April 6, 2016
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What’s On My Table: New Year’s Day Brunch

I have a passion for collecting antique copper and love using it for a brunch buffet. The sun came streaming through the French doors, in my dining room, illuminating the copper with a radiant glow. The inherent warmth in copper was welcoming and inviting and made the food even more enticing.

I mixed copper pieces that come from Morocco, France and Belgium together with those I found on Ebay and Amazon.

As always, I like to use pieces in unusual ways. The centerpiece is actually a French preserve pan. And yes, when it’s not a centerpiece, I use it for homemade preserves. This time, it held lots of fresh orchids from Trader Joe’s. I left them in their individual pots, lined the copper pan with foil and used Spanish moss to hide the pots.

I used a small Belgian milk pitcher to hold flowers on the sideboard.

My large collection of hammered platters are used in many different ways on this table. Some hold food, some hold parfait glasses.

It’s easy to find great vintage copper on Ebay or at your local thrift store. Mix it with new pieces from Amazon and you’ll have a glorious table.

Here is what’s on my table:

Buffet table:

Tablecloth: Custom made in Italy

Centerpiece: Hammered copper jam pan, Mauviel (Amazon)

Orchids: Trader Joe’s

Triple copper chafing dish: Bazar Francias 666 (vintage, Ebay)

Rectangular copper chafing dish: Bazar Francias 666 (vintage)

Hammered copper platters: vintage (Ebay)

Large copper and brass oval tray (Amazon)

Copper and brass 3-section jam dish (Amazon)

Croissant jars: Bromioli Rocco Quattro Stagioni, 5 oz. (Amazon)

Parfait glasses: Wayfair.com

Place cards: Caspari, More Lavender Blue

Meat carving set: vintage


Antique French copper vegetable steamer

Antique Moroccan copper tea kettle

Antique Belgian “Dinant” copper and brass milk pitcher

Large plates: new onion pattern Meissen (Fornari & Fornari)

Rectangular sandwich plate: Coalport, Countryware pattern

Coffee Service:

Mugs: Coalport Countryware pattern

Blue cream and sugar pottery: vintage

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