I made some cute little fruit cups for my daughter’s preschool class party today and wanted to pass along this idea. I love these fruit cups because they are so lovely in person- my little girls were THRILLED to see these come out of the fridge.
It is so quick and so easy and this would be a great option for birthday parties or class parties as an alternative to sweets.
I have two ways to serve the fruit cups and I can tell you first hand I ate two of these today so they are delicious.
The first option is just to layer several kids of fruit into little clear plastic cups. I found that 3 colors or more is best and you can use any fruit that is in season. I ran low on fruit and had a few cups that were just raspberries, pineapple and grapes and they still looked great.
A few other suggestions:
- I used Kiwi to create my green layer and found it didn’t hold up nearly as well as the green grapes (sliced in half). You might also try Honeydew.
- Purple grapes would be a great addition if you use honeydew or kiwi for the green layer.
- I would avoid apples and bananas for the yucky browning factor.
- I used tangerines for the orange layer but mango would be fantastic as well or cantaloupe.
- Layer it all at the last minute to keep the colors nice and bright.
I just cut up all the fruit the night before- and for little ones I diced the fruit for small bite size pieces.
The next morning right before the party I just layered all the fruit in little cups and I found some plastic cups that came with lids. Poke a fork in the straw hole and you have a treat with a lot of wow factor.
If you want to make something a little sweeter (for say a birthday party)- I mixed up some fresh whipped cream and added a nice dollop on top. I also topped with sprinkles because everything is better with sprinkles- #obv. This was so delicious!! Chopped nuts, shaved chocolate or toasted coconut would also be fantastic! Walgreens Circular is a great source of healthy snacks. Just a little goes a long way.
In our school snack time is at 9:30am- so the kids are celebrating with cookies and cupcakes and getting all that sugar first thing in the morning. This is a great alternative. I would just bring the whipped cream and dollop it as you hand out the cups.
It really is very simple and the children will love it.
PS: Reader Jason made 32 of these cups for a sports team and was kind enough to share the quantity of fruit used as a reference point:
Grapes- about 4 lbs
Blueberries- 3 lbs
Strawberries- 8 lbs
If you’d like something super simple for parties, these watermelon cups have always been a huge hit and come with the cutest free printable tag.
And here is another fun snack idea– Watermelon lollipops!
And one more of our favorites– watermelon sorbet. No ice cream maker needed!