Toothpicks, Styrofoam, water, glasses, and other common things (most are optional)
A tropical wedding is a beautiful one, for sure. With large, gorgeous flowers, tropical fruits, the beach or beach scenery, it’s so pretty – and not too expensive. So, if you’re thinking about a tropical wedding theme, and you’re still putting together the details, order a bunch of pineapples. You’ll be surprised at how stunning they will be as vases and more at a tropical wedding. They’re easy to prepare and they look fabulous on the tables and other places.
Pineapples are eye-catchers simply because of their colors and patterns. But for your wedding decorations they can actually be painted if you won’t be eating or drinking out of them. Consider painting pineapples pink, blue, white, or other eye-popping colors. They’ll look great lying on the tables – this way and that – or standing upright as a centerpiece for each table.
If you’re using the pineapples as they are they’ll make wonderful vases, centerpieces, and other table decorations. Make a vase by cutting the top off of the pineapple. Scrape out the meat and rinse out the pineapple. Fill with water and set tropical plants in it. Or, slide a slender vase into the opening to hold the flowers. Using artificial flowers? Put a block of Styrofoam in the bottom of the fruit to hold them. Toothpicks or wooden skewer pieces can help to hold the Styrofoam in place. Gather a group of pineapple vases in the middle of each table to serve as a centerpiece. Or, just put two or more pineapple vases somewhere on the table – or a row of them down the center.
A pineapple makes a nice party favor, too. Set a whole fruit in front of each place setting and make a name card for it. Or, paint the person’s name on it using non-toxic paint. You can also put the fruits in a basket and let each guest take one on the way out. Or, cut the pineapples in half, scrape out the meat, and put flowers in it. The smaller size is perfect as a take-home flowerpot for each guest.
Pineapples serve as bowls on a food or buffet table. After cutting the top off of the fruit, and removing the meat, fill the empty shell with pineapple cubes, grapes, cherry tomatoes, cottage cheese, melon balls, sherbet, and more. Serve cold drinks in cleaned pineapples by putting a straw in each one. With all of the pineapple accents you’ve made, guests will applaud your creativity!