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This isn’t something the Damsel ever saw her grandma do. Still, it keeps with the spirit of the Old School’s purpose, because it’s a creative, new use of a basic item. In other words, use what you have. Make it something more.

The Damsel’s daughters made fresh fruit into flowers. Amazing! First, they saw a picture that looked something like this:

Because they are fearless, they said, “We could make these ourselves. We could make LOTS of these and use them for centerpieces at sprog #3’s wedding. People can eat them. It will be fun.”

The Damsel is ashamed to admit she was afraid. She was afraid they’d look funny. She was afraid people would think the centerpieces were weird and not eat them. She was also afraid people would eat them faster than they could be replenished.

The Damsel hated to forbid the daughters on the basis of her own fear. Then she got a brainwave. “Go right ahead, daughters. But first, how about making a prototype? Then we’ll see how much time it will take.” She sat back with a smug smile. She knew they would struggle to make fruit look like flowers. She knew they’d see it would be time consuming and not look like the professional version at all. They’d decide on their own that this was crazy, and it wouldn’t be the Damsel saying no. It would be their own decision.

A day or so later, sprogs #2 and #3 happily reported that the prototype turned out great, didn’t take too long, and was pretty cheap to boot. Eeek!

Remember the adorable cookie cutters from This Post? They definitely came in handy for this project. (www.annclark.com)

Pineapples were sliced, leaving their cores intact. Flower-shaped cookie cutters made this step easy. (Slightly underripe pineapple cut easier.) Cantaloupe balls formed the centers.

Placing something across the cookie cutter helped to press it down evenly.

Wedges of honeydew were cut freeform with a corrugated cutter thingy.

These were assembled on skewers with cubes of other melon types.

Statistics revealed grapes were eaten at a high percentage rate.

Orange slices, skewered. Also, strawberries. (Some people have cut an x slit in the top of the strawberry and inserted a piece of marshmallow for additional flowerishness. We didn’t.

Our sweet serving girls attended the tables throughout the evening, bringing out fresh skewers so the centerpieces stayed looking good. The Damsel’s fears were for naught.

The fruit scraps were blended up into delicious wedding punch. Waste not, want not. Grandma would have smiled.

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  • Those are so fun!
    .-= Kristina P.´s last blog ..Glamour Shots Gone Wild! Blog Carnival! =-.

    • damsel

      Thanks, Kristina!

  • Dang. I wish I’d done that at my wedding.
    So they’re incredibly brave AND they make it look sooooo easy. I will never be able to order from Edible Arrangements with an easy conscience again.
    .-= WonderWomna´s last blog ..Breakfast =-.

    • damsel

      Yes but you had a live elephant. Nothing tops that.

  • Those edible arrangements look so neat. I always wondered if they would be as easy to put together as I thought. I honestly never thought of using cookie cutters for the flower shapes. I thought they would just be cut free hand. I have so much to learn.

    What a great idea for wedding centerpieces!
    .-= Nikol´s last blog ..Carnival of Awesome =-.

    • damsel

      Yes, it seems they aren’t too hard after all. The girls did cut the prototype “freehand” but the cookie cutters made things much easier.

  • Love these tips & tricks. Featured this post on my blog today http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/04/fruit-cut-flowers.html
    .-= Kimi´s last blog ..Fruit Cut Flowers =-.

  • Mom

    They were amazingly beautiful and ever so delicious! But the best bonus was the bonding time enjoyed by the makers of these awesome treats!

  • Really great!!!
    .-= NatureGirl´s last blog ..What Newton Learned From The Twinkie That Fell On His Head =-.

    • damsel

      Thanks! I can’t wait to read about Twinkies. 🙂

  • How fantastic!
    .-= Jocelyn´s last blog ..FHE In a Teepee =-.

  • Oh wow! So cool! And tasty sweet I’m sure! They are braver than me. I don’t know if I would have done it!
    .-= Serene´s last blog ..The Good Life =-.

  • A “blog award” for you, my Lady! http://beinglds.blogspot.com/2010/04/just-for-funa-blog-award.html
    .-= Jocelyn´s last blog ..FHE In a Teepee =-.

  • My husband got one of these for his birthday last year. I’m impressed you figured out how to make them, and did such a good job!
    .-= Charlotte´s last blog ..How to have a successful day at the zoo. =-.

  • How clever!! I could see why you were afraid, though. : )
    .-= Amber´s last blog ..Could You Spare a Sec? =-.

  • Those look yummy! Looking forward to connecting with you at CBC10 🙂

  • Kassie

    Very cute and creative. Props to your sprogs!

  • Why do my hands look so old and vein-y?
    It was fun to do!

  • holy cow this looks amazing!!

    • damsel

      thanks! I was petrified but everything turned out ok. Whew!

  • Fun! You did such a good job.
    .-= Valerie M.´s last blog ..Easy Fiesta Chicken Appetizer Squares =-.

  • rocky

    I love edible arrangements. They are my favorite.

  • Very impressive. I’ve seen those arrangements go for a lot of money.

  • Grammarnazi

    Stop using past and passive tense!! 

    • thedamselindisdress

      The Damsel apologizes for the pain she’s caused you. Grammar Nazis would indeed find the convolutions of 3rd person writing painful. If it hurts this much to read, just think how painful it was to write! 🙂
      The Damsel

  • Flo

    Can you fiix any of this ahead of time?

    • thedamselindisdress

      Hi Flo,

      I apologize it’s taken me about a hundred years to respond to this. When we made these, we made them the day before and refrigerated them, but I wouldn’t think they would be awesome much older than a day or so.
      Hope that helps.
      Margot (The Damsel)

      • Flo

        I cut the shapes the day before & refrigerated; the made the creation at the party. it was a SUCCESS for the a first timer!

        • thedamselindisdress

          Hooray! I’m so glad to hear that.

          Margot (The Damsel)