Having a boy’s birthday party with a cowboy theme? Maybe you’re having friends over for a southwest-theme get-together? Either way, you’ll need a centerpiece for the party table. You can buy birthday centerpieces but they’re generally made of paper and not all that impressive. Use cucumbers to make your own centerpiece, though, and you’ll have a magnificent creation that will be the toast of the party.
Upon first glance the centerpiece appears to be made of several cacti, but in reality, they’re cucumbers! The cacti you create will look much more convincing if you have a southwest-theme pot to set them in. It doesn’t have to be a fancy pot; you can purchase terra cotta pretty cheap at a craft store. The clay pots can be painted or left as-is. It’s really easy to create a simple southwest design on the clay pot with ordinary markers.
Fill the pot with sand to stand the cucumbers up in it. Don’t have any sand? Use cornmeal! Fill a large pot to hold several cucumber cacti or a smaller one and feature only one cactus. Pour the sand or cornmeal in, position the cucumbers, then set about making them look more convincing as cacti.
Cut toothpicks into small pieces to use as the cactus needles. Place larger pieces of toothpicks around the bottom half of the cucumber then use smaller pieces as you go towards the top. Just push the tiny toothpicks into the cacti, here and there, to create the look you want. Don’t align the toothpicks in neat rows which go around and around the cucumbers. Instead, randomly insert the toothpicks along the whole cucumber, and on all sides, leaving some spaces between them but huddling some toothpick pieces together. Be sure to put some toothpick pieces at the very top, at the rounded area of each cucumber.
Create different looks by the way you arrange the cucumbers and the types of accessories you use. Make one large cactus, and a couple of small ones, or huddle three large ones together in the center of the pot. Add things like small rocks, a fake scorpion or even a rubber snake to finish the look. The cucumber cacti can help you create a southwestern centerpiece that, although it ends up in the trash, is inexpensive and convincing!