Our state flower is the dogwood, so I went to my yard and cut some flowering branches. Then I went next door and cut some yellow Carolina Jessamine, which is the state flower of our neighbor South Carolina, but since it grows here and has the name Carolina, I am claiming it for the day! Speaking of neighbors, we share the state flower of flowering dogwood with our neighboring state, Virginia.
We also share our state bird, the cardinal with Virginia and five other states. I believe it is the most popular state bird in the US. It adds a nice pop of red to my North Carolina table as a salt shaker, too! I added a pine cone pepper shaker, since the Pine Tree is our state tree.
Which leads me to the place setting. I chose my plates with pine cones and boughs and placed them on a ruffled light blue place mat. It is a shade of blue that we call "Carolina Blue" and is the official color of our oldest state university - the University of North Carolina. UNC or Carolina is the America's oldest public university.
I added touches of gold on the table because the first gold strike in the United States was in North Carolina at Reed Gold Mine. You can visit the mine now as one of NC's Historic Sites.