by Allen J. Sheinman | September 30, 2011

The list  

The next time you run out of ideas for a theme, consider tying in room and/or table décor with the officially designated bird or flower of the state in which your event occurs. In other words, use pride of place as a placemat.

 Alabama: Yellowhammer/Camellia
 Alaska: Willow Ptarmigan/Forget Me Not
 Arizona: Cactus Wren/Saguaro Cactus Blossom
 Mockingbird/Apple Blossom
 California Valley Quail/California Poppy
 Lark Bunting/Rocky Mountain Columbine
 Robin/Mountain Laurel
 Blue Hen Chicken/Peach Blossom
 Mockingbird/Orange Blossom
 Brown Thrasher/Cherokee Rose
 Nene/Pua Aloalo
 Mountain Bluebird/Syringa-Mock Orange
 Cardinal/Purple Violet
 Eastern Goldfinch/Wild Prairie Rose
 Western Meadowlark/Sunflower
 Eastern Brown Pelican/Magnolia
 Chickadee/White Pine Cone and Tassel
 Baltimore Oriole/Black-Eyed Susan
 Robin/Apple Blossom
 Common Loon/Pink and White Lady’s Slipper
 Western Meadowlark/Bitterroot
 Western Meadowlark/Goldenrod
 Mountain Bluebird/Sagebrush
 New Hampshire:
 Purple Finch/Purple Lilac
 New Jersey:
 Eastern Goldfinch/Violet
 New Mexico:
 Roadrunner/Yucca Flower
 New York:
 North Carolina:
 Cardinal/American Dogwood
 North Dakota:
 Western Meadowlark/Wild Prairie Rose
 Cardinal/Scarlet Carnation
 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher/Mistletoe
 Western Meadowlark/Oregon Grape
 Ruffed Grouse/Mountain Laurel
 Rhode Island:
 Rhode Island Red/Violet
 South Carolina:
 Great Carolina Wren/Yellow Jessamine
 South Dakota:
 Ring-Necked Pheasant/Pasque Flower
 Common American Gull/Sego Lily
 Hermit Thrush/Red Clover
 Cardinal/American Dogwood
 Willow Goldfinch/Coast Rhododendron
 West Virginia:
 Robin/Wood Violet
 Western Meadowlark/Indian Paintbrush
Source: Meetings & Conventions