Peeled to Perfection: DIY Centerpieces

Related To:

pineapple flower vase

LH_FN03_Pineapple1.tif

Prop Stylist: Anna Beckman

You’ve juiced the lemons for your lemonade and into the trash the peels go. If you're a lover of all things DIY, you know a DIY tabletop opportunity was just missed. This summer, as you’re setting the table for your next summer-lovin’ soiree, keep in mind that the freshest tabletop ideas may be as close as your kitchen counter.

Instead of stacking the table high with pricey candlestick holders, high-maintenance flower arrangements, you name it, use something that’s already in your kitchen: vibrant, colorful fruit. With some ingenuity and bare-bones expertise, you can transform a rind, peel or even the fruit itself into a stellar centerpiece.

Really, it’s simple. Try hollowing out a pineapple for a textured and tropical flower vase. Or, if you’re more of a citrus person, use juiced lemon, lime or orange rinds to create glowing candleholders. And rest assured that none of these juicy fruits are wasted in the process; you make and create as you eat.

And that’s just the beginning of these fruitful centerpieces. Head to Food Network’s Summer Entertaining Guide for more fun fruit ideas straight from your produce aisle.

Next Up

These Easy Recipes Will Make Your Next Pool Party a Breeze

Everything will go just swimmingly with these creative ideas!

6 Party-Ready Ways to Take Watermelon Off the Rind — Summer Soiree

Take watermelon off the rind in celebration-worthy recipes that will delight (and cool down) warm-weather gatherings.

How to Make a Life-Sized Pineapple Cake This Summer

This may just be the sweetest pineapple you’ll ever eat.

What Do I Do with Zucchini Blossoms?

Zucchini blossoms are fragile and delicately flavored, a little sweeter and more ephemeral than the flavor of the squash itself.

8 Juicy Ways to Eat Peaches Before They're Gone — Summer Soiree

We wait all year to bite into juicy peaches, and now is the time they're at their peak, just waiting for you to take them home by the truckload.

How to Make a Giant Creamsicle Cake This Summer

This jumbo pop is sure to make everyone smile.

Food Network Magazine: June/July 2009 Recipe Index

Find easy recipes for appetizers, main dishes, sides and desserts from Food Network Magazine.

On TV

What's New