Make This Decorative Fruit Tray for Perfect Party Food

by Jennifer Farley ; Updated August 31, 2017

Decorative fruit trays are an easy, healthy option to serve to guests when you're entertaining. They can be simple arrangements, or you can get very creative with them. You can scale them up or down depending on the number of guests or the size of your serving tray. Here are some different ideas for how to create a beautiful fruit tray. Feel free to customize it for you needs!


  • If you want to use fruits that are quick to oxidize, such as apples, bananas, and peaches, brush them with some fresh-squeezed lemon or orange juice to stall the browning process.

Use a Wide Variety of Colors

We eat with our eyes first. Using a mix of colors will make any fruit try appear immediately eye catching and appetizing.

Consider Fruit Skewers

There are two ways to serve fruit from a decorative tray: toothpicks or skewers. You can also offer a mix of both options. Skewers are a great way to allow guests to grab and go as opposed to hovering over the tray.

Play With Your Food

There are many fruits that can be carved into decorative garnishes. An easy beginner option is a "kiwi flower." Here's a video tutorial on how to create one!

Add Some Exotic Fruits

Consider throwing in some fruit that your guests might now be familiar with, such as dragon fruit. Dragon fruit will add vibrance to any fruit platter. You can leave the skin on for a splash of pink color, but make sure that guests know the skin is inedible.

Use Fruit as a Toothpick Cup Holder

Try slicing off the top third of a lemon, lime, or kiwi (or a similar sized fruit) to use as a decorative toothpick holder. Slice off the very bottom tip to create a flat surface, if needed.

Add Even More Color With Flowers

Edible and regular flowers will bring life to any fruit platter. Edible flowers can go right on the fruit tray. However, those can sometimes be difficult to locate at the grocery store. Another option is to use a colorful bouquet of flowers. Since these are not considered edible, spread them around the fruit tray as opposed to directly on it to avoid any confusion.

Prepare in Advance

You can prepare your fruit tray a few hours before guests arrive. Cover with plastic wrap, place in the refrigerator, and serve upon their arrival for easy, elegant entertaining. Enjoy!

About the Author

Jennifer Farley is the creator of Savory Simple, a blog dedicated to gourmet food and quality ingredients. She graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine and has worked as a chef and cooking instructor. Her work has been featured by Parade Magazine, Williams-Sonoma, Bon Appetit and Food52. She resides in Washington, D.C.