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Pineapple, it's more than just a fruit

Imagine you’re the mistress of a New England home during Colonial times and important people are coming to dinner. Absolutely nothing was better at conveying “I’m on trend and I can deliver the best” than an exotic pineapple. They were shipped by sailing ships from the Caribbean and very hard to come by. Serving one telegraphed one’s wealth and status better than any Gucci bag would today.

Thus the pineapple became the symbol of lavish hospitality that finds it expression in so many fashion and style elements today.

Restoration Hardware

You can welcome your guests at the front door with stately pineapple finials from Restoration Hardware. They are composed of beautifully weathered stone.

1st Dibs

Set the mood in the front entry with this stunning Hollywood Regency faux-bamboo gilt mirror set off by palm fronds and a pineapple centerpiece.

One Kings Lane

Create a welcoming glow with this Golden Pineapples table lamp by Couture. It has intricate detailing enhanced by hand-applied gold leaf.


Light Creed’s Aventus candle to create a mood of warmth and charm. Introduced in 2010, the Aventus scent with its top note of pineapple has grown to become the brand’s best-selling fragrance.


Serve your guests this delicious pineapple upside down cake from Horchow. It’s golden flavors of pineapple and butter are the defining taste of hospitality.




Sophie Duvall is an email marketer living in the Texas Hill Country. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism her passions include travel, design, and – like every true Texan – queso.

Photos courtesy of Restoration Hardware, 1st Dibs, One Kings Lane, Creed, Horchow
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