Use a Flower Garnish to Add a Splash of Color
For an interesting change of pace, stick some flowers inside vases made of vegetables!
Hollow out colorful bell peppers, red cabbage, eggplant, squash and more and pop a flower or two inside.
They make quite an impression and look really nice on a food table.
Remember to add a little bit of
water to the vegetables so that the flowers won't wilt!
Use a Flower Garnish to Pack a Punch
Impress your guests by adding flowers to an ice ring in your punch bowl! This is a unique way to garnish with flowers and it is SO easy!
- Rinse about 1 cup edible flowers.
- Fill a bundt pan (or ring mold pan) with about 1/3 full of water.
- Add 1/3 of flowers; freeze until firm.
- Fill pan about another 1/3 full of water.
- Add 1/3 of flower; freeze until firm.
- Repeat with remaining water and flowers.
- To unmold, hold bottom of pan under warm water for about 30 seconds.
- Add to your punch bowl and enjoy!
An incredibly pretty way to garnish with flowers is to use crystallized flowers. They are a fabulous addition to cakes and pies. They aren't hard to make, but they do take time. If you plan in advance and are willing to give it a go, making them is well worth the effort.
To crystallize about 2 cups of edible flowers you'll need:
- 1/4 cup egg substitute
- 1/2 cup superfine sugar
- a small, soft paintbrush
- wire racks
How to Crystallize Flowers:
- Rinse flowers and let air dry.
- Using the paintbrush, gently brush egg substitute onto flower petals.
- Gently place flower in a bowl filled with sugar, and use a spoon to lightly sprinkle sugar over the flower, being sure to coat all sides.
- Softly shake excess sugar off of flower and place on wire rack to dry.
- Dry, uncovered, for 8-12 hours. Use immediately after drying, or store in an airtight container until ready to use.
Some flowers are edible, and can be used right inside your party dishes. Here are a few that are safe to eat:
If you do choose to eat these flowers, just be sure that they have not been treated with any chemicals. If you're purchasing them, ask a sales
associate if the flowers have been chemically treated.
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