A table runner makes all the difference in the world. Seriously. It add so much visual interest by bringing in an additional color or texture to your table that you can go with a smaller, less impactful (read, maybe less expensive) centerpiece. Abby over at Style Me Pretty featured a great how-to on a table runner, that you should check out here. I have to admit that I am intimidated by sewing machines since the last time I used one was Home Ec circa 1992, but I am really itching to get one now. See how fabulous and easy that must be to make? See how the table decor really is so simple, but the table runner gives it visual interest and looks fabulous?
Just to prove my point about table runners, see more fabulous ones below:
Image from Martha Stewart Weddings Fall 2008
Image from Martha Stewart Weddings Fall 2006
Image from Martha Stewart Weddings Summer 2009