Making a watermelon centerpiece is a fun way to display fruit on the
table for a backyard barbeque, birthday, anniversary, wedding buffet table, or any other type of party. The best thing about this fruit centerpiece is
there's no bowl to wash after the party! Who wouldn't like that feature?
Making a watermelon bowl is a pretty simple thing to do. I've provided easy step-by-step instructions and photos below for making a basic watermelon basket.
If you're up to the task, try your hand at a really creative and unique watermelon centerpiece. There are amazing designs that some people have come up with! I recently discovered this wonderful site. The ideas are awesome! I'm really going to have to try one of them for our next party. Loved the turtle!
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Using a sharp, long bladed, carving knife remove slightly less than 1/4 of the melon. Be sure to cut an inch or two from center, as you need to leave part of melon in tact to make the basket "handle".
Repeat step #1 except on the opposite side.
Since you won't be able to fit all of the watermelon plus the other fruits back into the bowl when done, you may want to wrap up these 2 wedges and save for snacking on later.
Or, you can use an ice cream scoop to make melon "sherbet" balls and serve them in ice cream dishes, like the ones shown here in this photo.
Super cute idea for using your leftover melon.
Using a melon ball tool or a spoon, scoop out the melon. Place melon balls in a large bowl and put aside.
Scrape the inside of melon to remove any excess and make it neat looking.
Next, using a pumpkin carving tool or small knife, cut a decorative edge along the sides and handle. Scalloped edges look pretty, but straight cuts are much easier. You can decide based on your skill level.
NOTE: If you accidentally cut a piece off...and it does happen... you can use a toothpick to put it back into place.
Now that you are done carving your beautiful watermelon centerpiece, you are ready to fill it!
To the bowl of melon that you put aside, add additional fruit to it. You can use grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries... or any other fruit you'd like. Mix together gently.
Fill your watermelon basket with the mixed fruit and serve!
If you'd like, you can add a ribbon or raffia bow to the handle.
WHAT SIZE WATERMELON SHOULD I USE?
Any size watermelon can be used. Base it upon the number of people being served, or if you want leftover fruit salad. Grocery stores now carry "personal" size melons that would make cute smaller versions perfect for serving to a smaller group...maybe 2-6 people. I have not tried making a small one myself yet, but don't see why it wouldn't work.
SHOULD I USE A SEEDLESS WATERMELON OR NOT?
I prefer to buy the seedless variety since they only contain a few of the smaller white seeds. No black seeds means no one having to spit them out! The seedless variety do tend to cost a bit more so it's your choice.
CAN I MAKE MY WATERMELON CENTERPIECE AHEAD OF TIME?
Yes. Although freshly prepared is...well, freshly prepared. I always think fresh is best. However, since it's likely you aren't going to have time on the day of your party to cut up all that fruit AND design your watermelon basket, you CAN prepare it the night before. The key to success is: