12 Ways to Eat, Drink and Decorate With Pineapple

Pineapple is so hot right now. 

Pineapples are HOT right now. Browse just about any clothing or home decor store, and you'll see this tropical fruit adorning dresses, bathing suits, pillows, rugs and more. Though they're currently having a moment, pineapples have been used as a symbol of hospitality in home design for hundreds of years. In food, their tangy taste can complement both sweet and savory dishes, and I don't need to tell you how delicious they are in cocktails — pina coladas, anyone? Satisfy your craving for this summer fruit with our pineapple-infused food and drink recipes, plus DIY pineapple-inspired decor for your home.

DRINK IT

Pina Colada Ice Cream Float

Boozy Floats

Boozy Floats

Pina Colada Float

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Sam Henderson

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Oranges and Cream Float

You won’t find this creamsicle on any ice cream truck. The classic flavors of the creamy favorite are given a boozy boost. 

Make This: Oranges and Cream Float 

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Strawberry Shortcake Float

Strawberry shortcake never had it so good. Strawberries, cream and a little boozy boost make this the perfect summer sip.

Make This: Strawberry Shortcake Float 

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Margarita Float

A margarita that doubles as dessert? Yes, please! Sip your way to happiness with this smooth take on a summer classic.

Make This: Margarita Float 

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Cape Codder Float

Think of this a a grown-up version of the punch bowl classic your grandmother loves to serve. Cranberry juice and lime sherbet get a kick from healthy dose of vodka. 

Make This: Cape Codder Float 

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Black Russian Float

Meet the black Russian: This decadent dessert float brings together all that is good about coffee, cocktails and ice cream.

Make This: Black Russian Boozy Float

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Sparkling Lemonade Float

The Amalfi Coast is calling. Drink in summer with this creamy, fizzy, lemon concoction.

Make This: Sparkling Lemonade Float 

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Pina Colada Float

You can almost feel the island breezes with this summer staple. Make it a sweet deal with the addition of ice cream and a little sparkle. 

Make This: Pina Colada Float 

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Peach Cobbler Float

Nothing says summer like a peach cobbler. Serve yours up in liquid form with a little kick.

Make This: Peach Cobbler Float 

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Cherry Rum and Cola Float

What's better than a cola float? A cherry-flavored boozy float with rum, of course! This soda-fountain treat is all grown up. 

Make This: Cherry Rum and Cola Float

Photo By: Sam Henderson

Key Lime Pie Float

Key lime pie is good. Key lime pie with rum and ice cream that you can sip on the patio? Now, that’s a completely different, delicious story.

Make This: Key Lime Pie Float 

Photo By: Sam Henderson

Pineapple Mojito

Pineapple Mojito

Pineapple Mojito

Drink in the tropical flavors of pineapple and coconut and your fresh garden mint in this flavor-packed cocktail .

Photo by: Image courtesy of Cocina 214

Image courtesy of Cocina 214

Pineapple Hibiscus Punch

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Let this boozy adult punch transport you to your happy place.

Pineapple, Banana + Coconut Smoothie

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Rennai Hoefer

EAT IT

Pineapple Black Bean Guacamole

Pina Colada Baked Doughnuts

Pina Colada Baked Doughnuts

Pina Colada Baked Doughnuts

Pineapple Pork Bibimbap

Pineapple Pork Bibimbap

Bibimbap is a signature Korean dish that features assorted vegetables, seasoned meat and a egg served over rice. This twist on a Korean classic uses spicy pork with caramelized pineapples.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Pineapple Pork Bibimbap

Pineapple Tart With Nut Crust

Pineapple Tart With Nut Crust

Fill a homemade nut crust with smooth, ginger-infused pastry cream finished with a layer of carmelized pineapple for an unforgettable treat. Get the recipe: http://www.hgtv.com/entertaining/pineapple-tartlette-recipe/index.html

Pineapple Tartlette

CRAFT IT

Pineapple Planter

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Budget Outdoor Living Room Makeover

If your patio is the hub of many summer shindigs, take a look at fun, but practical backyard makeover to get ideas for sprucing up your outdoor living space. 

Start With a Rug

Just as an area rug can create a conversation area inside, it can do the same thing for a patio. Outdoor rugs come in tons of styles, colors and sizes. But, if you do not have a pool leading to wet feet on rugs you can use almost any type of rug outside. See how to turn a canvas drop cloth into an outdoor rug >>

Hanging Plants

Plants make everything more homey. Take a look at what type of plant will work best for your patio. If you are decorating a covered area you want plants that take shade and indirect light. Hanging baskets are a great option for west-facing patios and porches because they’ll provide extra shade in the late afternoon. This plant hanger was made inexpensively from upcycled t-shirts. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Use Beach Towels for Seat Cushions

Sure you can buy ready-made outdoor sofa cushions, but you can also fairly easily make your own. Why not make them slipcovers so you can easily wash away popsicle drips and pina colada spills? On top of that, wouldn’t it be even better if the slipcover fabric was made from beach towels? Learn how to make beach-towel slipcovers >>

Mix Materials

Wood is not the only material on your porch that needs protecting. If you have metal furniture consider painting with rust-resistant paint. Many aerosol protective sprays will also work on plastic outdoor furniture such as fiberglass. Learn how to refinish metal furniture >>

Bring an Old Chair Back to Life

Don’t send those old-school folding lawn chairs to the landfill just yet. Use nylon craft cord to macrame them with a bold pattern or colorful design. Learn how to do it >>

Talking Plants

Give your flower pots personality with words. Use stick-on letters to create your message, paint over the pots then peel off the letters to reveal your saying. See the detailed instructions >>

Pineapple Planter

Give your patio a little tropical flare by growing a pineapple plant in a planter that looks like a pineapple. Pineapples are in the bromeliad family, so they’re quite hardy and will take root rather quickly. For the planter, a plain yellow pot was crisscrossed with black-patterned washi tape to make it look like a pineapple. Take a look at the step-by-step instructions >>

Add Lighting

Any outdoor area automatically looks better with string lights. Use cup hooks to hold your lights in place if you are stringing them along your house. If you are stringing the lights across a yard or over a pool, string rope first, then wrap the lights around the rope.  

Incorporate Storage

Consider outdoor storage - shelves, baskets and bins. If you are a pool owner with children keep a mesh bag full of pool toys, goggles and puddle jumpers handy. For the adults a collection of novelty sunglasses is always a big hit.

Make a Place to Set Your Drink Down

Make sure to have plenty of tables in your outdoor living area so your guests will have a place for snacks and drinks. You can buy furniture specific for the outdoors or you can take most indoor furniture outside with the right preventative measures. See how we refinished this rattan set so it can stand up to the elements >>

Add a Breeze

Consider installing outdoor ceiling fans. Fans not only help cool things off, the breeze can help keep mosquitoes away. Be sure to shop for fans that are rated outdoor. If you live in a particularly warm climate an upright oscillating fan might also be a good idea.

Blogger DIY Pineapple Bath Rug

Blogger DIY Pineapple Bath Rug

HGTV Magazine shares inspiring (and easy!) DIY projects from beloved design blogs. The rug’s glued, but it’s tough-wearing. It can go in the washer and dryer.

Photo by: Stuart Tyson/Studio D

Stuart Tyson/Studio D

Pineapple Bath Rug

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Add a tropical touch to your home with this easy pineapple-inspired wall art.

Geometric Pineapple Art

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Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

Decorative Pineapple Plates

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On the Go: Tassel Camera Strap

Dress up your tech by creating a one-of-a-kind camera strap. Get the instructions >>

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On the Go: Leather Passport Holder

International travel is even more stylish with this handmade passport holder. Get the instructions >>

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On the Go: Custom Luggage Tag

Spot your luggage in a flash with a custom polka-dot and geometric luggage tag. Get the instructions >>

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On the Go: Tassel Key Chain

Skip the costly designer version and make your own faux leather beauties. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

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On the Go: Indigo-Dyed Tote

Hit the beach, pool and farmers' market in style with a custom, indigo-dyed tote bag. Get the instructions >>

On the Go: Raindrop Umbrella

Give your basic umbrella a touch of whimsy with craft paint and our raindrop template. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

Photo By: Alison Gootee/Studio D

On the Go: Sunglasses Case

Take our ultra-modern sunglasses image, and iron it onto a canvas case. It's as simple as that. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

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For Your Florals: Boho Jars + Vases

With a few simple drawing techniques, you can make these bohemian-inspired jars to decorate your home. Get the instructions >>

For Your Florals: Textured Vases

Create textured, porcelain-like vessels with scraps of lace, hurricane vases and white paint. Get the instructions >>

For Your Florals: Dowel + Brass Plant Stand

Dowel rods and brass pipe fittings create a modern, industrial-inspired plant stand that can be adjusted to fit any of your favorite planters. Get the instructions >>

For Your Florals: Fabric-Covered Pot

Turn a basic planter into a colorful statement piece for the deck with a few colorful strips of fabric. Get the instructions>>

For Your Florals: Painted Pots

Dress up tiny terra cotta pots using vibrant hues of craft paint for small-space gardening. Get the instructions >>

Fresh Pillows: Flower Seed Packet

Turn a pretty flower seed packet into a throw pillow that's perfect for summer. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

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Fresh Pillows: Bold Update

Dress up an inexpensive pillow cover with a bold and modern monogram or symbol. We chose a glitzy ampersand. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

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Fresh Pillows: Tie-Dyed With Sharpies

Make your own watercolor-esque pillow covers with rubbing alcohol and colorful Sharpies. Get the instructions >>

Fresh Pillows: Marbled Look

Create a custom fabric in colors that coordinate with your home's decor. Get the instructions >>

Fresh Pillows: Quick + No-Sew

Not handy with a sewing machine? No problem! Learn how to make a brand-new, seasonal pillow cover using only hemming tape and an iron. Get the instructions >>

Fresh Pillows: Pattern Painting

Find a pattern you love, and use a wood block stamp to add it to your pillow cover. (We're loving watermelons, pineapples and flamingoes at the moment.) Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

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Dress Your Walls: Fabric Canvas Art

Bring summer's oversized floral trend into your home by creating your own bold, floral artwork. Get the instructions >>

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Dress Your Walls: Woven Tapestry

Vintage-style, flat-weave textiles are back from the 70s, and we're loving it. Create your own custom tapestry using a wooden handloom and various colors of yarn. Get the instructions >>

Dress Your Walls: Foliage Art

Scour your backyard to find the centerpiece for this custom foliage artwork. Get the instructions >>

Dress Your Walls: Old Art Update

Sometimes it's hard to see the potential in old artwork that may not have meaning to you. Hit the thrift store and try out this fun update that breathes new life into discarded art. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

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Dress Your Walls: Object(ive) Art

Turn any beloved object or trinket (like a child's plastic toy) into a display-worthy keepsake with a gold or silver leaf application. Get the instructions >>

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Dress Your Walls: Framed Tea Towels

There are some super cute tea towels out there. Opt to keep them stain-free by displaying them in your kitchen. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

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Dress Your Walls: Printed Plates

Jazz up plain white plates with a statement-making graphic, like this seasonally-appropriate pineapple. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

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Dress Your Walls: Pop Art

When your friend asks who made that Andy Warhol-inspired pop art, you can proudly take all the credit. Get the instructions >>

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Dress Your Walls: Photo Mural

Give a favorite photo the royal treatment by creating a floor-to-ceiling mural. Get the instructions >>

Dress Your Walls: Watercolor Florals

Whether you use them as greeting cards or wall art, these simple watercolor flowers are perfect for simple summer style. Get the instructions >> 

In the Kitchen: Painted Floral Mugs

Update basic white coffee mugs with vibrant, abstract flowers to bring summer to your morning routine. Get the instructions >>

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In the Kitchen: Watercolor Plates

Add vintage-inspired color to your summer table with charming floral motifs and porcelain paints. Get the instructions >>

In the Kitchen: Color-Blocked Canisters

Give your kitchen countertops a splash of color in the form of chic color-blocked canisters. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

Photo By: David A. Land (Styled by Matthew Gleason)

In the Kitchen: Painted Nesting Bowls

We've got three creative ways to make over basic white nesting bowls using simple crafting materials. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

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In the Kitchen: Glam Shakers

Turn thrifted salt and pepper shakers into statement-making beauties with just a splash of color. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

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In the Kitchen: Painted Rope Trivets

Keep countertops safe with jute rope trivets embellished with colorful stripes. Get the instructions >>

In the Kitchen: Mini Herb Garden

If that dream backyard herb garden just isn't possible, this compact kitchen version is a great alternative. Fresh basil, rosemary, thyme and more are all just steps away from your next meal. Get the instructions >>

In the Kitchen: Hanging Jar Storage

Short on kitchen storage? Store pasta, oats and other food in these cabinet-mounted Mason jars. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

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In the Kitchen: Botanical Tray

Turn garden clippings or a store-bought bouquet into a custom, one-of-a-kind pressed flower tray. Get the instructions >>

In the Kitchen: Letter Boards

Make a statement in your kitchen by turning mini cutting boards and letter templates into foodie letter boards. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

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Work in Style: Stenciled Pencil Cup

Give your workspace a dose of personality ... on a dime. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

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Work in Style: Desk Organizers

Turn discarded jars, tin cans and vases into a matching desk accessory set that will keep all your essentials organized once and for all. Get the instructions >>

Work in Style: Rope Bowls

Turn woven rope into stylish accessory bowls by using a standard zigzag stitch on your sewing machine. Geometric shapes and patterns add a trendy finish. Get the instructions >>

Catchall to Catch It All: Boho Trays

Add boho-chic flair to vintage trays by adding patterned paper lining. Get the instructions >>

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Catchall to Catch It All: Zodiac Vanity Tray

Paint constellation dots from your zodiac onto a colorful vanity tray. Get the instructions >>

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Catchall to Catch It All: Clay Jewelry Dish

Imperfections are perfect with these handmade clay dishes that can hold jewelry, office supplies, coins, candy and more. Get the instructions >>

Summer Style: Tassel + Bead Necklace

This bohemian-inspired tassel necklace is the perfect addition to a summer outfit at an outdoor music festival. Get the instructions >>

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Summer Style: Leather Flower Clip

Turn a piece of faux leather into a summer hair clip. Get the instructions >>

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Party Time: Watercolor Supplies

One watercolor technique (and a printer) is all you need to throw a memorable summer soiree. Get the instructions >>

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Party Time: Marbled Votives

Put your overflowing nail polish collection to good use by creating colorful candleholders. Get the instructions >>

Party Time: Light Embellishments

Dress up globe string lights with sheer ribbon strips to create the ultimate outdoor ambiance. Get the instructions >>

DIY the Trend: Ombre Baskets

Using varying shades of the same hue, spray paint storage baskets to create an ombre effect. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

Photo By: David A. Land (Styled by Matthew Gleason)

DIY the Trend: Geometric Chalkboard Sign

Welcome guests with a graphic, wooden chalkboard sign. Get the instructions >>

DIY the Trend: Boho Pendant

Give your home festival-inspired, bohemian flair with a faux leather chandelier pendant light. Get the instructions >>

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