Monday, January 3, 2011

A Buckeye Bash

Tuesday night is our big Bowl game ~
Ohio State vs Arkansas ~ and what better way
to celebrate then with a Buckeye table.
For those of you who don't know what a Buckeye is ~ here is a
little history.  It is a species of tree and is Ohio's "state tree".

The tree produces a nut that is called a "buckeye"
for which our football team is named after.

Now in the state of Ohio, you will find buckeyes in many forms.
There is Buckeye candy which has a peanut butter inside
that is covered with chocolate, very much like a
Reese Peanut Butter Cup.

There is Buckeye jewelry which can be found in almost any
Columbus store and on street corners on game day.

And then there is "Brutus Buckeye" ~ our
beloved team mascot.

But last week I found some Buckeye dishes at Goodwill
and couldn't resist setting a Buckeye tablescape.

The school colors are brilliant scarlet and gray as can be seen
in the earlier pictures, but the dinnerware is done in much more
subdued colors.  The scarlet is more maroon and the gray is
barely noticeable.  The dinner plate is made locally in 
Zanesville, Ohio by Hartstone Pottery.
Because the pottery represents more the tree and nut than 
the team, I used a green salad plate instead of the traditional
school colors.  For future use I will probably try to find some
coordinating pieces in maroon, but on short notice, 
this will have to do for now.

For my napkins, I used just a plain beige color, and accented
them with homemade napkin rings made out of real
Buckeye nuts.

And for the centerpiece ~ well, what else but a
Buckeye candle.

I added a scattering of a few Buckeye nuts around the table
and we're ready for the Bowl game.
Lest you all think we're a little nuts here in Ohio, you
have to remember we are a land-locked city with
no beautiful body of water, no scenic mountains, 
and no other form of entertainment other than 
shopping and Ohio State Buckeye football.
Sad, but true ~ it's all we have.
Go Bucks!
Linking with 
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Coastal Charm  for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Between Naps on the Porch  for Tablescape Thursday


Ginny said...

How nice that you found buckeye plates, they are so cute. Love the tablescape. Here's hoping your team wins.

Christine said...

that is a very cool looking table! did you make the buckeye candle?

La said...

I am amazed you found buckeye plates at Goodwill. I'm willing to wager you have the "Best Darn Table in the Land." GO BUCKS! La

Miss Char said...

Love your buckeye plates, I've never seen any like them before. I sure hope that OSU holds up the Big 10's dignity, none of the other Big 10 universities have in the bowl games this year.

Donnie said...

Those dishes are really different. What a find. Go Bucks too.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Very cute Cindy! I am even more thrilled that you got some Hartstone Pottery from right here in Zanesville! I have been meaning to get down there and see what they have in "seconds". Just love your tablescape! Go Bucks! ~ Hugs, Patti

High Street Cottage said...

It looks a little like an acorn. I love your tablescape, and the plates with the Buckeyes are just beautiful, and so unique! Thank you for stopping by the highstreetcottage, have a wonderful NTT, hugs tami

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

How fun is this. Love your dishes and your accessories are all just perfect. I am amazed that you were able to find so many things with the buckeye on them. Love it. Thanks for joining to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Shirley said...

I'm in Ohio too. Those dishes are quite unique!!

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

What a neat collection and display of your dishes and accessories! I bet you'll find other Buckeye items all over Ohio. I know in Texas, we have LOTS of Texas Stuff to collect! I have quite a few things with BlueBonnets...our State Flower. Great post!

Brenda Kula said...

I love your place setting! So pretty and tranquil. I hope you team won.

Marydon said...

What a fabulous find ... I love the plates & the green goes well with them.

~ Pop over for our CSN Giveaway ~
Have a beautiful New Year.

Mary said...

Hi Cindy, Now I know what a buckeye is! I like your buckeye table scape too! I would like to invite you to link up to my new blog party, Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up until the 9th. I hope you can join in the fun!

Happy New year!

erin said...

i have heard it is good luck to keep a buck eye in your pocket? you were lucky indeed to find those cute plates! i spose it's kinda weird but, i am one of the few in the world who does not follow sports. whenever i have gone to a game, i end up watching the people in the crowd instead. hope your team wins!!
happy new year!

Miss Char said...

Glad to see the Buckeye's pulled it out for the Big 10. Congratulations!

Barbara said...

Congratulations on the win! Love your pretty table and so glad to finally know what a buckeye is! Happy New Year!

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, my goodness...I had not idea there were so many things out there with buckeyes!!! That's pretty cool!!! I've seen them before in my parents' yard but had no idea what they were! Very inspired table!

Deana said...

I love your plates. Green is one of my favorite colors. Beautiful table!!

Summerland Cottage Studio said...

Charming and fun post !
We have buckeyes in the Sequoia area of California
so I am familiar with them, but I never see them in the
southern region where I live.
Very clever and well done !

Marigene said...

What neat plates...your table is fantastic! Love the napkin rings.
Happy New Year, Cindy.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your buckeye ideas. I used to wonder what buckeye is and now I know that it's what we call Horse Chestnut here in England.

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