Thanksgiving Tablescape Accessories: Placemats, Runners, and Tablecloths

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Between Halloween and Christmas there is a holiday that can often be pushed to the side: Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving unfortunately gets overlooked; ridiculous Halloween costumes and haunted houses dive immediately into the madness of last-minute Christmas gift searches and tree decorating. Although Thanksgiving is the middle child of the holiday season, it’s always important to stop for a moment and be grateful for family, friends, and the life we’ve been given.

1. Sunbrella Pulse Sunset and Spectrum Almond, 2. Robert Allen Casablanca Geo Citrine and Wana Stripe Straw, 3. Sunbrella Aura Honey and Surge Maize, 4. Sunbrella Calvert Oak and Surge Oak

1. Sunbrella Pulse Sunset and Spectrum Almond, 2. Robert Allen Casablanca Geo Citrine and Wana Stripe Straw, 3. Sunbrella Aura Honey and Surge Maize, 4. Sunbrella Calvert Oak and Surge Oak

Dinner is the signature event for the Thanksgiving holiday. This is when we come together and forget about the stresses of the outside world and focus on one another. A warm and inviting setting is ideal to make your company feel welcome at your table.

Placemats, runners, and tablecloths serve as the foundation of your Thanksgiving tablescape. My personal favorite is the table runner. As a messy eater, I find myself feeling overwhelmingly guilty when spilling something on someone’s placemat or tablecloth. Runners flow and break up the monochromatic color of the table without chopping it up, as with placemats, while still showing the detail of your dining table. However, if you decide on using placemats or a tablecloth, acrylic fabrics like Sunbrella is ideal because they are water and stain-resistant. Placemats and tablecloths are ideal for protecting your beautiful dining table, especially when children are involved.

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Tablecloths are a practical solution offering beauty and protection.


It’s important to keep in mind your surroundings when selecting fabric for your linens; you don’t want to clash with your everyday home décor. Also remember what dishes and stemware you plan to use for your tablescape and select your fabric accordingly. Luckily, placemats, runners, and tablecloths are reversible, giving them extra versatility and use. One tablecloth, runner, or set of placemats could give you an abundance of options throughout the year.

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