Whether you’re hosting a Sunday brunch, a fall dinner party, or Thanksgiving dinner, take your decor up a notch with this gold and copper fall table setting.
When I did my Fall Home Tour a couple of weeks ago, I might have mentioned (once or twice) that I’m not a big fan of orange. So I decided to do use copper and teal as the fall accent colors in most of the house.
And that meant coming up with a copper fall tablescape for my dining table that would go with the rest of the decor.
Okay…to be completely honest…the table was the first thing that I decorated.
I also mentioned previously that this was my first year decorating my house for fall. And when I started out, I had a really hard time getting into the swing of it.
But I’ve done lots of table settings in the past. So I decided to start with the easy part…the table.
As a side note, that’s one of the tricks I always do when I’m not feeling particularly inspired. Start working on the part that I have the most confidence in, and by the time I’m finished with that, ideas for the rest of the space seem easier to come by.
Anyhow, back to the table…I didn’t show much of it during the home tour because I thought I would go through my process for putting my copper fall table decor together.
The First Copper Fall Table (Fail!)
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My natural inclination when I start decorating this time of year is to go Halloween-y.
And my table definitely started out that way. I was originally thinking of doing a black, white and copper tablescape to go with my DIY pumpkins.
But after doing a trial run, it seemed too…well, black and white.
So back to the drawing board.
Copper Fall Tablescape Version 2
Fortunately for me, I happened to be at TJ Maxx a couple of days later right when they were putting out their fall merchandise. And saw a gold-leaf patterned table cloth, which I thought was perfect. The gold leaves remind me of fall, and there’s no orange in sight!
Plus I could use my no-fail formula for putting together a table setting without having to buy anything extra. What’s the formula you ask? Pick a metallic and a color from the tablecloth, place mats or runner. Then use that to determine the rest of the place setting. I have lots of gold and white table accessories!
I started with these pretty gold magnolia leaf placemats*.
I had tried them out on the black and white table cloth, and decided that I liked them.
Then I saw these awesome pumpkin napkin rings (and had to get them).
They have both gold and copper tones in them so they are perfect for my mixed metal tablescape.
I love the way the white and gold is repeated up through the place setting layers.
Adding my DIY mini-pumpkins tied the table in with the rest of my fall decor.
But the napkins seemed a little boring.
So I spiced them up a bit by layering two of them together (my new favorite table decorating obsession!)
And I was pretty happy with it.
Copper Autumn Table Decor, Take 3
If I was serving a family style dinner with serving bowls and plates on the table, I might have stayed with my copper fall table Version 2. It was really fast to put together and had lots of open table space to put things on.
But I wasn’t. And I had a picture in my head of a lush “pumpkin patch” running down the middle of the table. (This wasn’t it.)
Plus I felt like it needed a little more copper to make the table fit in better with the rest of the house.
When I ran across these copper wine glasses* on sale, I figured that was a sign.
And remember that trip to TJ Maxx? The one where they were just putting out their fall stuff?
Well, I also managed to pick up quite a few ceramic pumpkins, apples and pears, as well as a few copper candles.
All perfect for my table centerpiece.
So the only thing I needed was the “lush” part…and that was easily solved with a trip to Michael’s.
I picked up a couple of faux vines – one with just leaves and the other with white and teal flowers which definitely helped!
Then I just had to play around with the pumpkin placement. Putting them on alternate sides of the vines and making sure I didn’t have too many of the same color or size all together helps give it a balanced feel.
Finally adding some copper votive candles (another TJ Maxx find) creates light at the lower levels.
Fall Table Setting, Try #4
When all was said and done, I liked version 3. But something was just a little off.
Now the table seemed a little too busy.
I realized I didn’t really need the gold magnolia leaf place mats.
With the centerpiece, they were a bit too much.
So I took them off.
That definitely gave the table a little more breathing room.
But now I felt like the white chargers were blending in a little TOO much
I Finally Got It!
Finally, I replaced the white chargers, with gold rimmed glass chargers*.
They add a little more definition to the place settings but don’t feel as overpowering as the place mats did.
And now I absolutely love it!
It took 5 tries, but I finally got it the way I want it.
So much for the table being the easiest part of the room to do 🙂
By the time I was finished, I was definitely ready to move on and do some fall decorating in the other areas of my house…so I guess I accomplished my goal.
Hopefully, you have found some fall table inspiration for your own home. Now I’m on to planning my Halloween decor!
Copper Fall Table Sources
Some of the original items are not available anymore. In those cases, I have linked to something similar where possible.
- White table cloth with gold leaves – TJ Maxx*
- Magnolia place mats*
- White glass chargers* (or you can get them in plastic HERE* for less)
- Gold rimmed chargers*
- White and black plates*
- Gold-rimmed glass accent plates*
- Gold cutlery*
- Black and white napkins*
- Gold shimmery napkins* (inside layer)
- White napkins with gold trim* (outside layer)
- Pumpkin napkin rings (no longer available)
- Copper wine glasses*
- Faux vines*
- Ceramic pumpkins, apples and pears – TJ Maxx*
- Copper candles – TJ Maxx*
Other fall decor you might like
- Fall home decor ideas for people who don’t like orange
- Blush pink fall tablescape
- How to make your home more cozy for fall
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This post was originally published on October 6, 2017 but was updated with new content on July 13, 2022.