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Watermelon Shark


Watermelons are back in season! Summer+potluck = watermelon carving. I used to take cupcakes to potlucks but I like bringing fruit because I know my kids will eat it (I know they’ll eat cupcakes too, but I kinda feel better about them eating the fruit) and because it takes a lot less time to carve one large watermelon instead of decorating 25 little cupcakes. So for a friend’s housewarming, I thought I’d do a fun summer shark, which I’ve never had an excuse to do before. In it, I put watermelon balls, cantaloupe balls (and big and tiny fish), and grapes.

I am particularly digging the big fish in his mouth. It was silly, but totally necessary. Here is a detail shot.


All in all, it’s totally fun to do these watermelons. I expect to do more through the summer!

Superbowl Sunday


Ahh Superbowl Sunday. A day I will never, ever understand. I have very little idea of what goes on in football and really, barely know who’s playing. However, some friends are having a Superbowl party (with bouncy house!) and you say potluck and helmet, well, gee, I gotta think watermelon fruit tray. So here is my one big tribute to Superbowl Sunday… a watermelon helmet.

Note: This watermelon helmet is nowhere near the size it would be in the summer. It’s probably the size of a (ironically) soccer ball, which is as big as watermelons get around here, apparently, in the winter. Fortunately, though, it was pretty sweet still.

Update: An awesome video tutorial by the National Watermelon Board, right here! Written instructions here.

Potluck Watermelons

I had two back-to-back potlucks this weekend. Yesterday, we had a school activity bbq type of thing and we had to bring something to the potluck so I thought that fruit would be nice, and, pumped by my recent apple carving, I decided to make an owl watermelon bowl. He came out pretty good, I think. Apparently, there is National Watermelon Promotion Board, and they have a TON of ideas of how to carve a watermelon. I liked their owl idea but I didn’t like that the eyes were made of Oreos… I’m a fruit purist when it comes to watermelon sculptures? Anyhow, I changed the eyes and the beak and the feet up a bit and I came up with this:


I wish I had taken a 3/4 shot so we could see the fruit holding part (which was half the back). Anyhow, instead of Oreos, I put orange slices for eyes with black grapes, orange feet, and a carrot beak. The apple I had carved the day before (it was the other half of the Flower Power bento). So I just put it in for a little more decoration (since I had tried to make some kiwi lotuses and they just did NOT work). In the owl, I used a watermelon (balled), green grape, and black grape salad.

Today’s potluck was for a good friend’s babyshower who was on her third baby but had never had a babyshower because she’s from Sweden, where babyshowers aren’t very common. So some friends and I threw one for her and made it a potluck. Everyone contributed a bit and some of my super talented friends made gorgeous animal shaped cookies and beautiful cakes. It was so inspiring! My contribution was a baby in a carriage. Not my own original idea (hello, Pinterest!) but one I always wanted to try.


All the ones out there that I had seen always looked a little creepy, though, with blueberries for eyes (or just black grapes) and seriously looked like they were just staring out blankly into space. So my addition to this design was to add the white parts of the eyes so the baby didn’t look quite so… scary. For the whites I used white melting wafers (white chocolate) and for the highlights in the eyes (which I believe makes a big difference) I used a ghost shaped sprinkle (Halloween sprinkles). I also saw online that some people would put lace around the watermelon to give it a more detailed feel but like I said, I’m a fruit sculpture purist, so I decided to skip the lace and instead carved some detail out in the top of the watermelon. I think it looks a bit cleaner that way. Here is a detail of the face:


One last thing that I did is purposely put in a green pacifier as I think that it goes more harmoniously with the rest of the colors of the fruit.

So there you go, my watermelon carvings ­čÖé I am pretty happy with the way they turned out and I think others enjoyed them, too.

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