I discovered that the reason for pineapple paraphernalia is that the pineapple is the symbol of hospitality. Here is an explanation of the symbol:
In larger, well-to-do homes, the dining room doors were kept closed to heighten visitors' suspense about the table being readied on the other side. At the appointed moment, and with the maximum amount of pomp and drama, the doors were flung open to reveal the evening's main event. Visitors confronted with pineapple-topped food displays felt particularly honored by a hostess who obviously spared no expense to ensure her guests' dining pleasure.
Hospitality is something that I strive to create in my home. The sense of welcome, good cheer, warmth and affection that are mentioned in the above statement are things that I hope my friends and family feel when they come into our home. That being said, I began my search for the perfect pineapple to display in my home when I gleaned this new information. I was particularly fond of pineapples of the welcome sign nature. I had in my mind an exact idea of what I wanted and the exact spot where it would go when/if I ever found it.
My brother and sister-in-law knew that I was on a hunt for the perfect pineapple welcome sign. They also knew that I like to save money and do things myself whenever and wherever possible. So, they gathered some supplies and set to working, crafting for me the most perfect birthday present I could have imagined.
Yes, they think they are prettttttttttttty funny. It didn't quite fit in the space I had intended but I did find a home for it... right in my tummy.