I've been asked to make a pine cone shaped arrangement (or Christmas tree shape--small on top and larger as it goes) using tuxedo made chocolate dipped strawberries. It would be based on a round ceramic pot of some sort. Any ideas on how to make the form (and keep it)? They want anywhere between 80-100 strawberry tuxedoes so I also need to know what to charge. Any help would be greatly appreciated....
Do you have any photos or sketches of what you have in mind?? I just made the tuxedo strawberries for a party last weekend. I assume that they will be displayed flat and not stacked on top of each other??
Like a cakeball tree?
Oh Goodness!!! that should be specatacular!!
I gotta admit, I would be afraid of spending the time to dip each berry, then pipe the buttons and bow tie on each one... then stack them only to ruin it!
Perhaps you can cover a styrofoam shape with melted chocolate, just like you're frosting a cake, then CHILL the form, then, make a pilot hole with one toothpick, then slide the berry into the hole!! a pilot hole should keep the berries from being pushed too hard and ruined!!
I would even use some fresh mint leaves to 'garnish' the tree and fill in the really gapping, open holes!!!
I made them once using a plain vase, shoved a ton of frilly lettuce into the vase, the just puised some dipped strawberries that were on long skewers into the lettuce, like you're making a flower arrangement!! It was very popular, and probably the most spectacular dish on the table that night!
something like this )but with 80-100 tuxedoed strawberries)
WOW!!! this should be really amazing when it's done!! good luck with it!!
You can get a Styrofoam cone at a craft store, it's already shaped for you.
and any tips on what one would charge for something like this???
I worked at a cake shop that made very simple, chocolate dipped strawberries, and they charged by the pound, however, you will have SO much time invested in your work, you may want to see how much they cost elsewhere! I think there are websights that sell these berries, and they list their prices, perhaps as much as $20.00 per dozen... OR MORE!!! chances are, they are MUCH more expensive that just twenty dollars a dozen!!
I think the hardest thing about doing this kind of work, is knowing how to price everything! Especially IF you're doing it for a friend or family!! I just did them for my sister last week, tuxedo's and the all white, "wedding gown" strawberries! it was nice doing them for someone that I didn't have to worry about how much to charge!! ~~ cindy