If you are looking for a creative Baby Shower Food Ideas then this DIY Baby Carriage Fruit Bowl is for you! This tasty creation makes a stunning centerpiece to a baby shower food table, and offers guests a wide variety of healthy snack options to enjoy while at the shower. The Baby Carriage Fruit Bowl can be easily tailored to include the mom-to-be’s favourite fruits and current cravings. You can also scale the size of your Baby Carriage Fruit Salad Bowl depending on the size of the group you are having for the shower.
While making the Baby Carriage Fruit Bowl does take a little bit of work in shopping, chopping and assembling, this can be a budget friendly way to include a showstopper dish without breaking the bank. Enlist a friend or spouse to help out and you will have it done in no time.
How To Make A Baby Carriage Fruit Salad Bowl
1 – Shopping – Head to your local grocery store or market to pick up a variety of fruit. You will need 1 watermelon, don’t automatically pick the biggest one there, the larger the melon the more fruit salad you need to fill it. Medium sized watermelons tend to work best for this project. Other fruit suggestions include pineapple, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, Cantaloupe, Honey Dew Melon, oranges, and kiwi. You will need 1 watermelon, and 1 round fruit for the “baby’s” head (a small melon or large orange would work)
2 – Carve the watermelon – there a are MANY ways you can to this some are super fancy, if you want ideas you can check on Pinterest. No matter what you choose, start by carving off a small bit of the watermelon along the bottom to give it a flat surface so it won’t roll around. For this one a simple design was used where approximately 2/3 of the top half of the watermelon was removed to make a baby carriage shape. Then carve out the inside of the watermelon into bite sized pieces, you can use a melon baller if you have one on hand.
3 – Chop the fruit – Wash and prepare the rest of the fruit. For the fruit salad that will be inside the carriage bite sized pieces work best. You can cut strawberries in half so that they fit better. For the melon or pineapple there was a mix of slices for around the base of the carriage and bite size pieces for the fruit salad.
4 – Make the Face – In this case piece of grapes were used for the eyes, and a piece of melon and strawberry were trimmed to make a soother. All the pieces were held in place with toothpicks. I have also seen many Baby Carriage Fruit Salad Bowls where the person has used an actual soother and just carved a hole to fit it in to on the face. The “bonnet” was made of the mesh that is used to protect the fruit during transport. Adding the decorative detail of the bonnet also means that you don’t have to worry about making ears.
5 – Assemble and serve – Place the watermelon on a serving tray. Mix the bit size pieces of fruit and fill the watermelon until 1/2 – 2/3 full. Place in the face and then add in the rest of the fruit salad. Add the rest of the fruit around the base of the watermelon. The head of the pineapple makes a great “handle” for the carriage. You can add details like carriage wheels if your wish.
You will be sure to get lots of compliments on your Baby Carriage Fruit Salad Bowl, and it offers a great healthy alternative to all of the sweet treats you often see at Baby Showers. This baby shower dessert idea would pair perfectly with Baby Rattle Oreo Pops.
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Originally posted September 2016