Fruit Wands
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Fruit Wands

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I was only supposed to have boys. Specifically, three of them. I have no idea why I believed this, but from the moment I decided I wanted kids, even though I dreamed of having a girl, it is how I was convinced life would play out.

Cut to me 15 weeks pregnant with my second child. Hubby, Kenya and I were on vacation, winding through narrow dirt roads in a jeep, me becoming even more nauseous then I already was from the pregnancy, when my doctor's office called with my amnio results. We pulled the car over. "Would you like to know the sex of your baby," the nurse on the other end of the line asked me. My heart was pounding in my chest as I replied I would. After what felt like a 10 minute pause, I heard the words, "it's a girl." What?! A girl? I burst into tears of joy. I actually was going to get to do all those girly things I never thought were in the cards for me!

This all leads me in a very round about way to today's recipe. Six weeks ago I asked Chloe what she wanted to do for her 3rd birthday. She said she wanted to have a Hello Kitty tea party. The idea seemed simple enough at first, but what does one serve at a Hello Kitty tea party? After much deliberation, Chloe and I came up with a menu: Red Beet and White Bean Hummus (which Chloe and I dubbed Hello Kitty's Favorite Pink Hummus), Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese, PB&J Panini's, Grilled Cheese Waffle Sammies, grilled chicken salad, edamame, Blackberry Agua Fresca, fruit water, Chocolate Graham Crackers, a great big Tres Leche Cake, and the hit of the party, these magic fruit wands. From the moment I put them out, the kids' eyes, hands and mouths were locked on them. Not only are these fruit wands super cute, they're also fun, healthy and delicious.

Whether you have girls or boys, these fruit wands will be sure to cast a spell no matter what the occasion. There's no better way to make fruit disappear!

Fruit Wands  (40 Fruit Wands)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins,
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I was only supposed to have boys. Specifically, three of them. I have no idea why I believed this, but from the moment I decided I wanted kids, even though I dreamed of having a girl, it is how I was convinced life would play out. Cut to me 15 weeks...

Ingredients

  • 4 starfruit
  • 1 small watermelon
  • 1 bunch red grapes
  • 1 bunch green grapes
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 pineapple, peeled
  • 40 small to medium strawberries
  • 40 bamboo skewers

Preparation

  1. 1. Cut the cantaloupe in half and remove the seeds.
  2. 2. Using a melon baller, make 40 balls out of the cantaloupe. OR, slice the cantaloupe into 1/2-inch slices and cut out shapes using a small cookie cutter.
  3. 3. Cut the watermelon in half and, using a melon baller, make 40 balls.
  4. 4. Cut pineapple into 1/2-inch slices, then cut the slices into 1/2-inch cubes.
  5. 5. Cut each starfruit into 10 1/4-inch slices.
  6. 6. Assemble the fruit wands by gently sliding each piece of fruit onto each skewer in this order: 1 Slice of Starfruit (this becomes the star on top), 1 Ball of Watermelon, 1 Red Grape, 1 Green Grape, 1 Piece of Cantaloupe, 1 Cube of Pineapple, 1 Strawberry.
  7. 7. Serve.
  8. * Fruit wands can be assembled up to one day in advance. Lay out finished wands on a baking sheet, making sure to keep space between each wand. Layer parchment paper or plastic wrap between each layer of wands. Keep in the refrigerator overnight.
  9. ** No need for waste! Remaining fruit from the cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes or pineapple can be used to make a beautiful fruit salad!
Fruit Wands

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  2. Julie mason

    July 8, 2013 at 11:31 am

    How do you get the wands to stand up?

    • catherine

      July 8, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Sometimes I put them in a tall glass filled with stones or floral gems. You can also decorate a styrofoam block and poke the sticks into it!

  3. Tina Ramey

    May 13, 2013 at 8:42 am

    These are so beautiful…and healthy! I want to use it for my girl’s birthday party, but I’m trying to think of an easy, biodegradable alternative to florist foam (the watermelon sounds lovely…but a lot of work!). I’m wondering if an upside down cardboard egg carton would work…or a big roll of play-dough?

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  6. Gayane Yahjian

    March 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    The ideas are splendid and helpful to many kids, in terms of learning are great tools.

  7. Laurie

    October 12, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Wow, these are such a brilliant idea for a child’s birthday party! My daughter will be 4 in May and I’ve gotta try this. Thanks for posting!

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  9. zaee

    August 20, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I’d love to do this for my daugther’s 3yr party this weekend but afraid of the kids poking themselves with the skewer. any ideas to avoid that? maybe file/cut the point off or something after the fruits go on it?
    anyone have any poke-proof ideas?

    • catherine

      August 20, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Sure, you can cut off the pointy ends after skewering the fruits! If you’re using softer fruits you could even use sticks with blunt ends to begin with!

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  11. aida mollenkamp

    June 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

    My niece is deep in the throes of a princess stage right now so I think these wands are pretty much mandatory!

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  14. Michele Thomas

    April 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    These are adorable, I can’t wait to try this recipe :)

  15. Laurel

    March 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Did the kids eat the star fruit? I’ve never had one so wondered how they went over?

    • catherine

      April 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Yes, I did not have any leftover fruit from any of the wands!

  16. sseym

    March 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I plan on using this at my 5 yearold boy’s sponge bob birthday party thanks.

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  18. MSS

    March 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Looks like a perfect treat for my daughter’s end of year party at school!

  19. Star

    March 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Although a little more time consuming (maybe) you could use the empty watermelon half .. Upside down and poke the skewers in after pre-poking with a nail?

    • catherine

      March 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      That would be cute!

  20. Allison

    March 27, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Love this and all your images. Are you working on a Pinterest link? I’ve already pinned a number of your great recipes!

    • catherine

      March 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      The site is getting a makeover, but for now there is a “pin it” button in the “share this” section at the end of each post! Thanks for pinning my recipes!

  21. Tara

    March 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

    So pretty! I might have to use this one for my daughter’s birthday in May! We always have a big family cookout and the big ole fruit bowl is kind of boring!

  22. Sokha Mccarthy

    March 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Oops I meant how do you make it stand?

    • catherine

      March 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      I wrapped florist’s foam in streamers :)

      • Penny Janak

        March 29, 2012 at 10:46 pm

        Use your watermellon you scooped the meat out of. Turn it over on a platter and poke sticks in it, then place left over fruit around the bottom. It will hold about 50-75 sticks. If starfish fruit isn’t available use your strawberries on top and leave your green leaves on them and that is also very elegant for showers. Kids tend to take the sticks and poke each other so becareful at boy birthday parties! I have 3 sons.

  23. Sokha Mccarthy

    March 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    How do oh make this stand??

  24. Noble Pig - Cathy

    March 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Such a menu…so awesome.

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  26. Santa

    March 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    It looks awesome. Where do you poke the skewers into? What is under the purple paper?

    • catherine

      March 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      I used Florist’s Foam and covered it in streamers to make it look prettier!

  27. Kary

    March 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Maybe I’m crazy – I don’t understand how you made that beautiful star. What fruit did you use for your star?

  28. Mavis

    March 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    My 4 year old will love this!! We might even use them at our Easter dinner. Thanks

  29. janelle weems

    March 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    love these! great idea for a baby shower too!! p.s Chloe’s bday is the same day as our wedding anniversary =)

  30. Janice

    March 26, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Thanks for this wonderful idea! This is definitely more fun and creative than the traditional fruit salad… and easy to grab and eat (for adults and kids)!

  31. Danielle Taresh

    March 26, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I hope this happens to me. I want a little girl more then anything, I already have a little boy and I love him to pieces but a little girl would make my whole life complete. Excellent recipe :))

  32. Jennifer

    March 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Fantastic! I’m going to do these for Easter! I have some mini Easter cookie cutters to do the melon with…and maybe the pineapple too.

  33. Ann

    March 26, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Love this — so creative, yet so simple!!!

  34. Laura

    March 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I LOVE this, I am going to do this for my son’s first birthday!!! I have lots of diabetic aunts and uncles, a neat alternative to cake and ice cream other than just offering fruit salad! Thanks!

  35. Monette

    March 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I know what you mean. I have three boys and love them dearly then Sophie came and I am having too much fun doing girly stuff!!!

  36. snacksgiving

    March 26, 2012 at 7:48 am

    How did you make them stand?

    • Penny Janak

      March 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      the watermellon after you scoop out the meat turn one half over and place on a platter. Just stick your sticks in it and then place left over fruit around the bottom. It will hold about 50-75 fruit sticks.

      • Eliana

        May 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

        So, poke it into the green side or pink? It seems as though you mean the green side but I am afraid of it tipping or being unbalanced.

  37. Andrea Stewart

    March 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Great idea! Might use this for my daughters first birthday! Yum!

  38. Rigina

    March 26, 2012 at 7:20 am

    These are amazing!

  39. Lj

    March 26, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Love!