Fall Alfresco Tablescape with a Touch of Blue + Easy Flower Arranging Method

We’ve enjoyed some beautiful fall weather the last couple of weeks, perfect for alfresco dining!


Table inspiration came from a blue plaid throw with a narrow pumpkin stripe, which tops a matelasse coverlet as a tablecloth. . .

And the pretty flower basket details of Royal Staffordshire Clarice Cliff ‘Charlotte’.

 Brown transferware and ironstone sing the softer notes of fall . . .

And while I love it any time of year, fall is the season when it really shines!

To create a centerpiece for the table, I recycled my flowers from my autumn harvest on porch.

 Instead of using floral foam, I added plastic cups to a container for quick and easy flower arranging! Use newspaper or newsprint to keep the cups from shifting and in place once they’re filled with water and flowers.

Football mums, blue hydrangeas and the last of the limelight hydrangeas were added to the individual cups, filling the container to make an arrangement.


No flower arranging skills required with this quick and easy method!

You can use any container, basket, picnic tin, or wood caddy, that’s deep enough to conceal your cups or jars. I’ve used this method to celebrate the red, white and blue, for a harvest pumpkin table, and to create a blooming Easter basket. The individual cups make it easy to replace the flowers when they’re spent and to change the water as needed for a longer lasting arrangement!

Bamboo kabob skewers were used as floral picks to add tiger striped pumpkins to tuck in among the flowers. The ends of skewers rest on the paper in the bottom of the container, keeping them from shifting and filling in the space between blooms.



Table Details:

Transferware plates / Royal Staffordshire Charlotte Brown Clarice Cliff

White chargers / HomeGoods, several years ago

Plaid throw / Target

Copper container / HomeGoods, several years ago

Matelasse coverlet / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago

Copper chargers and napkin rings / Hobby Lobby, last year

Napkins / HomeGoods, several years ago

Flatware / Towle Seville

 Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

Hope you’re enjoying some beauti-fall weather where you are!

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Between Naps on the Porch

  35 comments for “Fall Alfresco Tablescape with a Touch of Blue + Easy Flower Arranging Method

  1. Linda L
    November 5, 2018 at 7:31 am

    So clever and so beautiful!

  2. Mary Michelle
    November 5, 2018 at 7:52 am

    So pretty! The copper basket is gorgeous, especially filled with flowers and mini pumpkins. I love the variety of the large pumpkins too – they are the perfect backdrop for your lovely table.

  3. Michelle
    November 5, 2018 at 8:01 am

    You just make up the most beautiful table scapes!

  4. Rita C.
    November 5, 2018 at 8:03 am

    I’d love to be transported and seated at that table with you, Mary. Almost all of my garden color has been pruned out for winter (except leaves remaining on trees and pansies planted). I really love the matelasse as a tablecloth, and the colors of your wool throw are perfect against those browns. I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments on brown transferware in fall especially. It’s such a work horse anytime of year! Enjoy these final days of full color in fall.

  5. Dana
    November 5, 2018 at 8:16 am

    I have never pinned so many ideas from a blog. Your flower arranging ideas are so clever. I have always love the using baskets or other containers for a table and never knew how. Thank you so much! Your tables are stunning!

  6. Karen Wright
    November 5, 2018 at 8:17 am

    As always, my fav!!! Just lovely Mary! I love the blue and brown together!!! The wall decorated with a variety of pumpkins is so inviting!!! The alfresco dining is such a lovely fall treat!!!

  7. Sandra
    November 5, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Gooooood mornin’! Beautiful!

  8. Ann Woleben
    November 5, 2018 at 8:28 am

    As always, a lovely table setting – serene and inviting. The blue plaid throw is such a fantastic idea. I am pulling out our old Pendleton red plaid throw and try a fall table setting. Thank you for the idea!

  9. November 5, 2018 at 9:01 am

    So beautiful in blue!

  10. Sheran
    November 5, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Stunning! I love the blue and brown for Fall. Thank you

  11. November 5, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Good morning Mary, it is a lovely tablescape. Love how you used the fall elements in the tablescape and the clever way you used the plastic cups in the copper basket.

  12. November 5, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Mary, I adore your table. The blue throw is the perfect juxtaposition for the brown transferware, I have always loved mixing blue and brown. The copper basket makes for a warm autumn centerpiece and it is so smart to recycle flowers from Floral Friday. Your stone wall of pumpkins is stunning! Have a wonderful week🧡

  13. Virginia
    November 5, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Love, love, love it.

  14. November 5, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Hi Mary, we were just in Charlotte, NC for the weekend at a wedding. I THINK we were somewhat near you, not sure. Would love to come sit at this beautiful table with you. I also love how you do your pumpkins and mums on the patio wall. Pinned this:)

  15. Cyndi Raines
    November 5, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Now that is a super easy way to make a beautiful flower arrangement and I think I could even do it! Lol! Love the Charlotte plate and the beautiful white charger underneath with its lovely edge. The whole lakeside setting is lovely, would never get tired of that view!

  16. November 5, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog…I too live on a lake and get inspired by your posts. thank you for all the hard work and sharing . you are so blessed with talent!

  17. Ramona Mock
    November 5, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    I love your tablescapes! I just found your blog. While viewing your 4th of July table, I realized that I have the Liberty Blue dishes. I will be using them on my patriotic table for the Christmas tea at my church. I also love to do tablescapes! I look forward to your Christmas tablescapes!

  18. November 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    On,y a few days left to eat Alfresco…beautiful table…🍁🍂

  19. Sharon
    November 5, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Gorgeous, looks like it would be chilly there by the water, but I’m sure its a bit warmer in NC. Love the royal Staffordshire plates!!!

  20. Linda Cunningham
    November 5, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Mary, Thank you for creating such BEAUTIFUL tablescapes for us all to enjoy. Each one is an inspiration and bring a WOW to my day!

  21. November 5, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Mary, this is why I love this time of year! The brown transfer ware is perfect to bring out for autumn. I have a set of napkin rings in the Charlotte pattern and a few small pieces. It is one of my favorite patterns. I’m in love with that blue throw. I’m heading to Target tomorrow!!!. You have me wanting to play with my dishes!!!

  22. November 5, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Beautiful! A feast for the eyes. Thank you! 🍂🍁

  23. Sue
    November 6, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I’m “falling” for your pretty table setting.

  24. November 6, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Hi Mary! I love when you share easy floral tips, and your bountiful basket looks so pretty on the cozy Target throw. Of course, I’m in love with the Clarice Cliff…swoon! Your whole area is so lovely, with your lake in the background and all the surrounding of mums, pumpkins and leaves.

  25. November 6, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Oh Mary, the blue plaid blanket and blue hydrangeas against the lake backdrop is beautiful! I’ve come to really love blue in fall arrangements and tables, it really complements the oranges and browns. Thank you for sharing your centerpiece tips and tricks, it is so lovely in the copper bucket. The china is gorgeous in this setting, and I do love all things “Charlotte” :)

  26. Camille morgan
    November 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    So pretty. You have the best floral secrets. I might could follow your instructions and make an arrangements! Thank you.

  27. Amy K
    November 7, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    So pretty! I love those dishes.

  28. November 7, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Oh so very pretty Mary and i love that you recycled flowers from another arrangement. Fall is in the air and love it!!! Love seeing the beautiful Fall foliage around the lake…what a breathtaking sight to see!

  29. November 7, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Mary, you always dress your tables to impress. Each one is so pretty and makes us want to grab a seat. Love the pumpkins, The arrangement is beautiful. The Autumn is indeed in the air. The scenery is so perfect.

  30. November 13, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I need to make an arrangement of flowers for my Thanksgiving table and this gives me great ideas for sure,
    Love your Brown Charlotte plates, I have the lavender set

  31. Mandy
    February 8, 2020 at 9:58 am

    This is beautiful! Can you tell me where the white table cloth is from?

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