Fruit Bowl Centerpiece

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 20, 2009

Last week a bowl of fruit inadvertently ended up on my dinner table. It’s been lurking around there ever since. I don’t really have a “winter” centerpiece that I use. Christmas centerpiece has been put away and I just can’t seem to get my spring stuff out yet!

So the bowl of fruit it will be!
The cool thing…the kiddos are asking to eat it! They love fruit, but don’t usually just ask for a piece. Now that it’s visible and right there in the middle of where we live and eat, they can’t seem to get enough! I, too, am amazed at how much more fruit I’ve been eating since having the bowl out. So it’s here to stay!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie January 20, 2009 at 10:10 pm

That “works for me” too! The whole family has more than doubled our fruit consumption by having a friut bowl out!


Queen-Size funny bone January 20, 2009 at 10:10 pm

my fruit never disappears unless I don’t want him to touch it.


Upstatemomof3 January 20, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Very cool. We love fruit in our house. I may try having it in plain site – I will probably eat more of it that way. :)


Alyson January 20, 2009 at 10:35 pm

That’s what we do in our house too! My 2 older kids help themselves to a piece of fruit (as long as they ask first) and my 16 month old now does the same. I’ve found him sitting on top of the dinner table taking bites out of ALL the apples, pears and even bananas! One bite out of each…UGhhh! At least he’s getting the picture!


Amy January 20, 2009 at 11:51 pm

We have a small cafe table in our kitchen where we keep a bowl of fruit. It is nice that the kids can just help themselves any time.


Dave January 21, 2009 at 12:50 am

Good Idea. I think we will try that!


Jane Anne January 21, 2009 at 2:02 am

I don’t ever have a center piece, LOL. However, sometimes I do put the fruit in a bowl on the counter. It is amazing how good that fruit looks to everyone when I keep it in plain sight!


evi January 21, 2009 at 3:21 am

We started that a couple of months ago – works great! I am more of a vegetable-person, though. But my fiancee at least doubled his amount of fruit (and he already ate A LOT before we had put it onto the dinner-table).
I really enjoy your blog, it’s very inspirational. Thanks for your work!


Sassy Family January 21, 2009 at 8:04 am

We do this too. I have multiple fruit bowls (we eat a lot of fruit)… maybe some apples on the table and some oranges in the family room. The colors are so bright and pretty they can add life to any diet, and stop the sugary snacking. My only problem is keeping the bowls full! Beautiful picture!


Jerralea January 21, 2009 at 11:21 am

I agree about keeping fruit out. I try to at least have a bowl of apples out at all times. Hmm… I’m down to 3 apples, better get some more!


Sherry January 21, 2009 at 11:34 am

I need to start doing this again instead of just putting the bananas out.


queenoftheclick January 21, 2009 at 11:35 am

I love your arrangement!

I keep fruit and small carrots on the shelf that is most visible in the frig sometimes it helps!

I’m going to try leaving a few pieces out :)


Raise Them Up January 21, 2009 at 11:43 am

We do this too. But with a four year old running around, I often come across a piece of fruit with a bite out of it, neatly tucked back in, of course. lol!

Pretty Picture!


Twelfthknit January 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm

That’s the exactly why I can’t keep chocolate or biscuits on display – my consumption triples if it is in my line of sight.


Farrah January 22, 2009 at 1:01 pm

This is one “trick” that seems to work well for us too. If I keep us stocked with fruits/veggies out in the open or as soon as they open the fridge that’s what they are very happy eating. I got tired of monitoring the crap they wanted to climb into on the top pantry shelf!


Martha A. January 26, 2009 at 7:02 pm

i hide my fruit in a variety of places hoping to get it to last a whole week! It never quite works as they usually can find it fast! Fruit is a treat though here!


Lisa January 26, 2009 at 9:25 pm

This is a great idea! We’ve all heard “Out of sight, out of mind”, well the opposite is indeed true, too! A couple weeks ago I started putting fruit on the table on a 3 tier stand I had – it was cluttering up the smaller counter space that I had for it, and what do you know? The kids are eating a lot more of it – ok, we all are eating a lot more!


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