Happy Mother’s Day with USA Pears

pot of pears

It’s time to honor Mom this weekend (although I should already be doing that every day, she tells me), and I have some fresh gift ideas:

Edible Arrangements! Now Featuring Pears! (Although adorably tiny Seckels aren’t in season right now, you could add a small Green Anjou or two – or create your own custom bouquet from scratch!)

If you can’t find small pears (or don’t want to make a gargantuan arrangement to accommodate the regular-sized ones), here’s an alternative: chocolate-dipped fruit, including artfully dipped pear slices to eliminate browning worries.

And a third, lovely idea: a table centerpiece for your Mother’s Day brunch. More decor ideas here.

Cheers to Moms everywhere!

Pearfect Summer Nights

I’m back with more on the pear décor front, just in time to enjoy these sultry August nights. I’ve seen these elegant candles everywhere from Monterey, CA to Hood River, OR, and generous friends have thought of me when seeing them, too, as my mantel is currently graced with a trio of Vance Kitira “Timber Pears.” They’ve been lined up on a porcelain tray, white-seafoam-white, and while they’re a lovely centerpiece in themselves, I recently thought of a fitting way to fully enjoy them when I can’t enjoy the real thing—a Bosc or Concorde eaten fresh out of hand.

Here’s the simple recipe: warm outdoor evening + pear candle + mason jar.

It’s romantic, elegant, and easy. I’d love to gather all my closest friends on my backyard deck (sitting on my hypothetical patio furniture) with these dotting the railing for warmth and light.

Pearfect, indeed.

Spotted: Pears at My House

I recently moved into a new place with plenty of space for me to unpack a bunch of boxed-up décor items that I have accumulated over the last few years. Among these treasures are, of course, various pears in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

pears on book shelf

Since I started working at the Pear Bureau three years ago, many gifts that I have received for birthdays and Christmas – and sometimes even “just because” – have been pear-related: lotions, candles, dish towels, figurines, etc.  While I am a self-proclaimed pear nerd, and have been known to exclaim how beautiful a pear is before slicing it up for a snack, I am picky about my pear décor.  The items may be vintage or modern, but not kitschy.  My goal is subtlety – I have, in fact, been called the “pear lady,” but have no desire to become the “crazy pear lady.”

vintage pear box

My favorite pear pieces are these kitchen canisters that I bought at Target – a special, limited-time line by the talented designer Orla Kiely.  They’re no longer available in stores, but if you’ve fallen in love with them as much as I did, I have spotted them from time to time on eBay.

orla kiely pear cannisters

How have you incorporated pears into your home – aside from the fruit bowl in your kitchen?