Christmas Table Centerpiece

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Christmas centerpiece uses different motifs and heights.

Christmas table centerpiece designs can make your holiday dining exciting and festive.

Celebrate Christmas

The centerpiece for your holiday table can be used throughout the holiday season and inspire a festive season for you and your family. A centerpiece can give your dining table a flare of the Christmas spirit. There are several considerations to keep in mind when deciding what kind of centerpiece you want.

Theme of Christmas

The Christmas theme is a fun one and can range from extraordinarily expensive elements to fresh greenery cut from your yard and garden. You don't have to spend a lot of money in order to have a great looking centerpiece.

Some Popular Christmas Table Centerpiece Themes

You can recreate some of the most popular Christmas themes and begin enjoying your holiday celebration with a great table decoration.

  • Angels
  • Bells
  • Christmas Cards
  • Christmas Trees
  • Elves
  • Ornaments
  • Poinsettias
  • Reindeer
  • Santa
  • Sleigh
  • Snow Scenes
  • Stars

Traditional Centerpiece Colors

There are certain colors that most people associate with Christmas that you might want to use.

  • Green
  • Red
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • White

Modern Christmas Colors

Modern Christmas colors can give you a very unique and stylish centerpiece for your holiday dining.

  • Orange
  • Purple
  • Pink
  • Lime Green
  • Lavender
  • Gold
  • Silver

Size Matters

There are two things you need to consider before designing your centerpiece.

Width of Your Centerpiece

Before you begin designing your centerpiece, you'll want to measure your table width. Next, from this measurement subtract twelve inches for each side to allow the minimum space for the place settings on each side. This means you'll subtract twenty-four inches from the table width. This is the maximum width you'll want for your centerpiece.

Measuring for Length of Centerpiece

You'll next want to measure the length of your table and once more subtract twenty-four inches to get the maximum length your centerpiece can be. This is the part of your pre-planning where you'll need to make some decision that will determine the actual size of your centerpiece.

Decide on Centerpiece Size

Now that you have the maximum width and length that your centerpiece can be, you need to decide if you'll create a one to fill the entire space or if you'll scale down your creation and use only a portion of the space.

Height of Centerpiece

One of the biggest mistakes many people make when arranging or creating a table centerpiece is selecting one that is too tall for the table. If you choose to use a full table arrangement, meaning all of the available space, you'll want to be sure that the height doesn't interfere with your guests talking to one another. That doesn't mean the entire centerpiece must be low to the table. You can have varying heights within the arrangement so guests can still see through or around the centerpiece to talk with each other. An example of this kind of centerpiece would be a greenery runner of cascading branches that travels the length of the table and is defined with tall candles of varying heights. You could add pinecones, ornaments or Santa figurines to accent the design.

The different heights of candles and objects will keep your guests interested in the centerpiece and a natural pattern of observation.

Weighing Your Choices

There are several things you need to consider before deciding on the size of your centerpiece. First you want to consider your theme.

  • Are you going for an elegant Christmas centerpiece or will it be whimsical?
  • Are the components of your centerpiece large, small or a combination of all sizes?
  • Can you fill the entire available tabletop space or will your centerpiece look sparse and lacking material in places.
  • Will the centerpiece go well with the china you intend to use?

Special Final Touches

There are so many things you can do to add final touches to your centerpiece. You can add real fruits and nuts to your tabletop design. Ribbons are a nice festive way of tying your centerpiece together. Glitter, confetti and confetti shapes such as stars and snowflakes are a great way to carry your centerpiece across the table expanse while creating a fantasy or mystical feeling. Whatever you decide to do for your Christmas table centerpiece, your family will enjoy sharing meals

Christmas Table Centerpiece