It’s that time of year where we begin to think about many celebrations coming up in the next few months.
From Memorial Day, to graduations, to the Fourth of July…it’s time to bring family and friends together and celebrate during the warmer weather. My “Berry Party Ball” is perfect for all of those occasions, and more.
Not only is this berry ball easy to make, it’s healthy, and it’s simply gorgeous. My teenage berry lover couldn’t get enough of it. All these juicy berries displayed together really make you crave a couple. Even if you don’t like fruit.
When I received my “FloraCraft Make It: Fun Team” box this month, I was pleasantly surprised with balls. Lots of balls! (see bottom of post for more details on this new gig!)
They were FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Balls to be exact. They come in all different sizes, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them and figure out what I was going to make for my “FloraCraft Make It: Fun Team” project.
Well, for some reason, the balls triggered a creative spell and several ideas came to mind quickly. The only problem was that I wanted to do them all at once. I had to slow down and pick just one.
I’ll share the other 2 ideas soon, but for now I had to focus on this “Berry Party Ball”.
I started with a 6 inch FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Ball, although you can use any size. These can be found at Jo-Ann or Walmart stores. Keep in mind, the larger you go, the more expensive the project will be. I then wrapped it in tin foil which I find is easier than plastic wrap.
After I had a nice big tight tin foil ball, I searched my kitchen cabinets for a pretty glass that would hold the ball steady. This thrift store blue one was perfect because I knew it would bring out the blue in the berries.
See how it does that?
I purchased: (2) 16 oz. containers of strawberries, (1) small 6 oz. container of black raspberries, (1) small 6 oz. container of red raspberries, and (1) 6 oz. container of blue berries. The tooth picks are from the dollar store.
After rinsing all of the berries well, and cutting off the top of the strawberries, I began inserting. I started with the large strawberries scattering all over the tin foil ball. Then, I inserted the other berries, occasionally sticking in a few blueberries with out any tooth picks as fillers. They tucked in nicely.
I should mention that my ball rested on this glass nicely. If you’re concerned that it could tip over, you could cut a flat bottom in your foam ball using FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Tools, or a serrated knife. Then you could put it on a plate.
To be honest, I think it would look pretty no matter how you arrange the berries. Of course other fruit would work too, but keep in mind some fruit turns brown with out at least a squirt of lemon juice.
My “Berry Party Tree” can also be made ahead a day or 2 depending on how fresh your fruit is. I stored mine in the refrigerator with 2 unused shower caps on it. I found those at the dollar store too.
Don’t forget you can serve whipped topping on the side, or any other fruit dip of your choice. Chocolate fondue would be another great choice.
For more great ideas and crafts check out www.makeitfuncrafts.com.
***New Gig Announcement: I am one of 11 bloggers chosen for the “FloraCraft Make it: Fun Team”! What this means is, I will be posting 1 post per month for the next 6 months (this is month 2) using FloraCraft® products. I am compensated for these reviews, however all opinions and views are my own. So, be sure to check back each month to see what I make! I am so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful team and to be able to bring you something new and creative each month using FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam products.Tags: appetizer, beautiful appetizer, berry appetizer, Flora Craft, FloraCraft Make It:Fun Foam Balls, foam ball, food ball, fruit appetizer ball, fruit appetizer tree, fruit ball, fun appetizer, party ball, patriotic appetizer, patriotic berry ball, patriotic berry dessert, strawberry appetizer, tooth pick fruit ball Posted by