Impressive & Edible Table Decorations
General Purpose: To teach a unique and creative craft to the audience.
Specific Purpose: To show the audience an inventive way to decorate for
parties, holidays, and even weddings.
Central Idea: Holidays, parties, and even formal events have many
opportunities to display a simple, easy, and impressive decoration.
Introduction To Speech:
I. Have you ever watched a chef or culinary artist create something
amazing out of a simple food and wished you could do the same
thing? Have you ever wondered why it looked so easy?
II. You’ve probably heard the expression “You eat with your eyes before
you eat with your mouth.” Whether you are entertaining your guests
by cooking an Asian or Western cuisine, nothing enhances a
carefully prepared dish like a graceful fruit or vegetable carving.
Transition: Decorations can make or break any affair, but can be extra-
special if done with creativity and originality.
I. An eye-catching garnish will add to any dish being served.
a. The food can be canned soup ; beans, but if the presentation
looks great, the food will appear to be of the same caliber.
II. There are only a few general techniques to remember for the
creation of basic food art.
a. The knife should always be longer than the fruit or vegetable
being cut through
b. Cutting wedges is a technique used for many different creations
and should therefore be performed accurately.
III. Explanation of 3 decorations.
a. Apple Swan
b. Orange Fish
c. Radish Mouse
Transition: All of these are simple techniques to spice up a dcor.
Conclusion: Next time you attend a banquet, or host a party of your own,
remember these ideas and apply them. Perhaps you can create a few new
ideas yourself in the process.
Visual Aids: Pre-made carvings of each animal, along with the partial
demonstration of the one main creation.
Audience Analysis: I know the audience has probably never thought of food
art, nor have they been exposed to an opportunity to learn the craft. I
had a hard time trying to consider the people who have not interest in the
subject at all, but I think those people will be satisfied during the hands-
on creation of the food animals.