Perhaps you are asking what in the world, does November and Columbus have to do with a Summertime blog hop?
Well, I will tell you!
Columbus’s second voyage to the new world landed him on the Caribbean island of Guadalupe!
The sailors and soldiers ventured inland to what appeared to be a deserted Caribbean Indian village.
However, they spotted clay pots filled with fresh fruits and vegetables among the thatched huts.
Are you following me now?
One particular fruit the Carib was called “anana”…..No, don’t get too far ahead of me here….it was NOT the banana.
It was juicy and sweet and Columbus recorded it in his log book as “looking like a pine cone, but with the firmness of an apple.”
You guessed it…it was the pineapple.
However, the pineapple did not originate on that island…it was brought up from Brazil and Paraguay and easily grew in the rich soil and was transplanted and cultivated throughout the islands and into what is now Mexico.
Unfortunately, the pineapple was not easy to grow in non-tropical climates and too delicate to travel…so it became a symbol of Royal privilege.
Therefore any guest seeing a whole pineapple displayed, knew that no expense was spared in providing not only entertainment, but rare food.
The pineapple became the high symbol of social events and became the meaning of welcome, friendship and hospitality.
Many hotels and Inns to this day, have pineapples carved on signs or sitting on pedestals, as a way of welcome.
My Welcome Summertime Brunch table has three pineapples
Two ceramic and one real.
I wanted my brunch guests to feel welcome as they sat at my table.
I used a cream colored tablecloth for my Pineapple Pink and Gold tablescape.
Yes, I am still on that pink is a color I love kick.
The plate stack starts with a white charger, followed by a Grace’s Teaware gold pin dot and pink dinner plate and matching salad plate.
On top of the salad plate, is an egg cup in the same pattern, and to the side of the plate stack is the matching teacup and saucer.
Gold flatware flank the plate stack and a white linen napkin combined with a white shear napkin are secured using a single white rose napkin ring.
The stemware water glasses and stemmed Mimosa glasses are gold rimmed, as is the matching mimosa decanter.
The two ceramic pineapples are white with gold tops….and are actually cookie jars.
For our tea, the Grace’s Teaware teapot sits beside one of the white ceramic pineapples.
Our brunch menu consists of what else?
Pineapple of course!
Pineapple gluten free cupcakes, with dried pineapple wedges and maraschino cherries on top of the buttercream frosting.
AND a pineapple upside down cake!
I know, right?
I am also serving coddled eggs in those pretty little egg cups.
And what brunch would be without mimosas made with pineapple juice and orange juice?
You will notice my bonnet is on the table as I just couldn’t resist a truly Southern Brunch, hat and all.
I know, right?
I hope you make time for a welcome brunch for your friends, as they will love your attention to detail.
A triple pineapple welcome doesn’t get any better than that…right?
Oh, the third stemmed glass on the table?
That is for the Shirley Temple Mimosas.
I know, right?
Our temps in Florida can get a bit high…so this Summertime Pink and Gold Pineapple Brunch was held indoors.
I have two guests who can’t stand the outdoor heat…so what does a hostess do?
She accommodates her guests.
Thank you for stopping by Me and My Captain!
I want to thank Chloe, my sweet friend, who I personally met several years ago at Haven… for all her hard work in putting together this blog hop.
I have loved all the friendships that are made through these wonderful ladies and their inspiration to the Blog Hops
As we go through the monthly blog hops, I feel I know each and every blogger and I want to take this opportunity to say..”Thank You dear friends for this wonderful kinship”
And last, but not least, let us pray for Maureen of Red Cottage Chronicles .
She usually is with this group of fine ladies, but she received devastating news this week and is staying with her dear mother, who is in hospice care.
God Bless all of you!