If you’re hosting a party or event, you’re probably working with some type of budget. Don’t bust it on your décor. Instead, choose edible decorations that can pull double duty — they spruce the place up and feed your crowd. You’ll save money and end up with less to throw away when the party’s over.
Decor you can eat
Flowers are expensive and don’t last long. Instead, make an easy edible arrangement from your favorite fruits. The bright colors and fun shapes make a big impact, and the delicious fruit gives your guests something healthy to snack on. Set one on each table as an edible centerpiece. All you’ll need is fruit, wood or bamboo skewers and a vase.
Use a melon baller to create spheres of watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe, then stick those melon balls on the ends of the skewers. To give your arrangement some depth, stack some of the skewers with two or three of the melon balls. Stick grapes and strawberries with skewers as well, stacking at least four or five grapes to a skewer, mixing green and red.
For the final touch, use a flower-shaped cookie cutter to cut slices of pineapple into flowers. If you don’t have a cookie cutter, you can cut out this shape yourself with a sharp knife. Place a melon ball in the center of the pineapple flower and stick a skewer through the whole thing. Arrange the skewered fruit in a vase and set the arrangement out for guests to see, eat and enjoy.
Herb planters need to be put together weeks or even months before your event so they have to time to grow, fill in and establish themselves in the planter. They’re worth the work, though, because your guests will love to harvest their own dinner seasonings. They can also be reused at several events since the herbs will continue to grow as long as they are taken care of.
Gather a tasty and beautiful variety of herbs, such as basil, cilantro, rosemary and anything else you like. Arrange them in a pretty planter with soil and provide them with plenty or light and water to grow. On the day of your event, simply place the arrangement on your table and encourage your guests to pick whatever they like to add flavor to their dish.
Fruits and veggies
Plain old fruits and vegetables can make a big impact when they’re displayed just right. Use clear bowls and vases with a selection of fruits and vegetables selected to match your event for a look that’s classy and subtle.
Choose sleek, tube vases for a modern look, or round bowls and pretty platters for a more country-chic décor. Fill the vessels with apples and pears for a fall event, or peppers of different colors for a fiesta. In the summer, use peaches, plums or anything else that’s bright and in season.
If your guests don’t munch on the fillers during your event, set out bags and encourage them to take some home. This way, you’ve wrapped décor, food and party favors into one.
When you decorate with food, guests may hesitate to dig in, for fear of ruining your decor. Reassure your guests that it’s there for them to eat and enjoy.