March 21, 2012

March Madness 2012

It all started with two peach baskets and a soccer ball.
James Naismith (1861-1939) invented the game of basketball. While teaching physical education at the Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA, Naismith found himself with a class full of unruly students who were stuck indoors due to harsh weather. The head of his department instructed him to come up with a new game that wouldn't take up too much room nor be too rough, yet would still help to keep the athletes in good shape. Thus, in December of 1891, basketball was born.

The first recorded college basketball game was played between Geneva College and the New Brighton YMCA on April 8, 1893.

Fast forward 119 years.

The 2012 NCAA Tournament dominates the month of March.

We have been following the madness!Photobucket


Hardwood placemats, made to represent a basketball court, mark each fan's space
at the bar.

Scroll to the end of the post to view how they were made.

Extra large napkins are at hand for drippy, greasy, but oh-so-delicious pub grub.


Nothin' but Net glasses, lined with paper towels, hold homemade french fries.

Pictures of the materials used for this project are shown below.

Beer steins and individual dip bowls stand ready for the tip-off.

A yard sale basketball was converted into two chip holders.
Each ball half was glued to a wooden ring for stability.
Scroll down to view the How-To Pictures.
Oh, I can hear what you're thinking. Yes, it was hand scrubbed inside and out and sent through the dishwasher's heavy cycle twice. I was going to line the inside of the balls with plastic wrap, but never got around to it. Nobody's died of toxic poisoning so far.

A black and white poster-size print, trimmed to fit within an already existing picture, announces the Final Four Menu. I used a font called Chalkdust. It's free for both Windows and Macs.
Kinkos charged $2.42 for printing and paper.


The salt and pepper set can be found on eBay.
I couldn't resist. Bought two sets.

A basketball pennant is drapped above the television.
Come claim your seat. We're sitting just behind the bench.

To Super Bowl Sunday

Wooden placements: Laminate flooring, Lowe's; black duct tape, Michaels
Black dinner plates: no markings, yard sale
Flatware, Hammered, Pottery Barn
Napkins: fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts
French Fry Holders: Glass candleholder/vase, Dollar Tree
Basketball pennant: Party City
Salt and pepper sets: Cosmos Porcelain, eBay; seller: royalsagehome
Individual dip bowls: custard cups, yard sale

PhotobucketA Stroll Thru Life
for Table Top Tuesday
PhotobucketThe Style Sisters
for Centerpiece Wednesday
100Between Naps
on the Porch

for Tablescape Thursday

Hardwood Placemats

PhotobucketPhotobucketTwo pieces of left over laminate flooring from an old remodel were snapped together and cut into a rectangle. The seam is reinforced with packing tape on the underside.


Edges were bound with black duct tape.

French Fry Holders


The glasses can be found in the vase section of Dollar Tree.

The paint comes from Michaels.

PhotobucketThis project has taught me one important lesson: Glass painting is not a hobby I should ever consider taking up.
I bought 8 of these bowls at a yard sale for just pennies. I'm not sure if they were supposed to be prep bowls or custard cups. I've only used them as little dip and sauce bowls. Since I'm NEVER going to use the glass paint again, I slathered the outside of 4 bowls with the same orange paint I used on the fry holders.

Basketball Chip Holder


Cut two rings from 3/4-inch plywood.
Sand and paint black.


Place the rings on the ball halves. Using Gorilla Glue, make a ring of glue inside the wooden ring, where the base and the half-ball touch.

Weigh down with something heavy. Allow to dry.

PhotobucketPhotobucketOptional: Cut cardboard dividers like the ones gourmet popcorn companies use to separate different flavors.


  1. Not a single detail missed! LOVE the wooden placemats! I will be stea...borrowing that! You are a creative genius! Thank you for the sweet comment. I hope you visit again soon :)

  2. Oh gosh, I just love this t'scape, OA! Such unique ideas...the BB bowls (I was thinking 'yucky' taste!), the laminate placemats & that creative menu board! What fun to watch March Madness in your neck of the woods (or court)! TFS! Jeanne S

  3. Oh my gosh my husband is going to flip over this idea!! This is awesome!! We watch all the games every March! Thank you for sharing all these amazing ideas! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share all these cool ideas with us.


    1. O.K. I'm all linked up. Added your button this morning. Thanks for the invite. You have a nicely designed blog.

      I love the Doris Day Luncheon. I remember Rock Hudson pursuing Doris in many of her feel good pictures.

      P.S. I have my eye on one of your wire cloches!

  4. It had to be done, and doggone it...YOU DID IT!!! This is really great! I'm not a fan of basketball (ooohhh...don't throw one at me!), but this is really a great set up! You thought of everything!!! The hardwood placemats are the coolest! (Isn't duct tape just one of the world's most wonderful inventions?) I am going to have to bookmark this post so it can be shared with my class when we get around to tablescaping for sporting events. This one will go down in the record books as one of the all-time most creative!!! Way to go!

  5. Wow! You've desigend the perfect place for March Madness! How wonderfully creative.

  6. Hi lovely lady.
    I love your tablescape at the bar!! You did a wonderful job putting this all together for your party so sweet.Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Spring Tablescape so sweet of you. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  7. Denise, you knocked my socks AND sneakers off with this post!! What wonderfully creative ideas! I love your bar area with the built in TV & all the darling accessories. GREAT job on all of it. I'm impressed with your attention to detail.

    We used to go to see the Cleveland Cavaliers play at the old Coliseum in Ritchfield, OH on a regular basis. I loved watching the games, live & I think the college games are even better.

    I am sending a link to the post to all my brothers. They will go bonkers over it.
    Thanks so much for share the what & how of what all you did.


  8. thought you may be interested in the newbie party reunion! Coming up this Thursday.

  9. This is too too cute! My husband would think he was in Heaven!

  10. that score board made me laugh :) by the way this is really creative I would love to make it


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