This Christmas table decoration idea makes for unique Christmas table centerpieces! It has been featured in a recent book, The Ultimate Christmas, (by HCI, publishers of the legendary Chicken Soup series).
It doesn't take much to turn fruit into amazing Christmas table centerpieces!
All you need is:
1. Choose the right fruit: go for a variety of shapes & colors, e.g. pomegranates, pears, apricots, plums, cherries, and green / yellow / brown leaves.
2. Simply brush your selected fruits and leaves with a thin layer of egg white, and then coat each one with granulated sugar.
3. Dry the fruit thoroughly on a plate or on baking parchment - not on kitchen paper! The sticky sugar coating will 'glue' the fruits to the kitchen paper, and it won't peel off easily.
How to increase the lifespan of your Xmas table decorations:
If you intend to keep these edible Christmas decorations for more than a week, choose solid, less juicy fruit that keeps fresh longer - for example apples, cranberries, and clementines. Select slightly unripe fruit and keep it away from heat sources and in a cool pantry overnight, if possible.
Make sure you test-drive this Christmas table decoration idea before Christmas, so you get the hang of the technique and know exactly what looks best in your Christmas table setting.
Experiment with different types of granulated sugar, so you get a degree of 'frost' coarseness that you really like.
If you find the sugar coating too thick (it happened to me when I tried it the first time - I had way too much egg white on the fruit) - let the fruit dry completely and then rinse until your Xmas table decorations look just right ('icy' but not 'lost in a snowdrift').
If rinsing doesn't yield good results, just wash off the sugar coating as well as the egg white, dry thoroughly, and start over with the frosting process.
Once dry, arrange the fruit on your Christmas dinner table (check out the list below for Christmas table decorating ideas!)
It's really worth experimenting with these edible Christmas decorations, because the general concept adapts very well to most interior decorating styles.
Don't stop at Christmas table centerpieces. Try small compositions, for example:
Christmas table centerpieces make very simple, Christmas table decorating ideas.
They tend to look sleek and low-key, but also offer plenty of opportunities for over-the-top decoration (should you so wish ;-)
The article contains a list of ideas for creating tabletop-Christmas-tree-shaped, edible Christmas table centerpieces at little cost (of both time and money).
The page about Christmas lights & decorations has additional Christmas table decoration idea & inspiration material. (For example, create a central feature down the length of your Christmas table setting, using this apple/nuts combo in sparkling glasses.)
Also, check out the page on Christmas candles for additional Xmas table decorations featuring live candles.