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Fruit: An Affordable, Quick Decorating Idea

Incorporating fruit into a centerpiece or arrangement, is a very hot trend right now. I've noticed it at several parties and love using fruit because it's cheaper than having a professional florist, and less expensive than purchasing several bouquets and arranging them yourself. You can have gorgeous, professional looking decorations ready in under five minutes:

  • Fill vases, preferably in various sizes and shapes, with the fruit of your choice (tomatoes are pictured here).
  • Add water so the fruit bobs and bounces buoyantly.
  • Wrap a thick satin ribbon around the vase and secure in place with a tiny squeeze of hot glue.
DCStar DCStar 10 years
I don't know about the tomatoes floating in seems too much like something you'd see in a biology lab!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Homemade salsa! Yummy!
Kostika Kostika 10 years
If it's a glass vase thent he food coluring won't harm it at all. It would eventually colour the fruit though. But if you used a good mixig colour it'd be better. Like for tomatoes I'd use blue. Then the tomatoes wold eventually be a purple-ish colour and the water a dark blue. Would look interesting.
poetess poetess 10 years
Hey! Good thinking, JessBear. I was thinking the same thing, but I do not know if it will stain the vase or not and discolor the fruit.
JessBear JessBear 10 years
I think it would be cute with a few drops of food coloring added.
Mrs-Snark Mrs-Snark 10 years
Tomatoes floating in a vase of water? Are you kidding me? I'm sorry, but that is to upchuck. It also looks awful, and the first thought I would have about someone who decorated a party with waterlogged tomatoes was that she was too cheap to go out and get a bunch of daisies at the corner market. Give me a break. It's also a pretty terrible waste of food -- if you have a bunch of extra tomatoes, instead of making a barf-worthy centerpiece with them, how about donating them to the local homeless or battered women's shelter, so people can, you know, actually eat them?
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 10 years
Festive fruit! About it lasting, I would think just for the event that you're decorating for, yeah?
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
ahhh! good idea party! i would probably have just thrown them out, but the salsa would be delish!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
LaLaLaurie06: I say that it would last a few days. My dad took them out that night and some of them had gotten a little shriveld so we threw them out and used the rest to make homemade salsa and guacamole.
sls1825 sls1825 10 years
I've always decorated using fruit and vases. It so simple and easy. I love it!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
how long will the fruit last? the same amount of time as regular fruit or does the water keep it somewhat fresh? or is there a concoction that will keep the fruit lasting very long? anybody know?
bfly1133 bfly1133 10 years
I think simple, elegant centerpieces, like these, are the best kinds! I do a theme centerpiece for every event I host and I love using edible items. Thanks for sharing party! CestLaVie, my friend was going to do the fish thing at her wedding but she was afraid no one would take them home. :)
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Cute idea. I like your vase with grapes the best.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
One of my girlfriends had a small outdoor wedding a couple summers ago and purchased a bunch of vases and placed one goldfish or beta in each and put them on tables under the heat - simple, inexpensive and entertaining!!! She told the guests to take them home when they left.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
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