In this case I used serving trays from Dollar General that looked like a football field as the charger. I added my solid brown plates, then little football themed salad size plates. On top of that, a little ceramic football. The napkins were made to look like a referee's flag, since the salad dishes had referees on them.
I cannot even remember where I got the football glasses I have had them so long. The thing about collecting "different" dishes like sports, is to just collect a little at a time. That's what I have done. Then before you know it, the collection is a BIG collection!
Many times stores like Target and the dollar type stores will have football themed dishes at the beginning of football season. That is where I got these plastic trays, with the intent to use them as chargers. They worked out perfect and were very inexpensive.
But like I said, I buy football dishes here and there when I see them, and before I know it my collection is big. SO, with that in mind, I couldn't just do one place-setting idea, but I had to do at least one more!
With this one, I used a mesh young boys practice type jersey. We have LOTS of these, but they are all well used. I picked up these on clearance one year with the intent to cover my chairs in them for a game. Today I thought they looked cute as the charger/placemat. I used a big football tray as the plate, and a football bowl on top of that. I picked the referee towels up at Dollar General in the fall.
For the place cards I used chip clips. For the tablescape I used a chenille that I have. I actually have lots of these, with many different names on them. Of course if you wanted place cards, they would also be cute written on cardstock...or the back of old programs.
With this tablescape setting, I used a referee whistle tied loosely around the silverware.
A close-up view of the "laces" on the glassware.
Part of the buffet tablescape.
The cover for the table is actually a play mat I bought on clearance after Christmas at Wal-Mart. It came with a mini football and the two yellow goal posts as well. It is the perfect cover for a football party. It is thick enough to protect the table, but smooth enough for any dishes.
Another idea is to just mix and match all the different dishes for a big football buffet. Even though they were bought at many different times, they all coordinate.
The footballs are actually ice cubes. But I bought several packs at the dollar bin in Target and filled a glass vase with them.
Since I work at a high school, I always ask the salesman when he comes to sell letter jackets if I can buy any "mistake" chenilles. Often people just don't pick up what they order, or there is a mistake. I have been able to buy many through the years for almost no money at all. I pulled the ones that matched my tablescape best.
....Or my own initials! Many of you I am sure are not interested in purchasing sports dishes. Luckily, I always participated in sports and loved watched them as well....otherwise, I would have been miserable all these years! Instead, I embrace each season and try to make our family time together one to enjoy visually, as well as filling up their stomachs!
|Hubby carrying the ball..and the cross-stitch plaque I made. Both from YEARS ago!|
For other sporty tablescapes I have done, click here.
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