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I enjoy playing around with food and table presentations.  Spending just a few extra minutes to make a meal look fantastic can be rewarding to the hands that prepared the meal.  Family members will chat away about how unusual  it was.    Here are a few ideas that I came up with.  

Step 1: What You Need

You will need any type of salad and different types of containers.
  • I used sundae dishes.
  • Wine glasses.
  • Jars.
  • Plastic Sprite bottle.
  • Small scrap of cloth for lid.
  • Small scrap of cloth to set jar on.
  • Box of waffle bowls.
  • Small battery operated votive candle.
  • Painted tin can.
  • Jute for a tie.
  • Garnish lemon and strawberry.

Step 2: Sprite Salad

Just start playing around with different looks.  I really like the larger brighter led lights.  Around Halloween they have some that are very nice that I use a lot.  I have mine put away where it was too hard to get to.  It is a nice way to make a splash.  
  • For this salad I cut a Sprite bottle down to where the bubbles were and evened off the edges on both pieces.  
  • I placed the candle in the bottom of the bottle.
  • Inverted the top into the bottom.  
  • Filled it with salad.
  • Added a lemon garnish.

Now isn't that pretty?

Step 3: Fruit Salad

For this fruit salad I:

Cut 2 small pieces of scraps into a square.
I overlapped them so the points were offset.
Filled the jar with fruit salad up to where I wanted the heart.
I carefully cut out a heart from a strawberry and stuck it to the inside of the glass.
I filled the rest with small slices of apple.
Served with an ice tea spoon.
It would have been cute to have a strawberry garnish but I forgot.

Step 4: Sweetheart Salad.

For the Sweetheart salad I used:

  • Fruit salad.
  • 1 Slice strawberry.
  • Shallow canning jar.
  • Tootsie Roll Pop Covered with a scrap of cloth and a jute ribbon.  
  • I used a small scrap of cloth to set it on.
  • Pinking sheers would give it a nice edge.  

Step 5: Waffle Sundae

For the waffle sundae I used:

  • Waffle bowl.
  • Fruit salad.
  • Coconut topping.
  • Cherry.
  • Painted canning jar.
  • Small jute tie.

Step 6: Tin Can Sundae

Tin can sundae:

Painted tin can.
Waffle cone.
Fruit Salad.
Cherry.
Coconut topping.

Or you can just use a sundae dish and add a battery operated votive candle..

Step 7: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

These are a lot of fun to make.  It is a thoughtful way to express your love for family members.  My son mentioned the other day that he felt it was real important for families to have a set time to eat everyday.  He said that it is a proven fact that families that eat a meal together on a regular base tend to be a closer knit family and stay together.  I agree with him.  I hope this has given you some ideas on how to spread your love at mealtime.

Thanks for stopping in and have a nice day!

Sunshiine
Wow, it really looks like you had fun with this!
I have fun with anything to do with Instructables! It keeps me very busy and I have fun with it. Thanks for commenting! Have a splendorous day!

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