How to Make a Shaped Fruit Platter
Fruit platters are the perfect dish for a potluck, a picnic or any other party. In the summer, fruit cools down your guests with a refreshing treat, and in the winter, fresh fruit brings a bit of summer into the festivities.
You can't go wrong with a fruit tray, and, with the wide variety of fruit that is available at grocery stores year round, there is something that will please everyone.
Next time you take fruit to an event, instead of putting it in a bowl, try one of these shaped fruit platter ideas. It will add whimsy to any buffet table and be the hit of the party!
Fruit tray ideas
Graduation Cap, Graduation Year (each number could be a different fruit)
Butterfly, Balloons (make each oval balloon a different fruit and have a ribbon leading down to a bowl of fruit dip), Number for the age
Christmas tree, Star, Bell
Pacifier, Baby Bottle
Supplies you'll need
- Large piece(s) of cardboard or foam board, the sturdier the better
- Knife (serrated works well with cardboard)
- Plastic wrap
- Aluminum foil
- Save your heavy duty cardboard boxes for this project.
- The trays can get heavy, so if your cardboard is too flimsy, make sure to assemble on top of a large board or tray. It will be easier to carry.
- Don't use any surface that you want to use again. The juice from the fruit may leak through.
- Use lots of different colors and fruit on your platter.
Assembling the fruit tray
- Sketch the platter shape you want to use on the cardboard. Make adjustments as desired.
- Using scissors and knife, cut out the shape. Do not worry about uneven edges because they will be covered by plastic wrap and foil.
- Cover top completely with plastic wrap, taping to the underside of the tray for security.
- Cover plastic wrap with aluminum foil, taping to the underside of the tray for security. Smooth edges and corners as desired.
- Start assembling the fruit tray. Make a nice design using the different fruits. You may need to cut some of the fruit into smaller pieces or various shapes to fit.
- Finish up the platter and cover until ready to serve.
This platter is nice on it's own, but is even better with a bowl of fruit dip.
- Try this marshmallow fruit dip for the perfect accompaniment: Easy Marshmallow Fruit Dip - Basic Recipe and Five Variations
- Melt some chocolate for a delicious dip.
- A bowl of fresh whipped cream makes a nice light dip.
Fruits to use
Not every fruit lends itself to a fruit platter that will be sitting out for a while.
Here are some that hold up well to sitting out on a buffet table, and some that aren't so great.
Good fruits to use
Fruits that don't hold up well
Apples - brown quickly
Pears - brown quickly
Grapes - they make great fillers and come in different colors
Bananas - brown quickly and turn mushy
Plums - brown quickly
Kiwi - fantastic green color
Cherries - look great, but have pits which are not great for party guests
Melon - comes in beautiful colors
Raspberries - look and taste great but soften quickly
Star fruit - adds great texture
Peaches - brown quickly
Try a shaped fruit tray at your next party
It is healthy and delicious, and can be used as a side dish, or put on the dessert table. People of all ages love it, and, best of all, no cooking is required.
© 2013 Claudia Mitchell