Sarah Remmer: The Non-Diet Dietitian


A Fun and Delicious Baby Shower Idea

Baby in a fruit bassinet!

Today I helped throw my sister-in-law a baby shower and I was in charge of bringing a fruit platter and some smoked salmon. I wanted to do something fun and unique, so I decided to make a baby-themed fruit platter—I spotted a similar fruit platter on Facebook recently and couldn't believe how cute it was. My sister-in-law thought it was awesome and I must say, I received many "wow!s" and "how did you do that?s" and "you're SO creatives." The truth is, it was super easy and fun to make.

Here's how you do it...

1. Cut a large watermelon into the shape of a baby bassinet and using a fruit baller, scoop out little balls of watermelon and transfer them into a large bowl. Drain remaining water and remove remaining watermelon until you have an empty watermelon shell. Place it on a large rectangular or oval platter

2. Cut a small cantaloupe in half (or 2/3 and 1/3). Set aside the smaller half and take the larger half and scoop out all of the seeds.

3.Using a sharp knife, carefully remove the rind so that you end up with a oval-shaped, rindless cantaloupe "head". You may have to spend some time carving it so that it is smooth and head-shaped and so that it easily fits into the watermelon shell. Use the other half of the cantaloupe to cut little ears and a little nose (carve with a paring knife—there's no right or wrong way to do this part). Use tooth picks to secure these into the head. Place the head into the watermelon. 

4. Use 2 large blueberries for the eyes (secure with tooth picks).

5. Spread the watermelon balls on the platter and into the watermelon shell surrounding the cantaloupe head. Use assorted kinds of fruit to fill the rest of the watermelon shell and spread on the platter. I used blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and grapes. 

6. Cut a small hole for the mouth and stick a new soother into it. Voila!