As we approach Thanksgiving, I find myself dreaming of elaborate tablescapes filled with autumnal colors and out-of-the-box elements. An article in November’s Coastal Living prompted my latest iteration – a table filled with brass pineapples!
As we learned in Zanzibar, the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality and welcoming.
The pineapple has indeed a colorful history spanning from colonial times and is today heralded as the princess of fruits and credited as the symbol of hospitality and welcome. To give the pineapple as a gift conveys your intention to promote friendliness and graciousness to the recipient. The pineapple began initially as the fruit of the wealthy and guests were revered and charmed when a pineapple was placed amidst their presence in the dining area for that indicated the amount of respect and consideration the hostess besot upon them. Colonial America drew a refreshing and inspiring means in using the pineapple motif in indulging their guests to the table and for a night spent at their home. Fresh pineapples were welcomed and appreciated as an expensive dessert for guests while the thought of spending time in a room heavily decorated with pineapple designs in the bedposts or headboards were considered luxurious and gratifying. (source)
A recent trip to TJ Maxx kept my creative juices flowing, with their large display of pineapple decor, bar items, and serving pieces. Here are just a few of the containers I saw.