Whether you are hosting a Christmas party or having an intimate meal with your family, a beautiful centerpiece can reflect the joy of the season and bring warmth to your table. Rather than forking out large amounts of money for a decoration that will soon be out-of-season, consider making your own centerpiece this Christmas and incorporating one of the following ideas into your holiday decor.
Incorporate Christmas Ornaments
For those creative and thrifty types, consider incorporating old Christmas ornaments or decorations into your centerpiece. For instance, grab a simple, cyllindrical glass vase and fill it with old Christmas ornaments. Try to coordinate the colors of the ornaments so that the centerpiece complements the other elements of the table. For instance, if you have a red table cloth, create some contrast with all silver and gold ornaments in the vase. For large tables, consider using several of these vases, and pick up a few extra boxes of plain bulb ornaments as filler if you need it.
Use Mason Jars
The next idea is simple, but can establish a rustic and chic dinner setting. With mason jars being all the rage lately, pick up four or five of them at your local craft store in a variety of sizes. If you have any left over garland around the house, loosely fill the mason jars with garland and cut the excess off. Next, place some bright red flowers inside. If you can find them, pointsettias are strongly associated with the season and look stunning overflowing from the mason jars. Next, scatter some white tea lights around the bases of the mason jars, so that their light is reflected on the jars.
Follow Martha Stewart's Glitter
If you are the crafty type and are itching to bring out the glitter, the next centerpiece is for you, and it is provided by none other than Martha Stewart herself. She is the queen of crafts for a reason, and her glitter candles prove it. All you need to make them is a can of spray adhesive from the nearest craft store and a large supply of glitter. Simply, place the candles in a box, coat with the adhesive, and spoon glitter over the candles. Let them dry overnight before moving or lighting them. Again, use coordinating colors. Silver and gold provide sophistication, while a deep red would add drama to the table.
Utilize Red Flowers
If you are looking for elegance at a more formal table, consider creating a display of red carnations. To do this, you need look no further than your local florist. Stop in and buy three styrofoam balls and enough red carnations to cover them completely. Soak the foam balls in water, cut the stems of the carnations short, and poke the carnations into the styrofoam. Make sure that no white spots are showing through the flowers. When you are done, place the balls atop three vases. If they are available to you, try to use three opaque white vases. Also, try to use vases that are the same general height and size, though they don't have to match perfectly.