how to create a fruity centrepiece
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.
Scour your fridge, fruit bowl, local greengrocer or supermarket for fruit. (Turn to p122 for our tips on pairing fruits.)
Lay your tablecloth, if you’re using one, then position your largest vessel in the centre of the table.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.