Supplies and ingredients:
Assorted fruits, such as bananas, pineapples, and grapes
Wooden skewers or 3 pieces of celery
What will you do with the summer party watermelon this time? There are so many choices, including carving it into an animal shape, making it into a punch bowl, or cutting it up and putting slices on the grill (yeah, people do that!). It’s fun to have a summer party, pool party, or other gathering, and treat the guests to refreshing watermelon. And, the presentation is the biggest part of that. But if you’re thinking of carving a watermelon to look like something fabulous there is one really special way to serve it up for your party. A watermelon barbecue grill is so simple to make, looks great as a centerpiece on the food table, and will hold enough food for quite a few people.
You aren’t really going to grill watermelon, or turn a watermelon into a real barbecue grill, but you can do something special with it to set the tone of the party. A barbecue grill fruit plate offers lots of delicious treats and will impress your guests. Plus, you keep with a tradition of serving a different-looking watermelon every summer.
A round watermelon makes a perfect barbecue grill. Simply cut the melon in half, scrape the meat out of each half, and do balls or cut into chunks for the party. The second half of the watermelon can be the lid for the grill. Make a handle for it by screwing a drawer knob into it. If needed, secure the knob – from the underside – by putting a tiny nut on it, or by simply wrapping some tape around it.
There are many different fruits that you can feature on the barbecue grill, including banana slices, pineapple chunks, assorted colors of grapes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, watermelon and even kiwi. Slice large fruits but skewer small fruits without cutting them. Skewers can be painted on the ends with a black, permanent but non-toxic marker, to add to the look of the grill grate.
Make legs for barbecue grill by either using lengths of celery or wooden skewers. Cut three of either one and make sure they are all the same length. Turn the watermelon shell upside-down, make a hole for each leg, and then insert the pegs or celery sticks.
Create skewers full of fruits to finish the barbecue grill. Skewer an assortment of fruits on each stick and then place it in the empty watermelon shell. To do so, push one end of the skewer into the side of the melon (from the inside, out), and then back the skewer up to insert the opposite end of it into the opposite side of the melon.
If you’ve already made a watermelon punch bowl, a watermelon animal, a watermelon with writing on it, and others, do something different at this year’s summer party. Make a barbecue grill with featured fruits and you’ll feed your hungry guests while creating a lasting watermelon memory!