Whether for a child's birthday, a summer office party or a bon voyage party, a carved watermelon makes a nice table centrepiece. If your child loves aeroplanes, if your brother just bought a plane or if your boss is going on vacation, a watermelon carved with an aeroplane design is a clever riff on the party theme, especially if the party's being held outdoors. A watermelon can be turned into an aeroplane sculpture, or a pumpkin-carving pattern can be used to etch or carve an aeroplane design into the melon.
Carve a watermelon basket shaped like an aeroplane by removing three centre pieces for the cockpit and reattaching them to the sides and back for wings and tail. Alternatively, use a simple stencil pattern, such as those used to carve Halloween pumpkins, to carve or etch aeroplane patterns on each side of the melon.
A bon voyage party calls for a festive aeroplane design. Use a vintage travel poster as inspiration for a watermelon carving that incorporates an antique plane flying over a tropical beach complete with palm trees and a volcano simmering in the distance. Alternatively, create a simple model aeroplane out of rind pieces and place it on top of the watermelon, as if it had just landed on an airstrip.
For a party honouring an airline professional, use a stencil of a jet and etch the design into the side of the melon. Alternatively, set the melon down on the table and carve jet "windshields" out of the front end to make the melon resemble the nose of a jet. Carve off the back end of the melon to create a flat surface. Use a second melon of the same general size to complete the body of the "jet" by cutting off the front end and sliding the flat end up to the first melon for an oblong shape. Cut the two remaining end pieces into wings and place them at the sides of the melon.
If your party will honour a member of the military, use pumpkin stencils to recreate an Army helicopter, a stealth fighter jet or a Navy bomber on the side of the melon. You may also choose to carve the appropriate military seal, the American flag or the name of the honoree into the melon as well. Fill the melon with blueberries and starfruit for an added touch.