Pineapple Palm Tree Centerpiece Ideas

Have the hottest summer party on the block!  My Pineapple Palm Tree Centerpiece Ideas along with a fruit tray and Pina Colada Dip will make your party a hit!

Looking for some great summertime centerpiece ideas?  Well, my Pineapple Palm Tree Fruit Tray is the hottest new entertaining idea for this summer!  

If you are planning a summer wedding or a party with a tropical theme, my Pineapple Palm Tree Fruit Tray is the perfect centerpiece for the table!  

Vickies Pineapple Palm Tree and Garden 

Your guests will be amazed that you made this yourself!  And…no one has to know how simple this is to make!  Whether you are on a budget or host a grand extravaganza, these pineapple palm tree centerpiece ideas will be a big hit!  You can make one as I have done here, or make several and group together on a large table.  

It is so easy to make a Pineapple Palm Tree..just follow my step by step directions.  You can also watch my video “Pineapple Palm Tree Centerpiece Ideas”.

Start by selecting four pineapples and cut the tops and bottoms off of them.  You will discard all of these pieces EXCEPT one of the tops.  This will be the top of the Pineapple Palm Tree so cut this top off about 1/4 of the way down on the pineapple so you have some extra pineapple for support.

Making the Pineapple Palm Tree

Place the bottom pineapple for the base on your tray.  This pineapple will NOT be cored.  Try to cut the pineapples very straight so that they will sit upright and not lean or topple over.

The next three pineapples will be cored.  Insert a knife into each pineapple by going from the top down to the bottom and cut around the inside and remove it. ( You will cut the usable part of the pineapple into chunks and put it on your fruit tray.  Only the hard inside core has to be discarded) 

Core the Pineapple Coring the Pineapple


Now you will begin to stack the pineapples.  The pineapple that was not cored will be on the bottom.  You will use wooden skewers to secure the stacked pineapples.

Wooden Skewers for Assembling the Pineapple Palm Tree

 I inserted   5   12″ skewers into the bottom pineapple.   Stack the second pineapple on to of the bottom pineapple base, making sure the skewers secure into the top pineapple.

Next, insert at least 4 of the 9 inch skewers into the second pineapple, leaving each skewer sticking halfway out.  Now position the third pineapple over the skewers and push it down on top of the second pineapple.  Continue by adding the fourth pineapple to the stack.  Insert skewers into the top pineapple and attach the top with the pineapple leaves on it.  

Palm leaves ( I ordered these from my local florist for about $1 per leaf ) are the perfect finishing touch for the palm tree.  The palm leaves can just be pushed into the top of the pineapple leaves.  However, if your Pineapple Palm Tree is going to be  displayed for several hours, you may want to use your hot glue gun and put a small amount of hot glue onto each palm leaf tip before you insert it into the top.  I also like to poke two or three holes into the top of the pineapple and insert palm leaves that will be sticking out from the palm tree.  This gives it a more realistic look when all of the palm leaves are not going straight up from the top.  

Adding Palm Leaves to Pineapple Palm Tree

The Pineapple Palm Tree is very stable when you make it this way.  In fact, it takes a little bit of effort to disassemble it!    

Be sure to watch my “how-to” video for making the Pineapple Palm Tree.  You will see me assemble it every step of the way!

Vickie's Pineapple Palm Tree


For an added touch, I made a pineapple boat and served my yummy Pina Colada  Dip in it!  I also made Watermelon Hearts for the fruit tray.   Remember, “Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!”   

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  1. I love this!!!! My wedding and reception we are bringing Hawaii to our guest and this will be an amazing way to do our fruit patter. I bet they all will love it!!!!!!
    thank you for your great amazing idea its PERFECT FOR OUR WEDDING RECEPTION!!!!!!

    1. I’m so glad you found this on Make Life Special! What a great idea for your wedding! One tip….don’t try to cut the pineapple ahead of time. Just cut the pineapple right before you assemble the palm tree. 🙂

        1. It is the tree. The inside of the pineapples get mushy and you can’t stand them up and they won’t hold together with the wooden bamboo sticks. I found this out the hard way on live TV. LOL Vickie

    1. I think you would be ok assembling this two to three hours ahead of time. It really takes about 10 to 15 minutes to make this. One time I tried to work ahead and cut the pineapples the night before and I put them in the refrigerator. When I was ready to assemble the palm tree, the insides of the pineapples were very watery and would not hold the bamboo sticks in place. Also, be sure to use a hot glue gun on the ends of the palm leaves before you stick them into the pineapples. It really helps to hold them in place.

      This is super simple and really a WOW!

        1. I bought mine from Amazon. Just google large plastic serving tray and it will come right up. Sams Club might also have them. Vickie

          1. Thanks for this info. but i just went on Amazon it didn’t show that size? What size should I be looking for?

      1. I see what you mean if you cut it a day before and put it in the ICE BOX, the insides of the pineapples will very watery and would not hold the bamboo sticks in place. ((Thank you for that info!))

        1. Yes…But this is great if you make it right before the party. It will hold for several hours — just not overnight in the refrigerator. Vickie

    1. The Pina Colada Fruit Dip is on the website under Appetizers. it is so quick to make and everyone LOVES it! Vickie

  2. Hi I love theIdea of the pineapple Palm tree center pieces I was just telling my husband that’s what I want to do for our wedding renewal in October. But I want to make one for all of my tables so could I just used three or do ineed four.

  3. I would like to know how does the tree keep from falling since there’s nothing to keep the tree itself stable, if someone should bump into the table or bump into the tree itself?

  4. I LOVE this! Would this hold up for a 9 hour Open House? Thanks so much for getting back to me ASAP – my event is in 6 days! 🙂

    1. Yes… It would hold up that long. Don’t refrigerate the pineapple before you make it and it will be fine!!!

  5. i am doing a wedding in october and doing a pineapple tree love the lights, need help with this,. where do i buy this type of lights .. please help.

    1. The pineapples have a lot of weight and I don’t think whole pineapples would work very good. Also, I used the pineapple for the fruit tray so it wasn’t wasted. Vickie

  6. How far inadvance can I make the pineapple palm tree. I am having a grad party on Sunday and would like to assemble the tree on Saturday.

    1. Hi! You can’t make the Pineapple Palm Tree the day ahead. The pineapple has too much liquid in it and the palm tree won’t last that long. The pineapple palm tree takes about 20 minutes from start to finish so it will need to be made the morning of the graduation party. Also, don’t try to cut the pineapple the day before and assemble the next day. That won’t work either. I tried to do that for a live TV program that was VERY EARLY one morning and the pineapple was so watery that the palm tree would not stand up. Best to cut and assemble the day of the party. Hope this helps! Vickie

      1. can you prep the night before and place in the freezer…so the pineapple does not get mushy?

  7. I am making a pineapple tree for the next day. It’s not cut but I’m keeping it in the refrigerator. Is that ok? Also I was unable to get the pineapple leaves so i will be trying out the wired garland ties as leaves. Think that will work?

    1. I think it is ok to keep the uncut pineapple in the refrigerator before you make the Pineapple Tree…You just can’t cut the pineapple, refrigerate it and then try to assemble the next day. The pineapple will be too mushy.

  8. Hopefully you are still responding. Would it be ok to cut pineapple put in cooler just to transport it to the venue? Then put together there. Dont want to make mess at venue and to big to carry in car. Thanks

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