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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!


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Fruit Wands (40 Fruit Wands)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

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. Cut the cantaloupe in half and remove the seeds.
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. Cut the watermelon in half and, using a melon baller, make 40 balls.
4. Cut pineapple into 1/2-inch slices, then cut the slices into 1/2-inch cubes.
5. Cut each starfruit into 10 1/4-inch slices.
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. Serve.

* 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.

** No need for waste! Remaining fruit from the cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes or pineapple can be used to make a beautiful fruit salad!
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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47 comments

  • LJ

    Love!

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  • Rigina

    These are amazing!

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  • Andrea Stewart

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

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  • Snacksgiving

    How did you make them stand?

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    • Penny Janak

      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.

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  • Monette

    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!!!

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  • Laura

    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!

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  • Ann

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

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  • Jennifer

    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.

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  • Danielle Taresh

    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 :))

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  • Janice

    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)!

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  • Janelle Weems

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

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  • Mavis

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

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  • Kary

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

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    • Catherine

      It is called Starfruit, and it is called that because it is already in the shape of a star! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carambola

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  • Santa

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

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    • Catherine

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

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  • Noble Pig Cathy

    Such a menu...so awesome.

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  • Sokha Mccarthy

    How do oh make this stand??

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  • Sokha Mccarthy

    Oops I meant how do you make it stand?

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    • Catherine

      I wrapped florist's foam in streamers :)

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  • Tara

    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!

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  • Allison

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

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    • Catherine

      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!

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  • Star

    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?

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    • Catherine

      That would be cute!

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  • Mss

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

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  • Sseym

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

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  • Laurel

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

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    • Catherine

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

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  • Michele Thomas

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

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  • Aida Mollenkamp

    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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  • Zaee

    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?

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    • Catherine

      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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  • Laurie

    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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  • Tina Ramey

    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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  • Julie Mason

    How do you get the wands to stand up?

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    • Catherine

      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!

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