Fruit Centerpiece Ideas

Here is a terrific variation of my Pineapple Palm Tree Centerpiece Idea!

Monkey Pineapple Palm Tree Centerpiece

Pineapple Palm Tree Centerpiece with Monkeys

Here is the link to my original post:  Vickie’s Pineapple Palm Tree Centerpiece Ideas

I’m always looking for creative new ideas to “Make Life Special”!  This Monkey Pineapple Palm Tree would be a great centerpiece for a luau or even a kid’s party!  You can watch my YouTube Video and see just how easy a Pineapple Palm Tree is to make:  Pineapple Palm Tree Centerpiece Ideas .

Here are some tips to remember when making the Pineapple Palm Tree:

  • Don’t try to do this ahead of time.  Once a pineapple is cut, it will become mushy when you refrigerate it.  This is easy to make so just plan on making it about an hour or two ahead of the party and let it sit out at room temperature.
  • Build the Pineapple Palm Tree Centerpiece on a tray that can catch all of the juice that will drain out of the pineapples.
  • Look for pineapples on sale – there are some great prices on pineapples this time of year and this is an inexpensive entertaining idea.
  • Fresh pineapples can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 days.
  • Pineapple is low in calories, has no fat and is an excellent source of Vitamin C.
  • Any extra pineapple you have after making the fruit centerpiece can be cut into bite-sized pieces and used on your fruit tray.
  • If you have a “green thumb” you may want to grow your own pineapple plant.  It’s easy to do and makes a great houseplant!  You just twist the leafy crown off of the pineapple, let it dry for about a week and then plant it in a pot. You will have several leafy crown left over when you make the Pineapple Palm Tree so this would be a great use for them. after they are growing, they would make great hostess gifts!

Pineapple Palm Tree Centerpiece Ideas

Have the hottest summer party on the block!  My Pineapple Palm Tree Centerpiece Ideas along with a fruit tray and Pina Colada Dip will make your party a hit!

Looking for some great summertime centerpiece ideas?  Well, my Pineapple Palm Tree Fruit Tray is the hottest new entertaining idea for this summer!  

If you are planning a summer wedding or a party with a tropical theme, my Pineapple Palm Tree Fruit Tray is the perfect centerpiece for the table!  

Vickies Pineapple Palm Tree and Garden 

Your guests will be amazed that you made this yourself!  And…no one has to know how simple this is to make!  Whether you are on a budget or host a grand extravaganza, these pineapple palm tree centerpiece ideas will be a big hit!  You can make one as I have done here, or make several and group together on a large table.  

It is so easy to make a Pineapple Palm Tree..just follow my step by step directions.  You can also watch my video “Pineapple Palm Tree Centerpiece Ideas”.


Start by selecting four pineapples and cut the tops and bottoms off of them.  You will discard all of these pieces EXCEPT one of the tops.  This will be the top of the Pineapple Palm Tree so cut this top off about 1/4 of the way down on the pineapple so you have some extra pineapple for support.

Making the Pineapple Palm Tree

Place the bottom pineapple for the base on your tray.  This pineapple will NOT be cored.  Try to cut the pineapples very straight so that they will sit upright and not lean or topple over.

The next three pineapples will be cored.  Insert a knife into each pineapple by going from the top down to the bottom and cut around the inside and remove it. ( You will cut the usable part of the pineapple into chunks and put it on your fruit tray.  Only the hard inside core has to be discarded) 

Core the Pineapple Coring the Pineapple

 

Now you will begin to stack the pineapples.  The pineapple that was not cored will be on the bottom.  You will use wooden skewers to secure the stacked pineapples.

Wooden Skewers for Assembling the Pineapple Palm Tree

 I inserted   5   12″ skewers into the bottom pineapple.   Stack the second pineapple on to of the bottom pineapple base, making sure the skewers secure into the top pineapple.

Next, insert at least 4 of the 9 inch skewers into the second pineapple, leaving each skewer sticking halfway out.  Now position the third pineapple over the skewers and push it down on top of the second pineapple.  Continue by adding the fourth pineapple to the stack.  Insert skewers into the top pineapple and attach the top with the pineapple leaves on it.  

Palm leaves ( I ordered these from my local florist for about $1 per leaf ) are the perfect finishing touch for the palm tree.  The palm leaves can just be pushed into the top of the pineapple leaves.  However, if your Pineapple Palm Tree is going to be  displayed for several hours, you may want to use your hot glue gun and put a small amount of hot glue onto each palm leaf tip before you insert it into the top.  I also like to poke two or three holes into the top of the pineapple and insert palm leaves that will be sticking out from the palm tree.  This gives it a more realistic look when all of the palm leaves are not going straight up from the top.  

Adding Palm Leaves to Pineapple Palm Tree

The Pineapple Palm Tree is very stable when you make it this way.  In fact, it takes a little bit of effort to disassemble it!    

Be sure to watch my “how-to” video for making the Pineapple Palm Tree.  You will see me assemble it every step of the way!

Vickie's Pineapple Palm Tree

 

For an added touch, I made a pineapple boat and served my yummy Pina Colada  Dip in it!  I also made Watermelon Hearts for the fruit tray.   Remember, “Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!”   

Make a Tiered Buffet Server for Your Holiday Table

Here is another great idea for a buffet server that you can easily make yourself.   This is a tiered buffet server centerpiece on a Holiday Dessert Table at a party I recently attended.  This was  made this with mirrors and hurricanes filled with ornaments!  The candles added so much sparkle!  I LOVE this idea!   I have seen similar items in catalogs for over $300.00 and this is so simple to make.

Start with a piece of mirror for the base.  You can buy these in all shapes and sizes at craft stores.  I like to have several pieces of mirrored glass on my table or buffet to reflect the light and add interest.  As you can see in this photo, the candles are reflected beautifully in the mirrored base.  Next, add hurricane four globes and fill the hurricanes with holiday ornaments.  Top the hurricanes with another piece of mirrored glass.  Set a cake stand on top of this piece of mirrored glass and add desserts to the cake stand and also on the mirror.  Add a smaller cake stand to the top and finish off with a holiday decoration such as this small tinsel  Christmas tree.  

Individual desserts are displayed perfectly on this buffet server.  It is easy for your guests to select the desserts they want.  Just be sure to replenish the buffet server during the party and have plenty of desserts made ahead of time so everyone gets what they want.  Allow at least two to three individual desserts per person at a party.  Some people will only take one but you will find that others may take five or six!  

What are some good ideas for individual desserts?  Brownies, individual puddings, and  chocolates are  just a few suggestions.  You can also buy small individual glass serving pieces to make your dessert buffet really impressive.  Be sure to include small serving spoons on the buffet as well. 

If any of my readers use this idea over the holidays, please send me the pictures so I can feature them.  Happy Holidays!  

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