Giving Thanks: Easy 10-Minute Harvest Runner and Tablescape

Create an easy and natural harvest runner and centerpiece for Thanksgiving in less than ten minutes. Additionally you’ll find table inspiration from 18 table stylists for your Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving table with natural harvest runner | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

Happy Tuesday! Are you wondering like me how it’s already November?

With the Thanksgiving on the horizon, I’m happy to be a part of a Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop!

You can find table inspiration from 18 table stylists at the bottom of this post.

DIY harvest runner with pumpkins, nuts, Indian corn and leaves | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

I love using natural elements as a centerpiece for the table.

Our Thanksgiving feast is traditionally served buffet-style on the kitchen island.

As we don’t need room on the table for platters of food,

there is plenty of room for a centerpiece!

Easy 10-Minute harvest runner for Thanksgiving | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

This runner is easy to assemble using bits of fall and harvest elements,

nothing fussy or fancy!

Easy 10-Minute harvest runner for Thanksgiving | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

I gathered mini pumpkins, nuts, Indian corn and brown magnolia leaves

shed from the tree, to create a casual and organic runner for the table.

Give your leaves a rinse to remove any hitchhikers and allow them to dry.

Magnolia leaves will stay waxy and look fresh for several days if setting your table in advance.

Easy 10-Minute harvest runner for Thanksgiving | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

There are no rules other than keeping your elements low enough to see over

so as not interfere with conversation while dining and arranging your elements

so they’re pleasing to the eye.

Indian corn tied with brown satin ribbon for Thanksgiving | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

I added some Indian Corn for a harvest note. Brown satin wire-edge ribbon is tied around

the dried husks to add some softness and rich, warm color.

Mercury glass votives were tucked into the runner to add a little sparkle and shine.

Indian corn tied with brown satin ribbon for Thanksgiving | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

Once you have all your elements gathered, a runner is easy to create in less than 10 minutes.

 Vary your elements to coordinate with your table or dinnerware,

and feel free to use faux leaves and pumpkins if you prefer.

DIY harvest runner with pumpkins, nuts, leaves and Indian corn for Thanksgiving | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

Items from the produce department, such as pears, pomegranates and artichokes,

can be added to your runner, as seen, HERE, or make a simple runner

using pumpkins and oak leaves from your yard, HERE.

DIY harvest runner with pumpkins, nuts, leaves and Indian corn for Thanksgiving | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

I set my table on the porch. Our weather in November is typically mild in

 North Carolina, in the 60s or even 70s on Thanksgiving day.

We’ve spent many years eating turkey on my mother-in-law’s screened porch.

Thanksgiving table with turkey plates | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

I auditioned my turkeys, setting the table a couple of ways. . .

Thanksgiving table with plaid, natural runner and turkey plates | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

These white Tom Turkey salad plates were found at Pottery Barn several years ago.

Thanksgiving table with plaid, natural runner and turkey plates | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

They’re layered over Autumn Monarch by Johnson Brothers, rimmed with a decorative leafy fruit

and vegetable border, and are one of my favorite gobblers!

Autumn Monarch by Johnson Brothers | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes

I decided they were too pretty to cover and removed the salad plates.

Thanksgiving table with plaid, natural runner with pumpkins and turkey plates | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

They’re served up one white beaded edge charger plates,

framed with bronze metal chargers.

Thanksgiving table with turkey napkin rings | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

Tom turkey napkin rings hold fringed napkins and

bone-handled flatware adds some warm texture. . .

Thanksgiving table with plaid, natural runner with pumpkins and turkey plates | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

And amber goblets provide a warm glow.

Thanksgiving table with plaid, natural runner with pumpkins and turkey plates | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

DIY Cone-ucopias are as fun to make as they are to receive!

Thanksgiving table with DIY Cone-ucopias | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

Find the DIY details to make them using scrapbook paper, HERE.

Thanksgiving table with DIY Cone-ucopias | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

Fill them with some paper shred and Thanksgiving treats

for a fun take-away for your family members or guests.

Thanksgiving table with DIY Cone-ucopias | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

I filled my Cone-ucopias with some Lindt / Lindor Harvest Assorted Chocolate Truffles,

harvest candy corn and foil-wrapped chocolate turkeys.

Thanksgiving table with DIY Cone-ucopias | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

While Thanksgiving will look different for many of us with less travelling and social distancing

this year, it’s still important to add a bit of tradition to create some normalcy.

Thanksgiving table with DIY Cone-ucopias | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

For me, it’s setting a pretty table and celebrating what

we are thankful for, even if it’s just the two of us.

Thanksgiving table with turkey napkin rings | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

The end. ;)

Autumn Monarch by Johnson Brothers | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes

Thanksgiving Table Details:

Johnson Brothers Autumn Monarch / HomeGoods, several years ago

White Turkey Salad Plates / Pottery Barn, several years ago, used here

Plaid Tablecloth / Target, used here

Flatware /  Towle Seville

Amber Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

Turkey Napkin Rings / Pottery Barn, several years ago

White Chargers, Napkins / HomeGoods, several years ago

Bronze Chargers / Hobby Lobby, several years ago

Thanksgiving table with plaid, natural runner with pumpkins and turkey plates | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

Many thanks to Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate for organizing this blog hop!

Autumn Monarch by Johnson Brothers | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes

Find more Thanksgiving table inspiration at the links below.

Celebrate & Decorate
Sweet Sensations
Me and My Captain
Belle Blue Interiors
The Little Yellow Corner Store
Life and Linda
Our Crafty Mom
White Arrows Home
Living With Thanksgiving
Debbee’s Buzz
Home is Where the Boat Is
Everyday Living
Red Cottage Chronicles
The Painted Apron 
My Hubbard Home
Calypso in the Country
Zucchini Sisters
At Home With Jemma

Thanksgiving table with plaid, natural runner with pumpkins and turkey plates | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

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Easy DIY Harvest Runner for Thanksgiving | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #DIY

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  52 comments for “Giving Thanks: Easy 10-Minute Harvest Runner and Tablescape

  1. Franki Parde
    November 3, 2020 at 6:12 am

    Brang it on!!! franki

  2. November 3, 2020 at 6:41 am

    Good Morning Mary,
    What a gorgeous post. I am really enjoying the earthy warm hues that are inviting Fall indoors. Wonderful natural tablerunner, with so much visual interest and fluid as well. Your plates are gorgeous and I adore the plaid table cloth. The detail of your tablescape is stunning.
    I always enjoy hopping with you and always leave feeling very inspired!
    Happy Thanksgiving,

  3. Linda
    November 3, 2020 at 6:49 am

    Your little tea pot with the leaves over on the sidebar is just way too cute !

  4. Bonnie Morgan
    November 3, 2020 at 6:55 am

    Mary, Your table is rich with warm colors and textures perfect for the season. I want to do a Thanksgiving runner one of these days! You make it look so easy and it is nice that guests view is not hampered at all with this style centerpiece.
    I love your DIY candy filled cone-ucopias. Along with your collection of turkey plates with the beaded white chargers and cute turkey napkins rings my eyes pleasantly take in all the pretty details of your table.
    It is fun to blog hop with you also.

  5. November 3, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Mary, your harvest runner is so eye-catching with its colors and textures. Plates with beautiful centers are just too beautiful to cover, I am constantly deciding what to do…do I cover or uncover? The cone-ucopias are the perfect takeaway gift for guests and they look so lovely on the table. Every table you set is full of interest and detail. Wishing you a lovely season of Thanksgiving!

  6. Rita C.
    November 3, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Such rich textures using all the browns and creams, Mary! Wow, those brown magnolia leaves look really nice with the natural center runner, and I love that brown satin ribbon on the Indian corn. Lol, I had cartoonish visions of turkeys strutting down your runner runway with their auditioning, much as appear to really do in the wild (the end – very clever!). Those charger plates look like hobnail, a nice feminine touch, as is the fringe on the napkins (that M/F mix I so crave). And that flatware – love. The whole table has all the feels of the outdoors in late fall, and your porch setting was the perfect place. I think I’ll be needing more light in my life come winter, and those mercury glass votives are so pretty. Your special crafting of the fall cone-ucopias kick it all up one more notch. I’d love to be your guest anytime, but am happy to be in your company to soak in such great inspiration. Thanks, Mary!

  7. November 3, 2020 at 7:48 am

    It’s perfect Mary, I love the autumn colors and a runner of pumpkins, acorns and fall elements looks beautiful from all place settings. low enough for lively conversation yet special enough to remind diners this is Thanksgiving dinner! Love the gorgeous turkey plates and the plaid tablecloth. Of course who wouldn’t be delighted to find a darling Cone-ucopia at their place! We are hoping to be at the beach house this year, having a non traditional Thanksgiving, but giving thanks none the less, that our home was spared…Happy Hopping and Happy November Mary, on to the holidays!

  8. KathyP
    November 3, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Mary, Your tables are always a delight! I always come away with an idea for a centerpiece or special touch as in your little cone-ucopias. I am flower-challenged and your runner is one that anyone can do. Thank you for your continued inspiration and wonderful photos.

  9. Joy
    November 3, 2020 at 8:37 am

    Such a wonderful table from your tablecloth, turkey plates (both!) and runner. You never fail to disappoint. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving.

  10. November 3, 2020 at 8:43 am

    Mary, such a bountiful, warm and welcoming Thanksgiving table! And, how lucky to be able to eat on the porch! That’s something I love about years we celebrate in Charleston, SC at my sister’s. Your simple table length centerpiece is a stunner, and I love the addition of the natural magnolia leaves. The white turkey plates are really cute, but I like seeing your vintage inspired dinner plates instead. Perhaps the white plates could be brought in later for a piece of pie? I so agree about making the meal a festive one, even if a much more intimate one. We should always be counting our blessings. Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday!

  11. November 3, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Beautiful table, Mary! I love all the rich natural tones and especially the plaid tablecloth. You have such wonderful details in your fabulous runner and cut cone-acopias!! I am so bummed I am not hopping with you for this, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Take Care❤️

    • November 3, 2020 at 9:14 am

      Thank you Ann! You are missed! Hope all is well and happy November to you❤️🍂🍁🌾

  12. Clara
    November 3, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Mary, What a beautiful Thanksgiving table. Your natural runner is gorgeous. Today I will add ribbon to the colorful corn on our table. I love the way it looks! Your cone a copias are so cute! Enjoy your day sweet friend. Clara ❤️

    • November 3, 2020 at 9:17 am

      Thank you for your sweet comment and visits Clara! 🦃🍁🍂🌾❤️

  13. November 3, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Oh so beautiful my friend! Such richness of colors in this tablescape. And a beautiful cornucopia centerpiece! Such inspiration
    Thank you always for your lovely blog!

  14. Mary Anne
    November 3, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Your ideas are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! only YOU CAN make the mundane and simplistic look exquisite!!!!!!!

  15. Teresa Cline
    November 3, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Mary, I’m thankful for your beautiful posts. Please keep up the good work!

  16. Joyce
    November 3, 2020 at 11:15 am

    I would love to join you at this table Mary. You fill my heart with Thanksgiving. Joyce 🧡🦃🌾🍂🍁

  17. November 3, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Beautiful table, Mary! I had to click over to the darling craft idea. I’m not much of a crafter, but think I will make these. Such a nice detail! I doubt we’ll have guests at our table this Thanksgiving, but I’ll set a pretty table for two.
    Love all your Tom Turkey plates. I’ve a pair and would like to find more.
    Have a beauutiful week…..

  18. November 3, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Gorgeous, but my guys would pick †he nuts clean like a bunch of squirrels…very pretty!

  19. November 3, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    It’s always a pleasure dropping by to see what you have in store for us. Love the turkey salad plates and plaid tablecloth.
    I have a screened in room – but not the 70 degree weather:(
    Oh, well, that won’t stop be from enjoy Thanksgiving.
    Have a blessed one,

  20. November 3, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Your posts are always so uplifting and beautiful Mary, also inspiring us to make festivals a real pleasure. Happy thanksgiving to you.

  21. November 3, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    I love the addition of nuts Mary. Great for the centerpiece on Thanksgiving and cookies at Christmas:@)

  22. November 3, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Spectacular runner of autumn glory!…The place settings are beautifully curated and what a treat/parting gift for your guests of that most wonderful cornucopia of goodies.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  23. November 3, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Your table looks amazing Mary! I love the tablecloth and the dishes! The goblets are gorgeous and the paper cones are so fun!!

  24. November 3, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Beautiful Mary. The harvest runner is so lovely. I almost created one myself. Turkey plates and the plaid is so perfect for Thanksgiving. The amber goblets sparkle. Loving your sweet cone-ucopias. Loving the turkey napkin holders and the flatware. May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving. Always a pleasure to join you on these fun hops.

  25. November 3, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Your simple runner centerpiece is so easy, Mary! Your teacup so right about not covering up the gorgeous JB Autumn Monarch dinner plates. You set the prettiest tables!

  26. Shannon@ Belle Bleu Interiors
    November 3, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Mary, as always your table is absolutely beautiful! I love the centerpiece you created. It is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the idea. I am always trying to think of something pretty that is low profile and doesn’t get in the way of people being able to talk and see each other. This is perfect! I am swooning over those turkey plates and those treats are such a wonderful finishing touch! I hope that your November is filled with many blessings!

  27. November 3, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    So cute my shopping twin, love the shot with the water backdrop, you can’t get any more thankful than that!

  28. Cyndi Raines
    November 3, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    What a beautiful table! Love it all, especially the creamy white pumpkins and the brown ribbon tied around the Indian corn. The votives add just enough bling with the nuts adding that homey charm. The Tom Turkey plates add the finishjng touch that it’s Thanksgiving time! Do I hear a fire cracklin’ in the fireplace? What a cozy setting, filled with so much warmth and beauty. I so agree with the comment above, the picture with the water in the background is awesome! Well done Mary! Another helping of mashed potatoes and Turkey gravy, please. 😋

  29. Michelle James
    November 3, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Mary, you outdid yourself with the gorgeous harvest runner. It is simply stunning! The warm autumnal colors you used creates such a welcoming tablescape. The dishes are amazing. Happy Thanksgiving!

  30. November 3, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    What a gorgeous thanksgiving table! From the fantastic table runner to the cute cones on the plates, you paid attention to every detail. The turkey plates are classic and you’ll be able to use them from year to year. Great inspiration!

  31. Chloe Crabtree
    November 4, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Mary, This is my favorite kind of centerpiece, one that runs the length of a table! Those turkey plates are beautiful, I can see why you did not want to cover them with salad plates. The little decorative cones are a lovely touch! Happy Thanksgiving!

  32. November 4, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Love everything about this Thanksgiving table. How cute is the cornacopia for an extra special touch!

  33. November 4, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Thank you for the creation!!

  34. November 4, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Mary, your beautiful Fall plaid tablescape is one that steals my heart. I really swoon over your use of the rich chocolate brown color, especially when it is used with plaid. (I think brown should be used more often in year-round tablescapes, don’t you think?) Your natural elements of pumpkin, nuts, leaves and Indian corn is the perfect centerpiece. Placed on plaid, it speaks cozy and comfy. The amber glassware gives a warm glow along with the use of tea light candles. What a gorgeous setting in a warm climate area along the waterside. Happy Thanksgiving, Mary. Many blessings to you and your loved ones.

  35. Kari
    November 5, 2020 at 11:18 am

    So sorry I am so slow in commenting Mary…your table and inspiration are always incredible. I envy the time and energy you have in making your recipes too. Yummy!!! Another wonderful blog hop, sharing ideas with wonderful fellow blog hoppers.

  36. November 6, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Beautiful Mary! Dining at this table and then lingering after the meal would be pure joy. The natural elements makes this so cozy and inviting and the DIY Cone-ucopias intensify the holiday feel. Happy Thanksgiving!

  37. November 6, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Dear Mary, I would like to refer readers of my blog to this article and to use your picture about centerpieces made out of roses in a pumpkin, please let me know if that is OK.

  38. Charlene Gray
    November 7, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Every table you set is stunning!

  39. November 9, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Mary, I love how your centerpiece runs down the entire length of your table. It’s just stunning! It sure doesn’t look like it took only 10 minutes to create! I wish we had magnolia trees in Connecticut…the leaves look great whether they’re green on brown. I’m also loving the plaid tablecloth and the turkey transferware. It’s alway fun hopping with you. Happy Thanksgiving!

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