A Runner to Smarten the Table

Skip the tablecloth, or even the place mats. These new linen runners, nearly 8-feet long (90 inches) and 16-inches wide, will smarten your holiday table the way a great belt or tie might enhance your outfit. They come in autumnal tones — “merlot” and “curry” — with contrasting edging, but if your tastes are more neutral, there’s also “oat.” And they won’t break the budget. The runners are a collaboration between Hedley & Bennett, which makes aprons and chef wear, and Parachute, a home goods company.

Table runners, $49, Parachute Home, 129 Grand Street (Crosby Street), parachutehome.com, hedleyandbennett.com.

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Florence Fabricant is a food and wine writer. She writes the weekly Front Burner and Off the Menu columns, as well as the Pairings column, which appears alongside the monthly wine reviews. She has also written 12 cookbooks.

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