Welcome to Centerpiece Wednesday and Tablescape Thursday. Come imagine the smells of apples and pineapples that await you as you sit at my table at Red Couch Recipes today. The pineapple is the universal symbol of welcome. When Columbus came to the Americas, he and his men soon learned that if a pineapple was placed near the entrance of a Carib village, they were welcome. The pineapple as a symbol of welcome then spread to Europe and then to the Colonies. In Colonial times, when entertaining, pineapples would be placed in the center of the table as a symbol of welcome.
The highlight of this tablescape is the Pineapple and Apple Centerpiece which welcomes you to my table. Thanks to my friend Helen for the summer apples used in this centerpiece; Helen didn't mind if I "wasted the apples." The centerpiece takes 40-50 apples. I have had the base of the centerpiece for about 20 years and never used it; you see, I hate to "waste" apples. The apples are anchored to the cylinder-shaped base with nails; once used they are not edible. If you want to read the story about how I acquired the centerpiece form, look at the bottom of my post.
Look at all the apples used in the centerpiece. You have to be patient to find the right apple to fit in the right nail. On the other hand, the pineapple pushes on quite easily.
The place setting is simple. The plates are embossed with apples and pears.
The place setting is enhanced with Style Sisters napkin rings. I do tend do overuse them because they are so pretty and versatile.
Light reflects beautifully through the bubble glasses.
A view of the whole table. I love the reflection of the centerpiece on the glass.
The unadorned centerpiece base.
How I Acquired the Base
About 20 years ago, while at a conference, I bought this form at the "Christmas in the Adobes" in Monterey, CA. At the event, many of the adobes, some of them privately owned, are opened up for tours. It is held at night and the adobes are lit only by candlelight; the entrances of the adobes are lit by luminaries. Hostesses are dressed in period costumes and period decorations. In one adobe there might be a hand bell choir, in another you might hear a Jalisco guitar. Some of the homes, showcased these pineapple and apple centerpieces; I fell in love with them. Christmas in the Adobes is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year; if you live nearby and haven't been, it is really a special event.
Influenced by the enchantment of the evening, I bought one of the forms at the gift shop for $25. Through the years my husband had great fun with it...more than $25 of fun! On a couple of occasions, he even brought it out for guests and said something to the effect, "Look at this wood cone and nails my wife bought for $25!" After twenty years, I am glad that I finally put the form to use and I think it looks and smells wonderful.
Thank you for stopping by and sitting a spell on my Red Couch. I hope you enjoyed your stay.
I am posting this with the following
Style Sisters Centerpiece Wednesday
Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday