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Sweet Liberty Fruit Wreath

 Sweet Liberty Fruit Wreath
Whether you craft it for a patriotic picnic or an everyday summer celebration, this colorful table topper will appetizingly round out the occasion. People positively eat it up! Our crafty kitchen experts first came up with the idea after spotting a plain foam wreath form. Rather than embellish it with dried flowers or ribbons, they decided to try fresh fruit instead. The process turned out to be s
10 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • WREATH:
  • 12 inch flat-back Styrofoam wreath
  • 15 inch platter
  • Lemon leaves, rose leaves or leaf lettuce
  • Small star cookie cutter
  • 1/2 pint of blueberries
  • 3 to 4 pints strawberries
  • 15 large marshmallows
  • DIP:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Directions

  • Wreath: Place Styrofoam wreath on the platter. Line top of wreath
  • with leaves, overlapping to cover entire top and securing with
  • picks.
  • Trim a thin slice from top and bottom of marshmallows to create two
  • sticky surfaces. Arrange in five groups of three each around wreath,
  • placing a sticky side down against leaves to hold marshmallows in
  • place. Press a few blueberries on sticky top surface of each
  • marshmallow.
  • Arrange strawberries, stem side down, around wreath until wreath is
  • full. To attach strawberries, poke a pick into wreath, then push

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Sweet Liberty Fruit Wreath (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • berry down on top of pick.
  • Sprinkle additional blueberries over the entire wreath to fill in
  • large gaps.
  • Spoon fruit dip (recipe follows) into a small serving bowl, making
  • sure bowl fits into center of wreath first.
  • If desired, cut additional strawberries into star shapes with cookie
  • cutter to garnish dip. Serve immediately, or place damp paper towels
  • over fruit and wreath and cover the entire platter with plastic
  • wrap. Store in the refrigerator up to 4 hours.
  • Dip: In a bowl, combine all ingredients: beat until well blended and
  • smooth. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.
Crafter thoughts: —Feel free to arrange the fruit the same way we did (see photo) or in any kind of pattern you prefer. —To secure the strawberries, you don't need to use whole toothpicks. Half a pick poked into the wreath form and used as a fruit skewer works just fine.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 215 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 91 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.