Fruit with a Party Twist
Entertain with citrus, pineapples and more in fun summer centerpieces from Food Network Magazine.
After juicing lemons, limes, grapefruits or oranges, turn the rinds into votives. All you'll need are wicks and shredded wax, available at craft stores. Scrape out the rind halves; make a small cut in each bottom and set in a muffin pan. Stick one end of a wick into the skin so that it stands up straight. In a medium pot, melt the wax over high heat until it's clear, then pour it slowly into each rind, keeping the wick upright. Let the wax cool, then trim the wick.
Put a tropical spin on a bouquet with a pineapple vase: Slice the top off a pineapple, then carefully remove the flesh, keeping the skin intact. Place a small glass of water inside and arrange flowers just above the rim of the pineapple.
Save counter space by storing produce in this metal fruit stack. $18, chiasso.com
Lime Napkin Rings
Cut a slice from the center of a lime and remove the flesh to leave a ring. To make the rings more decorative, carve stripes with a sharp paring knife. Use the leftover lime for cocktails.
Mixed-Fruit Place Cards
These place cards double as party favors: Nestle a name card into a bunch of grapes, tie one onto a pear or put a sticker on a lady apple. Guests will walk away with something sweet (if they don't dig in before dinner).