Luaus are open-air parties infused with the Hawaiian lifestyle, food and music. Part of their beauty lies in how the food is just as appealing to the eyes as it to the taste. Simple ideas on creating beautiful food presentations are essential to a successful party.
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Things you need
- 8 large pineapples
- 40 to 80 skewer sticks of 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches)
- 50 cm (20 inch) round platform base
- Two 62.5 cm (25 inch) dowel rods
- Various fruits
- Silk palm leaves
Place the sturdy 50 cm (20 inch) base platform on any table. The base should weigh from 2.27 to 3.18 kg (5 to 7 lb) and will provide support to hold the tree in place. Attach the dowel rods to the base mounts and tighten. Take the eight pineapples and core them all.
Slide the cored pineapples onto the dowel rods, four on each, keeping them as straight as possible. Take the silk palm leaves and place them in the top pineapple on each dowel to create a real palm tree look. Begin preparing the assorted fruit you will place on the tree and around the base.
Insert the skewer sticks into the pineapples from top to bottom and all around the tree. Place the variety of whole fruits onto the skewers, creating any design pattern you like (strawberry, grape and so on). Once the skewers are full, take the remaining fruits you have prepared and place them around the base of the tree. Pile the fruit as high as you like.
Enhance your display by placing a small string of white lights up and around the tree. You can also add lights to the base of the tree that will shine upward.
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