Create a Blooming Watermelon Centerpiece and find 10 sweet and savory watermelon recipes for summer.
Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off to summer! I have a watermelon vase centerpiece, just in time for your Memorial Day celebration or ideal for summer entertaining, along with a round-up of 10 watermelon recipes for summer!
Let’s make a watermelon vase, a festive way to use the rind after you’ve enjoyed the fruits of your labor ~pun intended!
Take your watermelon and hollow it out for a vase. I picked a watermelon that had a nice flat side to it to sit, but you can cut the rind to level it up. I cut the opening large enough to fit a plastic container inside to hold water. Arrange your flowers however you like, you can use clear floral tape, taping off a grid pattern to arrange your flowers, chicken wire, wet floral foam or just gather your flowers in a loose bouquet in your watermelon vase.
I gathered some flowers from the garden for a red, white and blue centerpiece. Our hydrangeas are just starting to show signs of blue and I added a few clips and snips from the shrubs. If you don’t have access to any flowers growing, grocery store blooms~ alstroemeria, carnations, daisies would make a cheery centerpiece. Tuck in a few American flags and you have a patriotic centerpiece!
After you’ve created your centerpiece, here are some sweet and savory ways to enjoy your watermelon! Click on the links for the complete recipe and a taste :)
A refreshing combination of pureed watermelon & lemonade, garnished with watermelon stars and blueberries.
The sweetness of summer paired with tangy goat cheese for a cool & refreshing bite!
A keeper recipe. . .light, flavorful and perfect for hot weather!
Perfect for a picnic with the fresh summer flavors of basil, lime and the addition of salty feta cheese.
Hoist a sail with a dowel and scrapbook paper to transform a watermelon into a vessel for serving a medley of fruit!
Watermelon makes a fun frosting-delivery method for a star-spangled celebration!
A refreshing summer salad with Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette (boat not required :)
A summer twist on gazpaucho that’s refreshing, light, and flavorful for summer!
This refreshing cocktail (or mocktail) starts with fresh watermelon puree and an easy mint-infused simple syrup.
And last but not least,
An American flag formation of Watermelon, Feta and Blueberries, the creamy, salty cheese is the perfect partner to the sweet, juicy melon!
However you celebrate, spend a few moments to remember and give thanks for those who have sacrificed to serve and protect us.
Wishing you a Safe & Happy Memorial Day!