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Summer is such a wonderful season normally packed with family, food and fun. Oh, and heat. Lots of heat, at least here in the South! If you are like me and enjoy entertaining friends and family during the hot months, then today’s post is just for you. Its all about summer entertaining made easy with the refreshing combo of Minute Maid® Lemonade and fresh watermelon, including a fun DIY watermelon centerpiece that is sure to be a showstopper at your next family gathering.
If you follow my Instagram, you’ll know I’ve professed my love several times for both lemonade and watermelon this summer. Call them a pregnant lady’s summer staples. However, you don’t have to be eight months pregnant to appreciate their refreshing taste! Made with the goodness of real lemons, Minute Maid Lemonade is the quintessential refreshing beverage with the great taste of a simpler time. Its perfect to buy when you are getting together with friends and family and pairs so well with all types of fruit, in case you don’t love watermelon as much as we do over here!
I was able to snag both my Minute Maid and watermelon from my local Kroger.
They even have a wonderful deal going on right now: Buy any 2 Minute Maid or Sprite 2 liters and save $1 off your watermelon purchase. Be on the lookout for a display near the watermelon featuring a tear pad with extra coupons or a coupon offer on the bottles themselves.
Now for the DIY watermelon centerpiece, which was so simple. I’ve seen similar DIYs done in the Fall with pumpkins, and I knew it would be easy to recreate with watermelon for summertime entertaining. If you are on the lookout for more fun entertaining recipes, you can find some great ones HERE.
What you will need:
- a watermelon (preferably flat on one end)
- a large knife for carving
- a cutting board
- 1-2 kitchen towels
- a large spoon or scoop
- a large bowl
- a small bowl (if you want to make the watermelon ice cubes, too)
- a mason jar or other container
- flowers of your choice
- a cake stand
To prepare your work surface, lay down a kitchen towel or something similar and top it with your cutting board. Its also helpful to keep another towel on hand because some parts can get a little messy.
Start by slicing off a small amount of the flattest end of your watermelon. This is to create an even surface for it to sit on. Try not to cut all of the way into the red flesh. Check it a few times to make sure the watermelon is balanced properly when sitting up.
Cut the top off the other end, this time exposing the interior. Try to keep your cut level again so you will have a nice round opening for your “vase.”
Set the whole watermelon up onto the level bottom. With your knife, slice a grid into the watermelon flesh. This makes scooping it out much easier.
Now for the slightly messy part, scoop out the interior of your watermelon with a large spoon and transfer it to your large bowl. It may not be the prettiest looking cut up watermelon, but it will still taste just as delicious! Try to get all of the red flesh out that you can, especially on the bottom so that your mason jar or container will have an even surface to sit on.
Place your mason jar, or whatever container you have that will fit, into the watermelon to see if it fits and sits evenly. If so, remove it and fill the container about halfway with water then place it back into your watermelon vase.
Now for the fun part! Create a flower arrangement with your favorite blooms. Cut and place them into the mason jar filled with water while its inside the watermelon vase. I used sunflowers and two fillers that I also got from Kroger. (I ended up switching those pink Alstromerias for white flowers after it was all said and done.)
The last step is to place your cake stand, or a similar hard surface to set your DIY watermelon vase centerpiece on, wherever you want it displayed. This protects your table or counters from any juice that may leak out of the bottom. Carefully transport your centerpiece (it will be a little heavy) and set it atop the cake stand. Voila! Your DIY watermelon centerpiece is completed!
I also whipped up a these watermelon ice cubes to add to glasses of lemonade for a fun little change.
What you will need:
- 1 cup of cut up watermelon
- 1/2 cup of watermelon juice
- 1/2 cup of water
- a blender or food processor
- an ice cube tray
Add the watermelon, juice and water to the blender. Blend everything until slushy. Pour the mixture into the ice cube tray and freeze overnight. This makes enough to fill one standard ice cube tray.
All in all, the combination of delicious Minute Made and watermelon is a no brainer for summer entertaining.
Its the go to at our house, and I hope that these simple tutorials help make it the same at yours!