The Perfect Pear


As that famous girl with the ruby slippers once said, “There’s no place like home.” Sometimes the prettiest and simplest and sweetest ideas are found right in your own backyard. Literally.

I was recently asked to help a friend plan a wedding shower and was doing some creative thinking while trimming some trees and shrubs in my yard. Then the idea hit me. In the face, actually. The pear blossoms I was wrestling with led me to the Perfect Pair theme, which led me inside to start planning, which left the gardening undone-but all’s fair in love and parties.

When it comes to themes, I say go nuts and then “pear” down. Oh…it’s just so hard to stop with the play on words once you start, don’t you think? Here we go:


If you have the time and energy, hand deliver a fresh pear to your guests and attach a small card about the event details:

Will and Kate are the perfect pair!

Join us for dinner

Sunday, June 24, 6PM


Decorate the buffet and create place cards with pears by simply printing out necessary information and inserting into a fresh pear with a bamboo skewer or small silver pick.

Fresh pear blossoms in your yard? Cut them and place them in galvanized buckets throughout the space for a rustic but elegant look. If you don’t have blossoms available, buy loads of greenery from your local florist for an inexpensive look that fits the color scheme of the event.


Include menu items that incorporate pears, such as pear-infused sparkling water; a salad with spinach, pear, and gorgonzola; or Chef Ted’s Seared Duck with Caramelized Pear and Maple Sauce. I know, I know, it sounds tricky but it’s completely doable. Even I pulled it off-and it was easier than the gardening.

Seared Duck Breast with Caramelized Pear and Maple Sauce


  • 6 oz duck breast, scored
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 3 pears
  • 1 peeled shallot, minced
  • 2 TBSP orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 3 TBSP high-end maple syrup


  • Score and season the duck with salt and pepper, sear and cook to medium rare
  • Peel, core, and chop pears into bite-sized chunks
  • Heat a saute pan on medium heat
  • Add oil, when hot saute pears for two minutes or until they start to brown
  • Add shallots and finish caramelizing pears
  • Deglaze the pan with orange juice and reduce the orange juice by half
  • Add nutmeg and thyme
  • Turn off heat and stir in maple syrup
  • Pour over duck and serve


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