40 Festive Christmas Centerpieces for Your Table

Clipped Poinsettia Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Your house is decorated and the guests are on the way. Gather your extra Christmas greenery and start setting your holiday table. Here are some of our favorite Christmas centerpieces.

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Festive Touches

Lemon and Flowers Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Natasha Lawler

A simple tray is easily dressed up with an elegant flower arrangement of whites and greens. Fill out the arrangement with seasonal greenery, berries, and lemons to finish off this festive centerpiece.

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Twice as Nice

White Poinsettia Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Combine two selections of white poinsettias into one centerpiece. Here we've placed 'Princettia Max White' and the classic white poinsettia plants in a decorative container and filled the empty spaces with jasmine and frosty fern. This potted centerpiece will last you all season if you have a green thumb.

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A Punch of Color

Amaryllis and Magnolia Centerpiece in Silver Punch Bowl
Laurey W. Glenn; Floral Design: Mary Cox Brown; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

For a head-turning display, give graceful amaryllis time to shine in a punch bowl.

What You'll Need

  • Florist foam
  • Punch bowl
  • Magnolia leaves
  • 'Carolina Sapphire' cypress
  • Araucaria
  • Nandina berries
  • 3 stems of amaryllis
  • Pears
  • Wooden skewers
  • Pomegranates

How-To
Place presoaked florist foam in base of a punch bowl. (Each element should be stuck in the foam when added.) Use magnolia leaves, 'Carolina Sapphire' cypress, and araucaria to fill bowl with greenery. Add stems of nandina berries and amaryllis. Stick pears on skewers, and group in bundles. Once completed, fill bowl with water so the centerpiece stays hydrated. Then place pears and pomegranates around base of bowl for additional color. After the amaryllis dry out, replace with fresh ones or keep the greenery as a seasonal centerpiece.

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Whimsical Wreath

Wreath Christmas Centerpiece
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Think a wreath only works when you hang it up? Think again. A wreath can also make a great centerpiece. We spruced up a boxwood wreath with succulents, eucalyptus sprigs, and gold ribbon and placed a grouping of candles in the center. If guests are coming, add a few fresh white tulips with florist water picks.

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Winning Roses

Red Roses in Trophy Vases Christmas Centerpiece
Oxmoor House

A delight for the competitive set, high-polish silver trophies look smashing once filled with red roses, twiggy green and red berries, red ranunculus, and verdant sprigs of pine.

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Bursting with Color

Colorful Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Erica George Dines; Styling: Danielle Rollins

You don't always have to decorate with traditional red and green at the holidays. Take a cue from your china and dining room and go bold with color. Blossoms in every celebratory shade but red—chartreuse and orange roses, magenta dahlias, and green hydrangeas—bring out the colors in the Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf design while berries, bay leaves, and magnolia leaves add a nod to the season. Add a few green votives and some holiday characters to keep the table festive.

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Earthly Elegance

Birch Log with White Flowers for a Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Lynn Easton Andrews

A mix of roses, hydrangeas, and Leyland cypress come together for a beautiful centerpiece. This arrangement is in a hollowed-out birch log, but you can find vessels that are wrapped in log-like paper for a similar look. Incorporate a few silver candlesticks to keep the color palette light.

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Modern Winter

Christmas Centerpiece with White Branches and Succulents
Photo: Erica George Dines; Styling: Betsy Brown

A mix of shapes, textures, and heights adds drama without overpowering the room. Tall glass vases filled with cut branches draw the eye up, while a grouping of square concrete vases filled with limes, hydrangeas, green hypericum berries, and dusty miller add color. Add a few silver ornaments for a little extra sparkle.

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Wow with Color

Southern Living
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Go for big impact by staggering colorful centerpieces the length of the table. Here a collection of blue-and-white jars bolster blooms in an explosion of hues. Pomegranates placed directly on the table offer casual balance to the centerpiece.

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Beautiful Drama

Red Rose and Poinsettia Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

A shallow bowl is filled with clippings of 'Ice Punch' and 'Winter Rose Dark Red' poinsettia stems, red roses, holly berries, and naked seeded eucalyptus. A few red tulips, jasmine, and a pomegranate finish off this dressy centerpiece. Reminder: sear the ends of your poinsettia clippings to lengthen their life span.

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Wonderland Whimsy

Blue Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Clipped poinsettias and amaryllis in unexpected colors make for a holiday centerpiece that is sure to impress. White ranunculus, star of Bethlehem, and silver dollar eucalyptus finish off the cascading arrangement. A few bottle-brush trees, coordinating ornaments, and small votives add to the whimsy of this centerpiece.

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Warm Glow

Candle Stick Christmas Centerpiece
Laurey W. Glenn

You don't have to put out a flower arrangement for a festive centerpiece. Candlesticks, scattered down the table with delicate pastel tapers and simple greenery, look festive and will last longer than cut-flowers. Gold starbursts and mercury glass votives provide holiday shine.

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Cozy Garland

Garland Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Garland has more uses than being draped across the mantel or hung along the stairs. Here, lay garland down the table like a table runner. Place small vases with water and an amaryllis bloom each throughout the garland. Fill the gaps with red faux berries, green pears, and apples. Place a few votives along the garland and you have a warm and unexpected Christmas centerpiece.

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Relaxed Romance

Relaxed Romance Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Merveille

This centerpiece is loose and elegant. Use assorted greenery, like cedar and begonia leaves, with blushing bride and a few amaryllis for an arrangement that looks formal but relaxed at the same time.

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Tabletop Trees

Apple Tree Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Iris Thorpe

Centerpieces can be all shapes and sizes. For Christmas, incorporate some tiny trees into your décor. These are created with antique wooden tree forms, but you can easily create this festive centerpiece with forms from the craft store. Simply mix fruit, rosemary, and other greenery for these unexpected centerpieces that are perfect for the breakfast table.

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Bountiful Bowl

Green Pear and Roses Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas and Buffy Hargett Miller

Sometimes a low arrangement is best. Here we used pretty compote for our vessel. Use florist foam, chicken wire, and picks to arrange fresh pears. Fill in the arrangement with juniper, eucalyptus pods, dusty miller, roses, seeded eucalyptus, and leucadendrons for a cool green Christmas centerpiece.

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Crisp Magnolia

Magnolia Leaves Christmas centerpiece
Laurey W. Glenn

A vintage bowl is filled with magnolia leaves and small ornaments for a simple centerpiece. Smaller arrangements of white roses contrast nicely against the green leaves.

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Casual Cheer

Succulent Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Merveille

You don't have to create a brand-new centerpiece to embrace the holidays. Here a succulent and air plant centerpiece gets a dose of Christmas with a few small ornaments and bells. You can easily recreate the arrangement with a shallow bowl, succulents, air plants, and moss. This centerpiece can stay out year-round.

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Sugar and Shine

Sugar Fruit Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Iris Thorpe

When it comes to Christmas centerpieces, this is the time to embrace the sugar plums. Create your own sugared fruit by dipping fresh apples, pears, and grapes in whipped egg whites, sprinkling them with turbinado sugar, and letting them dry overnight. Combine these with flowers, bay leaves, and other greenery in a large bowl. You can also display the sugared fruit on its own on small platters around the arrangement.

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Classic Cheer

Ranunculus and Carnation Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Elizabeth Lewis

Combine pine, incense cedar, eucalyptus pods, bright red ranunculus, and red carnations in a brass vase for a centerpiece that screams holiday.

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Beautiful Bounty

Magnolia Leaves Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Katie Collins and Martha Sweezey

A silver champagne bucket comes in handy for a centerpiece that will last all season. Magnolia branches, gray brunia berries, and boxwood clippings create a big arrangement. When it is time to host the party, fill small silver vases with coordinating fresh flowers. A mix of cream tulips, white ranunculus, and white anemones do the trick here.

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White & Bright

Bright White Christmas centerpiece
Oxmoor House

The flicker of punched votives plays on the gold accents of this ridged porcelain dish, adding magic to an uncomplicated grouping of white narcissus, tulips, and evergreen sprigs.

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Punch Up the Color

Red Amaryllis Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Elizabeth Lewis

This bold and bright centerpiece starts off with a classic Revere bowl. Anchor the arrangement with red amaryllis. Next, add rose foliage and then tuck in affordable fillers such as carnations and tea roses, placed low in the arrangement Finally, add anemones and ranunculus above and in the center for depth.

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Top Notch

Ivy and Berry Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Elizabeth Lewis

Go for big impact by arranging bush ivy, buckthorn berry branches, variegated pittosporum, and ivy in an antique pedestal Champagne bucket. The height from the berry branches make for a dramatic centerpiece without too much effort.

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Farm to Table

Farmhouse Bucket Christmas Centerpiece
Oxmoor House

As though covered in winter's frost, a galvanized pail with a weathered patina perfectly suits an arrangement of snowball-tight ranunculus blossoms and sweet-smelling lilies.

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Casually Dramatic

Artichokes and Pomegranates Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Elizabeth Lewis

A shallow wooden bowl is filled with coleus foliage, bush ivy, purple artichokes, pomegranates, red spray roses, and hellebores for a centerpiece that doesn't overdo it with holiday.

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Antique Refresh

White Peonies and Gold Fruit Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Melina Hammer; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas and Buffy Hargett Miller

Fret not if soup is rarely on your dinner menu. Fill your mother's pretty tureen with voluptuous peonies and radiant gilded fruit.

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Golden Days

Red Roses and Gold Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Erica George Dines; Styling: Meg Braff

If you love gold, keep things simple so your colors shine. Mixing red and gold together create a big impact. A single tightly bundled arrangement of amaryllis and garden roses makes for a showstopping splash of rich red in the middle of the table. The color pops off the fluted brass container.

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Fresh with Spruce

Fresh Spruce and Pinecone Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Helen Norman; Styling: Sybil Sylvester

A Christmas centerpiece doesn't have to be filled with flowers. A mix of fresh Christmas greenery and a few family ornaments makes for a beautiful arrangement. Take low vessel (a footed silver serving tray is used here) and fill it with boxwood, pine, and magnolia. Next add a few large ball ornaments, followed by crocosmia pods, pinecones, and abelia whose flowers have dropped, leaving a showy flourish of pink sepals on the tips of branches. Finish with sprigs of evergreens, dried shelf mushrooms attached to florist picks, and smaller ornaments.

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Peppermint Sweets

Peppermint Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

For a festive centerpiece that works for those young and old, mix red roses and lots of peppermints. A small bowl of roses is inserted into a larger bowl. Then you can fill the large bowl with red and white peppermints.

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Festive Topiary

Lily Topiary for Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Melina Hammer; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas and Buffy Hargett Miller

Gather 8 to 12 stems of 'Casablanca' lilies in one hand, and cut stems so they're about 15 inches long. Wrap a rubber band around the stems at the top and another about 5 inches from the bottom. insert the bundle into the center of a piece of water-soaked florist foam fitted into a casserole dish. Wrap stems with crisscrossed ribbon to hide the rubber bands and add evergreens to the florist foam, and tie on ornaments with wire.

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Low and Light

Shallow Vessel Christmas Centerpiece
Oxmoor House

Taller isn't always better. This low and lush composition relies on moss-covered florist foam in a shallow pan to support an array of lacy blooms in muted greens, cream, and white. An abundance of silver candlesticks are just enough height to keep things interesting on the table.

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Punch Up the Color

Red and Green Christmas Centerpiece in Punch Bowl
Photo: Melina Hammer; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas and Buffy Hargett Miller

Pull out your favorite punch bowl for a vivid focal point. Fill it with chartreuse-colored hydrangeas, flowering cabbage, and red roses. Fill in with sprigs of red hypericum berries and white pine.

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Bold in Vintage

Red Rose and Tulip Christmas Centerpiece in Milk Glass Vessel
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Amber Housley and Mary Alice Sublett

Raid your china cabinet for a few vintage vessels. Here, bright white milk-glass vessels shine against the strong red bouquet of tulips, roses, and ranunculus. If you have a small table, one centerpiece will work. If you have a longer table, go ahead and add a few smaller arrangements. Add a few red votive holders around your arrangement to complete the look.

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Festive Fabulous

Colorful Amaryllis Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Melina Hammer; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas and Buffy Hargett Miller

If you have an extra ice bucket handy, it makes the perfect vessel for a cascade of orange-and-yellow parrot tulips and peach "Faro" and "Exotica" amaryllis. Standard tulips in a soft coral red, cheerful bursts of ivory hypericum berries, and Japanese cryptomeria round out the unexpected mix.

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Organic Elegance

Greenery Branches Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Alison Gootee; Styling: Suzonne Stirling

Extra greenery comes in handy for a quick, but impressive Christmas centerpiece. Place clippings of silver fir, cedar Lebanon, and dogwood berries into your favorite urn. Scatter more greenery around the base of the urn and place votives of varying heights throughout.

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Poinsettia Perfection

Clipped Poinsettia Christmas Centerpiece
Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Potted poinsettia plants are nice, but their blooms shine in a centerpiece. Snip off a few longer clippings of your favorites, trim off the leaves from the lower part of the stems, and then sear the cut ends with a flame. Fill a vase with your pretty poinsettias and fresh greenery for a festive centerpiece.

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Gold Rush

Gold Poinsettia Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Go for unexpected shades for your Christmas centerpiece. We love the deep mustard shade of the 'Gold Rush' poinsettia. Dress it up in a seasonal arrangement with classic embellishments like holly and pine. Couple it with a potted 'Winter Rose White' poinsettia for a match made in heaven.

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Easy Impact

Citrus and Berry Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: James Farmer

This centerpiece comes together in a breeze. Fill a footed vessel with citrus and nandina. Lay fresh greenery along the table for more seasonal elements.

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Tiered Beauty

Tiered Tray Christmas Centerpiece with Pomegranate
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas and Buffy Hargett Miller

Turn your favorite three-tiered stand into a Christmas centerpiece. Use florist foam and picks to anchor pomegranates, berries, and flowers to your stand. We used flowers in shades of deep pink such as ranunculus, peonies, roses, and callas. We love the color of this monochromatic centerpiece, but you can try anything that fits your dining room.

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