Creative Veggie Tray: Under The Sea
July 6, 2020
Vegetable tray created to look like a coral reef by Salt Lake Party stylist

Creative Veggie Tray: Under The Sea

This coral reef creative veggie tray is perfect for our Under the Sea study, a mermaid birthday party, or ocean themed event. Make vegetables more interesting and you'll be amazed at how many kids will try them!

Creative veggie tray coral reef

Ranch Dressing Vegetable Dip

Ranch veggie dip ingredients on table

This dip is thicker than your average ranch dressing because you need a stable foundation to build your reef. Suggested ingredients include:

  • Ranch seasoning packet
  • Sour cream
  • Cream cheese

Spread Ranch Base

Ranch dressing and cream cheese veggie dip in bowl

Choose a container with a flat bottom and sides that come up at least 1/2″. I love this square serving bowl of mine {here's a similar option} . Spread ranch dip evenly on the bottom, trying to keep the sides of the bowl clean.

*If you do get some dip on the sides of your serving dish, wipe clean with a damp paper towel or cloth before adding veggies.

Choose Your Veggies

Vegetables for a veggie tray, sweet peppers, and seaweed celery

Select your favorite vegetables and throw a few new ones in for experiment sake! My favorite ‘”reef” veggies include:

  • Celery “seaweed”
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Colorful carrots
  • Sweet peppers
  • Other veggies might include purple cauliflower, cucumber, jicama, grape tomatoes, steamed asparagus, or mushrooms

Sweet Pepper Anemones: Slice the tops off your sweet peppers to give them a flat bottom and make sure to vary the heights like they would be in nature.

Celery Seaweed: Use a sharp knife to cut strips at the top of your celery stalk. Make them thin so they will fan out slightly to resemble flowing seaweed.

Create Your Reef

Veggies grouped in bowl on ranch dressing base

Using a variety of veggies place them in different groupings around your serving dish. Carrots serve as the great center height for the front of the tray, then place the other vegetables around them.

creative veggie tray coral reef arrangement by Salt Lake party stylist

At the back of the serving dish increase your height by using sugar snap peas, and celery stalks for the center. Arrange the veggies around them as desired. I love the look of low broccoli and cauliflower around the edges.

Creative Veggie Tray Coral Reef

Creative veggie tray that looks like a coral reef

Continue arranging your groupings until the tray is filled. It's okay for dip to show, negative space is a good way to highlight your creation.

Add Ocean Details

Vegetable tray created to look like a coral reef by Salt Lake Party stylist

Now that you're creative veggie tray is done it's ready to serve but you can always place a few decorative seashells or fish on the platter for a final touch. Just make sure no one eats them! I LOVE these shells from Confection Deception and use them all the time.

Are you interested in trying a coral reef creative veggie tray for your next ocean themed gathering?

I'd love it if you tried it and if you do, please share and tag us @partieswithacause on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest. We love seeing all your hard work! 

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  1. Natalie Mayhew

    This is so creative! What a fabulous idea!

    • Brianna Adams

      Thank you! It was a fun way to get a few healthy items on the mermaid table.

    • Brianna Adams

      I love cute food that’s also easy. 🙂


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