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Decadent but simple holiday centerpieces

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Budget-friendly and elegant centerpieces

The centerpiece of your holiday table can lend an elegant look to your dining area, but decorating your table can cost a pretty penny. However, budget-friendly centerpieces can be found — and we did the sleuthing for you!

The year-round centerpiece

Carol Wright centerpiece

The best kind of centerpiece is one you can get your money's worth from all year around. But how do you find one that works for all seasons? This Carol Wright centerpiece comes with a classy glass vase, a flameless LED candle and seasonal packages of decorative "scatters" in themes like Easter, Halloween, Harvest, Christmas and snowflakes. So change up your centerpiece with the seasons for a whole new look and save a bundle — the entire set costs just $40.

Classy charger

Classy charger

A charger makes for a simple yet elegant centerpiece that you can change up as you please. We love this one with candles and seasonal elements like pinecones and an ornament by DesignsbyDazey, and it's available on Etsy for just $30.

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Classy Rudolphs

Classy Rudolphs

Forget the rooftop! Invite Santa's reindeer to serve as your centerpiece with these adorable glitter twig reindeer from Pottery Barn. The small one (which is 18 inches tall) costs $50, and the large one (which stands 28 inches tall) costs $69.

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Iron Accents vase

Small cylinder vase

Create distinctive centerpieces by combining groups of something, such as three tall vases filled with holiday florals (even simple red and white carnations with a few holly berry springs mixed in). Before adding in the flowers and water, fill the bottom of the vase with fresh cranberries (not canned, dried or frozen!) for a unique and festive touch. Use three of these 12-inch-tall glass vases, which are available at Iron Accents for just $16 each. Alternatively, use one vase as the focal point and then surround it with a few shorter glass vases — like these, which are available from Crate&Barrel for just $2.50 each — and fill them the same way.

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Countdown till Christmas

Countdown till Christmas

Kill two birds with one stone by using your Christmas countdown display as a centerpiece. We love this classic countdown to Christmas wooden block set from Touch of Class — and no one will ever guess it cost you just $25. Set it in the center of your holiday table, and it will instantly become the topic of conversation.

Tier one on

Tier one on

Create your own fun or fancy (or both!) centerpiece by purchasing a tiered platter like this one from Bed Bath & Beyond, which is available for just $45. Then fill it up with pine clippings, glass tree ornaments (in traditional red or green, elegant silver and gold or white), elf or Santa figurines or any other festive holiday trinkets you wish!

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tip:

If your centerpiece incorporates fresh flowers, extend their life by working with a clean vase, cutting off all the leaves before placing in water and avoiding putting the arrangement in direct sunlight.

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