Floral Friday: A Touch of Copper Fall Alfresco Tablescape


Welcome to another edition of Floral Friday! I always look forward to some flower therapy and inspiration when I join my blogging friends on the first and third Fridays of the month!

You’ll find their links to their beautiful floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.

This week’s common theme was copper. When our fearless leader, Shirley, suggested copper as our theme, my first thought was that I would have to go shopping for a container. Then I remembered my copper wine chiller that I used a few years ago for a Fall Pontoon Picnic.

For a centerpiece for my fall table, I filled my copper wine bucket with the last of the hydrangeas, some alstroemeria from the grocery store and dahlias from the Farmers Market.

Fall alfresco tablesetting by lake with copper wine bucket flower arrangement | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #alfresco #lake #flowers #hydrangeas #tablescape #pumpkins

Fall is my favorite season and has been late to arrive in North Carolina. We finally had some beautiful crisp, cool fall weather last weekend, perfect for alfresco dining!


I filled some copper Moscow Mule mugs with flowers to serve as vases for mini bouquets of hydrangeas and mums at each placesetting.

I love the warm glow of copper, especially in fall~ whether it’s bright and shiny or tarnished by age with a warm and welcoming patina!

 In a palette of tiger stripe pumpkins, a plaid throw provides a soft and warm foundation for the table. It’s layered over a matelassé coverlet as a tablecloth.

Hammered flatware provides an additional copper accent, while tree slice charges add some welcome texture to the table.

I’m late getting my containers planted for fall between the arrival of Hurricane Florence, Michael, and Hurricane Lola.

I added a pot of mums and some pumpkins to a summer container to give it a quick facelift and make the transition from summer to fall. Rather than planting the mums, I cheated and placed the pot in the center of the container, tucking it in among the foliage of the summer annuals and remaining blooms of the angelonia.


The pumpkins along with the foliage of sweet potato vine, fan flower and asparagus fern, help camouflage the pot. It will last for a couple of weeks until the mums are bloomed out and I have a chance to replant the containers with violas and ornamental kale.

Copper Alfresco Table Details:

Copper Wine Chiller, Nicole Miller Home / HomeGoods, several years ago, used here

Copper Moscow Mule Mugs / Target

 Plates / Mikasa English Countryside

Napkins / HomeGoods, several years ago

Copper Napkin Rings / mountains, several years ago

Tree Slice Chargers / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago

Plaid throw / HomeGoods, several years ago

Flatware / Cambridge Silversmiths Jessamine Copper, Amazon

 Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside


Visit my talented blogging friends to see their floral inspiration this week:

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Pam at Everyday Living

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Between Naps on the Porch

  38 comments for “Floral Friday: A Touch of Copper Fall Alfresco Tablescape

  1. October 19, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Mary, oh Mary..I love, love, love the beautiful copper bee bucket to anchor your always gorgeous table…filled perfectly to show that Fall is in the air!…Swooning over those individual arrangements too! I always look forward to your seasonal containers gaining so much inspiration and just making us “happy.” From the copper accents, the dinnerware, and linens..all perfectly orchestrated to usher in Fall nestled in that most charming setting of your gardens by the lake. Happy Friday Mary….always a great pleasure being with the friends of Floral Friday! Have a great weekend!

  2. October 19, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Mary, Bee Still My Heart! Your copper chiller is the perfect container for a fall centerpiece for your table. Your table is stunning with the plaid throw, mini pumpkins and mugs with flowers. I always enjoy when you girls share your talents for Floral Friday. Happy Weekend!

  3. Michelle
    October 19, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Fall is upon us! The colors tell us so! Well the weather hasn’t proofed it yet😱 Your table scapes are so beautiful and yes it does say FALL. Have a great weekend.🎃🍂🍁😎🌴

  4. October 19, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Mary, your Floral Friday table is lovely. I love your copper container and flower choices. How wonderful to be able to buy dahlias at the Farmers Market. Dahlias have so much personality and add a special touch. Neat to have some hydrangeas left after two storms, too! The individual copper mules flowers add the perfect color tones to accent your other pieces.
    Beautiful setting. The lake looks so serene and the trees look pretty for your fall setting.

  5. October 19, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Ha, ha, Hurricane Lola:@) Your setting is very pretty Mary, enjoy the cooler weather and Happy Weekend:@)

  6. October 19, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Mary, the copper chiller is stunning. I would have never guessed it was a HG find. The flowers are arranged so artfully for your gorgeous tablesetting. The copper mules add another element to an already beautiful table. I agree with Bonnie, finding dahlias would be heavenly. Your picture perfect setting by the lake gives me all the feels. Beautiful as always, and I so enjoy sharing Floral Friday with you❤️ Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Michelle
    October 19, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful

  8. October 19, 2018 at 7:25 am

    WOW!! That ice bucket is gorgeous!! You have the best luck finding things…JEALOUS…but the table is a beautiful fall inspiration…I know what you mean about a late fall..we are just now experiencing our Fall..I’ll be surprised if we have color this year…on my way to the remainder of Floral Friday…BYE..🍁🌻🌾🍂🍃👋🏻

  9. Rita C.
    October 19, 2018 at 7:27 am

    It’s so nice to revisit old friends, as in the copper pot you’ve brought out. I don’t remember meeting her, so it’s nice to get reacquainted. She’s a beauty! Your arrangements are always showstopping, Mary, and the small bouquets as place cards are just as lovely. I adore matelasse as table covers (and bed covers, too!), and your throw makes it cozy by the water. We’ve had but two nice days this week, so off to the garden I went, starting my cleanup. Our fall will be a few weeks shorter than yours, so I skipped the containers in the courtyard and went straight to cleaning things out. Yours are gorgeous as they are, situated among the summer remains.

  10. October 19, 2018 at 7:38 am

    So beautiful! I especially love the copper mugs overflowing with blooms. Gorgeous photos of another spectacular table! Enjoy your weekend!

  11. Sherri Hayes
    October 19, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Just beautiful!

  12. Kathy Menold
    October 19, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Copper is so great in autumn vignettes. Love it intermingled with wicker baskets and trays. So nice to have fall like weather this week. Hard to believe it was in the 80s last week when we were in Beaufort N.C. and walking along the beach. Mother nature likes to fool with us

  13. Theresa Keller
    October 19, 2018 at 9:16 am

    LOVE Copper!! beautiful tablescape…..

  14. anne
    October 19, 2018 at 9:46 am


  15. October 19, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Mary, This might be my favorite fall table of yours. I love all your alfrescos tables but I’m partial to your fall ones and the touch of copper is delightful! Your copper wine bucket is beautiful with your combination of floral materials. Thank you for sharing your talents with us! 🍁🍂🌾

  16. Cyndi Raines
    October 19, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Love the copper wine bucket with the bee design. Lovely fall setting. It’s all very pretty. 🍊🍂

  17. October 19, 2018 at 10:28 am

    How gorgeous! Wow, all of your tablescapes are lovely, but this one might be your prettiest one yet! I love the soft colors with the splashes of orange and copper accents. Brava, Mary!

  18. Donna Milazzo
    October 19, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I’ve seen so many of your beautiful tablescapes, but there is something special about this one! The florals on and off the table are absolutely gorgeous. Always love your inspirational Floral Friday posts and share them on my own local Rose Society FB page. You are gifted!

  19. Linda Redwine Bell
    October 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Love this tablescape with the copper accents. Love the mini mules filled with flowers at each place setting and all the vignettes. Beautiful!

  20. October 19, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    I love everything you do dear Mary, but this tablescape and floral arrangement touches the very autumn loving soul of me. It’s a blessing to join you and our other two friends each Floral Friday. Hope your weekend is special!

  21. Marion
    October 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Gorgeous is the tablescape.

  22. Joan
    October 19, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    As usual everything is lovely and elegant.

  23. Marilyn
    October 19, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    What a lovely display. That tablecloth is so pretty.

  24. October 19, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Oh Mary, I LOVE that copper ice bucket and the arrangement is beautiful. ALL of my hydrangeas are DONE, brittle and brown:( Your table is beautiful as it always is. Have a wonderful weekend and THANKS for always giving us the details of where you have gotten things. I am now looking for copper flatware:)

  25. October 19, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    I love Shirley’s theme of copper. Like you, I find the warmth and glow perfect for fall. I found a lovely copper wine bucket at the Chatou Antique Market, but left it behind. I was very disciplined this trip about not buying anything that couldn’t fit in my bag.
    I’ve waited to plant for fall as well. With all the rain we are having, the ground is too wet and the pots are not draining as the shoud. I’ve had to toss out several things. Not complaining about the rain though. We need it!

  26. October 20, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Mary, Your flower arrangement and bucket are both bee-uitful! I agree with Donna, this is my favorite table of yours. Thank you for sharing your talents. Enjoy your fall weather and weekend. ♥

  27. Granny Gay
    October 20, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Beautiful fall colors. Your copper is just gorgeous / and shiny. Enjoy the cooler weather 😀

  28. Marie
    October 20, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Thanks for all the beautiful pictures you so generously share. I especially love your purple and green hydrangeas. Is that a particular species or is it your soil that causes those colors? I’m finding hydrangeas challenging here in my new Florida garden but I would really like to try that one.

    • October 20, 2018 at 9:27 am

      Thanks Marie, it’s the faded fall coloration of Endless Summer Hydrangea! Ours start out blue from the pH in the soil. :)

  29. Deb
    October 20, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    It’s all simply gorgeous Mary~ from your flowers, copper wine bucket, plaid throw and beautiful setting!

  30. October 20, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Perfectly lovely Mary, I just love the soft fall glow you have created! Your copper wine bucket is a great centerpiece, but my eyes kept going to the small copper Moscow Mule mugs of flowers, so adorable! Your soft color floral arrangement really compliments the shiny copper, so pretty!

  31. Sue
    October 21, 2018 at 11:24 am

    You have the prettiest table settings to go along with the prettiest lake view, enjoy for me, please.

  32. Leslie
    October 22, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Simply beautiful!

  33. October 22, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Simply Beautiful!

  34. Gayla Pappenfoht
    November 7, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Love the way you have paired copper and lavendars….

  35. barbaramantelandtablecom
    September 19, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Honestly Mary – I could sit and stare at your tablescapes all day! This one is so gorgeous it makes my eyes water! 🧡 I’m going to try to duplicate it with my own pieces and see if I can come close! :) Really truly thanks for all the fabulous inspiration!

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