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Buffet Ideas | Having Fun with Fruit & Veggie Displays

Updated on June 28, 2014

Fruit & Vegetable Baskets, Platters and Displays

I love Buffets! And, new buffet ideas are something I am always on the lookout for -- a new or different way to display foods -- especially fruits and vegetables.

I thought it might be fun to share some of the fruit and veggie displays I have made over the years as well as others I have run across on the internet. Some are complete works of art made by chefs but there are plenty that are just gorgeous in their own right and might work for you.

Maybe you will be inspired and come up with a display that will WOW your guests at your next birthday party, bridal or baby shower, graduation party, family reunion or holiday gathering!

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Mixture of Fruits and Veggies Displayed on a Buffet - Buffet Ideas

Fruit and Veggie Display 1
Fruit and Veggie Display 1

This is a large vegetable, fruit and cheese display for a 50th birthday party we did. I love the pineapple palm tree with the munchies at the base. I always loved this design and thought it was very impressive!

The amount you need will be dependent on the size of your guest list, theme (if you have one) and making it unique. For parties and gathers at a home, I have found that veggie or fruit baskets work wonderfully!

Take a look below:

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Veggie Basket for Smaller Buffet - Perfect for most any small affair

Veggie Basket - 1
Veggie Basket - 1

The two bowls in this vegetable basket are small pedestal bowls or compotes. They will hold 2 different kinds of vegetable dip (ranch and dill) for guests to chose from.

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Vegetable Basket 11
Vegetable Basket 11

Dark Stained Willow Basket - Buffet Ideas - Fruit and Veggie Displays

20-Inch Willow Basket with Folding Handles
20-Inch Willow Basket with Folding Handles

This is a 20" x 14" basket. It's very similar to the basket I used for the veggie display pictured above (it was 24" x 14"). I was making the basket to feed about 35 people.

 

Natural Seagrass Basket - Makes a Lovely Fruit and/or Vegetable Basket Display

Baskets Scalloped Seagrass Basket
Baskets Scalloped Seagrass Basket

This natural seagrass basket is eco-friendly and beautiful. It would be perfect filled with fruit and/or vegetables for any party.

As always with baskets, be sure to line with fabric so food does not come in contact with the basket itself.

The wire frame makes it sturdy for holding the ice and food. After the party, use it for a centerpiece, holding crafts like knitting or cross stitch supplies or fill with throws to keep close at hand for a chilly evening.

Very versatile — on and off the buffet table!

 

Get the Set of 3 - You'll have the size you need, when you need it!

Wald Imports Brown Willow  Decorative Nesting Storage Baskets, Set of 3
Wald Imports Brown Willow Decorative Nesting Storage Baskets, Set of 3

The large basket is 17" and the small is 12". This way, you get 3 sizes to choose from so you have enough fruits and veggies for the party size.

You can also put veggies in one basket and fruits in another to have more munchies! The set of 3 is a great option.

 

Placing the Ice for your Veggie or Fruit Basket - Buffet Ideas

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Set your empty basket on a level, stable surface.Using 2 - 30 gallon trash bags (a dark color for dark baskets, or white for light baskets), roll the top down until the bottom of the trash bag can be seen in the bottom of the basket. Do this again with the 2nd trash bag so that your ice will be douFill with ice to within 1 to 2 inches of the lowest sides of your basket.Remove excess air and tie a knot in the center of the trash bag. Cover with fabric or tablecloth. Now you are ready to place your fruits or veggies!
Set your empty basket on a level, stable surface.
Set your empty basket on a level, stable surface.
Using 2 - 30 gallon trash bags (a dark color for dark baskets, or white for light baskets), roll the top down until the bottom of the trash bag can be seen in the bottom of the basket. Do this again with the 2nd trash bag so that your ice will be dou
Using 2 - 30 gallon trash bags (a dark color for dark baskets, or white for light baskets), roll the top down until the bottom of the trash bag can be seen in the bottom of the basket. Do this again with the 2nd trash bag so that your ice will be dou
Fill with ice to within 1 to 2 inches of the lowest sides of your basket.
Fill with ice to within 1 to 2 inches of the lowest sides of your basket.
Remove excess air and tie a knot in the center of the trash bag. Cover with fabric or tablecloth. Now you are ready to place your fruits or veggies!
Remove excess air and tie a knot in the center of the trash bag. Cover with fabric or tablecloth. Now you are ready to place your fruits or veggies!

Tip

One way to make your veggie or fruit basket go along with a certain theme is to use a dip bowl that reflects that theme. Fun, too!

Set of 2 Seashell Dip Bowls

Set of 2 Pieces 8" Clear Art Glass Small Ornate Sea Shell Candy Dish Bowl
Set of 2 Pieces 8" Clear Art Glass Small Ornate Sea Shell Candy Dish Bowl

Perfect for a beach, luau or tropical themed party. Think birthdays, graduations, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries and more!

 

Patriotic Dip Bowl - Buffet Ideas

Boston Warehouse Flags Flying Star Dip Bowl and Spreader Set
Boston Warehouse Flags Flying Star Dip Bowl and Spreader Set

This one is perfect for Memorial Day BBQ's, 4th of July picnics, Labor Day or Vetran's Day get-togethers. This even works at Christmas time for my parents. It matches their Patriotic Christmas Tree and stockings!

 

Beach Party Time! - Buffet Ideas

Grasslands Road by The Sea Seaworthy 4-Inch by 4-1/2-Inch Sand Pail Dip Bowl with Shovel Spreader, 3-Piece
Grasslands Road by The Sea Seaworthy 4-Inch by 4-1/2-Inch Sand Pail Dip Bowl with Shovel Spreader, 3-Piece

This is so cute! This dip bowl has a lid that looks like the sand in the sand pail. A shovel handle is on the spreader. 3 piece set - bowl, lid and spreader.

 

Fruit Basket - Buffet Ideas

Fruit and Veggie Display 2
Fruit and Veggie Display 2
Fruit Basket 2
Fruit Basket 2

Green Cutting Board for Fruits and Veggies

Update International (CBGR-1218) 18" x 12" Plastic Cutting Board
Update International (CBGR-1218) 18" x 12" Plastic Cutting Board

Avoid cross contamination by using color coded cutting boards. Green is perfect for fruits and vegetables. It will protect your counters while not dulling your knives.

 

A Feast for the Eyes - Indeed!

Garnishing: A Feast For Your Eyes
Garnishing: A Feast For Your Eyes

Professional Chef, Frances Lynch, enlightens and teaches about garnishes, food sculptures, arranging platters and buffet tables. Lots or photos and diagrams anyone can follow! A must for the host(ess) with the mostess!

 

Garnish & Carve Fruits and Vegetables Like a Chef!

Messermeister 9-Piece Garnishing Tool Set
Messermeister 9-Piece Garnishing Tool Set

8 piece set that includes a zippered case for storage. You will be garnishing and carving up a storm! Great gift idea for the consumate host or hostess. A wonderful set to have around your house too!

 

Fruit Basket at a Baby Shower Buffet

Fruit Basket at a Baby Shower Buffet
Fruit Basket at a Baby Shower Buffet

Fruit and/or Vegetable Displays - Take 'em or Leave 'em?

Would you (do you) make an interesting display for fruits/vegetable on a buffet table?

Sure! It's a lot of fun, I can use my creative genes and I love to WOW my guests.

Sure! It's a lot of fun, I can use my creative genes and I love to WOW my guests.

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  • BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

    Fruit and vegey displays are my thing. About the only thing I can do as a chef, too!

Nah, I'll just use a platter. They just get eaten anyway...

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Which is your favorite buffet display for fruit and/or veggies?

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love the fruit buffet, maybe a smaller basket would be nice

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Beautiful photos! What a clever idea!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      More veggies than fruit for me - but I love the look of all of them!

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      prince-george-dentists 4 years ago

      You can add your art to anything and this lens is proving that once again.

      Such a way to decorate salad table.

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      Brandi 4 years ago from Maryland

      Very creative fruit and veggie displays...I love food art! :)

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      Your baskets look amazing. What a fun way to break from the typical platter.