For a wintry, Scandi-style centerpiece, place foraged branches in a clear vase or jar and decorate with ornaments. Scatter some simple wooden candlesticks and white tree figurines in a variety of shapes and sizes to fill out the center of the arrangement, and finish off the table with woven placemats and bowls edged in black, like this table from Finding Lovely.
Festive Polka Dots
Make a traditional Christmas table feel fun and kid-friendly by playing with patterns in classic red and green. This Christmas table from Courtney St. John Studio has a simple centerpiece of natural greens piled into a pleated vase with a polka dot pattern. Green polka dot Christmas crackers and hand-painted Christmas tree plates reinforce the playful feel.
A centerpiece doesn’t have to be big or showy to create a festive feel. Lobster and Swan decorated this rustic Christmas table with a simple silver star garland that dresses up the bare wood, adding candles to create a warm glow.
Create a Christmas centerpiece that can stay up all season for a breakfast nook or dining room. This round table from John McClain Design has a eucalyptus wreath at the center that is dotted with red-and-white lillies and filled with a couple of pillar candles and a tree ornament. Swap in apples, pomegranates, clementines, or a holiday cake on a stand to change up the look.
Line the center of your table with greens and dried flowers and add a selection of candles to create the base for a display of gingerbread houses on little round cake stands down the center, like this Christmas centerpiece from Finding Silver Pennies
Fresh Mandarin Towers
Impress guests with a DIY centerpiece made from simple natural ingredients. A Beautiful Mess set these vibrant mandarin and curly kale tree centerpieces on cake plates for extra height. A mandarin on each plate ties it all together.
Bottle Brush Tree Forest
Create a snowy Scandi-style Christmas centerpiece with a cozy hygge feel by layering a fluffy faux fur table runner on top of a simple white tablecloth. Scatter the center of the table with bottle brush trees, flocked branches in a clear vase, and house-shaped candle votives to create a hygge setting like this breakfast nook table from Emily Henderson Design that’s perfect for family gatherings and inviting friends over for a holiday brunch or tea.
Red and White Flowers
Decorate an all-white kitchen table with bright red accents to create an instant holiday mood. Modern Glam placed a compact bouquet of white and red Christmas flowers and greens in a basket at the center of a round kitchen table that spreads holiday cheer from morning until night.
Soup Urn Centerpiece
Fill a decorative vintage-style soup urn with greens and surround the base with greens, pine cones, bells, and berries for a simple, elegant centerpiece that works well in traditional settings. Interior designer Joshua Smith Inc. threw in some brass candlesticks and a glass cherub as a finishing touch.
Create a casual centerpiece on a breakfast table that will make Christmas last all season. This farmhouse table from Liz Marie Blog includes a tabletop tree and tree-shaped candlesticks that complements the tree-themed throw pillows for a neutral space with plenty of charm.
Flowers and Candles
Stick to muted shades of green and white to create a modern holiday table with a timeless Christmas feel. Place a central bouquet with an assortment of green and white flowers and leaves in a large white vase, and flank it with extra-tall olive green twisted taper candles in simple candlesticks for an elegant feel, like this Christmas centerpiece from Bria Hammel Interiors and Brooke & Lou.
Highlight a souvenir from a favorite trip or turn a signature object sourced at a flea market into a family heirloom and tradition by making it the centerpiece of your Christmas table. The round wooden table and chairs in this East Vail, CO, townhome from Courtney St. John Studio is decorated for Christmas with a whimsical handcrafted German Christmas pyramid that spins. The table is finished with small wooden trees, cut-crystal stemware, an antique white runner with red stitching, and plaid chargers and napkins.
Run a series of branch-filled vases down the table and fill in with greenery and silver baubles to create a forest-inspired holiday centerpiece that can stay up all season long, like this farmhouse dining room from Finding Lovely.
Make a simple and budget-friendly centerpiece for a holiday brunch by lining up a selection of white and gold-dipped vases down the center of the table, and fill them with scattered branches. Sugar and Charm energized this simple holiday table with touches of red that complement natural greens and gold accents.
Soft and Romantic
For a soft and romantic take on Christmas decor, build your centerpiece around a bouquet of pale flowers and brass candlesticks with a mix of straight and twisted taper candles in a salmony shade that subs in for red, like this white Christmas table from Bria Hammel Interiors and Brooke & Lou.
Starfish and Candles
Create a simple coastal centerpiece by arranging fresh greenery on an antique platter, adding taper candles, and scattering it with dried starfish that can be repurposed later, like this dining room from Finding Silver Pennies.
Decorate a green garland with a mix of vintage Christmas ornaments, add a gold-toned strand of mini LED lights, and place bright red taper candles in midcentury modern brass candlesticks to create a simple and cheerful holiday display with color and shine, like this holiday table from Modern Glam.
Tree Cloche Forest
In a small space, use a tray to create an easy Christmas centerpiece that can stay up all season, and can be moved when you need extra room at the table. Inspired By Charm filled a tray with miniature trees and houses placed under glass cloches for this apartment dining area, but you could sub in any ornaments that you choose.
Set an understated modern rustic Christmas table for a grown-up holiday with greens, creams, and silver accents, like this log cabin dining room from WRJ Design.
Red and White Flowers
Place alternating red and white flower stems in bud vases down the center of the table and intersperse with simple white taper candles in brass candlesticks for a simple, elegant Christmas centerpiece, like this space from GordonDunning.
Extra Long Centerpiece
Run an extra-long garland down the center of a bare wood table and let it puddle artfully on the floor to create an effortless feel, like this modern Christmas table from Urbanology Designs.
If your dining room is decorated with a tree and an oversized green garland draped around the windows, keep your Christmas table centerpiece simple and streamlined to keep from overwhelming. Emily Henderson Design created an easy holiday table with a striped runner, staggered pillar candles, and a simple wood vase filled with a few dark berry branches to add height while maintaining a light and airy feel around the table.
Trio of Candlesticks
Place a trio of gold-toned candlesticks in a close bundle in the center of a long table and fill in the centerpiece with mixed greens to add a cozy feel to a long, narrow dining table like this one from COTTAGE + SEA.
White, Green, and Wood
Create a soothing Christmas table by pairing light wood candlesticks with white Christmas tree figurines. Intersperse the candles and tres with simple pine needles layered on top of a white runner, like this centerpiece from Finding Lovely.
Tuck a short vase with a trio of trimmed pale pink roses into a centerpiece of simple greens and black candlesticks to create a moody vintage centerpiece for a table dressed in simple china and antique flatware, like this Christmas table from Lobster and Swan.
Centerpiece Sideboard Combo
Match your centerpiece with your sideboard decorations for a cohesive feel that will save space on a smaller dining table. This Christmas dining room from GordonDunning includes a simple centerpiece made from skinny black candlesticks filled with white taper candles and a central bouquet of white flowers and magnolia leaves placed in a footed bowl on the round table. A voluminous magnolia leaf garland on the adjacent sideboard visually ties in with the centerpiece to make the display feel generous and festive.
Channel your inner Barbie with an all-pink Christmas centerpiece. Will Brown Interiors decorated the center of the holiday table with sparkly pink mini trees and small pink and silver balls and baubles in glass jars that complement the all-pink tree and put an irreverent spin on traditional holiday decor.
For a holiday party, create a bountiful edible centerpiece on the dining room buffet table. Set out charcuterie boards on a bed of greens, place cakes or quiches on cake stands, and add height with a few decorations like the colorful paper trees on this holiday table from Emily Henderson Design.
Red, White, and Blue
In a blue-and-white dining room, create a vivid Christmas centerpiece by adding bold red accents. Thistlewood Farms piled a selection of bright red Christmas ornaments in white serving dishes and vases, dressed the table in red-and-white striped linens, and added a giant snowflake ornament for a graphic touch.
Candlesticks and Crystal
In a formal dining room decorated to the nines for Christmas, create a cozy feel by arranging your centerpiece in a tight cluster at the center of the table. Montana-based interior designer Jeremiah Young of Kibler & Kirch created a little island of Christmas cheer at the center of this lush holiday table by mixing pillar candles in varying heights and sizes with crystal and bronze candlesticks and filling it in with the same magnolia leaves used on garlands and wreaths spread throughout the room.
Display mini gingerbread houses in large glass jars filled with sugar snow to add volume to a Christmas centerpiece while maintaining an airy feel, like this simple and homey holiday centerpiece from Modern Glam.
Colorful Ball Ornaments
Make a colorful and budget-friendly Christmas centerpiece with shiny ball ornaments set atop candlesticks of varying heights, then add a green glass vase and scatter the table with some golden bells, like this holiday table from Casa Watkins Living.
Mini Candles in Bud Vases
For a casual family gathering, a few simple touches are all you need to create a warm and easy centerpiece. Just line the center of the table with scattered greens, berries, and flowers, and add mini taper candles in small vintage brass or bud vases for an effortless feel, like this Christmas table from M Starr Design.
Gold and Black
If you celebrate Christmas Eve with as much enthusiasm as you do Christmas Day, or you are from a part of the world where gifts are exchanged on the 24th, set a special table with a centerpiece made from LED pillar candles, gold-dipped ornaments filled with sparkly baubles, and small presents wrapped up on gold and black, like this space from Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona.
Green Wreath Centerpiece
In an open plan room, adding a simple centerpiece will prevent your off-duty dining room table from feeling undressed. Use a natural or faux green wreath to create an easy centerpiece that can be filled with anything from ornaments to LED candles, like this farmhouse table dressed for the season from Liz Marie Blog.
Gold Metallic Trees
Create a high-impact centerpiece with a minimum of elements by choosing a theme and sticking to it. This minimalist Christmas table styled by Emily Bowser and Erik Kenneth Staalberg for Emily Henderson Design features a green table runner, gold loop taper candlesticks filled with dark green candles, and a collection of metallic gold Christmas trees of varying shapes and sizes scattered down the middle.
Vintage Crocks Centerpiece
Before you go out and buy anything, take a look at what you have on hand. You can build your centerpiece around a collection of anything from cake plates to vintage crocks. My 100 Year Old Home brought out a collection of vintage ceramic crocks to create an inexpensive, rustic Christmas farmhouse table centerpiece, lining them down the center of the table and filling them with generous bunches of seasonal berries.
Create cohesion when assembling a casual Christmas table centerpiece by using a limited color palette and choosing items with similar motifs or details. Blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona created an easy holiday season display on her dining table with an assortment of mini trees and ornaments lit with LED string lights. Honeycomb glasses, gold beeswax candles, gold flatware, and mini ornaments in gold-rimmed glass boxes complement the gold-toned framed art on the walls.
Brass Reindeer Statuette
Design your holiday centerpiece around a sculptural decor object that will do most of the work for you. Brad Ramsey Interiors built a simple centerpiece around a brass reindeer statuette, surrounding the base with greens and ribbons to decorate an off-duty round table that is simple and striking.
Add drama to your holiday table with a centerpiece canopy suspended over the table by a rod. M Starr Design mixed fresh greenery with dried, preserved, and faux florals to create a natural feel, lining the center of the table with simple greenery to tie it all together.
Mix simple greenery and a forest of miniature Christmas trees with a mix of candles, plates with a tree motif, and a simple neutral table runner to create a casual woodland-themed Christmas table centerpiece like this one from Homestead City Dwelling.
Matching Place Setting
If you are creating a centerpiece for a smaller table, make the display feel more substantial by making place settings using the same materials as the centerpiece and adding a few bells and whistles, like this Christmas table from GordonDunning.
If you’re hosting a holiday meal in an auxiliary building like a barn or a greenhouse, adding a centerpiece will help make your table feel warm and inviting. This greenhouse Christmas table from Liz Marie Blog includes a simple centerpiece made from mercury glass votives, brass taper candles, and simple greens.
If you’re not planning to use your dining table until Christmas day, take advantage of the unused real estate and create a large-scale centerpiece that can be scaled down when it’s time to set the table for dinner. Homestead City Dwelling laid a rustic piece of burlap on the table and added a forest of neutral trees made from natural materials. Antique stepstools serve as perches, creating more visual intrigue.
You can create a free-form centerpiece on a bare table using simple elements that can be moved around as you host different events. Blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona built this simple table centerpiece with mini trees, LED lights, and shiny ornaments in shades of green, gold, and white that are wrapped around a pair of cheese plates for cocktail hour, and can be rearranged for lunch, brunch, or dinner.
Balcony Table Centerpiece
Bring natural or nature-inspired elements into an outdoor table setting to create a harmonious mix, like this balcony Christmas table from John McClain Design that is decorated with red lillies, gold goblets, napkins, and placemats, and a mini flocked tree wrapped up in burlap.
Kitchen Island Centerpiece
If you eat most meals at your kitchen island, decorate it with an easy centerpiece that will make it feel festive, like this simple display from blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made By Carmona that includes clear glass vases filled with greens, scattered pine cones, votive candles, and LED string lights.