If you want to stand out at the next potluck luncheon, dinner party or picnic, you can't go wrong with fresh fruit. Aside from its health benefits, fruit is colourful and vibrant, making it visually appealing as well as tasty. Turn your basic fruit platter into a work of art when you learn how to make a fresh fruit tower sculpture to display on your table. Your guests will gobble up your masterpiece before you can ask who needs seconds.
Cut up fresh fruits into bite-size chunks. Include melons, pineapple and orange slices. Add grapes and strawberries to include different shapes in the arrangement.
Cover a styrofoam cone with clear cling film or tin foil. This will prevent the fruit from touching the styrofoam and also cover up the extra styrofoam under the fruit so it doesn't show through as obviously.
Poke a toothpick into the styrofoam cone near the base. Let the toothpick stick out of the side of the cone by about 1 inch.
Put a chunk of fruit onto the toothpick to secure it to the styrofoam. Wiggle the cone slightly to be sure the fruit doesn't fall off.
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the entire cone is covered in fruit. Alternate the types of fruit you include, either in rows or by a random assortment, to add variety to your sculpture. If you have small gaps left over, tuck mint leaves into them to hide the styrofoam base.