Setting a beautifully decorated holiday table doesn't have to break the bank. Here are some fabulous ideas for creating a delightful yet inexpensive holiday centrepiece.
Natural elements can be used in many ways to create a stunning centrepiece.
- Create an icy tree branch display. Clean and dry bare tree branches or twigs, then use tacky glue to attach pieces of clear, diamond-look vase fillers or small, clear, acrylic gems to the wood. Let dry, then fill the bottom third of a cylinder vase with sand or small stones, and add the branches. Wrap a silver-accented ribbon around the bottom third of the vase (to completely hide the layer of sand), and it's ready to take centre stage on your holiday table. An alternative would be to use fake snow spray to accent the branches, and then wrap the bottom of the vase in a silver-and-white ribbon.
- Spray-paint a simple, long, bare branch in either silver or gold, and lay it lengthwise down the table. On its own, the branch has a minimalist feel, but it can easily be brightened up with a strand of clear, battery-powered Christmas mini lights to make it a standout piece. A word of caution: When using spray paint, be sure to do it well ahead of time and in a well ventilated area, as the paint fumes are quite strong and take awhile to dissipate.
- Use natural greenery. Lay fresh evergreen swags or trimmings down the centre of the table, or pop them into pretty vases or bowls.
Ornaments are sparkly holiday treasures that will add a festive touch to your dining table.
- In a large, cut-glass, footed crystal punch bowl or trifle bowl, layer a mixture of shiny and matte, small and large ornaments, and weave a strand of clear, battery-powered mini lights through the display. Make sure the battery pack is hidden, and for a pretty effect, use silver and white ornaments with a white-corded strand of lights.
- Line a rectangular- or square-shaped wicker basket with your table napkins or favourite fabric. Add enough snowy pine cone ornaments to fill the basket, then place in the centre of your table.
Other Christmas favourites
- A gift tower can be a whimsical seasonal centrepiece. Use Christmas paper to wrap a few small-scale yet differently sized boxes. Stack them from the largest to the smallest, then tie a wide ribbon around the entire display, ending with a large bow on top.
- Add several pillar candles of varying heights to a silver or metallic platter or tray. Remember the odd number rule of decorating, and group pieces in odd numbers, such as three, five or seven, for the optimum effect, then fill up the tray with ornaments, ribbons, a bead garland or other Christmas decor.
- Use mini wreaths to accent candles, then add them to the table. Consider adding three coordinating pieces down the centre of the table for greater impact.
- Fill a crystal bowl or clear glass vase with mini candy canes, then wrap a wide, red satin ribbon around the bowl or vase before adding it to your holiday table.
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