How To Style A Thanksgiving Table Runner

Saffron Marigold - Updated: November 12, 2020

Dress your Thanksgiving table in a Thanksgiving table runner to bring color, pattern, and a dose of personality into your tablescape. One of the benefits of using a Thanksgiving table runner is that you have even more options to create different table settings and styles.  We’re sharing a few ideas to inspire your fall table decor and help you create an expressive, gorgeous Thanksgiving setting.

If you have a great wooden table, simply spread the table runner over top. For a colorful table, place a solid cloth in a coordinating color under your runner. Create a formal look easily: just lay the runner over a neutral tablecloth. Whatever your style, whatever your mood, it’s always great to have options, and a gorgeous table runner gives them to you. And now onto our Thanksgiving table setting ideas!

A blue table runner for the Thanksgiving table

Blue and cream can act as neutrals, or they can infuse your table with color. We love using Pacific Blue to ground bright accessories in complementary colors.  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 Pacific Blue!

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Pacific Blue Cloth Napkins

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

The Bride’s Bouquet

Artificial Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Garland

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

Our Green House

Wooden Heirloom Tall Cake Stand

Fashioned from reclaimed 19th century wood and handcrafted by Hungarian artisans, this wooden cake stand will literally and figuratively elevate your pumpkin pie.

A red table runner for Thanksgiving

Our block printed Moroccan pattern feels just as luxe and glam as it does bohemian. A diverse palette of burgundy, ochre, crimson, and robin’s egg blue gives you room to play with your table decor. Here, we’ve chosen more of a boho approach that includes teal glass pumpkins and lantern light.  It’s divine indoors, and it’s  downright magical for dining al fresco!

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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

This handmade blown glass pumpkin 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. Colorful glass picks up on the colors of the table runner, and the place settings are simple and casual. As you can see, the focus is on seasonal treats and seasonal eats! 


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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

The 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.


Honey River Lazy Susan

Grant-Noren offers this lazy susan, hand painted in the Scandinavian tradition. Artistic, natural, handcrafted–we love it!

Find More Table Runners

Whatever your design mantra is, we have inspiring ideas and helpful suggestions for you. Use a couple of these ideas, or mix and match with a few of your own, for a really memorable holiday table that reflects your unique, authentic self. Celebrate!