Halloween is coming!
Which means tons of candy, costumes, fun, and last but not least parties! My Halloween fruit tray for Little Miss D's Kindergarten party was not only fun to make, but fun to eat! I purchased the white melamine tray at target. They only have the rectangle white ones listed on their website, but you may be able to find them in stores.
To be honest, I wasn't aiming for most Pinterest worthy mom at the Halloween party. I was just aiming for fresh and affordable. Buying fruit pre-cut and prepped is way more expensive and it is usually less fresh. I knew I wanted a pumpkin inspired tray so when I found this white one for under $10 dollars I ran with it! So, no mom shaming here! I was just being frugal and having a bit of fun!
If your tray has handles cover them with wax paper and clear packing tape (on the outside) to avoid fruit falling out and shifting around. Because I can assure you, no matter how steady you are they will move!
Step 2 - Gloves
Clean your tray and hands thoroughly. Then, put on latex gloves. Seriously, don't skip this step! This is not because I am a germophobe, but because the citrus will destroy your cuticles. Don't ask me how I know.
Step 3 - Peel and Prep Oranges
I used mandarin oranges because they are small and if you have ever fed a classroom full of kindergarteners you know bite sized is best! Peel all the oranges! Fun I know. Then simply break them up into their natural slices.
Step 4 - Cut your Fruit
I used both green and red grapes because kids are picky and I wanted to have something for everyone. I cut them in half, once again just because kindergarteners are better with bite sized food! Cut your strawberries in half as well (do be sure to check ahead of time for allergies).
Step 5 - Build Your Pumpkin
Start with the mouth and pupil of the eyes (red grapes)
Next, add the strawberry nose.
Then, add your orange slices around.
Now you can go back and add the outside eyes (green grapes) the oranges will help support them and keep them in shape.
Finally, add a fun pattern of whatever left over fruit you have around the edge! And Voila, your beautiful Halloween tray is complete!
If you make a Halloween tray or have any questions please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you! And Happy October!