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



Step 1: Paint the Head

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

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

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!

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!



    • Jewelry Challenge

      Jewelry Challenge
    • Trash to Treasure

      Trash to Treasure
    • Tape Contest

      Tape Contest

    12 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I think any dismembered head around halloween is a great spooky decoration. The col-y-flower is great imagination haha!

    1 reply

    6 years ago on Introduction

    This gives me a great idea!!! Make the head into a bowl and arrange the cauliflower to look like a brain!!!!....Thanks for sharing

    1 reply

    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! :)

    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!

    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. ;)