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I was never really great at carving pumpkins, watermelons, or other foods, so I always had to figure out other ways to make use of such things at a party. And now, summer is coming again, and it’s time for me to figure out something to do with the party watermelon. I’m not good at carving but I can definitely make simplistic cuts. If you can, too, you’ll adore a fun project that brings unusual, cool, and refreshing, right to your party food table. A watermelon hedgehog is a table centerpiece, a fruit bowl, and a fun element, that nearly anyone can make.
It’s nice when you can make a centerpiece out of food because, then, you don’t have to worry about flowers. And what better centerpiece for a summer party table than a watermelon? But when you turn the watermelon into a hedgehog, you put a smile on the face of every guest, while treating them to refreshing fruit.
Either a round or an oblong watermelon will work. Set it on a wadded towel so it won’t roll and cut into the top of the melon. About a third of the way from one end, cut straight down into the fruit, and then over to the side. Go back to where you started and cut to the opposite side. Then, cut down the length of each side, and up the end of the watermelon, so that you remove nearly the whole top of the fruit. There should be about a third of the shell that remains on top.
Cut the meat out of the melon in large pieces. As you remove the melon, lay the pieces on a plate, and cut each large piece into smaller squares. When you’re finished, put a bunch of the cubes in the bottom of the melon, and then put toothpicks in the squares that remain. Put the fruit pieces on top to cover the ones with no picks. Position the watermelon cubes that do have toothpicks so that they stick up and out, to create the quills.
Make a face for the hedgehog by cutting a triangle out of a rind piece that you cut from the top. Use toothpicks to connect the triangle to the end of the watermelon that has the rind still on top; it will be the face. Use another toothpick to put a blueberry on the tip of the nose. Put a blueberry where each eye should go, cut four pieces to be feet, and then the hedgehog fruit plate is done. But if you want, put blueberries – and/or other fruits – in with the watermelon cubes.