“But the FRUIT of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such things there is no law.”
I have a major love affair with fruit. One of my favorite breakfasts is a waffle topped with peanut butter and colorful fresh fruit then drizzled with honey until it sparkles a bit. How could anyone doubt the existence of God at that moment? 🙂 I am also the gal who offers to bring the fruit tray to every family event. It’s a crowd favorite, folks, and healthy to boot!
During this season of spring celebrations…Mother’s Day, graduations, birthdays and the beginning of BBQ season…let’s go crazy and think outside the “tray.” Have a little fun with your presentation. I promise it will bring a smile to everyone, and don’t we all need a few more smiles? Here are four fresh ideas to inspire you.
1. Repurpose your angel food cake pan.
A quick peek through my kitchen cupboards prompted me to grab my old angel food cake pan to see what I could do with it. It is nice and deep to hold a lot of fruit without losing any over the sides…perfect for easy toting to a picnic. I thought that it would be so cool to perch a little bowl for dip in the center, but since I didn’t really have anything, I headed to Goodwill to see what I could find.
I picked up two little turquoise bowls for under $2! Don’t you love the happy color with the fruit! (And its perfect with my vintage tablecloth!) A cork glued to the bottom of one of the bowls worked great to insert into the hole at the top of the pan to keep it from falling off. And the cork popped right off when I was done! I tucked a strawberry into the dip for garnish with a teeny paper flag; because, well, little paper flags should pretty much be added to everything. 🙂
2. Go disposable.
How many times have you forgotten to grab your tray when you leave a party? Or feel guilty taking it if you leave early? Use your Hobby Lobby coupons and pick up some cute biodegradable, disposable items that you can leave behind.
Fill each little cardboard bowl with a different fruit and your dip. Notice that I tucked chocolate chips into the raspberries for a little extra sweet surprise! I decided to plant a little succulent into one of the bowls to add some whimsy that doubles as a host or hostess gift! (Manners matter after all. ) At the end of the party, your host can toss everything and keep a new little plant friend.
You could even skip the cardboard tray and scatter the individual bowls across the table. JUST AS CUTE!!!
3. Use a silverware caddy.
How fab is this bright pink silverware caddy? I picked it up at Goodwill, too, for 99 cents! I plopped a little silk flower in the corner to give it a feminine touch. This is so simple and bright….perfect for a little girl’s birthday party or a women’s bible study brunch.
4. Grab your wide mouth pint jars.
Talk about a simple way to carry your fruit. Fill each jar with fruit or dip, pop the lid on, tuck them into a basket, and YOU ARE OFF!! These would also be great plopped into a big bucket of ice to keep them chilled. I hung little clear tongs on each jar to add some cuteness, but overall kept this pretty simple. Fruit is just simply beautiful on its own.
Now for the amazing fruit dip recipe!! This was given to me by my beautiful friend Shana years ago. It has become a staple at our house for special occasions. It could not be easier to prepare. ENJOY!!
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Happy May y’all!! Enjoy your family and friends and all of the festivities that this month brings. God bless!!!