Put It All Together
Using hand pruners, cut each stem close to the fruit. Next, make a hole in the top of the fruit using the fat end of a chopstick or a paring knife. Make the hole about 1 inch deep and as wide as the stem of a flower (about 1/8 inch).
Now cut the flower stems, leaving about 1 inch. Simply insert each stem into the fruit, making sure that it pushes into the pulp. This gives the flowers some liquid and sugar to draw on so the blooms will stay fresh. Get creative to make each setting unique, or repeat the same combinations for a more refined look.
The Final Touch
For a centerpiece, add a few candles and magnolia leaves to a cluster of your arrangements. Put the candles on a plate to prevent the wax from ruining your table, and make sure the greenery stays a safe distance from the flame.
This article is from the November 2004 issue of Southern Living.