Slice This: Swap the Cake for Fruit!

Once you begin the wedding planning process, the countless details and options demand your attention. It’s time to think about the venue, guest list, dinner menu, and of course…the cake. With so many choices (Red velvet? Chocolate? Vanilla? Should we skip the fondant? Will it look good in photos?), the cake decisions can quickly become as daunting as the dress decisions.

But you should consider a healthy and picturesque alternative that’s been appearing at dessert buffets – the fruit bouquet. Fruit is a great way to provide a sweet treat for those who are health-conscientious and may not want to indulge in the rich cakes and cookies that are typically served during a wedding reception. Fruit is also an important staple of the Mediterranean diet, which promotes sensible substitutions and emphasizes fresh food and ingredients.

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On top of the health benefits, fruit displays provide a beautiful and colorful background piece. There’s ample opportunity to get creative with the carving and really impress your guests.

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And fruit doesn’t have to be relegated to the dessert area – why not use it for a bright centerpiece?

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For a fruit bouquet that will satisfy those with a sweet tooth, you can add chocolate-covered strawberries, bananas, or pineapple into the mix. Just be sure to offer them without chocolate as well for guests who may have diet restrictions or who want a lighter treat.

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So don’t feel obligated to stick with rich desserts for your reception – get creative and have fun with fruit!

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