Edible Arrangements Provide the Decoration AND the Snack

If you're looking for a showstopper table centerpiece for your next party, look no further than the unusual and head-turning Edible Arrangement. It will surely stop your guests in their tracks, generate conversation and add some yummy munchies to the proceedings.

Edible Arrangements, a company started in 1999 in East Haven, Ct., specializes in taking standard fruits and turning them into beautiful works of art that can easily grace any table from the picnic at the park to an elegant Christmas buffet.

How'd they Think of That?

The idea of Edible Arrangements takes a familiar concept - the floral centerpiece - and adds a twist. From the distance, it might look like a floral arrangement, but up close you'll see a beautifully arranged mix of carefully carved fruit, including fruits such as strawberries, grapes, cantaloupe, oranges and grapes.

The fruit in an Edible Arrangement is skewered, sometimes cut into shapes like stars and hearts or wedges, and then inserted into a head of lettuce and made to look like a floral arrangement. Depending on the Edible Arrangement you purchase, some of the fruits might be dipped in chocolate. They don't use preservatives or sweeteners. You can add a jar of fudge (sugar free is available) or even a Mylar balloon for a touch of celebration.

Gift Ideas

While an Edible Arrangement is a fun addition to a dinner table or other party scheme, they also make great gifts to send to someone for a birthday, anniversary, congratulations, or any special occasion. Imagine a tailgate party table featuring an Edible Arrangement in the middle. The "Football Keepsake" arrangement includes pineapples carved to look like daisies, strawberries, grapes, honeydew and cantaloupe. It's all arranged in a keepsake football container.

For the best friend who just had a baby, consider the "Berry Special Baby" Edible Arrangement. Featuring fresh strawberries, grapes, pineapple hearts and pineapple stars, the arrangement also features a Mylar balloon ("It's a Girl" or "It's a Boy" depending on your needs) and a jar of fudge. Mom and dad will have dinner at hand from their "floral" arrangement.

To order an Edible Arrangement or for more information, visit www.ediblearrangements.com.

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