5 Unique holiday centerpiece ideas

Dec 4, 2012 at 6:47 a.m. ET

During the holidays, every corner of the house gets decorated with traditional ornaments, garlands, wreaths and more. This year, before you buy that standard poinsettia or pine bough for your seasonal tablescape, think about a unique centerpiece that will make your table just as festive and even more fun!


Not your usual gingerbread houses

Not your usual gingerbread houses

Who doesn’t love an intricately built gingerbread house? Although you can opt to try building and decorating your own, chances are you’ll end up with something that looks more like a fixer-upper than a beautiful centerpiece. Instead, let the pros at The Solvang Bakery do the work for you. For 30 years, they’ve been making custom gingerbread houses that can take center stage on any table. Aside from standard Christmas and Hanukkah themes, they also offer customized gingerbread houses that are completely edible. If you’re dreaming of Hawaii this year, go with a gingerbread beach shack. Have a love of animal print? No problem — the sky’s the limit with their creations. (Starting at $130)


Upcycled treasures

Upcycled treasures

Add a touch of whimsy to your table with a trio of handmade Christmas trees made from upcycled sweaters and other pieces of clothing from Etsy shop Here At Small Goods. Although there are several patterns and colors to choose from, we think these black- and white-striped trees with bright red buttons will match just about any theme or décor. Each unique tree is hand-sewn with a slightly irregular shape that adds to their playfulness. And don’t worry about the kids grabbing these off the table — they can handle a little extra love. ($16 - $18)


Go green

air plant trio

Floral centerpieces are an easy way to brighten up the mood of any room. If your holiday table just doesn’t feel right without a bouquet of flowers or greenery, think outside the box and go for something a little different. This festive air plant trio by RobinCharlotte from Etsy shop Peacock Taco is a perfect option in place of the typical red and white holiday flowers and they’ll last a lot longer, too! These adorable miniature plants come in delicate hand-painted sea urchin pots and with ornaments to adorn them. When the holidays are over, take the ornaments off and enjoy them all year long as they bloom beautiful purple flowers. ($42)


Dine by candlelight

Bay Leaf Tree Candles

Dining by candlelight always makes dinner seem so much more special. But candles come in all shapes and sizes, so skip the plain white tea lights or votives and make a statement with your candles instead. These Bay Leaf Tree Candles from Pottery Barn can easily stand alone or make an elegant trio. Nestle them into some festive greenery or pine branches and your centerpiece is complete. Your holiday table will look lovely under flickering candlelight. ($13 - $30) 


Edible decor

Merry Gingerbread Men Bouquet from Edible Arrangements

You can have a sweet centerpiece and fruity dessert all wrapped into one with this Merry Gingerbread Men Bouquet from Edible Arrangements. Individually skewered fruit makes up this festive arrangement, starring gingerbread men made from pineapple cutouts and dipped in semisweet chocolate. To round things out, there are a variety of other fruits to choose from, like strawberries, apple wedges, melon and more — some dipped in chocolate, some not. Choose your favorite fruit for a light end to your holiday meal. (Starting at $90)

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