I love having flowers when entertaining. I think they elevate any gathering from plain to whimsical and elegant. And today I have the EASIEST and most playful centerpiece to arrange when entertaining during the summer. You can arrange this quickly for your outdoor bbq or pool party and guests are sure to swoon!
Seriously nothing says summer moe than watermelons! But you can even use other fruits like cantaloupe, pineapple, or honeydew.
- one mini seedless watermelon (I purchase mine from Costco)
- Sharp knife
- 1-2 dozen flower of your choice (carnations, roses, alstroemeria) pink to white hues tend to look best
- Scissors or floral snips
- Begin by cutting off the top of your watermelon using a knife. I simply chose a spot a few inches down from the top of the watermelon and cut off the top, working to keep my cut a fairly consistent line all the way around.
Make a tiny cut at the opposite end to help keep the watermelon stable and standing on its own without tipping over
Use your scissors or floral snips to cut each flower to roughly 8 – 10″ in length
Arrange the flowers in a circular fashion, poking straight into the watermelon. The watermelon provides hydration to the flowers so you won’t need to water it!
Once your dome is complete, go back through and fill in any blank spots or areas that look a little light with smaller carnations. There’s no need for things to be perfectly symmetrical, just eyeball it as you work until you get a dome shape that makes you happy.
Depending on heat and other environmental factors, your watermelon centerpiece should easily keep for at least a few days, possibly even longer. If you’re making them for an event (such as a pool party or bridal shower) where you might want a few, you can prep these the day before and stick them in the fridge to make sure they keep nice and fresh until the big event. Hope you enjoy this tutorial and remember! Stay Dainty!