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 from

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

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

Welcome Fall

It’s that time of year again and what better way to say “Welcome !” than with mums and pumpkins decorating your front door entrance for fall!  Let’s welcome friends and family into our homes with some of these great and super easy  fall entertaining ideas:  

Try a baked potato bar.    Just follow my step by step directions for Perfect Baked Potatoes Click here.   Your company can custom make their spuds adding their favorite toppings.  Some of my suggestions are cheese sauce, taco meat, chili, shredded cheeses, bacon bits, jalapeno peppers, butter, sour cream, salt and pepper.

Have a salad buffet.  Guests can bring various fruit, pasta or veggie salads and you can provide the Iced tea.  Why not try Southern Peach Tea or Southern Sweet Tea.

Host a Chili Cook Off:  Ask your guests to bring their favorite chili.  You provide the crackers and condiments and drinks.  Everyone can sample all of the chili and vote for favorites!  Or, you can cook my super easy chili recipe, (Click here for the recipe) and your guests can bring various desserts.

Invite friends to join in the fun of a dessert buffet. Everyone can bring a dessert – an assortment of cookies, pies and cakes – and you can provide the coffee, hot cocoa or flavored teas.  I can guarantee lots of happy guests with this party!

Doughnuts and Cider Bash:  Serve hot spiced cider and doughnuts.  You can buy and assortment of doughnuts at the bakery or make my quick Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs.  Click here for that easy recipe:  Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs.

Wine and Cheese Party:  Make a quick cheese tray or an easy cheese ball and serve lots of crackers for tasting.  Try my easy Cheese Ball  – Click here for the recipe. Offer a red wine and a white wine.  Here’s a fun idea on serving the white wine:  Hollow out a pumpkin, line it with plastic wrap, and fill it with ice.  This will hold one or two bottles of white wine and is easy, easy easy!  Just prop the lid of the pumpkin up next to it.

These are just a few ideas to get you started.  Entertaining friends in your home doesn’t have to be difficult.  It’s really all about the special times you can create by bringing people together in your home.

Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!  






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