Monday, July 27, 2009

My First Watermelon Basket!

MOOD STATUS: "Stressed". Summer has been so busy. Hoping to check a few things off my TO DO list today.


This past weekend was a HUGE party weekend for my town. It was "Night in Venice" on Saturday night.

What's that?

Let's just say, New Orleans has Mardi Gras and my town has Night Venice. Basically, Night in Venice is a huge boat parade. We have a lot of little water ways where people live and the boats (no matter how big) manage to maneuver down each of those lagoons. There were a TON of parties going on along the water. And we were invited to one. :)

Being the helpful, polite person I am, I asked our host what I could bring to the party. She said to me, "Well, you're creative, right?" That was a loaded question because then she asked me to make a watermelon basket. Luckily, I like challenges. :)

I have to say it was a lot of work, but really fun to make. I got a lot of good info on it through the Internet and made a really yummy chocolate dip for the fruit, too.

Chocolate Fruit dip:

8oz pkge cream cheese
1/4 -1/2 c chocolate syrup
7 0z marshmallow Fluff

Beat cream cheese and syrup with a beater until smooth. Then beat in Fluff. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Here's my basket:


Cue the oooohs and aaahhs.


Pretty, huh?
What a crazy weekend. In fact, this is the time where that tandem bike I wanted so badly would have come in handy, because you don't drive anywhere on that day. But we had a GREAT time at the party, and best of all, my basket was a huge a hit.
Anyhew, I really need to clean my house today. (That and try to squeeze out a few words on my WIP.)
Did you do anything fun this weekend?

16 comments:

Kristen Painter said...

Lovely! I eat watermelon almost every day, but I've never taken the time to make it fancy. I'm too busy shoving it in my mouth. lol

Jessica said...

That's amazing! Go you. :-)

Chicki said...

You're incredible! What a fun weekend. Oh, to live at the beach ...

MeganRebekah said...

Wow! That is amazing!

Cindy said...

Wow, you are creative! That's awesome. It looks almost too pretty to eat :)

Eileen Astels Watson said...

That's a masterpiece! Wow, I'm impressed.
You certainly are creative, Jennifer!

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

Wow, that is seriously impressive! And that chocolate dip sounds delicious too!

Lynnette Labelle said...

Looks yummy!

Lynnette Labelle
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Jill Kemerer said...

Gorgeous basket! I'm impressed. Now I want some chocolate dip...

T. Anne said...

Yum! And chocolate dip? Thanx for the recipe! I guess that pretty much solidifies the fact you ARE creative.

Trisha Pearson said...

Wow! You went all out on that watermelon basket! It looks great - very, very cute. I tried to make one once but it turns out that I'm not very good at cutting.

I'm stressed too. Having kids home for summer is hard. The housework seems to have tripled! I hope you get your writing in.

Shelley Munro said...

That looks really gorgeous, Jennifer. I bet it tasted good too!
Not much excitement down this end of the world. We had a family birthday party and relaxed for most of the weekend.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm pretty proud of my creation. LOL!

MsSnarkyPants said...

So cute! You did a great job!

Debora Dennis said...

You did an awesome job!

Meg said...

That looks so awesome. Gonna have to try that chocolate dip.