Thank you to Wonderful Halos for sponsoring this post.
This citrus-themed holiday tablescape is sure to be a hit with your guests. With edible decor made with Wonderful Halos Mandarins, your holiday table will look and taste fantastic.
Growing up, we always had a big orange in the foot of our Christmas stocking.
I never understood why until my mom finally explained why the tradition meant so much to her. Growing up in England, fresh citrus was not easy to come by. My mom and her sisters often only had citrus during the holiday season so the orange in their stocking was a huge treat for them and always served as their Christmas morning breakfast.
I’ve carried on a version of that tradition with my own kids. They prefer easy-to-peel Wonderful Halos Mandarins so we always make sure to have plenty on hand for the holidays.
Since citrus season and the holiday season are so intermingled at my house, I loved the idea of creating a citrus tablescape using Halos California Mandarins.
I always put out a bowl of fruit for kids (and adults . . . we won’t leave anyone out) to snack on while holiday meals are being made. This year we changed things up a bit.
The center of our table is an edible Mandarin Tower Centerpiece inspired by A Beautiful Mess. These are so easy to make. Click on over to get the full instructions.
Mandarin Ornament Place Setting Displays
As a fun addition to our table, I wanted to create these cute little Mandarin Ornament Place Setting Displays. These are so quick and easy to make and the best part is you have an edible table decoration that your guests can enjoy while waiting for the main course.
To make these, remove the top of an old ornament or purchase ornament caps (like these).
Take one of your Wonderful Halos Mandarins and slide the ends of the prongs into the top. Leave a space that you can squeeze a bit of hot glue into before pushing it all the way onto the top of your mandarin.
Set these out on each plate at your dinner table for a cute garnish option.
You could also hang these on your tree as a temporary decoration, just be sure and let your guests know that they are free to enjoy them. These will likely last just a few days before starting to go bad since the mandarin skin is punctured to put them together. In my house, that isn’t an issue. My kids eat Halo Mandarins faster than I can shop for them.
I love seeing our festive citrus-themed table. The holidays just feel so much brighter when we are surrounded by delicious California Mandarins.
My kids are thrilled seeing their favorite snack on display and I love that they have healthy snacking options available to grab while I’m prepping our holiday meal.