Planning on catering a party but tired of serving the same old chips and dip?
Try something new that will taste fresh and healthy and showcase your presentation skills — fruit carving!
Fruit carving has a long, rich history rooted in the Thai culture, and this royal fare can win a place on your party table with just a little practice.
Take a look at some of the ways you can use carved fruits and vegetables to accent your table.
Yes, this is a simple zucchini, but the skin has been delicately carved to create a lovely embossed look that is worthy of nestling into the greens of a large salad dish, or even be a main centerpiece.
Imagine it setting on a bed of ruffly leaves such as kale or Red Sails lettuce.
Perfect for a gathering in the spring or summer, a luau, or a pool party, these fresh and fabulous fruit sculptures are as beautiful to look at as they are tasty to eat.
These would make amazing centerpieces for summer weddings, if you are in charge of catering one, or simply want to add a unique touch to what is already in place.
Cut the bottom off level, leaving the piece only a couple of inches high, and surround it with flowers. Beautiful!
This almost looks like a real bouquet of flowers. Look at those roses.
This one – I had to look twice to make sure those were not real flowers and not mere carvings.
If those arrangements seem to be above your skill level, try something a bit simpler.
Watermelons are particularly great for beginners as they have a thick rind, good color contrast, and a nice wide surface on which to work.
Check out this video for a quick tutorial on how to carve simple watermelon roses.
Not for the faint of heart, if you want a carved fruit face for your party, you may need to hire a professional or take a fruit carving class.
Still, this is a great centerpiece idea for a graduation or a party celebrating a particular person.
Halloween would be a great opportunity to create some very interesting carvings, as well.
Just for Fun
Fun for the whole family (kids included!) can involve carving funny faces or familiar cartoon characters into fruits or veggies with hard rinds (jack-o-lanterns at Halloween sound familiar?).
If you’re so inclined, you can even add props and stage little stories with your fruit characters.
Back to the Basics
If these examples seem a bit too extreme, try starting with something smaller. Read up on the basics of fruit carving.
And, most importantly, remember to have fun.