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Make a fresh fruit bouquet

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Make a fresh fruit bouquet
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A fresh fruit bouquet is fun to make and is a great centrepiece to have at a party or BBQ. And you can eat it!
 
 

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What you need:
  • A foam ball to fit the vase or decorative flower pot you will put the final bouquet in. Make sure the vase/pot has a wide or solid base to hold the weight of the finished bouquet.
  • Melon baller
  • 2 large cookie cutters: one heart and one flower
  • Skewers and toothpicks
  • a small seedless watermelon
  • a rockmelon
  • a honeydew melon
  • a pineapple
  • large strawberries
  • large purple seedless grapes
  • an iceberg lettuce
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    Shape the foam ball with a serrated bread knife so it will fit into the vase. If you're using a glass vase loosely stuff it with extra lettuce leaves or even coloured cellophane. Cover the foam ball with lettuce leaves and secure them with toothpicks.
    The rest of this could take as long as an hour to cut out and assemble so keep the lettuce-covered foam ball and vase in the fridge while you make the 'flowers'.
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    Prepare the fruit by cutting a few 2cm-ish wide slices from the watermelon, rockmelon, honeydew and the pineapple (horizontal). You don't need to peel anything, since you'll be cutting shapes from the slices with the cookie cutters. Leave some of the melons whole so you can use them for melon balls.
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    Cut out pink hearts from the watermelon and cut flowers out of the rockmelon, pineapple, and honeydew with the cookie cutters. Cut little balls out of each fruit with the melon baller to use for centres of the flowers and hearts and on the smaller skewers. Evenly slice the tops off the strawberries.
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    Finally, cut a lot of skewers in half with scissors, as these half-size skewers of strawberries, grapes, and various melon balls will help fill out the bouquet. Poke skewers firmly into the foam ball through the lettuce without the fruit on them. It's much easier to push the skewers in first and then thread the fruit on later- though you will want to thread some of the big ones first.
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    Space the skewers evenly, putting tall ones towards the back or centre. Fill in with half-size skewers. Thread the cut fruit onto the skewers. Move them if you need until you like what you see. There are no rules here so go for it! When you're done, keep the bouquet in the fridge until you need it.
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