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I am planning a wedding for July 12, 2009. I feel like I have a very tight budget, $2000 for food (for 100 guests) and decorations. I have learned some great things from this website. I was attempting to create a palm tree made from pineapples for a fruit display. In the process, I discovered a creative way to "cut up" my pineapple. I always see pineapples cut into squares or triangle slivers, and I was looking for something different and unusual.
I cut the top and bottom off of my pineapple. I took a canolli tube (metal) and tapped it down into my pineapple until it went all the way through. I pulled it out, and then had a long round tube of pineapple. We pushed the pineapple out of the tube. It almost reminded me of something we would have done as kids with Play-Doh!
From one pineapple I was able to make 8 tubes (one in the center and 7 around it). They are about 5 inches long each. I'm not sure yet if I will place the pineapple "tubes" in a punch or simply cut them into 1 inch sections and place them on a dish in the fruit section, but if I do this with 2 or 3 pineapples, I will end up with a lot of unique-shaped treats for skewers.
I also thought about taking a pineapple tube and placing a toothpick on one end. Then putting a pineapple ring (the kind you get from a can) over the toothpick and a cherry to secure the ring. It would almost look like an umbrella.
By Barbara Pyne from Atlantic Beach, FL
Going to have a party? Offer homemade vitamin waters as a drink option. Crush the fruits in a separate bowl, keeping the crushed fruits and herbs set aside for refills. Place the fruit and herbs in a strainer and pour the water through it into a pitcher. You can add a few pieces of whole or chopped up fruit to the pitcher if you want.
This recipe is easy fun and tasty. First you get 2 cups of green grapes and 2 cups of red grapes. Slice them in half, put them into a bowl and chop up some green onions, only about a handful of green onions. If your grapes are big, chop them up again. Happy eating!
Source: I got this from a relative.
By Lani from Albuquerque, NM
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I need ideas of foods for a May Day themed birthday celebration. It is an everybody seniors birthday celebration to be held in an inside auditorium. I am interested in finger fruits or a fruit cup. Thanks for your suggestions.