Good morning! A couple weeks ago I posted about the Winnie the Pooh party we had for our children. The main dish of our food table was a vegetable platter designed to look like Rabbit’s Garden. Today I thought I’d share with you the tutorial for how I put it together. Vegetable platters are a great food option for any party and a garden design can work for so many different occasions and party themes! This would look adorable at a Peter Rabbit party or any spring/summer get-together!
While searching for ideas on putting together a vegetable platter, I found lots of great tips for preparing the veggies and some fun ways to display them. The sites I found the most useful are listed below. In looking for ideas, I came across one platter that I thought was really great over at Taste of Home. It used a fence, which was what I had in mind, but I wanted my platter to hold more vegetables. I was also hoping to find a way to create it without buying too many supplies! Below is the tutorial for creating a Garden-Themed Vegetable Platter!
- Cutting board – one with cut-out handles is great but not necessary, a thicker cutting board will work best
- Fencing (I needed two packages)
- Garden signs and scarecrow – printed and cut out
- 1 stick of String cheese
Step 1: Attach the fencing to your cutting board. I didn’t want to do anything permanent to my cutting board so I found using yarn to tie the fence to the board was the best solution. The yarn gets covered up by the vegetables so you won’t really see it.
I started by tying the ends of one of my fencings to the cutting board through the handles. If your cutting board does not have handles, no worries, just wrap the yarn around the entire board.
Once I had both ends tied, I pulled the fence in close to my board by tying it at two places along the long side of the board and one along the shorter sides. My cutting board was curved so this was necessary to keep the fence close to the board. I moved all of my knots to the underside of the cutting board.
I did the same process for the second piece of fencing. I removed some of the wooden pieces by sliding them out of the wire so the fence fit perfectly with some leftover wire on either end. I could use these pieces of wire to help link the two fences together.
STEP 2: Lay out your vegetables! I used a hollowed-out green pepper for my dipping sauce so I placed that in one corner of the board. Then I laid out my prepped vegetables in lines on the board the morning of the party. I had prepped them the night before and stored them in plastic baggies after wrapping them in a damp paper towel.
STEP 3: Add garden signs. Since this was a Winnie the Pooh-themed party, I found images of Rabbit’s scarecrow online and printed it and cut it out. I made little signs that said “Kerits”, “Peppers”, “Radishes”, “Rabbit’s Garden” and “Goffers Keep out” all written and spelled like Rabbit does in the books. I taped the signs to toothpicks (and to some of the left over fence posts) and stuck each sign in about a 1/2″ chunk of string cheese – which worked excellent for holding my signs up!
I loved the way this turned out and I was shocked how quickly the vegetables were eaten up! We barely had any left over and any we did have left were gone by the next day! The clean up of this was super easy too – I just cut the yarn, threw it out, and rolled up the fencing to be used for some other project! Below you can find information on how I prepped my veggies and some fun ideas on different ways to cut them!
Prepping the Veggies for the Garden-Themed Vegetable Platter!
So perhaps you have made a vegetable platter before – I definitely had not, and as someone who doesn’t exactly love her veggies, I needed some advice and ideas on how to prepare them! I chose veggies I knew my son and family liked and went from there. Bugaboo absolutely loves veggies so we had a ton of options! We ended up going with cucumbers, celery, broccoli, yellow, red, orange, and green peppers, tomatoes, carrots, and radishes.
I found the two articles below really helpful on how best to prepare and store my veggies for a vegetable platter. I went ahead and did what they suggested and blanched the broccoli and carrots. I was happy I did this as it really brought out the color of the broccoli and kept the carrots from looking chalky. My sister also commented how great the broccoli tasted so I think it was worth it! As I said above, I stored the veggies in plastic baggies in our vegetable crisper and either wrapped the veggies in a damp paper towel or stuck one in the bag.
I found a lot of awesome ways to cut and present veggies. I decided to try a few of them (radish flowers and cookie cutter cucumbers) but ran out of time and space to try any others! Here are some of my favorite ideas!
I hope this post helps you create a wonderful vegetable platter! I was happy to have such a healthy food dish go so quickly and I think the presentation helped – or at least I’m claiming it did! I’ll be back next week with another DIY tutorial!