Picture of Cauliflower Head: Halloween Veggie Centerpiece

This project really cracks me up...I laughed the whole time I was putting it together. 

I had this ugly green styrofoam head in my possession that needed a refashion and this is what I came up with.  Cauliflower Head was the star attraction in my veggie platter for last year's Halloween party.  :)

Here's what you need to get started:

*styrofoam head

*spray paint



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Step 1: Paint the Head

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If your paint is not food-safe, let the head sit and off-gas for a while before using it to get rid of any fumes or paint smell.

Step 2: Prepare the Cauliflower

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Break your cauliflower head into smaller florets.   I wanted to use purple cauliflower, but all I could find was yellow.  Bright green romanesco broccoli would have been cool too.  If all you can find is white cauliflower, you might consider painting your head a funky color instead of black.

Step 3: Arrange the Cauliflower

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Stick a toothpick in the bottom of each floret and then stick the other end of the toothpick into the head, arranging the pieces all over the head in a "brain-like" way.  Be sure that the cauliflower does not touch the head if your paint wasn't food safe. 

Step 4: Party Time!

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Place your head on a small cake plate to elevate it from the rest of your veggie tray.  Add a "necklace" of veggies around the base if you'd like. I used the tops of my bell peppers, but radishes would be cute too, for a "pearl necklace" type look. Then enjoy your party and watch your friends laugh!
That is really creative! How fun :)
Thank you, my dear! Are you going to make one this year?
sprinkles682 years ago
I think any dismembered head around halloween is a great spooky decoration. The col-y-flower is great imagination haha!
Brass Paperclip (author)  sprinkles682 years ago
I can you go wrong with a dismembered head? You made me laugh! Glad you liked... :)
peege2232 years ago
This gives me a great idea!!! Make the head into a bowl and arrange the cauliflower to look like a brain!!!!....Thanks for sharing
Brass Paperclip (author)  peege2232 years ago
I like the bowl idea! You just gave me another idea....cut the head off flat and use a pate or cheese-ball-type food to create a rounded brain on top. We did a smoked salmon pate brain once and it was funny...would look awesome perched on a head. Yum! :)
twighahn2 years ago
i could use a styrofoam skull too
Brass Paperclip (author)  twighahn2 years ago
That would definitely put a fun twist on the pics if you do!! :)
grannyjones2 years ago
Hmmm, I wonder if the cauliflower would wick up food coloring, like white carnations? Anybody try that?
carnations are edible too
Brass Paperclip (author)  twighahn2 years ago
I did not realize carnations were edible...have lots of other edible flowers in my garden though...might be a fun centerpiece with a flowery chia pet!
Brass Paperclip (author)  grannyjones2 years ago
Oooh...that's a fun idea to try. I have never seen that done, but you know now I have to try it. I can tell you that if you squeeze lemon on purple cauliflower, it turns hot pink. ;)