4 Entertaining Touches for Autumn

Seasonal Strands 

Fall’s brisk air beckons us to embrace the comforts of home, so welcome guests to your table with a simple yet festive seasonal flourish: a distinctive runner made from ribbon and pine cones. Accent the autumnal presentation with richly colored florals, mini pumpkins, and translucent votives that cast a warm glow across the scene.

Photography by Jim Bathie. Styling by Mary Beth Jones.

Start with a roll of thick ribbon in an earthy hue and cut pieces long enough to hang over the table’s edge. Using a hot glue gun, secure the tops of the pine cones to the ends of the ribbons, then fashion bows from excess ribbon and attach for the finishing touch. Create as many runners as you like—from several at the table’s center to a few under each place setting.