Grow pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) as an annual shrub in all but warmest zones. It flowers late in the season, but the red blossoms are worth the wait. They beckon hummingbirds heading south for the winter and also carry a lovely pineapple flavor. Leaves are flavorful, too, with tender young leaves packing the best aroma and taste. Use pineapple sage in water, lemonade, punch or tea.
Pineapples are not only great to eat but even better as decor. Have a fear of homemade floral arrangements? Try a fresh pineapple; it makes an affordable and simple display that even a novice hostess can handle. When you are done using the pineapple for display, add them to your menu for another meal or add to the bar for a specialty cocktail. If you are up for it, find a unique way to cut them into fun shapes, and if you need a little help, this can be an activity to do with your guests.
Mint is a workhorse in the garden when it comes to giving insects the brush off. To release the strong mint oils in leaves, brush against plants or crush leaves and rub on skin or clothing. Try tucking lightly bruised leaves (still attached to stems) into pockets or bouquets on your porch or patio to confuse and repel mosquitoes. This minty beauty (foreground) is variegated pineapple mint, but you can also use any mint, including spearmint, lemon mint or peppermint. Mints spread aggressively in the garden. Always plant it in containers, even in beds, keeping the edge of pots elevated at least an inch above soil. When mint flowers, the blooms attract beneficial insects, including ones that sting, like wasps. If you don’t want these insects near seating areas, keep plants trimmed so blooms don’t form.
You don’t have to leave your home to have a resort-style weekend. Find a pineapple inspired wine or cocktail glass and pour your favorite sweet tea-inspired cocktail to enjoy some much-deserved downtime and make your home your resort. Be sure to pick various tea flavors such as strawberry, peach, or lemon for variety.
Put your own sophisticated spin on this popular treat by blending 3 cups of chopped pineapple, 2 cups of whipped topping, a splash of pineapple juice and shredded coconut to taste. Once blended, place in a sandwich bag, snip off the end and pipe into cups. Garnish with a cherry and colorful straw.
Hosting a staycation is all about hospitality, and nothing says hospitality like a cocktail and that icon of Southern hospitality: pineapples. I found this drink tray and cocktail set at a local thrift store. When paired with your favorite cocktail, you have the makings of a relaxing happy hour. If you can’t find a tray or pineapple glass, opt for drink stirrers from your local home accessories store to create a tropical inspired look that you can use all weekend.
Aqua pineapple print wallpaper ties in with the window panes and door in this tropical sitting area. A rattan loveseat with a pineapple print throw pillow and a bamboo roman shade finish off the tropical theme.
It doesn't get much easier than this. Simply wrap pineapple cubes with bacon. Broil, flipping halway, until crisp (about 8 minutes). Stick a bamboo skewer in each bite to make them easily accessible to guests.