There's more to consider than just the menu when throwing a dinner party. An elegant, edible centerpiece will delight your guests with both its beauty and its taste. To create your own fresh-fruit centerpiece, first select a container that works well with your table and decor, such as a pewter compote. Then, select your fruit based on freshness and your menu. Always choose the ripest fresh fruit possible. Make sure to use fruits that work well together and with your menu. For example, an Italian dinner may be best decorated with mission figs, grapes, and Italian plums. With this delicious addition to your table, your guests can nibble their way from the cheese tray to dessert and coffee.