How to Make a Beautiful Fruit Platter

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Everything you need to know on how to make a beautiful fruit platter! We’re sharing our tips and tricks to make a show-stopping fruit tray that is perfect for parties!

A fruit platter is an assortment of irresistible delectable fruit that can be made for any occasion. Have you ever wondered how to make a perfect party fruit platter? Well, our fruit platter ideas can be used whether it’s the middle of the winter or for a hot summer day! Fruit platters are great for all occasions.

Using these tips will help you build the most attractive and simple fruit platter that has long-lasting fresh fruits that look and taste delicious. Learn how to put together a seasonal fruit platter like a pro with these helpful hints and tips! 

If you want to serve this with cheese, then check out our fruit and cheese platter.

Serve this platter with a cheese board and a dessert charcuterie board for the ultimate party appetizers!

the most beautiful fruit platter

What Fruit Do You Put On a Platter?

Fresh and delicious seasonal fruits should be on your fruit platter. Always start with two colorful fruits as the foundation for your platter. Using perfectly ripe fruits that are in season will help your fruit stay fresher longer. Aim for all the colors in the rainbow when picking your fruit. Here are some great options: 

fruit for a fruit platter
  • Golden Pineapples
  • Seedless Grapes (red, green, or black)
  • Apples (red or green)
  • Star Fruit
  • Blackberries
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Kiwis
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries
  • Seedless Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pears
  • Melon 

Some fruits tend to brown quickly like apples, pears, or bananas so be sure to cut them in a timely manner.

Tip: Dip cut apples, pears, or even bananas in pineapple or lemon juice to stop them from browning quickly.

How to Arrange a Fruit Platter

how to arrange a fruit platter

Fruit should be arranged and stacked by height to add a dramatic appeal.

Frist place small dipping bowls for fruit dip, caramel, or berries on the platter.

Use small bowls to organize the fruit.

watermelon and grapes

Next, add the larger items to the platter like watermelon and grapes. Keep grapes on the vine for extra height and to ensure they don’t roll off the tray.  

making a fruit platter

Add slices of oranges, apples, and chunks of pineapple. If you have the room, place a few small piles, separated, on the platter. If you’re using a round platter, use the shape of the plate to guide where you add the fruit. 

kiwi, blueberries, pineapple, orange slices, and edible flowers.

Then, layer in smaller items like sliced kiwi and berries.

Tuck in garnishes like fresh mint and edible flowers around the platter.

A wood cutting board, marble serving tray, or large white platter makes for the prettiest fruit platter.

a styled fruit platter for parties

Tips for Making a Fruit Platter

Decide early what fruits you want to have at your event. Be sure to buy melons early enough for them to ripen and mangoes before they turn mushy.

Choose ripe fruits that are in season for a long-lasting fresh fruit platter.

Prep only hearty fruits like melons or berries the night before your event. Store fruits separately in airtight containers to keep them fresh. 

Use lemon and pineapple juice to stop fruits from browning. Buy a fancy cookie or vegetable cutter to make pretty shaped designed fruit.  You are now ready to create a seasonal fruit platter like a pro! 

Is It Cheaper to Make Your Own Fruit Tray?

In most cases, the grocery stores will have pre-made fruit trays available to purchase. They’ll be very simple and not as attractive as a fruit platter you can put together yourself for less. Assembling your very own fruit tray will give you more variety and also make it easier to customize for any occasion.

If you make a fruit tray on your own it will certainly be much cheaper and more appealing than any grocery or department store.  

How Do You Style a Fruit Platter?

A simple fruit platter can easily be put together but the most gorgeous fruit platters will be strategically assembled.

Place them on a beautiful plate, cake stand, or wood cutting board. Start by cutting your fruit into bite-sized pieces.

This will make them easy to plate and ready to eat. Group the fruits together by the colors of the rainbow.

Remember you want your platter to be attractive and irresistible, including all the colors of the rainbow will help you achieve this.

As you add the fruits to the tray be sure to strategically separate the fruits across the platter. Add some strawberries on the opposite side of the raspberries and the pineapples away from the mango. 

You can also style your fruit platters by color scheme. Choose all red fruits for a stylish platter or all green fruits for a tasty fruit tray.

Use small bowls to add height and drama to your fruit platter. Stacking soft fruit on hard fruit will also help achieve a more dramatic platter. 

You can also use a melon baller to scoop the flesh of watermelon or pineapples. Get a sharpened knife to easily cut kiwi or oranges in a v shape.

Tip: Adding a chocolate sauce or fruit dip will help break the dimensions of the platter up and add to its appeal. 

fruit platter ideas

How Do You Keep a Fruit Platter Fresh?

The best way to keep a fruit platter fresh is to choose fruits that are ripe and in season. Making fruit platters the same day as your event is ideal to ensure the fruit is fresh. 

If you need to make the platter the night before, be sure to cover it up and store it in the refrigerator. Remember that some fruits brown when cut, so avoid fruits like apples, bananas, or pears when making a platter in advance. 

It’s best to stick to fruits that are in season but once you cut an apple it will brown very quickly. Dip them in lemon juice only on the day of the event.

Don’t add the bananas until the platter is ready to be served. Mangoes tend to get mushy if not cut when ripe. Cantaloupes and melons can often be solid as a rock before cutting. Be sure to purchase fruits with the timing of your event in mind.

Tip: Cut up your fruit and store it in separate air-tight containers. Preparation is key when making an attractive fruit platter! 

How to Store a Fruit Platter

It’s best to store sliced fruit in an airtight container before putting them in the refrigerator. Store the fruits separately so the juices don’t mix together and make the flavors mix together.

How Do You Cut Strawberries for a Fruit Tray?

Strawberries can be cut with any paring knife. Cut the stems of a strawberry off and also remove the white core for a more appealing berry. If the strawberries are particularly small simply cut the stems and the white core and leave it whole for the platter.

Be sure only to do this with bite-size strawberries. Strawberries can be cut in halves, whole, slices, or quarters. 

You can also use mini vegetable cutters and cut them into shapes. We used a tiny heart and make heart-shaped strawberries for our Valentine’s Day fruit and cheese platter.

If you have leftover strawberries, try these strawberry recipes.

Another idea, if you’re serving a fruit platter for dessert is to add homemade chocolate-covered strawberries to the platter. They’re a juicy, sweet treat that people love!

How Much Do I Need for 25 Guests?

When preparing a party fruit platter for any party always remember the more attractive the platter the faster the guests will devour your beautiful tray.

Try to aim for half a cup to one cup of fruit for each guest. Don’t be afraid to make more than needed. Most leftover fruits from your platter will make a delicious smoothie or even a healthy yet tasty snack. 

How Long Does Cut Fruit Last in the Fridge?

Most fruits will last about 5 to 7 days in the fridge if not ripe upon purchase. If the fruit is ripe, cut it up and store it in an airtight container and it should last about 4-5 days. 

Tip: Slice melons early and allow them to rest on a paper towel for a few hours. The juice will leave the melons but they still have that delicious flavor we all love.  

easy fresh fruit platter ideas

How Early Can You Cut Fruit for a Party? 

The best time to cut fruit for a platter is the morning of your event. However, if you need to save time you can cut them early. Most fruits can be sliced 3 to 4 days in advance.

This will also make for a more soggy overripe fruit and will certainly ruin your beautiful platter! Not all fruits should be cut early. Cut up apples and bananas the day of the event to prevent them from browning and don’t forget to dip them in lemon juice. 

When picking your apples, choose varieties like Granny Smith, Empire, or Gala apples. These are less likely to brown as fast as other types of apples like Mcintosh or caramel apples. 

Tip: Store fruits like blueberries and strawberries in an airtight jar with a paper towel at the bottom. This hack will keep your fruit fresher for longer. 

Seasonal Fruit 

To make this a seasonal fruit platter, use fresh seasonal fruit. You can find the freshest fruit at farmers’ markets. For fall use fruits such as cherries, pomegranates, and even winter pineapple. Summer fruit platters will be brighter and filled with fresh strawberries and watermelon.

Winter Fruit: Pears, grapefruits, passion fruits, kiwis, lemons

Spring Fruit: Strawberries, apricots, mangoes, limes, honeydew melons

Summer Fruit: Blackberries, watermelons, peaches, oranges, raspberries

Fall Fruit: Apples, cherries, grapes, pomegranates, pineapples

What to Serve with a Fruit Platter

Fruit goes well with so many meals. You can serve it for brunch with fresh banana bread or our favorite blueberry muffins or have it as a side platter with appetizers like our ham and cheese sliders. It’s great for parties, BBQs or even as a dessert.

healthy yogurt dip with lemon zest

The Best Fruit Dips

Every fruit platter should have a creamy fruit dip served with it. We have the best recipe for a refreshing yogurt fruit dip that goes with every type of fruit. This dip is creamy and a healthier version of most fruit dip recipes.

Another option is making a homemade caramel sauce to dip juicy fruit in. Our recipe is easy to make and so delicious with all fruit!

If you’re looking for a sweeter fruit dip, try homemade marshmallow fluff. This definitely makes it a dessert platter when marshmallow fluff is added.

Chocolate sauce is another delicious option for a fun take on fruit fondu!

When to Serve a Fruit Platter

Fruit platters are great for entertaining and perfect year-round. You can make them as large as you need to provide for all of your guests or keep them small for a simple evening dining alfresco. Here are some of our favorite occasions to serve a fruit platter:

Brunch

Pool Party

Beach Bonfire

Wine and Cheese Party

Birthday Party it’s also perfect for a last-minute birthday party!

Carnival Party

Garden Party 

Tropical Party

Outdoor Movie Night

Fall Harvest Party

fresh fruit on a small plate with fruit dip

More Platter Ideas You’ll Love

Here are some of our favorite platters for holidays and special occasions:

Mexican Style Fruit Platter

Valentine’s Charcutier Platter

Candy Platter for Easter

Appetizer Platter for Kids

Southern Charcuterier Platter

Thanksgiving Platter

Turkey Thanksgiving Platter for Kids

Halloween Dessert Platter

Greek Mezze Platter

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the most beautiful fruit platter

Fruit Platter

Everything you need to know on how to make a beautiful fruit platter! We're sharing our tips and tricks to make a show stopping fruit tray that is perfect for parties! 
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Course: Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 10 slices watermelon
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 1 cup pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 dragon fruit , optional
  • 1/2 pound grapes
  • 2 kiwi, skin removed and sliced

Instructions

  • Frist place small dipping bowls for fruit dip, caramel or berries on the platter.
    how to arrange a fruit platter
  • Next, add the larger items to the platter like watermelon and grapes. Keep grapes on the vine for extra height and to ensure they don’t roll off the tray.  
    fruit platter with grapes and watermelon
  • Add slices of oranges, apples and chunks of pineapple. If you have the room, place a few small piles, separated, on the platter. If you’re using a round platter, use the shape of the plate to guide where you add the fruit. 
    making a fruit platter
  • Then, layer in smaller items like sliced kiwi and berries. 
    kiwi and berries layered on a fruit platter
  • Tuck in garnishes like fresh mint and edible flowers around the platter.
    sliced fresh fruit on a platter

Notes

This is a general guide to serving 10 guests. You can add more or less fruit to the platter. 
Add seasonal fruit that you know guests will love.
If you like more berries, add more! Again, this is a guide but you can alter it to fit your needs.
Serve it with our yogurt fruit dip
You can also add chocolate-covered strawberries to a fruit platter.

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 1424IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 thoughts on “How to Make a Beautiful Fruit Platter”

  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for the step by step photos! I can make yummy food, but I’m not great at arranging it, so that was very helpful!

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