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Designing Beautiful Fruit Centerpieces and Trays

fruit centerpiece displayOne of my customers of my All Lessons Collection, Tzipy Cohen recently sent me some photos of her lovely carved fruit centerpieces, stylish fruit trays, and buffet displays.

Take a look at these and you will get lots of great ideas for making fruit centerpieces, trays, and carving displays for your next event.

Tzipy has a business in Jerusalem, Israel offering vegetable and fruit displays and doing party planning. Tzipy is a customer of my All Lesson Collection. She wrote to me,

I ordered all your videos , and started to watch them. ….Your work is very beautiful ,clean and precise…..Even though I already know almost every thing that you teach since I work with  fruit and vegetables, and give classes, too. I already got some new tips and ideas, that will help me with my work, Thank you.

All the best
Tzipy Cohen

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced catered, you’ll find useful instructions in my video lessons. And, in the following photos, you can get some great ideas from Tzipy’s outstanding vegetable and fruit arrangements.

Great Elements of Design Make Outstanding Vegetable and Fruit Centerpieces

fruit art display by Tzipy Cohen

Fruit Art Display by Tzipy Cohen

Tzipy arranged these carved fruits beautifully. In addition to her well carved items, notice how she used large leaves, grapes and uncut yellow chili peppers and apples for filler and background. She used fruits and vegetables of varying sizes and colors. She arranged them are differing heights. Look closely at the apples and you will see that Tzipy used a glass cylinder to contain the apples and to raise the height of the kobocha squash carved with roses topped with beet roses. All of these important design elements are combined to make a gorgeous display.

If you want to learn to make lovely carvings like these, many of the carvings in this photo are taught in my video lessons. I teach the radish bouquet in my free video lesson that you can get by signing in at the top of this page. The watermelon carved with a rose is taught in my Carving Watermelons – Roses, Buds and Leaves, which is available separately as well as being included in the Vegetable and Fruit Carving 101 Course and the All Lesson Collection. The cantaloupe flower, the beet roses, radish flowers and carrot flowers are also taught in my All Lesson Collection. You can see a short video about the Kabocha squash carved with roses on my blog.

fruit centerpiece with watermelon and beet roses by Tzipy

Another striking fruit centerpiece by Tzipy

Again, notice the arrangement. The fruits and vegetables are arranged at differing heights to form a triangular arrangement that is pleasing to the eye. Variations of the melon flowers, the beet roses, the onion flowers, zucchini leaves, carrot flowers, and the watermelon carving shown here are taught in my All Lesson Collection.

Good Design is Important for Appealing Fruit Trays, too.

When creating serving platters of fruit, a pleasing design really makes the platter more beautiful. Take a look as Tzipy’s fruit platter designs.

round fruit tray

Beuatiful and edible, Tzipy made a pretty circular pattern with a carved honeydew in the center


tzipy fruit tray

In this tray, Tzipy made a dramatic diagonal design with different colored fruits

fruit tray

Here a third way to create a pretty pattern on a circular serving plate.

Fruit Display with single servings

Fruit display with single servings

In the fruit display in the above photo, Tzipy creates an attractive way to include single servings of fruit and other colorful goodies in glasses, cups and individual dishes. Observe how she uses color, diagonal lines and differing heights in this arrangement, too.

A Few More Gorgeous Fruit Centerpieces

Here are a few more of Tzipy’s fruit centerpieces and displays for your viewing pleasure.

watermelon flower

You can learn to carve a melon like this one above in my video lesson, Melon Flowers – Smooth and Jagged Petals, which is part of the All Lesson Collection.

another fruit display by Tzipy Cohen

Another of Tzipy's outstanding fruit centerpieces

Another of Tzipy's outstanding fruit centerpieces

daikon bird and beet roses

Close up of diakon bird, beet roses and carrot flowers

I hope that you enjoyed seeing these really lovely fruit centerpieces and fruit trays. Whether you are a professional caterer or someone who simply like to cook and entertain, there are some great design lessons to be learned from Tzipy’s beautiful photos.

If you would like to learn more about how to make carvings like many of those shown in these photos, visit our online Shop or sign in for the free radish bouquet lesson at the top of this page. You’ll be on your way to making eye popping fruit centerpieces and trays that will WOW your guests.

Learn to carve like a pro

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11 Responses to Designing Beautiful Fruit Centerpieces and Trays

  1. Karla Pengsagun November 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Very pretty blog post Nita, hope it inspires carvers to try new carvings.

    • Nita November 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

      Thanks Karla. It already has inspired many. I’ve received a lot of email comments that don’t show up here on the blog post. My readers and customers have told me they plan to try some of these ideas for their weddings and other events.

  2. oronzo micelli November 21, 2013 at 11:36 am #


    • Nita November 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

      In Inglese

      Hi Oronzo,

      The courses can be joined by either DVD or online.

      The DVD versions are great for those who have difficulty with internet connections or don’t have high speed internet. People who order the DVDs also like them so they can watch them in a room with a DVD player rather than on their computer. and some people just like having the DVDs in their libraries. With the DVD versions, you also get online access so that you can start learning before your DVDs arrive.

      The Online versions have the advantage of no shipping fees.

      The lesson content on both is the same.

      If it’s the faces that you want to learn, You will want the Portrait Carving Course.

      “Pumpkin Carving Portraits

      I hope that this answers your questions. If I misunderstood, please let me know your remaining questions.

      Thank you for your interest.

      Happy Carving!

      In Italiano

      Ciao Oronzo,

      I corsi possono essere raggiunti da entrambi i DVD o online.

      Le versioni DVD sono grandi per coloro che hanno difficoltà con la connessione ad internet o non hanno internet ad alta spped. Le persone che ordinano i DVD come loro anche in modo che possano guardarli in una stanza con un lettore DVD, piuttosto che sul loro computer. e alcune persone proprio come avere il DVD nelle loro biblioteche. Con le versioni di DVD, è anche ottenere l’accesso on-line in modo da poter iniziare ad imparare prima che arrivino i vostri DVD.

      Le versioni online hanno il vantaggio di non spese di spedizione.

      Il contenuto della lezione su entrambi è la stessa.

      Se è le facce che si desidera imparare, si vuole il Ritratto Carving Corso.

      “Pumpkin Carving Portraits

      Spero che questo risponde alle vostre quesions. Se ho capito male, per favore fatemelo sapere le vostre domande rimanenti.

      Grazie per il vostro interesse.

      • Nita November 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

        If it is the words and flat images that you want to carve, you will want the lessons Carving Letters and Words.

        Click on the following link to see more about it.


        Se è le parole e le immagini piatte che si vogliono scolpire, si vuole le lezioni Carving Lettere e Parole.

        Clicca sul seguente link per vedere di più su di esso.


  3. ganesh poojary June 29, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

    I want to laren garnish,I work a samll restrunt in kuwait,I want ur garnish class adress for Kuwait, plz seand me.

    • Nita Gill July 16, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

      To answer your question, all of my garnish and carving lessons are on videos that you can get from my online shop at //

      My video lessons are even better than live lessons because you can always go back and refresh your memory. You never miss anything due to other student distractions. You can learn at your own pace and your own convenience.

      All of the students shown in my blog have learned from my videos. You can, too.

      I am in California and have no live classes in Kuwait. But I do ship my DVDS all over the world. If you want to avoid shipping costs and hassles, join the online only versions of my lessons. You’ll be able to watch your lessons right away as long as you have access to dependable high speed internet service.

      I hope you decide to join our lessons. You will love them. Happy Carving!

      Nita Gill

  4. Afiouq Johnson December 7, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    Where can I find the butterfly tray and any other trays to display my fruits

  5. Janette April 28, 2016 at 7:09 am #

    Those are so beautiful. Great ideas! I would love to learn how to carve different birds. Looking forward for when you make it available to us Nita. I love the way you teach:)

  6. Ric Testani May 2, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    Beautiful collection of carvings and displays. I love to see what others around the country are doing. Thank you for sharing them.

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