These Christmas Centerpiece Ideas Will Upgrade Your Holiday Table

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It's that time of the year again when we decide to host massive, last-minute parties, spend all day attempting to cook, and then panic at the last minute because we forget to set the table with more than just plates. Just us?

This year, instead of leaving all your best hosting tricks up to the final hour, brainstorm your tablescaping ahead of time. No matter if you're more of a rustic, woodsy kind of holiday decor person or you're all-Santa-everything from the moment the clock strikes midnight after Thanksgiving, there's a Christmas centerpiece for you.

Keep on scrolling for a few of our favorite ideas. And while you're at it, you might as well plan a menu and work through all the logistics. Don't leave everything to the day of or your future self will be very overwhelmed.

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Holly Jolly Eucalyptus

While we love a good pine moment in the winter, sometimes it can feel like there’s pine everywhere. Tone down the table with a runner that features both eucalyptus and pine. The fresh take on greenery not only looks good, but if you mix in fresh eucalyptus, the entire room will smell divine.

Faux Eucalyptus
Koyal Faux Eucalyptus Garland $18
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O Hygge Night

Very few moments go by when we don’t try to make something more hygge. What can we say? The Nordic trend is still going strong.

For this centerpiece, mix wood texture with brass metals and subtle faux greenery for a look that’s all about the coziness.

White And Gold Bottle Taper Candleholders
World Market White And Gold Bottle Taper Candleholders $18
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Winter Citrus

When everyone's expecting red and green motifs, try a crisp orange, white and green palette instead. The key here is to keep the tablecloth and plates in neutral whites and creams and use eucalyptus and sliced oranges as fresh decorative touches.

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Oh Deer

This time of the year, we’re most accustomed to seeing deer on ugly sweaters. But we have to say: a brass deer bust candle holder is the kind of deer decor we never knew we needed — and it’s so much better than a fair isle sweater. Add a few more matching candle holders and the table is perfection.

reindeer sculpture
Pottery Barn Merry Reindeer Brass Objects $20
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A Classic Christmas Story

You simply can’t go wrong with a classic. For this traditional take on a holiday tablescape, whip out the pine cones, the plaid, the red curly ribbon and wood stumps. It’s like the cozy cabin you’ve always dreamed of spending time in during the holidays.

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A Pastel Winter Wonderland

We are here for bottle brush trees. They are the perfect finishing touch for fireplace mantles, Christmas sceneries and tabletops alike. Here, we appreciate the pastel take on the winter set up — complete with coordinating eucalyptus and other pastel decor nearby.

Brush Tree
Anthropologie Brush Tree $14
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Very Merry Edible Arrangement

Beautiful desserts deserve nothing more than to be the center of attention, so it feels natural to make them part of a centerpiece.

For added interest, place your sweets on stands of varying height and material — and pile on the fake snow underneath.

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Whisper of Winter

Okay, we get it. Not everyone is as into the holiday season as we are. But that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate your holiday table in your own (much less festive) way. For a toned-down look, try a centerpiece made from white feathers, dried blooms and delicate touches. Add a few simple candlesticks and you’re in business.

Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Terrain Antiqued Brass Candlestick $20
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Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

No room for a Christmas tree … or want more than one? This centerpiece is just what you need. Head to a local florist or Christmas tree farm (should you be so lucky) and pick up a living baby Christmas tree. Think Charlie Brown, but much more glam. Affix it at the center of your table, et voila.

Holiday Flocked Tree
Gerson International Holiday Flocked Tree in Bucket Decorative Figurine $36
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Candy Cane Caprese

Give your guests what they really want: easy access to the snacks. This adorable candy cane caprese platter doubles as a gorgeous centerpiece and tasty treat. Plus it couldn't be easier to execute.

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Comfy & Cozy


If it were up to us, we’d be wrapped in a cable knit blanket every second of the season. That’s why we love this table runner so much: it’s like a comfy blanket for the dinner table. Layer it with another table runner (just like how you might layer rugs) for the perfect vibes.

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Effortless Elegance

Trying to impress? It’s all about elevating the season and steering clear of cheesiness. Opt for grandiose floral arrangements, modern candelabras and small, sophisticated elements of subtle holiday design.

White Ceramic House with Chimney
Crate & Barrel White Ceramic House with Chimney $15
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‘Tis the Season to be Minimal

Not everyone has room for large dining tables (or dining tables at all, really). If you’re trying to host in a small space, try a simple centerpiece with a few elements of greenery and minimal candles so you can still have room for the main course.

Faux Pine Branch
Pottery Barn Faux Needle Nose Pine Branch $40
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Star Light, Star Bright

Whoever said confetti was tacky clearly never met this table. Paired with golden candles and Christmas crackers, the confetti pulls the entire table together. Best party? Save them in a bag and reuse for any upcoming party that could use a little extra something. 

Star Scatter
Talking Tables Star Scatter Gold Party Decorations $11
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