Decorating with Food

by Kimba on April 5, 2010

in In the Kitchen

apples in compote

Some of the most beautiful things in my home are the ones that come directly from nature…or at least the produce department of the grocery store. A beautiful milk glass compote filled with gorgeous green apples. It only seems natural that we would decorate with food in the kitchen.

And I find that the kids and I eat more fruit when it’s sitting on the table.

bowl of oranges

A bowl of Clementines in my favorite aqua serving bowl.

pottery barn cauliflower in urn photo: Pottery Barn

Is Pottery Barn pushing it too far with a head of cauliflower in the urn on the table? Look closely.

lemons in hurricane

I think I’ll stick with my hurricane full of lemons that we’ll turn into homemade lemonade later in the week.

Do you have any ideas for decorating your kitchen with food?

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{ 34 comments }

1 Heathahlee April 5, 2010 at 8:32 am

I don’t necessarily use food for specific decorations, but I do love just putting a container (my $.50 wire and wicker basket on clearance from Hobby Lobby works very prettily : ) ) full of fruit on my counter. And you’re right…we DO eat more fruit when it’s out like that.
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2 ClassiclyAmber April 5, 2010 at 8:54 am

I think that decorating with food in the kitchen is a great idea! I think that we always have some edibles on display here and it really makes it feel more homey, doesn’t it?

Now…cauliflower in an urn? Hmm…maybe that’s what I should be doing instead! :D
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3 Vanessa April 5, 2010 at 8:59 am

Hi Kimba, I actually love PB’s cauliflower idea, I just think it must ‘smell’ after a while… but pretty! I only decorate with fake food, is that too bad? Hvae a great day!
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4 The Working Home Keeper April 5, 2010 at 9:06 am

I like to put our fruit in pretty baskets and containers as well. Right now I have a heirloom white wire basket (from Goodwill) filled with gala apples, a white bowl ($1 table from antique store) filled with lemons, and a small apothecary jar (.25 thrift store) filled with layers of dried beans. I also store our dried beans, grains, rices, oats, herbs in glass containers I’ve either thrifted or repurposed in the kitchen. Not only functional but also pleasing to the eye.

Mary Ellen
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5 Melanie April 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

Sadly I live with two men who do don’t eat fruit. Sometimes I have bananas out. Does that count? LOL!
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6 Get Your Martha On April 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

Ha! I love that Pottery Barn picture and the cauliflower. They’re always messing with us. I swear they sit around dreaming up ridiculous design trends and then they bet on which ones we’ll all copy, no matter how silly (like wallpapering with sheet music or decorating with rooster pillows). It’s like the Pottery Barn version of March Madness pools …
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7 jessica April 5, 2010 at 9:23 am

I do the simple apples in an antique wooden bowl that my husband’s great-grandparents had (and we’ve inherited). Simple and adds just a pop of color to my soft color palette of my table.
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8 Stephanie @ Geezees April 5, 2010 at 9:54 am

I do the same thing with the lemons and oranges. It’s a bright shot of color and edible too!
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9 Jen@balancing Beauty and Bedlam April 5, 2010 at 9:57 am

oh friend – this looks just like my camera card. It’s full of all my dishes with fruit. I just haven’t diligently posted them yet :) Love the cauliflower…when I get it on sale, I’ll do the same….for a day, cuz it does smell and turns quickly if not refrigerated. PB probably had five of them for that shoot. :)
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10 DanaMc April 5, 2010 at 9:57 am

I love the lemon idea – we had a Lemon Chill at the zoo yesterday and were talking about how we could make it at home.

One of my favorite kitchen pieces is a foot tall wrought iron stand in the shape of a tree. I’m not sure if it was originally designed for tiny terra cotta seed pots..but it’s the perfect size for about 10 apples or oranges. And, on some days, onions and rutabagas – ha!
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11 Heather April 5, 2010 at 10:01 am

i love fruit in bowls! but i have to keep my oranges in the fridge b.c i hate the way they taste room temp.
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12 Katie April 5, 2010 at 10:04 am

Decorative citrus! I’m lovin’ it! I decorated with Easter candy this weekend on my dining room table and am regretting it. Much better idea to decorate with healthy edible arrangements than junk food. LOL I’ve had that lemon with hurricane vase in my head for a few days. Yours looks divine. :)

13 Stacey @ The Blessed Nest April 5, 2010 at 10:05 am

I also love to have apples & citrus fruits in my kitchen!

Another thing is fresh herbs — cut some from your garden & place in little jelly glasses by the sink or on a windowsill — they look & smell SO pretty!

Blessings,
Stacey
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14 Tonya Riggs April 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

I love the lemons! I am going to have to pick some up when I go to the grocery store this week!
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15 Jenn April 5, 2010 at 11:02 am

I love using food to decorate but I have to be careful where I place it or the 3 year old will have half eaten food all over the house!

I like using fruit, vegetables and even candies in baskets, colorful urns, open topped glass dishes, clean flower pots, or even in a clean fish bowl. Any container is subject for use in my house…so long as it’s thoroughly cleaned first!
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16 the BLAH BLAH BLAHger April 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I like to decorate with apples and bananas for a splash of color…but then when I forget about them until I smell them, I swear I’ll never do it again. Ha!
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17 Denise April 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I can’t really see the cauliflower?! I do love the oranges and lemons on display and I agree when it’s out we eat more of it ;-)
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18 Becky April 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I have fruit on the counters all the time too. But with nine kids, my bowls never stay full and pretty for long. :)

19 Stephenie April 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Love to have food out because, as you mentioned, it encourages healthy eating. I also immediately put fruit in bowls or pretty containers before they go in the fridge. Grapes look so much better in a big white bowl in the fridge than in the plastic bag they come in from the grocery store!
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20 Amy at The Red Chair Blog April 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I love displaying fresh fruit–and fresh flowers–in my kitchen. I used fruit as a table centerpiece for a little while until my chihuahua figured out how to get up on the table to steal apples. My dogs will eat ANYTHING!

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21 Mary Jean Taylor April 5, 2010 at 2:27 pm

just made homemade lemonade yesterday!!!
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22 Jennifer Allwood April 5, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Kimba- You missed my post on this!

http://themagicbrushinc.blogspot.com/2010/03/when-life-hands-you-lemons.html

I TRIED to decorate with real food…. and look what happened!!!! Proceed with caution on those lemons sista!

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23 Rita @ TesoroFino.com April 5, 2010 at 4:21 pm

You’re right! Things from nature do a nice job to give color to a room. I love the lemons in the hurricane too!

24 Morgan April 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I LOVE the aqua serving bowl its gorgeous!!

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25 Deborah April 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I think leaving fruit out is just something that’s done and never considered it decorating.
I too love your turquoise/aqua bowl!
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26 Carmen April 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I have some faux lemons under my cloche in the kitchen. Does that count? ;) I should put some apples out. That would look pretty.
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27 bridget {bake at 350} April 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Such a great idea! I used to do this with lemons, but I forgot about it! ;) Thank you!

28 Jen April 5, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Fresh Pineapple is fun to use during the summer months:

http://poppyseedsblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/wanna-add-something-fun-fruity-to-your.html

29 L.Duncan April 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I love displaying fruit in the kitchen. It makes it easier for my boys to “help themselves”!!!
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30 the domestic fringe April 5, 2010 at 8:20 pm

If only I could find a way to decorate with a few loaves of bread…

Those are always laying around on my counter.

-FringeGirl

31 Stephanie Lynn April 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm

My your clementines in that aqua bowl are gorgeous! I love the thought of using fresh fruit but the only place I do is in the kicthen…anywhere else and I always forget about it {yuck}. I always have apples in the kitchen but my three years old loves to take one bite out of each of them and put them back…They normally don’t last that long. =(
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32 heidi @ wonder woman wannabe April 5, 2010 at 9:45 pm

love the punch of color the fruit instantly provides! That aqua bowl is perfect for an aray of oranges – that color combo is SO fun!!
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33 Southern Fried Gal April 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Oh girl – you know me – I LOVE to decorate with candy! Did you see my peep bouquet in a jar of jelly beans on a bed of jelly beans? It turned out so cute, was quite cost effective, and we have enjoyed eating it all week long!

OK – so maybe I should do the fruit thing, too, for the nutrition value if nothing else. I love how you accented the lemons with the green leaves – that adds so much that look and is so simple! And yes – cauliflower in urn = weird for me.

OK – better run before I write a book and/or before DH catches me commenting instead of working on taxes – bleh.

Have a blessed week!

34 Condo Blues April 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I tea stained book pages I pasted onto the walls as wallpaper. I wanted to knock back the pages from the newer books to go with the aged pages from the older books I used.
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