Pineapple, a Colonial American symbol of hospitality, paired with apples create a signature swag.
This is the wreath outside the Williamsburg millinery. Notice the fruit and vegetables cleverly wrapped in different fabrics. I need to copy this some day!
Our home is a Colonial Williamsburg style house, and I wanted to incorporate Christmas decor that would nod to early American tradition. One way I did this was to create a "fruit tree" in my dining room. I just finished decorating the tree for this Christmas, and I thought I'd share it with you. I started with a simple, pre-lit tree.
My least favorite part of an artificial tree is separating and fluffing the branches! I have some beautiful ribbon that I use for this tree. Unfortunately, my swagging ability is seriously lacking. I actually watched a youtube video today to try and improve my technique. I used the poof and gather method.
Maybe I need a little more practice. Oh well. On to the fun part... loading on the fruit.
I use all kinds of faux fruit.... apples, pears, oranges, pomegranates, berries, and grapes. Citrus fruit was a holiday delicacy for Colonial Americans.
Although I refer to it as a fruit tree, I don't discriminate against veggies. There are some artichokes hidden in there, too :)
I was 8 months pregnant the year I started the fruit tree, and my nesting instinct was in overdrive. I think I cleaned out every store fruit bin within a 50 mile radius. Perhaps you read about the great faux fruit shortage of 2008?
Hope you like it! Are you decorating with fruit this Christmas? Or just eating it?