While this post is uncharacteristic of me and this blog, baby fever has taken over my life. My Facebook feed is overrun with babies these days, and in real life it’s time for my first close friend to have a child. My very best friend in Israel Beth is due any day (hour?! minute?!) now and so a few weeks ago I had the fun of planning my first baby shower. I needed baby shower food ideas, and as usual Pinterest came to the rescue. This watermelon baby carriage was perfect because not only does it look cute and create an interactive centerpiece, but since Beth has gestational diabetes it also fit my sugar-free rule. Yup, the whole baby shower was outfitted with snacks made entirely (ok, mostly) with natural sugars.
As impressive as this watermelon baby carriage looks, it was a cinch to make (and this coming from someone who wouldn’t call herself crafty). All you need is a watermelon, a good sharp knife and a metal spoon and you’re in business. Then fill it with your favorite fruit salad, toss some orange slice wheels on the side, and you’ve got a baby buggy watermelon.
- 1 watermelon
- 4 orange slices
- Cut a very thin slice from the widest, ugliest part of the watermelon so it sits flat on the table.
- Using a large, sharp knife cut out one quarter of the watermelon (slice down halfway through and across halfway through, and remove the wedge). You can slice the watermelon from the removed wedge to include in the fruit salad later.
- Using a metal spoon, scoop the watermelon flesh out into a large bowl. Reserve for another use (I made watermelon-lime aqua frescas). It should pretty much look like a baby carriage at this point.
- For some extra decoration, cut out little triangles with a paring knife in the top edge of the watermelon carriage to create a zig-zag trim.
- Attach the watermelon slices with toothpicks to make wheels.
- You can carve a stroller handle from the removed watermelon wedge. Scrape away the watermelon flesh and cut the wedge in half. Trim the wedge lengthwise a bit, then carefully cut out a rectangular opening by the top. Insert it into front of the baby carriage so it sticks out slightly.
- Spoon your favorite fruit salad into the baby carriage and serve.