5 Easy Watermelon Carvings That Will Make Your Backyard Party

They're as doable as they are adorable.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

What a Melon!

Nothing says "summer" quite like watermelon. And nothing says "party" quite like a little extra decor to take your spread of snacks over the top. We swear combining the two can be easy! These novice-level watermelon carvings won't leave you standing over the counter staring at a butchered mess — we promise you'll successfully get to show them off at your get-together.

Watch the Video: 4 Watermelon Carving Ideas

Pig

Oink, oink! We filled this adorable porker with raspberries, plums, peaches and raisins — plus a little honey for extra sweetness.

Get the Recipe: Watermelon Pig

Pirate Ship

Not only does this watermelon look like it's ready to sail the high seas, but it gets infused with a bottle of rum too (get it? Yo ho ho?). Scoop out the boozy melon, toss with mango pineapple and papaya, and you'll have a tropical treat you'd be happy to find docked on your buffet table.

Get the Recipe: Boozy Watermelon Pirate Ship

Shark

Whether it's Shark Week or not, this chomper is a crowd-pleaser at a summer barbecue. Use a fish-shaped cookie cutter to turn melons into scared little swimmers filling the shark's mouth.

See More Photos: Scary-Good Shark Treats

Spaceship

Party guests will think this fun fruit salad is out of this world. Who wouldn't smile at a kiwi alien with buggy grape eyes?

Get the Recipe: Watermelon Spaceship

Sorbet Basket

In this clever (and bountiful!) way to serve sorbet, the watermelon basket is frozen solid so the icy treat stays cold.

Get the Recipe: Watermelon Sorbet Basket

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