Mother’s Day will be here before you know it and the question arises – what do I get mom? I don’t know about you, but my mom can be hard to find a gift for.
Flowers can be a great default gift, but why not make mom a Fruit & Vegetable Flower Vase. Not only does it look beautiful but it encourages everyone (even kids!) to eat more fruits and vegetables while creating the art!
This fruit and vegetable flower vase also makes a great center piece.
Use it on your table for Mother’s Day, but it would also work well for a baby or bridal shower too. Then, serve a tasty salad as part of your menu using Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Dressings and Marzetti® Baked Croutons. You can also use the Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Super Grains Baked Croutons.
I love a good balsamic dressing. It goes with just about any salad and I love the Marzetti brand’s version in their Simply Dressed line. The dressing has the perfect amount of tang. It is made with extra virgin olive oil with no preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.
Marzetti croutons are equally tasty and add the perfect crunch to any salad. You can even make fruit or veggie bowls to serve the salads in. Think of what you can make a bowl out of – mini watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, red cabbage, squash, etc.
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And watch this video on how to make a fruit and veggie flower vase and be sure to get the list of produce I used along with my instructions and tips and tricks on how to make a beautiful arrangement. However, feel free to get creative. See what you can find at the store to “produce” some amazing looking flowers from fruits and vegetables. I was thinking this would even make a great teacher gift as the school year comes to an end.
- 1 watermelon
- wooden bbq skewers
- 1 head of lettuce (like endive, arugula, radichio – I used green leaf)
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1 artichoke
- 4 stalks of asparagus
- 1 bunch green onion, whites trimmed off
- 3–4 kiwi
- 6 multi colored mini peppers, tops trimmed off
- See which end of the watermelon will allow the watermelon to stand up, this will be the base of the flower vase. Then cut down about 1/3 of the way from the top of the watermelon.
- Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out about 1/2 of the watermelon creating your vase. Save the excess water melon to eat!
- Then lay the lettuce around the inside the vase. You want it to hang over the edges of the vase.
- Trim off the end of the artichoke and insert a skewer into the base. Then slide a green onion over the skewer to cover it. You want it to look like a green flower stem. Place the skewered artichoke in the center of the watermelon vase.
- Place toothpicks into the bottom of the asparagus stalks. Place them in the vase securing with the toothpicks.
- Then take the kale and arrange pieces of it into the vase. The stalks are sturdy, but if needed place toothpick at the end of the stalks to secure in the vase.
- Cut the kiwis in half. Place each half on the end of a skewer and cover the skewer with a green onion. Arrange the kiwi flowers in the vase securing with the skewers.
- Place the peppers on skewers to create a flower, covering each skewer with a green onion. Arrange in the vase securing with a skewer.
Disclosure: I have been invited to participate in a Marzetti ambassador program. This post is sponsored by Marzetti and product has been provided by them. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.
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