Using pears as a theme for your wedding? Consider using a lush, juicy pear as a favor and leaning your place cards against it. Some mail order catalogs like Harry and David offer huge, gorgeous and ripe Royal Riviera® Pears ready to eat that can be shipped to your home, this way you can avoid worrying about finding ripe pears. A little more expensive but worth not having to worry about finding a hundred or more pears ripe and ready to eat at your local grocery store. And the quality of the fruit is excellent. You'll cross your fingers and hope someone forgets theirs--so you can take them home with you!
Another option to use to hold your place cards is pomegranates (photo and tutorial by DecorItYourself.) The only trick with these is getting one with a flat enough bottom. Shop carefully or you'll have 'rolling fruit' every time someone knocks into a table! But they sure offer a pretty but natural option for place card holders. Consider pairing with Pomegranate Bellini (recipe from Nest, where style starts at home) and you'll have a great natural theme going.
Recipe:-Cut 1 organic pomegranate into fourths and began separating the seeds from the peel. -Place seeds in a bowl with a small spoon for serving.
-Add a spoonful (or more) of your seeds to each glass of champagne.
Be careful to clean up any juice promptly, the juice from pomegranates will stain your cutting board or countertop if not cleaned up immediately.
Even more natural? Country Living suggests you choose a branch with some colorful leaves or berries attached to put next to your place cards. Set both on top of rustic looking plates for a farmhouse look.