We have a big family.
Aunts and uncles and cousins and sisters and brothers and a nana or two.
And every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas and a few random birthdays they all gather around this table.
It’s the best part of the holidays.
Laughter and conversation and stories and catching up on all the minutes that we missed this year. And so today in our “12 Days of Getting Ready for Christmas” series, Leslie and I are sharing our best table ideas.
To inspire you.
To give you ideas.
To make your table even cuter.
Here are 7 simple and easy Christmas centerpiece ideas for your holiday table.
1. Snowflakes and sleigh centerpiece
You’ve seen this sleigh in a zillion places. I bought it years ago at a yard sale and spray-painted it white and I’ve been using it ever since.
I’ve used it on coffee tables and hutches and side tables and the back porch. I’ve used it year after year on my dining table.
It’s one of the easiest centerpieces to create. The key is the ornaments. I simply fill the sleigh with ornaments and then layer milk glass along the table runner and scatter even more ornaments around as a centerpiece. Here, I even used the ornaments as place card holders, too.
2. Bright and merry centerpiece
I put this centerpiece second because it’s a version of the first centerpiece.
More ornaments, but the difference here?
Instead of a sleigh, I added a flower arrangement in a present. Use cake stands or books to give your centerpiece height.
One quick tip to add color and pattern to your table? Wrap tiny presents (or even just empty boxes), add ribbon and scatter them amongst evergreens on your table.
3. Silent night centerpiece
I found these little houses and used them to create this glowing centerpiece.
Start with a white or neutral runner. Then add the houses along with runner with bottle brush trees. Vary the heights of the houses with wood stands or books.
Next add tea lights. This year I’m all about faux candles on timers and I found this set of battery-operated tea lights that you could set to stay on for a certain time every night.
4. Santa’s Workshop Centerpiece
This a centerpiece I created for a coffee table on our back porch.
It’s just a collection of my favorite things.
I added two trees for height, a bowl of ornaments (apparently I am in LOVE with red ornaments) and a Santa’s Workshop sign.
You could recreate this centerpiece with anything you have with your Christmas decor. You just need a little height, some texture and coordinating colors.
5. Christmas tree centerpiece
I’m looking at you.
All you need to create this centerpiece?
Different types of trees.
Here metal trees and grapevine cone trees are lined up on this table. Larger bottle brush trees would also mix well with this centerpiece.
6. Dough bowl centerpiece
This is a large vintage dough bowl that I’ve had for years.
To create this centerpiece I filled the dough bowl with pinecones and burlap ornaments and then layered a ribbon over the entire dough bowl.
Here are some other ideas for a dough bowl centerpiece:
- fill the dough bowl with greens and pine cones
- fill the dough bowl with white ornaments
- add a row of mini trees
- fill the dough bowl with wrapped presents
7. Joyful and happy centerpiece
I made this centerpiece last minute for a party.
All I did was layer wrapped presents from under the tree in the center of the table and then filled vases with packages of mini ornaments.
To tie the centerpiece into the rest of the table, I hung colorful ornaments from filament wire from the chandelier.
This holiday season this table will be set for all those aunts and uncles and cousins and sisters and brothers and a nana or two.
Because a table full of family?
It’s the best decoration of all.
Be sure and stop by Leslie’s house to see her amazing Christmas table ideas.
12 Days of Getting Ready for Christmas
(what you might have missed)
- DAY 1: What You Should Be Shopping for Christmas Now
- DAY 2: How To Choose a Christmas Theme
- DAY 3: 17 Ways to Make Last Year’s Christmas Decor Look Like New
Here’s what Leslie has been sharing
- DAY 1: How to Shop for Seasonal Decor
- DAY 2: A Cranberry Christmas Theme
- DAY 3: 11 Ways to Repurpose Last Year’s Christmas Decor