These strawberry desserts have your choice of topping and are also easy gifts you can make. Do it the super easy way or make chocolate covered strawberries. We explain both.
This is both a food and craft project so perfect for senior activities. The result will be an attractive centerpiece, door prize, or gift – sure to please. And satisfying to make and give.
If you’re planning elderly activities, be sure to consider these strawberries desserts – both plain or chocolate covered. The project is easy to modify and to give extra help to those who may need it. Simple items are used, and you may already have some around.
Bouquets & Strawberry Desserts
Candy Vase With Bouquet
You will need:
- 4 large strawberries
- Vase of your choice – tall and narrow work well
- Candies to fill vase – wrapped is always best if it’s for a non-family member
- 4 long kabob skewers
- Ribbon or raffia, and bow if you’re using one — or
- Colored feathers, or artificial flowers instead of a bow
- Curly reeds for bouquet (optional)
- Whipped cream, — or
- Dipping chocolate (in microwavable container), — or
- Small gumdrop for top of strawberry instead of whipped cream or chocolate dip
- 4 toothpicks if you are using gumdrops
- Plate with waxed paper, if using dipping chocolate
Make sure your vase is washed and clean.
Fill the vase half way with your candy. Put the skewer sticks and curly reeds in, arranging them as you desire. I put them in at slightly different levels so the berries wouldn’t bump into each other. Finish filling up the vase with candies.
Then wrap the ribbon or raffia around the vase several times. You can also separate the strands to give a spiral effect. Insert the feathers, flowers, or attach a bow.
If you are going to be presenting this right away and the recipient can eat the strawberries soon, then it’s very easy to use whipped cream for the tops of the berries.
However, if you’ll be giving it or eating it later, use gumdrops on the tops (sticking them on with toothpicks), or make chocolate covered strawberries (see below). First put a strawberry on each skewer. At this point, put on the whipped cream topping, or gumdrop, if not using chocolate dipped.
You can decorate strawberry bouquets for many holidays and occasions, like these super easy ghosts. They are white chocolate dipped, and the instructions are further below. The faces were made with edible food markers. Or use chocolate squirt frosting in a tube. Then place them in a vase of black and/or orange jelly beans.
Below is another version of a bouquet to use both as a centerpiece (either on a buffet, or perhaps one on each table that can later be used for your strawberry desserts. Just change out what you fill the vase with, and surround it at the bottom with real or artificial flowers.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
If you want to make chocolate covered strawberries, there’s a really easy way. Learn all about it and see our chocolate strawberry ideas, at: Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
They also look fabulous with a white chocolate coating. And colored berries make fabulous strawberry desserts in a bouquet type arrangement.
Learn the specifics of what to do at the link above. Then just stick a kabob skewer in each berry. Fill a teapot or vase half way with florist foam or styrofoam, and arrange the berry sticks in it. I also made and inserted a few long, thin leaves of colored paper to add to the look.
Chocolate Strawberry Flowers
For this whimsical bouquet, make chocolate covered strawberries according to instructions, in any color you like. Add a candy on top, if desired.
To make the petals, I like to use old rolls of wallpaper samples (from the thrift store) or colorful wrapping paper. You could also use doilies. Fold your paper in half (so it will be double sided), making a 3 to 4 inch square.
Trace or draw a simple flower shape on it and cut it out. Glue the two sides together.
When the glue is dry, pierce the flower centers with something sharp, like a needle, then insert kabob skewers as stems. Also insert the skewer ends into the strawberries. Make as many as you want.
Then arrange them as a bouquet in a vase filled with candies, nuts, etc. If you put one on each table, or several in a grouping, there will be enough flower strawberry desserts for everyone.
For Valentine’s Day, you could also make the petals out of red or pink paper, and cut them in the shape of hearts.
Below is a sunflower style using the same petal onto a stick principle. By doing several, you could create a bouquet.
Bouquet Strawberry Desserts, with Parfait
These strawberry desserts involve a different approach, using layers of a variety of items such as ice cream, strawberry sauce, coconut, fruit, etc., layered with fresh strawberries. The berry bouquets are made as usual. These desserts would need to be eaten right away.
You can also make these red, white and blue, so they’re great for the Fourth of July. Or use green mint ice cream and more green in your coloring, for Christmas.
I first put a layer of fresh strawberry cranberry relish sauce, which I made and which is very easy. You just add some chopped berries to the recipe. Then I layered coconut, fresh strawberries, strawberry ice cream, strawberry sauce, etc. Whatever you like. I topped it with a little whipped cream.
Lastly, I insert 3 skewers with chocolate strawberries of different colors. Even just one would suffice. Fun for parties!
As a little alternative to using strawberry desserts in a bouquet, try a towering kabob. Very simple, with fruits and candies that are easy to get. See our strawberry apple fruit kabob page.