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Holiday Centerpiece Suggestions?

Does anyone have any tips for making a great, creative holiday centerpiece? What are your favorite centerpieces? Any rules you always follow?

asked by Marian Bull over 5 years ago

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Kristen Miglore
Kristen Miglore

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added over 5 years ago

My mom mixed it up this year at Thanksgiving and sort of casually bunched up the table runner here and there instead of laying it flat, with little gourds and tiny dried ears of purple corn scattered down the middle. Short candles in the center. It was lovely.

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ChefOno
added over 5 years ago


There are two rules you should always keep in mind. First and foremost, keep it low. Sit at the table and make certain you can still see the person in the chair across from you. All too often people get carried away and forget the table must be practical. That includes not squandering so much real estate there's not enough room for the food.

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Greenstuff
Greenstuff

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added over 5 years ago

Ditto on keep it low. Yes on candles.
Do NOT include small pieces. I have some wonderful vintage lead German skating figures that I usually display on a long piece of mirror that sort of simulates ice. One year I decided to use the display on the table instead of on a mantle. What with passing dishes around, some of the figures got knocked off the "ice," and I began to worry that a guest might swallow one!

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EmilyC
added over 5 years ago

I like using fresh cranberries with white candles. For my TG table, I filled a long, rectangular white platter with cranberries, with three white votives down the middle. You can't get much simpler, and it's really pretty.

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lapadia
added over 5 years ago

Here is an edible centerpiece I make = a Yeast Wreath. The photo shows a vase with bow in the middle that has some height, this particular one was made for an open house party so height wasn't a problem. The center of the wreath is up to you, whatever fits the occasion.

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lapadia
added over 5 years ago

Yikes! No idea why the link is looking so messed up, just type in : Rosemary-Thyme Yeast Wreath. (PS-Editors, could you delete the bad link? Thank you)