Sunday, June 27, 2010

Watermelon Fountain

I saw this idea on cutie-patootie Katie Bower's blog in the winter and I couldn't wait for the weather to warm up and try my hand at the elusive watermelon fountain!
 This was our first attempt and we learned a few things for next time(but we'll get to that later).

Here goes:
First, make sure your watermelon can sit up on it's own. We sliced a tiny bit off of the bottom to give it a level surface. I liked the little bit of vine still attached to the melon, so I made that the top.
Cut a hole in the top back portion of the fruit. It's got to be big enough to get a spoon in there to scoop out the flesh.

This was a "seedless" watermelon but of course it was still full of those little white "non seeds".
Puree up the scooped out fruit in a food processor in batches or you will have a mess!

Use the watermelon puree to make lemonade in place of the water. I used one can of lemonade concentrate which makes a little less than two quarts
Use the remaining puree to make watermelon icecubes.

When the watermelon is as scooped out as you can get it, figure out where you want your faucet to be located and make a starter hole with a sharp object.  Push the faucet through the hole.

How cute?!
Attach the faucet coupling locknut to the other side of the faucet (inside the watermelon) to hold the spigot in place.
Strain the watermelon lemonade through a sieve and refrigerate until ready to serve. Fill up the watermelon and add the icecubes. Enjoy!


*Note: This worked perfectly fine for the first few cups of lemonade but as the pulpy icecubes melted, the faucet got clogged. We were able to ladle it out through the back so it wasn't a total fail. Next time I would definitely strain the watermelon puree before making it into icecubes.  Also we realized the hole in the back needed to be a little higher so the watermelon could hold more liquid and the spout needed to be a little lower. A larger watermelon would have been helpful too but that was the largest one we could find.*
It makes quite a presentation at a summer get together.
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51 comments:

AngelEden said...

wow what an unusual idea, might have to give it a try :)

Abi

www.angeleden.blogspot.com

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Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

That is the cleverest thing I've seen. What a great idea and a wonderful way to serve lemonade at a party. I love it!

Rachelle said...

AHH. I haven't seen that before! That's awesome, we had a picnic last year for the 4th and that would have been perfect, you're making me think that I need to have a party again.. :)

the lovely paper blog said...

that is so interesting!! i need to try this and it looks yummy!

Mel said...

Love it! You have so many great ideas. This one is pure genius.

Eve said...

Cool idea, I can imagine people asking, "Now, how does this work?" :D

Sheila said...

This is the coolest thing. I wonder if it would work with a pineapple?? Hubby doesn't like watermelon anything but loves pineapple so I may have to try this with a pineapple and let you know. Thanks for sharing!

Diane said...

What a fun idea. Great conversation piece Ü

Life in Rehab said...

You beat me to it! I saw it over at Bower Power too, and it's on the list for Sammy's 19th birthday party. I LOVE the garden spigot you used, that's very cool!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my goodness Heather! This is like the coolest thing I have ever seen. Wow! I want to try it for our Fourth of July picnic : )

PS the boys did not plan to wear matching shirts on the last day. Isn't that funny how it all turned out? Hilarious, right?

Debbie said...

This is so neat Heather, I love this idea.

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

What a cool idea!! Great tutorial too! I'm also loving the watermelon icecubes -- yum!!

The Mommy said...

How cool!! That would add a zing to any party. Thanks for sharing.

MommyTopics.com said...

Thank you so much for linking up to Summer Family Fun Tuesdays @ MommyTopics.com.

This post is AWESOME!!! What a fantastic idea for all kinds of celebrations, and even just as a fun activity. I really love it!

Please come back each week and link up any new ideas and activities you have to share. I just love inspiration like this.

Blessings
Rachymommy - MommyTopics.com

Room to Inspire said...

What a great idea for a Summer bbq...this would be great for the 4th!

Chelsea

Brambleberry Cottage said...

I love it! What a great way to serve summer beverages. I've used empty melon shells to serve fruit, and now I can't wait to use them for beverages. Great idea!

Thanks for linking to Tips and Tricks Tuesday.

Would love to have you join me each week.

Happy 4th!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Ooooh. I might have to give this a go. Is it OK if I put some vodka in there? ;) MMn. Cheers!

Found you on Friday-Follow!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Great idea!
I might have to give this a try.
Annette

Jami said...

How clever is that! Adorable! Thaks for sharing your tips as well!
Smiles

Kenzie said...

Great idea! I will definitely have to try this!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Very neat idea! the faucet looks so cool! I just saw a article about infusing your watermelon with liquor....this would be fun to make for the adults! Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Patti said...

Very unique and clever idea

Its So Very Cheri said...

My favs post will be up tonight and you'll want to check it out.

Cheri

Sam said...

That is SO cute!!! Great idea!

Sam
Mom.Undecided.
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Debbie said...

Oh my goodness! what a fun idea. I will give this a try.
Debbie@houseatthelake

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

this is such a fun idea! I am definitely going to be keeping this for my next get together.

Its A Blog Party said...

Wow! What a unique idea!
Thanks for sharing!
~Liz

Ellen Marie "Mama" Pike said...

I love this idea. Your photos are great. Where did you get the faucet?

gnee said...

Hi Heather,

Your Watermelon Fountain made this week's Top 5 Hits at Singing With Birds. Come check it out, grab a blog button,and thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea!

SmartShopaholic said...

I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing. :)

Kimberly said...

Wow! I love this idea! That's so cool that you can just plop a faucet right in there! I'm really glad you left those tips at the end, because I really want to try this. Bad. Thanks!

(saw you on tatertots and jello)

Sandra {sawdust and paper scraps} said...

What a funny/cute idea. This would be great at Halloween too with a pumpkin instead of a watermelon. Just, what kind of drink would you serve out of a pumpkin??? Definitely not pumpkin lemonade!

Becky@whatslifewithoutwhimsy said...

:-( I wish i wasn't allergic to watermelon! So cute! I could do this for everyone else at my next party right?

saw you at room to inspire

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Thanks for all of the wonderful comments!

@Ellen: I got the faucet at the hardware store.
@Sandra: Maybe some spicy apple cider in the pumpkin? I love that idea!
@Becky:oh that stinks about being allergic to watermelon, maybe you can try the pumpkin like Sandra suggested.


-heather

Iheartnaptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

i'll be featuring this tomorrow! great idea!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I've seen different versions of this around, but not on blogs! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

Anonymous said...

Heather, this watermelon spigot idea is so much fun! I am also thinking of cutting the melon like a bucket and using an old fashioned drinking ladle to dip with and maybe a rope handle! Thanks for the inspiration!
Karen

Megan - A Ruffle In Time said...

shared this on my blog! thanks for sharing the how-to with us dear :)

Ammy said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea!!! I am using it for my family reunion this weekend!!!!

Sheri said...

This is very cool. Thanks for sharing.

Room to Inspire said...

I am so glad you linked this up to Be Inspired last week - it is such a great idea!

Chelsea

Alida@IMakeStuff said...

I've always wanted to try this! Thanks for sharing!

Shelley said...

I've never seen this before! Totally cute! I can't wait to try it :)

Rebecca Everett said...

Wow, what a great idea. Thank you for sharing!

thepunkrockmom said...

Found your blog through Just Another Manic Momday, And I wanted to say I love it!

And this watermelon lemonade fountain is AWESOME! Thanks for posting, I will definitely have to try it!

Hope to see you around the bloggy-verse!
<3MaryAnne

HILLARY said...

Great idea and so cute!

Jerri said...

What a neat idea!

Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

How cool and cute is that!!!!
LOVE IT!
Hugs

ArtsyCanvasGirl said...

very cool!!!

Bliss said...

I am so doing this when summer gets here. My family with think I am channeling Martha. I'll just say "almost"!

~Bliss~

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