Want an inexpensive way to jazz up your table? Head to the produce section. Fresh fruit is colorful and affordable. You can create some beautiful centerpieces with common fresh fruits. Here are some ways to liven up your table with fruit.
You can’t go wrong with a fruit bowl as a table centerpiece. Not only does it add color, but it’s also functional. My family tends to eat a lot more fruit when it is washed and ready to grab on the kitchen table. Find a fun bowl or container to use for the fruit bowl. We have a hand carved wooden bowl as our fruit holder. Instead of a bowl, go with a basket or a long tray. Buy lots of different fruits that hold up well out of the refrigerator.
Another way to display fresh fruit is with large glass containers. You can find an assortment of glass jars and containers at craft stores. Fill the jars to the top with lemons, limes or oranges. You can also use apples if the container is large enough. Choose three jars of different sizes to group together as the centerpiece. You can add in sprigs of fresh herbs or other greenery if you want to break up the color. Tie a wide ribbon in a coordinating color around the middle of each jar.
Sliced Fruit with Flowers
Want to keep the traditional flower look for your centerpieces? Pair the buds with fruit for a summery centerpiece. Citrus fruits work well for this arrangement. Slice the citrus fruit into round slices. Arrange the slices around the sides of a glass container. Add water and the flower stems. The citrus slices block the view of the stems inside the container.
Another way to use fresh fruit as part of your centerpieces is to arrange the fruit on the table. Start with a floral centerpiece or another focal point on the table. Arrange whole fruits around the base of the centerpieces or all along the table. You can add in some greenery underneath the fruit too.
Floating Fruit and Candles
If you want to add a romantic glow to the centerpieces, combine fruit with floating candles. Fill a clear container with water. Add in an assortment of berries or other fruits. Place some floating candles on top of the water. The fruit adds color to the water to complement the floating candles.