It seems I always wait until the last minute to think about a pretty centerpiece for the table for Christmas dinner – not the one that sits on the table during the Christmas season, but one that you can actually see your family & guests over/around, & that also leaves room for the important part, the food. I like natural elements, since that is such a big part of Christmas decorating, & I found some pretty ones that won’t make you cry trying to put them together.
This one is so easy but really pretty & colorful – limes, oranges, greenery, & what looks like berries from Nandina. But you could substitute almost anything – apples, pomegranates, cranberries.
Taper candles are used here in the middle a boxwood wreath – obsessed with boxwood – but a large pillar would be pretty, or several different size pillars depending on the size of your wreath. The round wreath is easy because it just takes up room right in that one space in the middle, & you still have room for all of your serving dishes around it. And lighting candles always adds great ambiance & warmth.
Roses are an easy go-to & sometimes get an eye-roll because they are kind of commonplace, but this is so elegant with cranberries in the vase. It would be pretty with a little greenery, too. Or if you used red roses then maybe do something green in the bottom of the vase – small apples or greenery wrapped along the walls of the vase.
This is such a pretty look for very little effort! Clip some greenery from your landscaping if you’re really under a time crunch, lay it out like a table runner, & place pomegranates or apples or oranges. Simple & lovely.
I love this. You could use any kind of container, really, for Rosemary – festive & fragrant on your table!
Such a colorful & creative display with holly & holly berries, & it looks like some Ilex berry branches as well submerged in water. And you might have these in your yard, too! I am crazy about Ilex berries – they are so gorgeous by themselves in any kind of container. (Here in Dallas, Nicholson Hardie always brings in really stunning ones in 3 different sizes, & every year I can’t wait to get some. They say NOT to put them in water & just let them dry naturally, which is totally counter-intuitive, but follow instructions & then I’m sad when the berries shrivel but I keep them out anyway. No one’s ever said anything about it but I bet they wonder, ha.)
I could not love Paperwhites more. Well, until they start drooping & you spend all your time trying to tie them together. Then they just droop as a whole & all you are is sad. But up until that point, love. How pretty are these with the branches inserted among them? And you can cover up the bulbs with anything – here they’ve used ornaments & pine cones, but moss is easy, as are rocks.
I like the twist on the traditional Christmas colors with teal. White Cyclamen look pretty in these square planters mixed in with teal taper candles. I can’t tell what is in the wreath but I love those colors, too.
This pretty grouping might be the easiest of all – simple votives in glasses with rosemary wrapped around the tops. Still very festive.
I really like this idea, maybe in place of a centerpiece – a small poinsettia as a placecard holder, then it can be a “favor” for your guests to take with them. Pretty, & a sweet sentiment!
Regardless of what centerpiece you choose, if any, sending you warmest Christmas wishes for the best gift of all – lots of time & merriment with the ones you love, celebrating the One who came that we might have life eternal.