how to cre­ate a fruity cen­tre­piece

Real Living (Australia) - - DECORATE -

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Search your home for ves­sels that will hold fruit. These can in­clude shal­low bowls, vases, bas­kets or even quirky finds like this gi­ant shell, or a small piece of hol­lowed-out log.

2

Scour your fridge, fruit bowl, lo­cal green­gro­cer or su­per­mar­ket for fruit. (Turn to p122 for our tips on pair­ing fruits.)

3

Lay your table­cloth, if you’re us­ing one, then po­si­tion your largest ves­sel in the cen­tre of the ta­ble.

4

If you’re dis­play­ing a mix of fruits in one ves­sel, place the largest pieces in first. Fill the gaps with the re­main­ing fruit, from largest to small­est, and have a bunch of grapes or a few cher­ries spilling over the edges.

5

If you’re work­ing with a sin­gle type of fruit, also known as dis­play­ing en masse, fill the ves­sel to the brim. Bal­ance the fi­nal pieces of fruit on top, mak­ing sure they’re se­cure enough so that they won’t roll away!

6

Once your main ves­sel of fruit is in po­si­tion, bring in three ex­tra bowls of fruit to place around the cen­tral dis­play. This is so you can “spread” your ar­range­ment along the ta­ble. These ex­tra bowls don’t have to match – mix it up for a re­laxed look.

7

To com­plete your cen­tre­piece, in­clude a wild card. It might be an or­na­ment, a vase of flow­ers or can­dle­stick – any­thing fun that will work with your look. It’ll make an ex­tra talk­ing point at the ta­ble, too.

8

Fin­ish set­ting your ta­ble with glasses, nap­kins, plates, cut­lery, vo­tives… then sit back and await your guests’ happy re­ac­tions!

BEAU­TI­FUL BOUNTY Shino bowl, Alana Wil­son. OP­PO­SITE Kalonji round breadplate in Off White, Etsy. All other pieces are vin­tage finds.

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