Easy Christmas Table Centrepiece Ideas

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Hello fun job!  This holiday season, I’m working with BIG W on a series of Christmas themed posts. I had a blast looking at their fab Christmas range and my best pick this week is Battery Operated LED light set (20 lights). They are only $2 and brilliant for all kinds of festive decorations and especially the table because they set that magical tone, and don’t need to be plugged in.

Christmas table decorations

When it comes to decorating the Christmas table, I start with an easy centerpiece and work my way out from there.  For the middle, I like to couple every day items from around the home with festive decorations. Then, once I have the centerpiece sorted, I look at extending a theme to the rest of the table with items like napkins, name place tags and bon bons.

Decorating the Table in Three Steps

  1. Start with a table centerpiece theme
  2. Use everyday items around the home
  3. Introduce colour and styling through festive decorations and items

Below are ideas on how I bring these three concepts together.

1. White Christmas in a Jar

Christmas Table Ideas -- White Christmas in a Jar - beafunmum.com

Concept: a mini fantasy world in a jar

Colour scheme: silver and gold with white highlights

Everyday items: glass cookie jar, salt, glass tumblers (or glass jars)

Festive items: gold table runner, mini Christmas trees, silver mini bonbons, small gold baubles, LED lights, candle

Tip: instead of trees, use an angel or snowman figurine inside the jar

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2. Baubles in Glass (with a holly garland)

Christmas Table Ideas -- baubles in a vase with holly garland tinsel - beafunmum.com

Concept: easy to bring a pop of colour and a garland ties it all in

Colour theme: traditional red and green with silver highlights

Everyday items: large vase or bowl

Festive items: red table runner, garland, baubles

Tip: bring out the silver highlights with silver napkins and bon bons

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3. Stick Christmas Tree

Stick Christmas Tree -- Christmas Table Decorations beafunmum.com

Concept: celebrate with nature

Colour theme: natural tones with diamond (clear) highlights

Everyday items: vase or large jar, tree sticks

Festive decorations: gold table runner, potpourri balls, LED lights, silver birds, diamond tree decorations, small gold baubles

Tip: Make joke tags with paper and hang on the tree

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4. Candle & Beads

bright Christmas theme - Christmas table beafunmum.com

Concept: bring romance, fun and colour to the table

Colour theme: pink & green with bright highlights

Everyday items: vase/candle holder

Festive decorations: beads, baubles, candle

Tip: Christmas doesn’t always have to be in traditional colours

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5. Tea Candle & Glass Tumblers

christmas table decorations - tea light candle in a tumbler beafunmum.com

Concept: Simple! 6 to 8 glasses with tea light candles lined up in the middle of the table

Colour theme: gold, gold and everything gold with glass highlights

Everyday items: glass tumblers (or empty glass jars)

Festive decorations: LED lights, tea light candles, small gold baubles

Tip: attach ribbon to mason jars and use instead of glass tumblers

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6. Light Jar

christmas decorations -- lights in a jar

Concept: sparkly lights add a touch of magic to any setting

Colour theme: gold & brown

Everyday items: large jar, bowl or vase

Festive decorations: baubles, potpourri balls, LED lights

Tip: use different coloured baubles to match any theme

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7. Fruit feature

decorative fruit orange

Concept: decorate the usual, because it’s Christmas

Colour theme: blue and orange with gold highlights

Everyday items:  large glass bowl, oranges

Festive decorations: diamanté stickers

Tip: add eucalyptus leaves and gum nuts along a table runner and add a scattering of LED lights

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8. Ice Sculpture

Christmast table inspiration - ice sculpture - beafunmum.com

Concept: make your own ice sculpture

Colour theme: white, red with silver highlights

Everyday items: water, balloon, tray/plate with sides

Festive items: candle

Tip: add poinsettia or red rose petals to the balloon before adding water

More photos and tutorial

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The White Christmas in a Jar setting took under 5 minutes to set up.  Below is a speedy version.


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Items I used available at BIG W:

LED lights ($2), 12 silver baubles-60mm ($3), mini bon bons-8 ($4), bird decoration pack ($3), diamond drop decoration-12 ($5), bead garland ($3), table runner ($13), 20 small gold baubles-40mm ($3), 92 tree decorating pack ($15), tinsel holly garland ($5), mini tree table decoration-3 pack ($10), tea light candle-60 ($9), large pillar candle ($8), wave tumbler-6 ($8), potpourri balls pack ($18), large candle vase ($20), large glass bowl ($20)


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  • Reply
    Rebecca Smith
    November 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Awesome ideas!

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    November 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    my mums icecream pudding! because you can’t have christmas dinner without the best aussie christmas dessert ever made!

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    Megan Hammond
    November 22, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Fresh seafood!!! Enough said really. C

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    Belle Harris
    November 22, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Pudding!! You have to have pudding!

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    Shannen Bielby
    November 22, 2013 at 2:45 am

    Ice cream/fruit dessert. I don’t eat fruit cake or pudding and being in Queensland for Christmas I always make a frozen fruit and ice cream dessert.

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    November 22, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Pavlova…….it’s Christmas and a pavlova loaded with cream and fresh fruit is the perfect way to end a delicious lunch.

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    Kellie cross
    November 22, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Ham otherwise my husband would have a tantrum like our 16 month old

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    November 22, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Mums rice salad. And for dessert, pav!

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    Angela Oldfield
    November 22, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Cold chocolate truffles because they remind me of making them with my family as a child at Christmas time.

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    Tara Lucas
    November 22, 2013 at 5:08 am

    I love the use of the large class jars!
    Our essential food item for the Christmas table is the beef and the pork which is cooked on a wood fire roast spit. It’s essential because it brings back so many happy childhood Christmas memories and it’s something EVERY one raves about!

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    November 22, 2013 at 5:46 am

    My Mum’s famous Rum Balls!! They have been on out Xmas table every year for nearly forty years!!

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    November 22, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Cheesecake, my mum, older brother and I always used to make a cheesecake together at Christmas when I was growing up, now we are grown I have to have cheesecake at Christmas, such wonderful memories.

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    November 22, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Chocolate Truffles are our Chrissy Staple! I have to
    make about 5 batches & none survive the day!

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    Shelley Crawford
    November 22, 2013 at 6:27 am

    My homemade rocky road. Yum!!!

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    Kat Hannifey
    November 22, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Trifle ! Made by Mum , passed down through her family.
    What better to celebrate Christmas with traditions &family , past &present , than through the splendor of food (:

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    Jodi Hewitson
    November 22, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Santa’s biscuit crumbs. We set our table the night before Christmas so that Santa can sit on everyone’s chair to drink his milk and eat the biscuits my children have baked for him ( he always leaves a mess). It always makes for amazing Christmas stories at lunch time

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    Michelle Kobzday
    November 22, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Turkey, gravy, stuffing and mashed potatoes – they are a must have, every year, no matter what!!

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    November 22, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Mum’s gravy.

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    Cath Dee
    November 22, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Christmas Trifle! It’s a family tradition. It’s easy for all the kids to help make, and is loved by everyone. So festive in colour and texture.

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    November 22, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Christmas Cake decorated with Christmas figurines that were my grandmothers and have been in the family for years. Last Christmas was the first Christmas with out my Nan and we will be making another special Cake this year. The figurines remind us of her spirit and all the fun times we had with her.

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    November 22, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Leg of ham! It’s great on the day, straight out of the oven and is awesome for left overs too.

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    November 22, 2013 at 7:01 am

    My sisters roast pork – or more importantly the crackling!! My mum, my sister, my nan and I clamber over each other to make sure we all get plenty. It’s the bomb!!

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    angela freund
    November 22, 2013 at 7:14 am

    A beautifully glazed leg of ham…it just isnt Christmas without ham sammies for th next week!

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    November 22, 2013 at 7:14 am

    My grandmothers deviled eggs. Her secret is crushed BBQ chips. She only makes them once a year and every year they are absolutely perfect. Christmas lunch would not be the same!

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    November 22, 2013 at 7:36 am

    A gingerbread house. We grew up with strong German traditions and baking and decorating the house is part of the anticipation and spirit of Christmas.. Fill the inside with treats or extra surprises:)

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    November 22, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Always have to be mums chocolate balls, they are a crowd pleaser.

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    November 22, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Seafood – especially prawns. Yum!

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    November 22, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I always look forward to Christmas for the leg of ham, just gotta love cutting pieces off and eating it straight away

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    November 22, 2013 at 9:02 am

    It has to be the trifle afterwards … it’s an old family recipe that just reminds us all of what Christmas is all about

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    November 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Our must is a traditional treat – you know it! It’s cranberry sauce! Whether it’s a cold or hot meal, whether it’s chicken, turkey or ham. This condiment just HAS to be there. We love love love it. 🙂

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    Marny Mackay
    November 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Vibrant, fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables! Christmas is often seen as a time to overindulge and it’s too easy to fill up on rich, unhealthy options…. If fresh healthy options are available and presented beautifully, they are always a favorite on our table 🙂

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    November 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Cheesecake…because once you’ve created a favourite you can’t escape it – but who’d want to disappoint people at Christmas!?

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    Amy-Leigh Karban
    November 22, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I was going to say prawns but then I realized it has to be a bottle of Rum!! For the rum balls of course 😉

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    November 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

    my mum’s chocolate pudding is a must for everyone at our place…

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    Isabelle Pearce
    November 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    The foie gras!! It’s a French delicacy and being French born in. New Caledonia we couldn’t have it at every Christmas as it was so expensive. It because cheaper and more popular as the years went, and now leaving in Australia it’s a must for me, my Aussie husband and kids love if and mum and dad bring us some every year.

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    November 22, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Watermelon is always a must, QLD, Christmas and children make for a fun watermelon time.

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    Mary Preston
    November 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Has to be my Mother’s potato salad. There would be rioting in the streets if this did not grace the table.

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    November 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Fresh Cherries, we always go to the cherry farm just before Xmas and get the best cherries they have and then we eat them day long on Xmas day along with all the other yummy food 🙂

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    November 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Prawns – every year my brother doesnt have to ask what he is bringing for lunch he knows he is off to the fish markets for fresh prawns. My little boys eat them faster than they can be peeled!

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    Catherine walters
    November 22, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Xmas ham, its my favourite since i was a kid. A perfect excuse to buy a ham and freeze some for later :). (30 yr old mum of 1 )

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    Tenneeka Noble
    November 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Oh the fresh prawns! what else is there to say!?

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    November 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Has to be my mum’s carrot salad which is easy to make and yummy too xx

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    Lisa Wood
    November 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    This year we are celebrating Christmas without one of our sons {he is overseas on deployment with the navy} so our most important ingredient on our Christmas table will be his favorite dish – Pork with Crackling. We will be celebrating thinking of him the whole time, and will also celebrate when he returns next February….guess you could say we will be having two Xmas Days!

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    November 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Ham – no idea why – its just the way its always been from the time I was a kid! Nothing like keeping to tradition!

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    Karen Edwards
    November 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    A yummy hot lunch with Turkey and all the trimmings and it just wouldn’t be Christmas without Pavlova YUM!! Bring on Christmas I can almost taste it my mouth is watering. This Christmas is extra special as it’s our baby girls first Christmas 🙂

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    November 22, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Trifle! Layers upon layers of jelly, cream, custard and sponge cake goodness!

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    Danielle @ Several Kinds of Crazy
    November 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    A trifle, without the sherry (because it made my now 30 year old Brother sick when he was 2) so 28 years later we still steer clear of the alcohol in the trifles. We make the trifle in Nan’s trifle bowl that her Sister bought back to us last year, 20 years after Nan died because it was her signature dish and we all miss her so very much xx It is nice to have Nan with us.

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    November 23, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Ham, Roast meat & vegies. Yum!!

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    November 23, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I LOVED your video Kell. It was fantastic. You are so talented and you made decorationg look so easy. I couldn’t help laughing my head off when you couldn’t get that candle to light though, he he he. It was super cute.

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    November 23, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Oh and the essential food on our table is a trifle. Honestly, my Grandma made the best trifle there is and it wouldn’t be Christmas without that!

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