Edible centerpieces and tablescapes are becoming increasingly popular in events large and small. Not only do they provide a creative twist to the event but they are also as practical as they are economical.
There are many innovative approaches to adding consumables to your decorations. Depending on the event, one can go simple and organic with herbs, fruit, and vegetables harvested from the garden to more fanciful themes of decadent desserts prepared for individual indulgence and displayed artfully throughout the venue. Do not feel limited to having these edibles displayed only at the center of the table or restricted to a table reserved for sweets.
Should you choose to use materials from your backyard or collected from fields or markets nearby, keep in mind guests expect to be able to eat what is presented to them should it look edible. Be sure fruit and vegetables are ripe, cleaned, and ready for consumption in any decorative form they take.
If decorating for a larger event such as a conference or wedding, express your desire for edible decorations with your planner and decide on a theme for the event. You can then work with your caterer to provide supplies and materials that will tie in with the menu. If you are more of the hands-on type and prefer to create the centerpieces yourself, plan on displaying enough of the edible pieces for every guest at the event to sample a few. However many pieces you yourself would consume is how many you can project for each of your guests to have.
With edible tablescapes, guests will enjoy sitting at the table long after the main courses have been served. Whichever direction your event takes, opting to have edible decorations are sure to make for an elegant and tasteful setting.