Have you heard of Edible Arrangements? Probably so, but if not, they basically send you a bunch of cut up fruit that looks like a bouquet of flowers. I have never gotten one, but I’ve always wanted to. But I’m sure they come at a pretty penny. And therein lies the problem. I don’t think I have to remind you of how stingy I’ve become.
And so, true to form, I decided, “I can make that”, and so I did.
I’ll admit that my arrangement is far from professional. And it could have stood for a lot more fruit, but I was losing my patience with the project by the end of it, as was Sebastian.
And so I’ll call it a minimalist’s version of an edible arrangement.
Even though I got fatigued, this really was a simple project. I only used four different food items: watermelon, red grapes, blueberries, and mini marshmallows. (Side note: The mini marshmallows were hard to slide on the skewers, but greasing up the stick with a little Crisco helped immensely!) I had intended to pick up a pineapple and another kind of melon, but Sebastian was having some major meltdowns while I was doing this, so that wasn’t going to happen. I also had pulled out some strawberries, but I wasn’t inspired with how to incorporate them.
But I think even with that little of variety, it looked pretty good.
To make the flower shapes, I used cookie cutters that I had around the house. I had also pulled out some butterfly cookie cutters, but I didn’t end up using them, but I bet they would have been a cute addition.
I thought it would be cute to have a different center in the middle of the flowers, so I cut out the centers and threaded a grape or a blueberry in its place.
To make the arrangement itself, I used a short glass vase that I packed with a block of floral foam. Then I skewered the fruit using wooden skewers and stuck them in the foam. And then since I didn’t completely fill out the arrangement, I covered up the visible foam with yellow Easter basket paper.
I finished it with a bit of curling ribbon and a note wishing a “Happy Mother’s Day” because wouldn’t this be a great idea to give your mom? It’s cute on its own, but I was thinking it could be a fun twist on the breakfast in bed thing. You could have the fruit, and then maybe have a few skewers of bacon (cooked of course), a few skewers of hard boiled egg, and a few skewers of toast sticks. Just an idea! (If you try this, you HAVE to tell me. I so want to see how it turns out!)
All in all, this was a fun project, and I definitely want to try again sometime, this time without the cranky, fussy, no fun boy. 🙂
What kind of flowers are you getting your mom for mother’s day?