A fruit rainbow is perfect easy-to-prepare St. Patrick’s Day party food for all ages, especially when a pot of gold awaits at the end of this colorful arc.
Rainbows are well loved symbols of Ireland, especially since they hover over leprechauns’ hiding spots. The lure of pots full of gold intrigues both young and old alike, making spirits brighter, especially around St. Patrick’s Day.
A treat just perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
But then I got to thinking how perfect a fruit rainbow might be for a play date recipe and snack, especially in the coming weeks with St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching.
However, the inspirational rainbow platter on Pinterest uses quite a lot of fruit. To be honest, I didn’t want to have so much fruit passing between sticky six year old fingers, knowing full well my little girl and her three friends would never eat it all.
And so I decided to adapt this idea by creating a smaller rainbow with individual fruit segments, jig-sawed together to compose each colorful stripe. Here’s how we did it:
First we washed and halved our strawberries lengthwise, then laid them along three-quarters of the outer edge of a white plate. Alternating tops and tails, they fitted perfectly together.
I was careful to choose a punnet of strawberries with similar, medium sized berries. I avoided the packets with those humongous looking mammoth strawberries.
Next I took a small, seedless mandarin, peeled it and broke it into segments. They created a perfect orange stripe lying end-to-end beneath the strawberries. Pieces of cantaloupe would also work well for an orange layer.
We chose green grapes next, followed by a layer of pineapple triangles.
Then came a row of purple grapes, followed by just a few blueberries for the final stripe. A lovely rainbow!
I had planned to put a row of apple segments or bananas between the grapes and pineapple, but my plate wasn’t big enough. We made do with a six stripe rainbow instead of seven.
Then we decided we needed to do something to fill in the empty white space on our plate. So we made grape shamrocks by halving our grapes, laying them in the familiar trefoil pattern, with a sliver of blueberry as a stem.
Our final finishing touch was a pot of gold containing rolos covered in shiny, golden foil.
I confess, I do not own a little black bowl, so I had to get creative. I stared into my cabinets for inspiration. Then suddenly I spotted a sports bottle with a black lid. Turned upside down, the lid made a perfect leprechaun’s pot.
Next Halloween I plan to buy some little black pots that can do double duty around St. Patrick’s Day.
And so, there you have it – a lovely play date fruit rainbow, with just the right amount of fruit for four little ones to munch on and enjoy every last morsel.
And remember, a fruit-filled rainbow is also a perfect show piece for any St. Patrick’s Day party.
Slán agus beannacht leat!
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom