Mother Nature is a sly one these days. After a week of rainy, chilly days, and me being one step away from breaking out my sweaters, summer has returned to mid-Michigan. Too late Mother Nature, I have already embraced fall. We could have easily turned on the air but opted for fans and open windows.
It was during our brief brush with cooler days that I put together this Plaid and Copper Tablescape. The desire for using copper has been with me for months and thankfully the pieces slowly came together. Add to that my never ending love of all things plaid and this was perfect timing.
Let’s start with the tablecloth which I’ve spent several weeks deciding between buying one or buying fabric to use as an overlay. I bought fabric but it didn’t leave me drooling. A trip into Big Lots for paper towels netted this tablecloth. There wasn’t a moment’s hesitation and for $17.00 I was a very happy camper.
I played around with several chargers and decided to use the woven ones plus the acrylic ones with copper undertones. To complete the stack I used tan dinner plates followed by a gold salad plate and this teal leaf plate. I’m really not sure if the teal plate is actually a plate or for decorative purposes only. Whatever it’s intended use is, it fits this table perfectly.
I loved the texture of the napkin and the color works well with the tablecloth. The decision between using this flatware or goldtoned almost came down to eeny-meeny-miney-mo. I asked the Mr and he said the brown was much better.
During my thrifting travels I was on the lookout for a low and shallow copper vase but wasn’t having any luck. All of a sudden I remembered that I already had the perfect container, in my cabinet. This is a casserole dish with a copper serving base and here it was right under my nose. It was a thrift store purchase and a good deal at $4.99. I filled it with gourds and seasonal picks and I will move it to another spot when I take this table down.
When I walked into the fabric store looking for plaid cloth I was immediately greeted by a clearance stand filled with these copper mercury glass milk bottles. They were only .97, my tablescaping fairy godmother was with me that day! A few berry sprigs are tucked inside. The candlesticks have been in my stash for a while and they round out the center of the table.
My amber goblets are working overtime these days and I paired them with a plain water goblet. This just might be the table we dine at for Thanksgiving if it pairs well with my mother’s china.
Here’s a quick peek at how my centerpiece came together with the supplies listed below.
- copper container
- Seasonal picks
- Faux foliage
In an effort to keep the gourds fresh as long as possible I first gave them a soak in a 10:1 bleach solution for 10 minutes. After removing them from the solution I let them dry thoroughly and then applied two coats of satin polyurethane. So far so good.
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