Make your Christmas table shine with these easy ideas for festive centerpieces. Whether your look is rustic or traditional, minimal or decorated to the nines, these Christmas centerpiece ideas will provide the inspiration you need to create a gorgeous tabletop for all your Christmas gatherings.
Pull creamer and sugar sets and demitasse cups out from the recesses of your cabinets and put them on display as a simple centerpiece. Group the pieces on top of a cake stand, place bottle brush trees inside the cups, and add a few sprigs of evergreen, (maybe a few ornaments, too -- just don't overdo it). To complete the simple country look, place your centerpiece on a vintage linen runner or tea towel.
Combine styles for a signature look on your Christmas table. This centerpiece combines a few basics for a stunning effect: start with candlesticks that shimmer (these are metal and glass) placed in a weathered wooden tray. Pile on metallic Christmas ornaments (it’s OK to mix finishes!) and add a little greenery, plus an antler. Light the candles and your centerpiece is complete.
Stunning winter flowers, paperwhites make the perfect centerpiece when stuffed into blue Mason jars. Complete the look with painted toy animals (we like the color combination of brown and blue).
Create a winter wonderland inside a clear glass bulb terrarium. Start with a base of faux snow and tuck in a miniature house and small branches (available at crafts stores). Place you terrarium on a footed cake stand in the center of the table for an easy yet festive table decoration.
Tree-shape centerpieces cut from festive patterned paper set a seasonal tone that's perfect for formal and casual tables. To get the look, wrap cone-shape molds with wrapping paper. Or for more texture, cut small pieces of paper and glue to the molds in a leaf pattern.
Go the whole nine yards with a Christmas centerpiece that extends the length of the table. The trick is to keep it low and narrow, so you have plenty of room for place settings and passing dishes, and so people can see across the table. You can’t go wrong with a base of evergreen branches, topped with Christmas ornaments (look for larger balls -- smaller sizes are harder to see and can look cluttered in a longer centerpiece). Add candlesticks in varying heights (we like the white tapers and mercury glass holder combination here) and three small single-flower arrangements (one in the center and one to the left and one to the right).
Achieve a minimal, natural look by editing out elements and sticking to a tight theme. Instead of a evergreen or garland base, go minimal with a wooden board. Then sparsely dot the board with small gold pots, a few pinecones, and decorative orbs in natural materials. Add height, but still maintain a minimalist look, with clear acrylic or glass candlesticks and a glass lantern in the center.
Who says flowers are limited to spring and summer? Set your table with a pretty floral arrangement in shades of white to put the “wonder” in your winter wonderland. Hydrangeas, paperwhites, and other white flower varieties are all contenders. Tuck in a a few sprigs of long-needled evergreens and replicate the “spiky” look with white bare branches extending from the top of the arrangement. And that’s what we call drama done right.
If white isn't your floral color of choice, consider purple and pink (yes, purple and pink). The combos regal air is an elegant choice for a posh Christmas gathering. Mix flower varieties and tones, ranging from fuchsia and plum to dusty pink and violet. Cut longer stems to cascade out of the container, both upward and downward. And the container? A metal champagne bucket is an apt choice.
Combine natural elements, textures, and materials for a gorgeous Christmas table decoration. Arrange birch bark vases (or pots) and candles on a tray and surround with evergreen branches and pine cones. Add a festive touch by placing red poinsettias in the vases and a few gold ornaments amongst the branches.
Elegance needn't come in a frilly, fussy package. This graceful tablescape comes together with the most basic of elements. Stack glass ornaments in a pyramid formation on top of a compote, adhering the ornaments to one another with scrapbooking glue dots. Surround the centerpiece with more red accents -- ornaments on top of candlesticks and a few red votive cups.
Have a cute Christmas teapot but won’t be serving tea anytime soon? Turn it into a centerpiece. Simply arrange color-coordinated poinsettias (or another favorite Christmas flower) and add some sparkly Christmas picks. Easy, right?
When your Christmas table has a lot of other elements (swags on the chairs, pretty napkins, festive dishes) -- keep your centerpiece simple. A red pot with greenery and berries makes a nice central focal point. And if you've built a gingerbread house, bring it out to the table as a cute sidekick to the arrangement.
Here's a two-minute centerpiece idea: Place glass globe ornaments in a low marble dish, and that's it. You're done! We like an unexpected combination of bright pinks and cobalt blue.
Stack monochromatic boxes in various patterns atop a footed cake plate for this centerpiece. Crown the tower with a bow and a length of ribbon trailing down each side. Secure the ends of the ribbon tails to the underside of the cake plate.
If you love wine, chances are you already have the materials for this classic centerpiece. To create, fill a trifle dish with corks and top with a glass votive candle. We like a mix of champagne and wine corks.
Sure, red and green are Christmas favorites, but they aren’t the only options. If you’re a fan of blue, consider a peacock-theme table. Look for a peacock feather candle ring (or a wreath works, too) and pair it with a large glass hurricane for an eye-catching centerpiece. Tuck in a few silver berry picks or weave garland amongst the feathers to complete the look. Silver pairs nicely with the cool blue -- be sure to use both throughout your tablescape.
Love the look of a tabletop tree? Bring it to your holiday table. Transfer mini pine trees to white vases and arrange on a silver platter. Accent the trees with copper twinkle lights for a chic centerpiece.
Elevate your centerpiece with a handsome vintage sled. Top with an assortment of cloches, ornaments, and greenery. After the holidays, keep the sled but replace the Christmas-theme accents with winter wares, like white pillar candles in glass hurricanes surrounded by faux snow.
Add a festive jingle to your tabletop with a big bowl of silver and gold bells. We added a few coordinating ornaments for a change in scale.
Create an enchanted forest of paper trees using our free pattern and two sheets of letter-size white cardstock. Fold the two sheets of cardstock in half lengthwise. Use a pencil to trace the tree shape from the pattern onto each piece of cardstock, making sure the fold is in the same center location for each. Cut out the trees with a crafts knife. Stack the two tree shapes together, pierce the center fold with a needle, and sew the trees together with white thread. Position the four sides so the trees stand.
Accent Christmas red with a favorite color, such as lime green or turquoise (as shown here), for a vibrant holiday centerpiece. Paint a peat pot your desired color and let dry. Create a gift-box design on coordinating scrapbook paper, and glue it to the front of the peat pot. Place a miniature poinsettia plant inside a plastic sandwich bag, and place inside the peat pot. (You may need to remove extra soil from around the roots so it will fit in the pot.) Cover the top with shaved soap or purchased coconut for a fresh-snowfall effect. Place the pot in a small dish beneath a cloche decked out in matching ribbon.
A couple of silver cake stands, purchased poinsettia plants, and a few glass vases are all you need to create this stunning centerpiece. Simply stack the stands and top with poinsettia cuttings in individual vases. We like to add red berries for a pop of color.
Instead of topping silver candlesticks with the expected, try placing a painted pinecone on top. Fill a round tray with candlesticks in a variety of sizes, and finish with a scattering of glass ornaments.
Put that dusty board game to good use! Here, we used the board as the centerpiece and set each place with monogrammed tiles. Top the board with a mini burlap-wrapped evergreen.