I am just crazy about the pineapple motif and that’s why I was excited to choose a fruity pineapple wrap for a milestone “0” birthday gift. This is the first of what will be many gifts and much decorating because the birthday girl is having a Luau. Oh my goodness – so many people, pineapples and possibilities especially since I have been given carte blanch on the themeing.
The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality and welcome which is why it is routinely spied as a door knocker and on welcome mats. Thanks to Christopher Columbus, it is also associated with luxury. Columbus brought the pineapple to Spain from the Caribbean. Because of its rarity and fragility and that fact it was almost two centuries before anyone in Europe worked out how to cultivate it – the pineapple fast became the must have show off fruit at the banquet table and the hostess gift de jour.
The pineapple motif popped up in wood carvings, brass fittings and soft furnishings in stately homes and historic buildings throughout Europe and more recently in the Americas. King Charles II of England posed for his royal portrait in 1675 while being gifted a pineapple by the Royal Gardener, John Rose. Hospitality, luxury, welcome – yep – the pineapple has got credibility.
I have chosen double sided paper for this wrap. I have featured the side with pineapples, watermelons (said to be an emerging motif and one to look out for – we’ll see), strawberries and cherries. The double sided ribbon picks up the blues greens of the pineapple leaves and the background happy birthday message is the flip side of the paper, which of course you can tell because of the colour palette. Stay tuned for more pineapple action in coming weeks.