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?”


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

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

  3. Such a lovely host gift! Great idea Sandy.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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

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

  8. 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 :)

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

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

  11. 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! :)

  12. Perfect in my opinion! Beautiful too!

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

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

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