Whenever I need a creative gift idea, or just something unique to bring to a dinner, I can always be sure that vegetable bouquet arrangements will be a big hit. Not only are they colorful and attractive to look at, depending on the veggies used, they’re fun to eat for both kids and grown-ups.
While some Vegetable bouquet arrangements are purely decorative, they can also serve as a healthy alternative at potlucks and brunches, where there are already plenty of rich foods to indulge in.
People are usually so impressed by homemade vegetable bouquet arrangements because they think, “Wow, that must have been hard to make!”
The truth is they are actually quite easy to make once you learn how.
Homemade Vegetable Bouquet Arrangements
I’m a big fan of do it yourself creations. You can save so much money and enjoy expressing your creativity at the same time.
I want to show you some photos of homemade vegetable bouquet arrangements that readers have shared with me. These were so well done; you may be surprised to learn that some of these arrangements were a first attempt!
This photo from Jim Lorenz shows his vegetable bouquet arrangements with carved fruit and vegetable flowers that he made while experimenting after learning from my Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course 101 .
This is what his email to me said,
First attempts, just pitch these after you look.
Well, I was impressed and did not want to “pitch” his photos into the recycle bin, so I asked his permission to share his photo with you, here on my blog.
He did a great job, didn’t he? His radish roses are well done. I think that the colors used in this bouquet are perfect for spring.
In case you are wondering, my Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course 101 video lessons are designed for beginners who want to get started learning a wide variety of carvings from garnishes, to carved fruit and vegetable bouquet arrangements, to watermelon carving.
Now, here are some beautiful photos by Phung Nguyen:
Notice the beet roses, yam and turnip flowers and cucumber leaves in Phung’s vegetable bouquets. All the vegetables used add such vibrant colors and variety to her display.
If there are raw vegetables like yams or beets in your vegetable bouquet arrangements, you can always steam or roast them for another meal after you’ve finished displaying them.
The yam and turnip flower carvings, as well as the cucumber leaves in Phung’s arrangement are taught in Lesson 6 of my Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course 101. The radish flowers are covered in Lesson 7 of this course. The beet roses are taught in my Hearts and Roses DVD.
With my step by step video instructions, you’ll be able to create your own beautiful vegetable bouquet arrangements and centerpiece in no time! Most students to succeed on their first attempt at carving fruits and vegetables after watching my videos.
You’ll be pleased to learn how easy this is once you know the techniques. Then don’t be surprised if friends and family start to request your services!
One of my blog readers, Rhonda used one of her vegetable bouquet arrangements for a wedding rehearsal dinner.
Once you learn how to make your own vegetable bouquet arrangements, you may find a satisfying hobby in creating elegant and unique gifts and centerpieces for special events. And who knows, you may even be able to make a little extra cash from it, too!
Learn How to Make Your Own Vegetable Bouquet Arrangements
If you’re thinking, “I’d like to give this a try!”, I suggest starting with an easy carving an of edible flower. You can learn how to do this from my free lesson on how make a radish bouquet. If you look at the photos from Phung Nguyen and Jim Lorenz shown earlier, you will find that their vegetable bouquet arrangements both feature a radish flower with a yellow bud in the middle. This is the type of vegetable flower carving that is taught in my free lesson.
Once you learn this technique, you can apply it to a number of different fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, tomatoes, shallots, or large grapes. In Jim’s pictures, it looks like he used the radish flower technique to carve strawberries for his edible bouquet!
Remember that vegetable bouquet arrangements don’t have to include a bunch of fancy carvings. If you want to put something together quickly and just add one or two easy carvings, it will still look great.
Check out these arrangements by one my readers, Natalia:
Notice how Natalia left her fruits and vegetable whole, except for the carved radishes. She also placed some vegetable roses in her basket.
You can easily try this yourself by skewering whole grapes, berries, mini-carrots onto toothpicks and then placing the other end of the toothpick into a potato. You can decorate your creation with green lettuce or kale and voila! I will go into this technique in more detail in my free lesson on how to make a radish bouquet.
If you like the roses in Natalia’s basket, you can check out my free lesson on how to make a tomato rose. This is so simple to make but will add a lot to your vegetable bouquet arrangements.
Looking to try your hand at more intricate carvings such as the yam flowers and cucumber leaves you saw in the photos above? You’ll love my 11 week Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course for Beginners. These lessons will show you how to add everything from carved peppers to melons to your fruit and vegetable bouquet arrangements.
If you like, you can visit my online shop to browse through the video lessons and carving tools that are available. I’ve made everything easily accessible in this one-stop shop to help people who want to get started with vegetable and fruit carving to avoid the costly mistakes that I made when I started years ago.
Want to Make Your Fruit and Vegetable Bouquet Arrangements Extra Special?
Now here’s something special – how about adding some chocolate dipped fruit into your fruit and vegetable bouquet arrangements?
If you want to learn how to do this, have a look at my video lessons on how to make and decorate chocolate dipped strawberries. What a perfect gift for the chocolate lover in your life! You may want to keep one for yourself because these are delicious!
I hope you will have a little creative fun and save some money for any special dinner you have coming up by making your own fruit and vegetable bouquet arrangements.