Bringing Fresh Fruit to a Holiday Gathering

It’s always a bittersweet time of year for us, the beginning of December, when soccer ends for my husband (Varsity Coach) and it’s time for the end-of-year party.

After all, he spends 4 solid months with these young men, devoting many hours developing their soccer skills and coaching them through the game.

We hosted the party in our home this year, with a dessert potluck. (A peek in our home with all the shoes that came off.)

“Desserts” took the “stress” off of us with busy schedules – and this time of year it’s an easy option.

My friend Cynthia came with a healthy approach – a beautiful tray of fresh fruit.

I love her display – it wasn’t brought in a plastic bag, but whole fruit, ready to slice and serve.

I since followed her idea when we went to a party.

Snipping a few lemon tree branches …

Adding a remnant of ribbon.

Then tying it up.

Sometimes it’s all about a pretty presentation. :)

So out the door – to the next party with a “healthy” spin on desserts.

I recently brought cookies to a party, adding in cherries and blackberries.

It actually makes me feel better when I’m bringing fruit. And I think people love the versatility.

What do you think about bringing fresh fruit to a “dessert party?”

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17 Responses to “Bringing Fresh Fruit to a Holiday Gathering”

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    Lynn Kellan — December 12, 2012 @ 4:51 am

    I think we can never go wrong with fresh fruit! The leftovers can be tomorrow’s healthy snack.

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    Kim in MD — December 12, 2012 @ 5:28 am

    I think bringing fresh fruit to a dessert party is a great idea, especially when it’s so beautifully presented wrapped with a ribbon!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — December 12, 2012 @ 6:43 am

    I love the idea!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 12, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    Such a lovely host gift! Great idea Sandy.

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — December 12, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    I’ve found that beautiful and healthy trays of fruit are usually one of the first things to go – I just about died when I saw those gorgeous cherries!

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    Jessie — December 12, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    I love this! I love a treat as much as the next person, but having a healthier option keeps me honest. I’m usually the one to bring fresh veggies to a potluck. Fruit to a dessert party is perfect!

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    teresa — December 12, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    Awesome idea. I’m always looking for something other than candy to share.

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    Aggie — December 12, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    Absolutely love this idea Sandy! I love bringing fresh fruit to parties…and I really do believe people appreciate it!

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    Dana @ Cooking at Cafe D — December 12, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    I like the idea of bringing fresh fruit. For me, presentation would be key. A nice basket or tray with a bow as you suggested.

    I wouldn’t want the person to feel that I skimped out by “just bringing fruit.” (A really nice selection of fruit will offset this, I think.)

    Most dessert parties end with the hostess packing up most of the treats so they head out of the door. With fresh fruit, I bet that stays behind to be enjoyed :)

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    Cathy @ Noble Pig — December 12, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    It’s a great idea and a welcome break from all the chocolate!!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 12, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    I think fruit is the perfect addition to a dessert party…it’s always nice to have a little something fresh & healthy!

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    Kristina — December 12, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    SO funny you say this… I think it is a fantastic idea! just a few days ago I was preparing a large dessert tray to bring to a party – and at the last minute I looked at it and added a bunch of cuties oranges and tangerines to it! :)

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 12, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    Perfect in my opinion! Beautiful too!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — December 12, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    I love having fresh fruit as part of any gathering. It’s usually a “must” for me. What a gorgeous tray of fruit!

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — December 15, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    Lovely idea. I know I’d be so thrilled to see a platter of fresh fruit at a gathering!

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