Look! Seckel Pear Place Settings

We've been very inspired by all of the Thanksgiving table photos you've sent in, and fruit-as-place-setting seems to be a theme. Here's what we did this weekend. It didn't even require string or ribbon...

I loved Faith's apple place settings, which were tied with red and white twine, but I didn't have any string.

I did have some pretty little seckel pears, perfectly dainty and well-sized for holding a name card, and some shimmery gold paper. So I decided to carefully slice down the stem of the pear, making a slit that would hold each name.

Here's a tip: The top of the stem is usually crusty and hard, making it difficult to get the slit started. I used a razor (the type you use to open packages) and first sliced off the very tippy top of the stem, exposing the softer core. Then I used a slow sawing motion to gently cut down the middle of the stem, just enough to make a good notch for the paper.

The idea was to use these place settings for two dinner parties I threw this weekend (more on that this afternoon), but my guests ended up eating the pears as a "palate cleanser" between dinner and dessert. The idea was so cute, though, that I went out and bought more pears for the next party.

Related: On Our List: Seckel Pear Tart from Gourmet

(Image: Elizabeth Passarella)

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