As I’m sure you’re aware, Christmas is just around the corner (it’s coming a little too quickly for my taste!). While I’ve been absorbed with planning a company holiday party (could you guess that’s been on my mind?) I don’t want to forget about Christmas at home. This year will be my first hosting Christmas in our new house. While it will just be a small group, eight total, I still want it to be special and perfect. As I’ve been brainstorming little ideas to make my first Christmas dinner in the house special, I wanted to share some ideas with you. I’ll have three posts over the next three days geared toward Christmas entertaining. These are all ideas that you can DIY. Today I wanted to focus on centerpieces.
Just like with Thanksgiving dinner, I feel like the centerpiece at Christmas dinner should err on the side of simple. There’s always so much food on the table, you don’t want the centerpiece to get lost or get in the way. I usually opt for something low. Your comfort level around candles will depend on who your guests are. Since the “kids” at our dinner are my 17 and 20 year old nieces, I think I’m ok, but you will need to decide for yourself.
I also recommend something that you can do ahead – with everything else you’re worried about on Christmas, I wouldn’t add greenery arrangement on top.
This centerpiece has a bit going on, but because it’s on a small tray it’s pretty self-contained, which helps on a crowded table. While this version incorporates some fresh flowers, you could substitute Christmas ball ornaments or some greenery (real or artificial). The highlight is the candle in the hurricane lamp – which might be a better option for candles over tapers if you have children (or clumsy adults) at your table. Photo via South Shore Decorating Blog:
For another idea for using candles and ornaments, I love the idea of filling vases with ornaments. This arrangement pairs the ornament vase with candles, but if you are short on space, the ornaments alone make a nice statement. You can either use ornaments you have in your house or buy bulk ornaments just for decorating. I love red and I found a huge package of various red ornaments at CVS a few years ago – I use them to decorate my mantle. I have some left so they are likely to end up on my table, too! Photo via Elizabeth Ann Designs:
This one uses ornaments in a bit of a different way – they are less contained, more whimsical. I think the Santa themed Christmas ball ornaments are cute and fun and very easy to DIY if you buy plain ones. Photo via Poundland:
I love a good floating candle – here is a holiday themed version that’s not difficult to pull off, just some holly and berries – this could be done on it’s own, or done a few in a row down a long table. Photo via Beloved Events:
For more of a rustic flair, this simple centerpiece makes a statement. You can use real or artificial greenery in the base, and wrap some burlap around the candle. You can make it look a little more formal by switching out the burlap for a satin ribbon in a color that complements your linens. Photo via Holiday Helpings:
Last but not least, I like this long, skinny centerpiece which uses a long crate – you can do this with a variety of boxes. The candles, pinecones and greenery (this is artificial but you can use real if you prefer) is a fun, rustic touch, that adds some beauty to the table without being too flashy. Photo via Salt and Pepper Moms:
Those are just a few ideas on centerpieces! Tomorrow I will have inspiration for place settings and place cards; Wednesday I will have ideas for non-seated Christmas meals, such as Christmas cocktail parties or open houses. Don’t forget to come back!