Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off to summer! I have a watermelon vase centerpiece, just in time for your Memorial Day barbecue or ideal for summer entertaining, along with a round-up of 10 watermelon recipes for summer!
My inspiration for a watermelon vase came from Michael Lee at Rattlebridge Farm. You can feast your eyes on all her delicious Memorial Day ideas, here.
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 used wet floral foam.
I gathered some flowers from the garden, our neighbor’s rose bush and a nearby field 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 :)