted a pineapple boat!  Smiley

for the veggie bouquet:
  • radishes
  • mushrooms
  • cherry tomatoes
  • bell peppers
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
To prep the radishes:  cut the top off a radish and then make a little grid on top by cutting down about 3/4 of the radish, like making a tic-tac-toe design.  Soak them in ice-water overnight to open up.
to prep the carrots: I just cut about 4 or 5 notches in the top like a crown to make little flowers.  The carrots are whole carrots cut into thirds.
the peppers are sliced lengthwise, but I bet you could make cute flowers out of them by cutting them in rings.
Cukes are cut in rings.  
Everything is skewered and then stuck in florist's foam.  

Lessons learned:  get a smaller basket than you think you'll need -- it'll make your bouquet look very full and pretty.  use the skinniest skewers you can find.  
Wrap in plastic until ready to serve.  

« Last Edit: June 08, 2011 01:06:07 PM by jungrrl - Reason: fixed picture(s) » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2005 05:30:07 PM »

that's so cute! i love it! i don't know if i would have the patience for that...but it looks great.
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2005 05:33:17 PM »

That is the coolest food I have ever seen!!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing : )

I have a gorgeous granddaughter Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2005 10:46:29 PM »

love it!  just need to run it past my lovely food volunteers.

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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2005 12:45:25 PM »

Thanks, glad you like.  As for patience and time (I have neither), it wasn't that bad.  I could've easily done them in an hour each, but I made some mistakes which slowed me down.  For instance, I botched up several radishes.  I also had some skewer issues and put together one whole basket and decided the basket was too big for the amount of veggies I had, so I had to get another basket and start over. 
The "dream sauce" was a huge hit, here's what it was:
16 oz cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup undrained crushed pineapple
1 cup creme of marshmallow
I think 1/2 cup of coconut creme, but maybe it was more.

just toss it in a blender or mixer and whip it good!  Wink
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2005 06:06:34 PM »

I am totally gonna steal that for my engagement party!  Thanks!

« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2005 03:38:24 PM »

I did it and it was a hit!  In fact, people seemed scared to eat it!  (They kept asking if it was okay.  I told them that my mom had already gotten a picture so they could go for it)  My little brother thought they were actually flowers for about half of the night!

Thanks again for a great idea!

« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2005 04:24:37 PM »

This one's going straight to my bookmarks.

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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2005 08:55:03 AM »

Lucrecia -- Awesome!  Yeah, I found that people are not willing to eat it.  So, maybe making it slightly imperfect would encourage them to dive in.  I have no problems making anything less than perfect!  Wink
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2005 09:26:02 PM »

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Smiley

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