We’re always talking up fruit; it’s healthy, delicious, and makes for a fantastic holiday gift. And this last weekend as it came time to hang our wreaths and fill our houses with sparkling tinsel and evergreens, we came across another reason to love fruit: decorating.
Think about it: how many meals did you eat this week that you’d display on a fireplace or as a centerpiece? Exactly. There’s something to be said about decorating with items that at the drop of a hat can turn into a snack. We kind of wish all decorative items worked that way. But seeing as they don’t, we decided to put together a mini-guide into making the most of your fruit decorations this holiday season.
1.) Color. Decorating with fruit means decorating with color. Take one look at the produce section or our selection of premium fruit and you’ll see a palate of colors waiting to liven up your house and holidays. For us, there’s nothing better than mixing red apples and green pears. Call it cliché, we call it classic. Mix Pink Ladys or Honeycrisp apples with Green d’Anjou pears and you can’t go wrong. But that certainly doesn’t mean you’re limited to red and green, be creative and experiment. That’s half the fun of it.
2.) Quality. One of the biggest pitfalls when decorating with fruit is underestimating the difference that quality fruit can make. Much in the way an ugly painting can ruin a wall, a bunch of misfit fruit together is bound to bring down any centerpiece or display. Look for fruit bursting with color and displaying character. If it looks unappetizing, it won’t work. Fruit on display looks good because there’s something beautiful about delicious-looking fruit. It’s like they say, you eat with your eyes first.
3.) The Arrangement. With our arrangements, we focus on the fruit. There’s nothing better than an elegant bowl, either clear or with an understated design, filled with fruit. For the holidays though, we like to add little flourishes of traditional holiday garnishes to spice up our displays. Holly, evergreen branches (small ones), and mistletoe can really make a big impact, though you’ll want to avoid overusing them as they can overwhelm the fruit and become gaudy in a hurry. It’s hard to say how much is too much, but chances are, you’ll know when you see it.
4.) That Natural Look. Our last tip in decorating with fruit is to make it look as natural as possible. Sure, there aren’t many places in nature where you can find apples and pears carefully wrapped around holly (or whatever you’re using) but the best displays always have a semblance of naturalness to them. Try not to make your display look too manicured or artificial. Avoid anything too intricate as the best fruit displays showcase the fruit in all its splendor. And don’t forget to use seasonal fruit. Apples, pears, pomegranates and oranges all carry with them memories of holidays past. You just got to bring it out with a little love.