If you want to impress your gourmet loving friends at your next dinner party use a basket of fruit as a centerpiece and incorporate citrus fruit into the meal. A basket of citrus fruit is a lovely centerpiece, especially if you choose an unusual container for the fruit like a handmade ceramic bowl or hand woven basket. The biggest trend in gourmet food these days is focusing on locally grown, high quality foods and preparing them in simple ways that will really showcase the natural flavors of the items. Fresh citrus fruit in a beautiful basket is the perfect dessert for a meal that is focused on natural and local items. Delicious oranges and grapefruits that are shipped fresh from the groves so that they arrive just days after being picked, fit in perfectly with the local and natural theme and will thrill your guests with their sweet taste and juiciness.
If you are preparing a dessert course, the fruit in the basket of fruit on the table can be used to garnish dishes or make exotic drinks. It can also be used between courses to cleanse the palette before the next course. A simple grapefruit sorbet made from fresh grapefruit and raw unprocessed sugar is a fantastic thing to serve between courses, and your gourmet friends will be impressed that the fruit used to make the sorbet is the same fruit that is sitting on the table. You can also give out fresh oranges and grapefruits as party favors to your guests, or use them as place cards. Write each guest's name on the outer peel and let the guests use the citrus fruit to find their seats.
When you're serving a gourmet dinner that is focused on local and organic cuisine to your friends, the last thing you want is a cluttered or overly decorated table. A simple basket of fruit containing fresh citrus fruit is a beautiful decoration that will highlight the beautiful color of the fruit. Choose a rustic or handmade container to really play up the theme of the dinner. When the dinner is over you can enjoy the fruit that is leftover since fresh citrus fruit can keep for weeks if you store it properly. After the fruit is gone you can refill the basket and use it as a centerpiece for other dinners or use it around your home as a decorative item.