Christmas is such a busy time around the house. Between guests visiting our Bed and Breakfast and our family visitors, there often isn’t much time to worry about decorations. So, I admit that I typically just grab what is handy and set up the centerpieces that are the quickest to do.

There are only a few rules that I really follow when making Christmas table centerpieces:

  1. Keep the centerpiece low so that people can still see each other and make eye contact over the centerpiece.
  2. Use some seasonal colours like gold, silver, green or red so the decorations on the table easily tie in with the decorations around the rest of the house.
  3. Use things that will appeal to the people at the table. If it’s adults only then I will use more sophisticated decorations but if there are going to be kids around the table I will tie in little ornaments that are appealing for kids like Santa figures, Elves or little snowmen.

To get started I will usually just collect a bunch of extra decorations from around the house and put them in piles:

Holiday Candle Holders

Holiday Candle Holders

Baskets or Glass Bowls or Unused Cake Stands - All Great for the base of a table centerpieces

Baskets or Glass Bowls or Unused Cake Stands - All Great for the base of a table centerpieces

I like using gold at Christmas as it ties in well with most decorations

I like using gold at Christmas as it ties in well with most decorations

Silver is another favourite of mine

Silver is another favourite of mine

Done putting up your decorations? Don't put away the leftover odds and ends - you can use them in your table centerpiece

Done putting up your decorations? Don't put away the leftover odds and ends - you can use them in your table centerpiece

So once you have an inventory of what you can use, then I am sure you will get even better ideas than these, but here’s a few of my favourite fast table centerpieces that really pull a room together and fill it with the Christmas spirit.

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This is really quick, simple and quite effective. You can use any color of shiny ball or even the string balls that are so popular this year. Fill the clear dish with some of the beads then add the balls, add more string beads, alternating until it as full as you want it.You can leave it at that or add other toppers or candles.

WARNING: I used real candles a couple of years ago and spent hours picking off the wax so I suggest either the battery operated candles  with just the the tip sticking out or putting candles on either side.

Fast and Easy Christmas Table Cenerpiece

Fast and Easy Christmas Table Centerpiece

One more really fast table centerpiece ideas for you… use an inverted cake server. In the top section (which is normally the bottom of the cake server) put a candle (if real use one of the 2-3″ diameter, 8-10″ in height so it will burn all during dinner) or some other Christmas decoration.  Surround it with coloured Christmas balls.

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On the lower section add some greenery – I used artificial for purposes of demonstration but live is much nicer.  I used a glass grape cluster but the possibilities are endless.  If there are children you may want to add a small Santa, miniature toys or something appropriate.  If you have holly, fill the top and bottom with holly and just a couple of small balls or none at all.

Small Ornaments will make your Christmas Centerpiece more interesting for kids

Small Ornaments will make your Christmas Centerpiece more interesting for kids

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I hope you have a beautiful, warm and wonderful holiday season.

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