Amazing Centerpieces for Your Summer Party Table

Welcome to the 269th Metamorphosis Monday!

How was your weekend? Spring has arrived in Georgia and the last few days have been really pretty. I’ve started working on a new project so I spent the weekend down in the basement priming and painting some 1 x 6 boards. If this project turns out the way I want it to, I’ll be sharing it soon. If not, forget you ever saw this picture! ;)

Primed and Painted Wood

 

I also updated the seasonal footer this weekend, so if you’re in the mood for a little spring/Easter inspiration, scroll down to the bottom of the BNOTP home page where you’ll find links to lots of springtime posts.

Seasonal Footer at BNOTP

Playing with Food

Do you ever play with your food? I mean REALLY play with it! Recently, I received some pictures from Dot showing some amazing food transformations.  I’m not sure if you would call this “Food Art” but I think some of these could probably qualify as art! I wanted to share the photos with you for this Met Monday because a few of these actually looked “doable.” Before we get to the doable ones, let me show you two that are just mind-boggling.

Is this not amazing? I couldn’t carve this out of wood, much less a watermelon!

Carved Watermelon Couple on Bench

 

I loved this one! Can’t imagine the time it must have taken to carve something like this!

Carved Tropical Watermelon Design

 

Okay, starting here, the rest of these look like something we (yes, I’m talking to you!) could actually pull off. I need your help figuring out how some of these are made.

Check this out! To me it looks like the bicycle wheels are two cheesecakes or pies covered with fruit. We could do that, right? Then it looks like they made a layered cake and cut sections of the cake out to form the other parts of the bicycle. I love how they shaped the seat and added berries on top. This might take a little time to make but I think it’s doable.

Food Art Bicycle

 

These cracked me up! Cauliflower and broccoli poodles would be a sneaky way to get kids to eat their veggies.  The legs may be held on with toothpicks. Got any ideas of other ways to attach the legs other than with a toothpick? Maybe they carved a little hole out of the stem and attached the leg that way. What do you think?

Poodles Made From Broccoli and Cauliflower

 

Another cute one for the kiddos. This would be pretty easy to duplicate.

Food Art Fish Made from Berries

 

Love these mice-inspired baked potatoes! Wouldn’t kids love this? Heck, even the adults would love ‘em. Again, looks pretty easy to make with carrots, peas and some spaghetti noodles. An ice pick would be helpful for making the holes for the noodle whiskers.

Potato Mice

 

These cute lady bugs would be great to serve at a party or to take to a party. I’m guessing they are made using cherry tomatoes that have been halved and then partially halved again to created the separation for the wings. I’m thinking those may be black olives cut in half for the little head? The spots may be pieces of black olive, too. What do you think? It’s kind of fun trying to figure these out, isn’t it?  :) Do you think that’s smoked salmon underneath? I just love this! I guess Mrs. Lady Bug is supposed to be chowing down on some leaves. :)

Lady Bugs Made From Tomatoes and Olives

 

This would make a great centerpiece or display for a summertime party. Just slice up some kiwi, bananas and tangerines and you’re all set.

Food Art Palm Trees

 

If I have a party this summer, I want to make this. Help me out here, does it look like the kiwi is in a congealed mold of some sort. It looks like they placed kiwi around the inside of a big bowl and then added whatever the white stuff is that’s underneath. But what is that? Do you think this is a cheese dip or something that’s congealed? We have to figure it out because I’d love to make it this summer.

Turtle Cheese Dip for Party

 

If anyone knows where these pictures are from, let me know so I can add that to the post. A few have writing on them but I can’t read it.

 

My Amateur Attempts

Two of the past three summers I’ve created a carved watermelon centerpiece. I’m linking to the tutorials I wrote showing how to make them in case you would like to make them, too.

It’s a little hard to see in this photo but in the summer of 2011 I carved a whale out of a round watermelon for this summer dinner party. You’ll find the tutorial to make one here:  Carve a Watermelon Whale for a Summer Party Centerpiece 

Carved Watermelon Table or Party Centerpiece

 

Last year’s centerpiece was a flower garden surrounded by a white picket fence. This was so much fun to make! You’ll find the tutorial to make this summer-inspired centerpiece here: Create a Fruit Flower-Garden Centerpiece.

Carved Watermelon Flower-Garden Centerpiece

 

So, any ideas on what’s in the turtle dish? I’d love to make him this summer if we can figure it out.

Looking forward to all the Before and Afters linked for this Met Monday!

One on sidebar

If you are participating in Metamorphosis Monday, you will need to link up the “permalink” to your MM post and not your general blog address. To get your permalink, click on your post name, then just copy and paste the address that shows up in the address bar at the top of your blog, into the “url” box for InLinkz.

In order to link up, you’ll need to include a link in your MM post back to the party so the other participants will have an opportunity to receive visits from your wonderful blog readers.

Please observe these few rules:

Only link up Before and After posts that are home, gardening, crafting, painting, sewing, cooking, DIY related.

Do not link up if you’re doing so to promote a website or product.

Do not link up a post that was just linked last week since a lot of readers will have already seen that post.

Do not type in ALL CAPS. It spreads the links waaaay out.





Comments

  1. Susan, I can’t wait to see your new project! Recently, one of your posts inspired the changes to my dining room. I love the inspiration pictures of displaying food! I’m off to pin them now! Thanks for hosting another great link party!

  2. Love those fun fruit and veggie centerpieces! Thanks for hosting. Have a super week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

  3. How amazing!
    Those poodles look do-able – have to pin !
    Thanks for another great party – hope you have
    a wonderful week!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

  4. I love it! And my husband says *I* play with my food! LOL
    Seriously…these are super creative food displays. I hope someone has an idea for the turtle. He does look like he’d be quick and easy to make. And your picket fence edible flower garden….I think that’s my fave. ;)

    Hope your week is filled with extraordinary creativity, Susan!

  5. Wow, those are amazing! I would not want anyone to eat them, though, lol. So pretty and festive. Thinking my kids would love some of them also. Thanks for hosting!!

  6. Omigoodness, those watermelons are amazing! Your whale is cute, too! Thanks so much for hosting, Susan. :)

  7. Hey Susan, love all these cute foodie art photos. The poodles are adorable! I think the turtle is a cream cheese ball of some sort. You might spray a bowl with no-stick cooking spray, put in the cream cheese ball filling, chill, then pop it out. Just a theory! (Sorry if you get this twice, I don’t think it went thru first time)

  8. Wow, those are all so awesome, Susan! I have actually carved the watermelon whale, but that was many years ago. I remember that it was super-cute, though. My “Pastry Chef” DIL does some amazing things with frosting!

    Thanks so much for hosting! How is that new grand baby, by-the-way?

  9. I can’t wait to see what you are going to make out of those boards. These food ideas are ah-mazing, and so much fun to see. I still love your watermelon garden. laurie

  10. The cauliflower and broccoli made me laugh out loud.

  11. Beautiful – edible centerpiece ideas – making food art – I love it! I do appreciate you hosting,
    Kathy

  12. I really enjoyed all the food art! Makes me want to create some and then eat some! ~Ann

  13. Hi Susan! Love those cute ideas with fruit! Maybe that wold encourage the little grands to eat it! lol Thanks for hosting!…hugs…Debbie

  14. Thanks for sharing all the fun food ideas Susan, I love cute food! Lots of eye candy and ideas! Thanks for the fun Monday!

  15. The watermelons truly are amazing! I remember your fruit flowers. Such a cute idea. Thanks for hosting!

  16. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Wow! So many incredible Summer features!
    Thanks so much for hosting, Susan!
    Have a great week,
    Suzanne

  17. Now that is having some fun with food! I love the flower garden you made…so cute. Thanks for hosting. I’m pretty sure it put one of my links in the ‘to be approved’ area saying it didn’t have a link back. Let me know if there is something I need to change so it stops doing that. Though I’m guessing it is a glitch since it didn’t do it with the other links.
    Thanks again,
    KC

  18. So Grammy Susan, these adorable fruit creations will delight your grandson in years to come. My granddaughter was born March 5th, and I will definitely put this posting in a file for future use.
    Isn’t being a grandmother the best? I now have 4…….ages 3, 2, 1 and 3 weeks.

  19. The food art is really fun. When my son was 10 and having a birthday party with his friends he asked for a bunny cake. I thought it was a little strange, but I made an elaborately decorated bunny. He was so embarrassed in front of his friends when I brought it out. He had meant a carrot cake! This is my first time at your Met Monday party Susan. Thanks for hosting!

  20. My gosh some people are so darn creative! I fail to think of doing things like this when I put food together. That idea with the baked potatoes and the fruit would encourage young ones to be more eager about eating some veges and fruit!
    My guess with the turtle is it’s some kind of molded cream cheese? I looked for it on the internet and ran across some turtle shaped desserts made with bananas, coconut and kiwi, none of them had the white background.

  21. This food art is amazing! I would love to do something like this for a party.

  22. Wow, amazing food art. I especially love the fish watermelon. Thanks so much for hosting Met Monday Susan!
    K.

  23. It’s what we do (and love!) franki

  24. My 4yr old son saw me scrolling through the fruit art and started calling out the names; ladybugs! Sea turtle! Spaceship! That’s right your beautiful watermelon fruit basket is a spaceship. He also made me scroll thru the pics 4-5 times he loved them so much ;). Thanks Susan!

  25. Those are incredible and so much fun!

  26. Beautiful display of creativity..you asked about something on the kiwi palm trees that was white..maybe it was in a mold that had knox unflavored gelatin. My dear MIL used to make what they call Spanish Cream using unflavored gelatin. I always saw the finished dessert, never saw her make it. She was the oldest of 12 kids and had to learn to cook at age 9 because her Mother was very sick. growing up Pa. Dutch, you made everything from scratch..no buying pre-made ingredients(box mixes) like we have now. I love Spanish Cream and my DH hates it. Anybody ever heard of it?

  27. Hope you show us that wood project good or bad…I’m so curious! As far as the turtle goes…could that be a cake underneath the kiwi shell? That’s what I would do…looks so darn cute! ;)

  28. Guess my first comment wouldn’t publish. I’m curious as to what you are making with those boards…hope you’ll show us either way. As far as the turtle goes…could that be a cake underneath the kiwi? That’s what I think I would do. All of the fruit sculptures are so darn cute! ;)

  29. Peggy Thal says:

    Such beautiful food! You eat with your eyes. — Very curious to find out what you are building . You are giving us a teaser.

  30. My first time linking up at your wonderful party! now a follower :)
    Thank you for hosting.

  31. Hi Susan, so glad to be back at the party after a two week hiatus. I admire anyone who can turn food into works of art. There is a local company here that makes amazing fruit bouquets and I’ve had the pleasure of receiving a couple and it was hard to eat their masterpieces! You did a great job on yours! Thanks for hosting the party and have a great week!

  32. Linda Page says:

    I love all of the decorative food. I especially like the palm trees. That would be so easy to recreate and I think I will for my next brunch. But the turtle is adorable, too. I think that is a cream cheese ball underneath the kiwi. That would also be an easy one to duplicate. Thanks for sharing. By the way, 40 days and counting!!!!! I am getting so excited. Bring pictures of the grandson, Mom & Dad and you, of course, and I will make you a scrapbook of your first visit with your grandson.

  33. That kiwi looks like it is covering a creme cheese creation. Jello will not set up with kiwi in it.

    There are some pretty fantastic creations here — I am going back and study them.

  34. I have some books by Joost Elffers called Play With Your Food. The creations are inspired and such fun. They really jazz up that potluck dish when you need to take one.

  35. Love the food! I am not a chef, at all….I would much rather decorate my food than cook it! ;) Thanks for the great ideas!

  36. Now that’s art you can really sink your teeth into!
    I love your flower garden with the cute picket fence and plan to make that one as a centerpiece for a spring tea I’m hosting for my friends.
    The turtle is just a cream cheese appetizer ball. Lots of recipes online (pecan, pineapple, sweet pepper one is my favorite) or if you’re just going for the look and don’t care about eating it, you could just put plain cream cheese (try dying it yellow or orange!) in a small, round mixing ball (line bowl with plastic wrap first and you can lift it out easily), chill overnight and the next day just invert onto a plate, peel off plastic wrap and decorate. I suppose you could use a flavored gelatin for the base instead (a lemon or peach flavor would look good with the kiwi) as long as the fruit on top wasn’t too heavy. Tip: to get olive pieces or other pieces of vegees to stick on your creations, just use a dab of cream cheese (bar cream cheese is thicker and works better than whipped).

    • Thanks, Terri! Great tips and ideas! It does look like cream cheese and seems like that’s what a lot of folks are leaning toward. I can’t wait to see your flower garden…send me a picture! :)

  37. Wow! What fun and delicious looking centerpieces…. Thanks for hosting!!!
    :) Have a happy week!!
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  38. I think food art is so neat. It makes it to pretty to eat at parties. Nobody wants to be the first one to mess it up. Thanks for hosting.

    Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

  39. I think it’s something congealed under the kiwi. Many, many moons ago I used to make ribbon salad and there was a white layer between the layers of Jello. Unfortunately I don’t remember what that layer was or where my recipe is. I know, no help. Most of these are doable, except for the bicycle, don’t think I’m quite ready for that one.

  40. Thanks for hosting, Susan! Happy Week to You! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  41. I’d never make it through carving a watermelon. I love it so much I can hardly slice it before I am cutting off pieces to eat while I am still trying to slice! The ones you featured are amazing and would be fun for any party.

    If you don’t finish that project you still have to tell what it is! No fair showing a picture! ;)

  42. Susan, this was such a fun post to read, my favebourite was the little ladie bugs made out of cherrie tomatoes and black olives, so darling. Also thank you for hosting, always a great source for inspiration.
    Ramon
    Rowhouseblog.com

  43. The kiwi turtle has me intrigued. I would just wing it with another mold recipe that would be tasty with the kiwi topping. The cherry tomatoes are more my speed – easy peasy.

  44. Cee Pluse says:

    I just love a challenging internet search! I tracked down the original recipe for you, but unfortunately it is in Czech!

    http://www.mimibazar.sk/recept.php?id=24648

    There are some excellent photos with the recipe, though, and with a bit of translation I managed to figure out the main ingredients in the mold. It seems to be a type of vanilla-flavored curd blancmange, a gelatin mold with cream and fine curd cottage cheese (the latter pushed through a sieve first to make it smooth), The best recipe I could find online is this one:

    http://great-recipe.com/dishes/dessert/curd-blancmange.html

    I think if you just leave out the chocolate and add a little vanilla it would be perfect. It looks like the bottom of the turtle mold is lined with cookies similar to vanilla wafers, and somehow orange slices or mandarin oranges are involved. Good luck and have fun recreating the kiwi turtle mold! I think if you just look at the photos on the original post it should be pretty straightforward. I can’t wait to read about your version!

  45. Cee Pluse says:

    I don’t know if this posted the first time, so I am trying again!

    I just love a challenging internet search! I tracked down the original recipe for you, but unfortunately it is in Czech!

    http://www.mimibazar.sk/recept.php?id=24648

    There are some excellent photos with the recipe, though, and with a bit of translation I managed to figure out the main ingredients in the mold. It seems to be a type of vanilla-flavored curd blancmange, a gelatin mold with cream and fine curd cottage cheese (the latter pushed through a sieve first to make it smooth), The best recipe I could find online is this one:

    http://great-recipe.com/dishes/dessert/curd-blancmange.html

    I think if you just leave out the chocolate and add a little vanilla it would be perfect. It looks like the bottom of the turtle mold is lined with cookies similar to vanilla wafers, and somehow orange slices or mandarin oranges are involved. Good luck and have fun recreating the kiwi turtle mold! I think if you just look at the photos on the original post it should be pretty straightforward. I can’t wait to read about your version!

    • Oh, Cee…thanks so much for finding the recipes! I’m definitely going to make this and when I do, I’ll be sure to take pics to share on the blog. I can just use my chrome browser which will translate the language for me. It looks like a dessert, doesn’t it? And we were all thinking that was cream cheese but it appears to be cottage cheese and sour cream. This should be interesting to make! :) Thanks again for tracking it down!

  46. Wow! Those watermelon sculptures are amazing! So many incredible edible creations! Thanks for hosting! :)

I'd love to hear from you! Please leave a comment!

*