This fruit party food post is courtesy of our contributor Chantelle…When I am planning a party for my kids, one menu I always have is fruit. It is one of the first things to disappear off the food table and is always well received by kids and parents alike. I love that it comes in a variety of great colors and there are so many great ways to dress it up to fit your party theme.
1. Creative Fruit Platters
Chances are you are already going to the effort of washing and cutting fruit, so why not take a little extra time to artfully arrange it on the platter. For a rainbow themed shower I hosted, I arranged my fruit in a semi-circle on large platters to mimic a rainbow. It took very little extra effort, and looked great up front and center on the table.
A ninja turtle or other characters are also easy to create with a round platter and the right color of fruit. For the eyes I simply filled plastic shot glasses with vanilla Greek yogurt and added a blueberry in the center.
Having an Olympic party? Here I went with fruit in the Olympic colors and simply put them in small white bowls to form the Olympic rings. I have also filled these bowls in red, green and yellow fruits to create a stoplight effect for a vehicle themed party in the past.
2. Fruit Cups
I love food presented in individual servings. It looks pretty and makes things easy for guests. Sturdy paper baking cups or plastic cups make the perfect containers to serve fruit out of for easy grab-and-go fruit cups.
This would also be a great idea for a fun, but healthy, birthday treat for your child to share at school.
3. Fruit Skewers
There is just something so fun and elegant about fruit skewers. I did these basic ones for a beach play date we had and all the kids loved being able to eat their fruit off a stick.
For my son’s Super Mario themed party, I used grapes and strawberries to create these great piranha plant inspired skewers.
TIP: For the skewers, I always use wooden coffee stir sticks so there are no sharp edges for those little mouths.
4. Unique Serving Dishes
Fruit doesn’t need to be arranged in a bowl or on a platter. Look for unique serving vessels for your fruit such as these cardboard berry baskets I used at a Teddy Bear Picnic I hosted.
Skewered fruit could be placed in a vase or bucket or you could even poke finished skewers into a half cut melon as my good friends did for this beautiful fruit arrangement they brought to a bridal shower I hosted.
If you are feeling extra ambitious, you could even try carving out a watermelon and using that as your serving bowl. There are lots of great examples and ideas online.
5. Cookie Cutters
Cookie cutters are another great way to add interest to fruit and turn it into something a little unexpected on a party table. For my daughter’s recent Princess Garden party, I used small heart and star shaped cutters to create watermelon shapes for the fruit “wands” I served.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to serving fruit. It makes for a good menu item no matter what time of day and is a healthy accompaniment to all the cake, cookies and candy at a party. Present it in one of these fun and interesting ways and I guarantee it will be one of the first things to disappear off the food table at your next party.
We’d like to send a huge THANK YOU to Chantelle for sharing these delicious & healthy ideas with us. There are a lot more where this came from – visit her on Facebook to see the latest ideas for fun crafts, party ideas and more!