Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Simple Holiday Centerpieces and Table Decor

One of the best parts of the holiday season is getting to spend time with family and friends. And what better way to spend time together than a holiday party!!!??? I love hosting get togethers and I really love decorating for them! I love thinking up new ways to re-purpose items around house and make them feal more "festive". Centerpieces and table decor really set the mood for a dinner party. Making the space feel welcoming, energetic or cozy can be a real challenge. It can also cost a fortune!! Here are some great ideas for holiday decorating using items that you probably already own (or should!! Tell Santa!!!)

The hurricane. It is simple and classic and can be filled with an array of treasures!! This hurricane filled with Christmas tree balls looks elegant and paired with glowing candles, very romantic.

I love this idea!! Buckets are great to have around for making festive novelty centerpieces. This looks great for the holidays. Buckets are wonderful because they can be filled with everything from candy canes to evergreen sprigs. White buckets are a good thing to invest in because they can work in winter as well as summer.

The perfect place mats can be expensive and sometimes hard to find. The place mats in this picture are pieces of red felt! That is crazy! This table looks so chic with the mix of red, white and black. A nice twist on the traditional red and green I think!

Apothecary jars are a great purchase to make!! They can be used year round for any occasion. For the holidays they can be filled with candies, Christmas tree balls, tinsel, you name it. These have been filled with holly, berries and pine cones. Sitting in the center of the table, these would be beautiful!!! Apothecary jars are a great investment if you don't have any!!! Maybe a good thing to ask Santa for this year???!!!

Glassware that you have around the house can serve a dual purpose and be used as a centerpiece. This brandy sniffer is filled with bells in a variety of sizes.

I LOVE this idea!!! This is a muffin tin with tea lights and various colors and sizes of Christmas tree balls. So simple and yet so pretty! A few of these lined up and down a dining table or even on a kitchen island would be really special looking. The only cost you would potentially have would be the candles!

A Christmas ornament chandelier!! Fabulous!!! By using various shapes and sizes of traditional Christmas tree balls and ribbon, you can create a very contemporary display. This could be hung from an exisiting light fixture, the ceiling or even a doorway if the ribbon is short enough.

Everyone loves Hershey Kisses!! (They are typically a permanent fixture in my house!) This centerpiece is so tasty!!! Using a large hurricane, fill it up almost to the top with these sweet treats. You could do 2 or 3 hurricanes in various sizes and group them together using Kisses or any other wrapped seasonal candy. Hershey makes some great Christmas candies wrapped in pretty foils that would be delectable on display!! This serves 2 functions, centerpiece and dessert!!!

Decorating for holiday parties doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. Get creative with things you already own and think outside of the box! Have fun with decorating!!!

1 comment:

Poki said...

I just chose to redo my tree deco because I wanted to change up the usual colors and was trying to decide what to do with the ornaments and this gives me some great ideas!