Christmas table centrepiece ideas – 7 ways to create a festive focal point

Some simple but effective Christmas table centrepiece ideas are the perfect way to gather guests around the table for a festive feast, from wreaths and baubles to a modern floral display.

A beautiful Christmas table centrepiece will set the scene for festive celebrations, making the dining table feel extra special. From fragrant foliage and baubles to pine cones and candles, there are plenty of ways to make a dining table showstopper. Aside from place settings, the centrepiece is one of the most important Christmas table decoration ideas, as it becomes the focal point.

Christmas table centrepiece ideas

Christmas table centrepiece ideas

Think about what kind of colour scheme you want and whether you want a traditional or modern style. With some secateurs, you can even make use of the lower branches of the Christmas tree. Grab a festive drink of choice, play some Bublé and let’s get tablescaping.

1. Make a wreath your centerpiece

Wreaths aren’t just for the front door – you can use one as a festive centrepiece by placing pillar candles of different heights in the centre. Add delicate string lights and extra foliage, ribbons, dried orange slices and berries to the wreath to add scent.

2. Go for a seriously statement candelabra

For a Christmas table centrepiece with an excellent effort-to-reward ratio, choose a statement candleholder. Nothing says Christmas like a Christmas tree, so this eye-catching design works particularly well in setting the scene.

3. Choose a modern floral display

Fancy going for something more modern and pared-back this year? Complement your existing colour scheme with a contemporary Christmas centrepiece, like this vase of fresh hydrangeas and eucalyptus. Frame the look with two tall taper candles in shiny gold candlestick holders on either side.

Rhiannon Johns says a simple and classic centrepiece made up of a vase of seasonal flowers will create a chic look this Christmas. ‘This really is enough to impress your guests and won’t overcrowd the rest of the table,’ she says.

4. Make a festive moss bowl

The moss bowl was a surprising home decor trend originally sparked by the Kardashians, used as a centrepiece on kitchen islands. For a festive twist, fill a fruit bowl with moss, pine cones and candles, and surround it with foliage. Pick up a stoneware bowl with a wavy, organic form or see if you have anything hidden in the cupboard that might work.

5. Pine cones and warm tones

Display pine cones in large glass vases to create visual interest and depth without spending a lot of money. Earthy tones associated with the autumn-winter period will work beautifully with orange and gold baubles and decorations, with glittery crackers creating a nice contrast with the natural materials of the pine cones.

6. Style a seasonal tiered tray

Use a tiered cake stand or tray to add height to your Christmas table centrepiece ideas. Simply fill it with festive decorations and cuttings from the bushy side of the Christmas tree and place a real or fake candle on the top.

7. Suspend homemade string garlands

‘I personally love natural accessories and decorations,’ says colour and paint expert Annie Sloan(opens in new tab). ‘Repurpose Christmas tree clippings – foliage throughout the home creates a big impact at a low cost, and the smell of pine is so nostalgic! 

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