Hosting for the big UM, Michigan State game? Up your tableware game
Are you hosting for the big game? Don't leave your tableware out of the rivalry.
Several local stores offer a range of fun Michigan and Michigan State tableware and serveware -- bowls, cups, platters and more. They're perfect for hardcore Spartan or Michigan fans who want to show their allegiance in their home decor.
The two teams will clash on Oct. 20 in East Lansing.
Andrea Gordon, owner of Blossoms on Main in downtown Milford, a quaint floral boutique that also sells some home goods including some UM and MSU serveware, knows firsthand about this rivalry that grips our state every fall.
She lives in a house divided. Her husband and daughter graduated from Michigan. Her youngest daughter and son are Michigan State alums.
"And I'm a Wayne State grad which is a mix of colors from both schools so it's fun," said Gordon.
Her store, naturally, sells a mix of tableware from both UM and MSU. She also sells glassware painted with logos for both schools, created by local painter and friend Stacey Harris.
Gordon says sales for UM or MSU gear are strong in the fall and during graduation season in the spring.
Catching Fireflies in downtown Berkley, meanwhile, also sells a mix of fun MSU and UM home decor and accents. There are wall hangings, beer cozies, books, Spartan-inspired hot chocolate and more.
Owner April McCrumb says sales for their UM and MSU home decor are steady throughout the year.
And in the war of home decor, which school is more popular? McCrumb says MSU gear is more popular at their Berkley and Rochester locations.
But in Wolverine country, "we actually don’t even carry the MSU items in our Ann Arbor location," she said.
So as you gear up for the big game or tailgate -- or even just want to bring your MSU or UM pride into your home -- options abound for infusing some fun Spartan or Wolverine tableware or serveware into your home. And who knows? Maybe it'll bring either team a little luck.
Home team home decor
Looking for some items for your tailgate or to infuse your Wolverine or Spartan love into your decor? Here are some good places to check out:
- Catching Fireflies, locations in Berkley, Rochester and Ann Arbor. https://catchingfireflies.com/
- Blossoms on Main, 245 Main Street, Milford. http://www.blossomsonmain.com.
- The M Den, locations throughout southeast Michigan. https://www.mden.com/