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

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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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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
    Kim Morgan
    November 25, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    “It’s usually a scorcher in WA, at Christmas Time, so I would have to say fresh king prawns with seafood sauce! (Yum!)”

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    Karina W
    November 25, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    One giant oversized honey glazed ham thats big enough to feed 500!

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    Natasha Tessier
    November 25, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    PIES!!! I love almost any pie at Christmas!!

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    Evelina Dobrowolski
    November 26, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Ice cream pudding. Yummy christmas pudding but nice and cold for our Aussie Christmas.

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    Ramandeep Kaur
    November 26, 2013 at 1:07 am

    pudding and fruit pies will work for me, as I am vegetarian and definitely gonna serve all veg. food to all my guests.

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    Erica Hunt
    November 26, 2013 at 1:13 am

    A fruit platter. Best part of Christmas all the stone fruits and cherries yum yum yum it’s Christmas on a plate.

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    Shannon Philp
    November 26, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Desserts desserts desserts – from trifle, summer fruit salad with mango lychees cherries always make sure you have room for dessets

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    monica gonzalez
    November 26, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Ice cold cherries there little bursts if christma

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      monica gonzalez
      November 26, 2013 at 3:45 am


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    Trevia Bik
    November 26, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Our family love cherries at Chrissy but really food isn’t necessary, as long as our family are here our Christmas is complete. ???? ????

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    November 26, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Pork Crackle! We all fight over who got the biggest peice, who’s was more crunchier we all love it !!

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    November 26, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Pavlova definitive !!!! Is my family favourite sweet . I love to topping it with berries and a touch of Xmas edible decorations .

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    November 26, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Pumpkin cheesecake. Its a dessert my Mum always made and everyone thought sounded horrible but was amazingly yummy!! Now she is not with us its a special reminder of her at a time when family is so important. I will be teaching my boys how to make this also as the eldest was her whole world and she never got to meet the youngest.

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    Jodie Chapman
    November 26, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Nuts in their shells. Reminds me of Christmas at my (dearly departed) Nan’s house, always had nuts in their shells. Only at Christmas…..

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    Jacqui Fenton
    November 26, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Leg of ham! Always a must in our house!
    And Christmas pudding from my Mother in Laws
    handed down recipe. Delicious!

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    Erin Heer
    November 26, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Home made open top fruit mince pies- homemade is always better than store bought, & the open top reduces the pastry calories.

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    Bianca Moore
    November 26, 2013 at 6:37 am

    We have a traditional hot English roast for lunch. Turkey, ham, roast veg and gravy followed by my Grandmas home made Christmas pudding and mum’s fruit mince pies. Also after dinner mints are a must on the table. We wouldn’t have it any other way!

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    Annie Marshall
    November 26, 2013 at 6:37 am

    sugar coated peanuts. always had them on the christmas table growing up but they are sadly getting hard to find.

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    Matilda marie
    November 26, 2013 at 6:38 am

    We always have home made Bon bons on our table. They usually have magnets or key rings inside and funny things my family have said over the year leading up to Christmas.

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    jody buhagiar
    November 26, 2013 at 6:49 am

    TRIFLE !! Every year we try and out do from the last, im sure there are more colours and custard than ever before, and more alcohol in it 🙂

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    samantha savva
    November 26, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Homemade pavlova! It isnt Christmas without without dessert and it isnt dessert without Pavlova. Nom nom nom

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    November 26, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Roast pork belly with pistachio and sage stuffing. Crispy, crunchy crackling is a must and a favourite! Love, love, love!

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    November 26, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Turkey with cranberry sauce is a must on our Christmas table! However so long as the whole family is there we’d be happy with baked beans =D after all Christmas is all about spending time with those dear to your heart!!

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    deb hill
    November 26, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Christmas pudding with brandy custard…<3 merry Christmas everybody <3

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    Jackie Kennedy
    November 26, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Brussels sprouts, I love them but funnily enough it’s the only time of year that I eat them:).

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    Rebecca Stamp
    November 26, 2013 at 7:25 am

    At Christmas I must have mixed lollies, chocolate coated peanuts and cashews. I know it doesn’t sound like traditional Christmas food but my mum loved Christmas and that’s what she always had even though there were only four of us! I like to keep that tradition going in memory of my mum. Of course we must also have prawns and smoked salmon and I look forward to the day I can have Christmas at my place and start creating my own Christmas food traditions. I’m especially loving the idea of all the roast pork…..Mmmmm crackling and pavlova *drool*!

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    Katrina Tait
    November 26, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Rum balls (or the less alcoholic variety for the kids)! Always a hit and something that we only ever have on the Christmas table.

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    November 26, 2013 at 8:23 am

    It has to be the Christmas Ham! By New years we are well and truly over ham though!!

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    Maree Askell
    November 26, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Sweet Mince Tarts with a dusting of icing sugar and a bowl of cherries from the Adelaide Hills.

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    Michelle Harris
    November 26, 2013 at 9:56 am

    We are European so Lasagne and Panettone are a must followed by Espresso coffee

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    November 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Seafood in all different forms. From shelled prawns to fresh mussels in my own garlic butter sauce with herbs from my garden.

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    Shanra Grills
    November 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Pork crackling, the one time of year we can eat guilt free,…

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    Jemma madden
    November 26, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    We’ve moved from Republic if Ireland to Australia – so struggling with the weather difference here at Christmas . The first year we hAd a BBQ but Turkey is Deffo a Must on our Christmas dinner table that and SPROUTS – weather we like them or not they’re going on the table !:) lol!

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    November 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    We have the traditional hot roast and veg, but we change the choice of meat from year to year….however Prawns ALWAYS make an appearance on our Christmas table 🙂

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    claire Scott
    November 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I love Pavlova with cream and yummy fresh fruit like mango, banana, strawberry and kiwi yummmm

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    Donna Denton
    November 26, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    For as long as I can remember, there was always tinned asparagus and gherkins on the table for Christmas lunch and I have continued that (even if I am the only one who will eat them). I also have to have a roasted turkey breast no matter what else we are having. We follow that with a plum pudding and custard and eat copious amounts of lollies and chocolate covered nuts and sultanas and rumballs (if there are any left). Dinner is always trifle, pavlova and jelly and ice cream. Because it is the one day of the year that you can eat all of your favourites!

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    Maria P
    November 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Mango Salsa. It goes brilliantly with all that yummy Christmas ham.

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    Renee Ballantyne
    November 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

    cranberry sauce for sure as chrissy dinner isn’t the same without it

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    Katrina Corbett
    November 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Prawns with homemade seafood sauce is a must and always on our christmas table.

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    November 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Definitely roast vegies; because it means family, it means togetherness and it means a tradition of 40 years of Christmas’!

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    Kate L
    November 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Brandy Buttercream Cupcake brings back my fondest Christmas memories.
    Luscious fruit mince cupcakes with a melting brandy-flavored heart and topped with snowy buttercream icing…. Mmmm, makes me dream of a white Christmas!

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    abbey dunne
    November 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Yorkshire puddings, nothing like a piece of battery goodness to bring back memories of the homeland whilst celebrating Christmas in Sunny Australia.

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    November 27, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    My grandma’s famous shortbread, because although she can no longer join us at the table for Christmas her spirit lives on in this treat we have all enjoyed every year for as long as I can remember!

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    Michelle Gray
    November 27, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Dad’s camp oven cooked lamb roast, it’s so so good, words can not describe!!

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    November 27, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Mum’s homemade bread rolls! It’s not only the perfect accompaniment to a hearty Christmas roast, entree, or soup, but also gives us reason to ‘break bread’ with each other and share in the Christmas spirit.

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    Janine Marie Gardiner
    November 28, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Our homemade potato salad. Everyone gets involved with making it every christmas, with lots of advice, and we make enough to last for three days because we all love it soooo much. It’s been a family tradition for over thirty years now.

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    Tanya Clarke
    November 28, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Christmas turkey is always on the Christmas table. It wouldn’t feel like Christmas without it at our family home, even if it is 40 degrees outside!

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    Alisia Cameron
    November 28, 2013 at 9:18 am

    It HAS to be a roast Chicken! If only because of the terrible dad joke that gets told (by my dad, of course) every year (EVERY year…) as he serves up…
    ‘Hey everyone shhh, listen, hey, why did they let the chicken join the band … because he had the DRUMSTICKS! Haha, get it!? Drumsticks!”

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    Shan Tee Rickus
    November 28, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Christmas is approaching,
    This year it’s such a treat!
    With two daughters under two,
    We’re kept up on our feet!

    To celebrate a first,
    And a second Christmas Day.
    The deco has to be perfect!
    And I always get my way!

    With a Real Housewife budget,
    I’d go OTT on the glam!
    But my budget is conservative,
    So it’s not caviar it’s ham!

    A golden leg of pork,
    Cooked with honey glaze.
    Served centre of the table,
    And with leftovers for days.

    As a true Blue Kiwi.
    I MUST have seafood platters!
    Garlic skewered prawns,
    And lobster is what matters!

    Crunchy garden salads,
    Creamy potatoes too.
    You could say our family Christmas,
    Revolves around our food!

    But the dish that is a must.
    And I can genuinely say I love her.
    Is a strawberry crowned and creamed,
    Queen Christmas Pavalova.

    A Queen that’s loved by many.
    The perfect finish to our day.
    It’s cheer and joy all round.
    I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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    November 28, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Seafood!!! Prawns, oysters, baby octopus, calamari etc

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    November 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Cherries! Lots and lots of cherries. Why? because Grandma used to always have them…so Mum did and now I do. It is our thing 🙂

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