How To Style A Thanksgiving Table Runner

Saffron Marigold - Updated: October 27, 2023

Spread a Thanksgiving table runner over the table to bring color, pattern, and personality into your Thanksgiving  tablescape. We’re sharing a few table linen deas to inspire your fall table decor and help you create an expressive, gorgeous Thanksgiving setting.


Why use a table runner for Thanksgiving

One of the benefits of using a Thanksgiving table runner is that table runners offer more options for creating different table settings and styles.

If you have a great wooden table, simply spread the table runner over top for a kick of color. Thanksgiving table runners and placemats with texture add a dose of seasonality.

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For a colorful table, place a solid cloth in a coordinating color under your runner. Create a formal look easily: just lay a stylish runner over a neutral tablecloth.

Whatever your style, whatever your mood, it’s always great to have options, and a gorgeous, stylish table runner provides plenty! And now onto a few gorgeous fall tablescapes with our Thanksgiving table runners

A blue table runner for the Thanksgiving table

Blue and cream can act as neutrals, or they can infuse your table with color. Using blue decor might seem unusual for a Thanksgiving table runner idea, but we love using a deep dark blue to ground bright accessories in complementary colors. Depending on the formality of your Thanksgiving meal, you could opt for chargers or placemats (or both) at each place setting.

Natural fibers and handcrafted wood pieces add a more rustic Thanksgiving vibe.  Votives, pillars, and jar candles in gentle versions of Thanksgiving colors complete the look. 

blue table runners can be Thanksgiving table runners!

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Try a blue table runner for your Thanksgiving table runner
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Pacific Blue Table Runner

It all starts with a dark blue table runner to anchor your sweet fall vignettes. Just imagine how striking your pumpkins, candles, and fall table decor will look against these stylish table runners!

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Pacific Blue Cloth Napkins

Our blue cloth napkins coordinate perfectly with the blue table runner.

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Artificial Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Garland

You can use a faux eucalyptus garland from season to season to add greenery to your table.

Blue Pheasant

Tea Cake Stand

An artisan-made wooden cake stand will literally and figuratively elevate your pumpkin pie.

Red Thanksgiving table runners & placemats

Our block printed Moroccan pattern Spice Route feels just as luxe and glam as it does Bohemian. A diverse palette of crimson, ochre, and robin’s egg blue gives you room to play with your table decor.

In this Thanksgiving table setting, we’ve chosen more of a boho approach. Here, lantern light reflects off of teal glass pumpkins. This setup includes pewter chargers, but our block printed placemats would bring in even more color. Either way, this Thanksgiving table is divine indoors, and it’s downright magical for dining al fresco.

Red fall and Thanksgiving table runners at a bohemian style table setting

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A boho red table runner for your Thanksgiving table runner
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Spice Route Red Table Runner

A red table runner spread down the middle of your Thanksgiving table, sets you up for a stylish affair.

Spice Route ~ Red Orange Chevron Print Cloth Dinner Napkin
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Spice Route Red Cloth Napkins

A tribal chevron pattern catches the eye and moves into a wonderfully detailed blue and copper border.

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Large Teal Pumpkin

A glass pumpkin in blue teases out the teal notes in Spice Route. It lends an artistic, whimsical addition to your Thanksgiving table decor.


Normandy Lantern in Black

Whether you fill them with twinkling fairy lights or pillar candles, lanterns illuminate your Thanksgiving table setting. You can even use them outdoors, which is a plus if that’s where you choose to dine this year.

A Thanksgiving table runner in Thanksgiving colors

For a vibrant fall table, try our Orange Blossom floral table runner. It creates such an inviting scene for Thanksgiving or “Friendsgiving” as the case may be. Here you’ll see a vivid fall table runner spread over a table covered in brown craft paper. This creates a nice blend of family-friendly, casual vibes with a healthy heaping of fall color and marking the occasion.

Set out a few cups of crayons for the kids to color pictures and ask everyone to write down what they’re grateful for this year. Skip the placemats and the chargers and go for a colorful but simple place setting of cloth napkins folded over sturdy dinner plates. No need to fuss with florals here: colorful glassware and pretty platters pick up on the colors of the table runner. As you can see, the focus is on  seasonal treats and seasonal eats! 

orange fall and Thanksgiving table runner with platters and simple dishes


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An orange floral table runner makes a great Thanksgiving table runner
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Orange Blossom Floral Print Table Runner

This floral tablecloth’s plum, sage, orange, and yellow comprise classic Thanksgiving colors that pair easily with your fall table decor.

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Orange Blossom Floral Print Napkins

The orange and green floral pattern on these napkins feels like a sophisticated version of pumpkins on the vine.

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Colored Bottle Vases, Set of 6

Instead of a traditional Thanksgiving floral centerpiece, try grouping colorful vases. They create an artistic display on their own, but you can always use them to hold singular blooms.

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Honey River Lazy Susan

A lazy susan, hand painted in the Scandinavian tradition is the perfect platter for shareable bites before the main course. Artistic, natural, handcrafted—we love it!

Table runner accents

Enhance the look of your Thanksgiving table runner with these gorgeous accents.

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Colors of Africa ~ Hand Painted Taper Candles

Earthy colors that evoke Thanksgiving and fall vibes.

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Festival of Lights ~ Hand Painted Gilded Taper Candles

Festive red, white, and gold for a special Thanksgiving table.

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Istanbul ~ Moroccan Boho Style Navy Blue & Gold Placemats

A blue and gold palette is a beautiful backdrop for tour Thanksgiving spread.

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Orange Blossom ~ Boho Table Placemats (Set of 6)

A classic orange, yellow, and orange palette for your Thanksgiving meal.

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Peruse these ideas and find inspiration for your Thanksgiving celebration. From Thanksgiving table runners and tablecloths to table decor and table setting ideas, you'll set a Thanksgiving table that reflects your unique, authentic self. Your guests will feel extra special, and you'll feel relaxed and at ease.  Get ready to celebrate!