Christmas centrepieces to take your hosting skills to the next level

Add some extra joy to your dining room with these stand-out Christmas centrepieces

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Christmas might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean your table has to. And when it comes to sprucing up your dining space, the middle of your spread is always a great place to start - with a gorgeous Christmas centrepiece. 

The star of the show, a Christmas centrepiece should be the focal point of your table decorations, with your cutlery, crockery and place settings all playing a supporting role. Think of them as the trimmings, and your centrepiece as the turkey.  

Depending on your tastes, your Christmas centrepiece could be anything from a trio of candles to a bowl brimming with pine cones. Anything goes, and that’s the beauty of it. 

The theme of your table is of course, up to you too. Go traditional with rich reds and greens, mixed with rustic wood. Or, stick to a metallic palette of silvers and golds for a little Christmas glitz. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re having a whole-family extravaganza or an intimate Christmas meal for two either - there’s still plenty of festive decorative fun to be had. Trust us, if ever there was a year for going all out with your decorations, it’s 2020. 

To take the stress out of Christmas prep, we’ve not only rounded up the best Christmas centrepieces to shop now, but put together some DIY set ups to take inspiration from. So all you need to do it sit back, relax, and let those compliments roll in...

Ready-made Christmas centrepieces to buy now

M&S White Orchid Table Arrangement

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M&S White Orchid Table Arrangement

Crafted from fresh flowers, this elegant Christmas centrepiece would also make a gorgeous gift for a loved one. The flowers will mainly be in bud when it arrives, blooming over the coming days.

VIEW NOW: White Orchid Table Arrangement: £35, M&S

ferrero roche sweet tower

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Sweet Trees Ferrero Rocher Tower Centre Piece

If you can't have a giant tower of chocolate on the table at Christmas then when can you? Not only does this gleaning gold structure make for a stunning centrepiece, it's a ready-made dessert too. 

VIEW NOW: Sweet Trees Ferrero Rocher® Tower Centre Piece: £54.99, Not On The High Street

anthropologie cheese board

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Anthropologie Whitney Cheese Board

In our opinion, cheese is always the main attraction at Christmas - so why not make yours the star of the show? This guilt-edged, mother of pearl adorned board will add some glamour to any spread. 

VIEW NOW: Whitney Cheese Board: £58, Anthropologie

The Range big ben decoration

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Missing a festive jaunt to London this year? Bring the capital to you with the help of this adorable model. It lights up, and the carousel even moves - guaranteeing plenty of giggles around the table. An unusual Christmas centrepiece, but a brilliant one. 

VIEW NOW: London Big Ben City Scene With Carousel: £69.99, The Range

not on the high street christmas centrepiece

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Winter Berries Christmas Trio Tealight Candle Holder

Featuring three glass candle holders nestled in a huddle of pinecones and berries, it doesn't get more traditional than this. All you need to do is add candles.
VIEW NOW: Winter Berries Christmas Trio Tealight Candle Holder, £19, Not On The High Street

Deluxe Traditional Floristry Sleigh

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The Range Deluxe Traditional Floristry Sleigh 

If you love the look of fresh plants but can't seem to keep their leaves green, this sleigh might just be for you. It's jam-packed with festive foliage and baubles, creating a magical centrepiece. 

VIEW NOW: Deluxe Traditional Floristry Sleigh: £34.99, The Range

Minnie-Mae Stott Studio oyster shell pots

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Minnie-Mae Stott Studio Oyster Shell Pots

One for smaller festive tables and gatherings, these pretty pinch-pots offer a unique way to lay out your salt and pepper. Each one is made by hand, finished with mother of pearl and gold lustre. 

VIEW NOW: Oyster Shell Pinch Pots: £28, Minnie-Mae Stott Studio

DIY Christmas centrepieces to take inspiration from

Winter Scene

Winter Scene

Create a magical look with a glass cake stand topped with a variety of domes covering cutwork cards, glasses, mini trees - so long as they follow a cool and snowy scheme, they can be quite diverse. 

Simple Blooms

Simple Blooms

Choose pretty tumblers, then place a flower head in each one - these are chrysanthemums. Attach wire around the end of a candle and push it down through the flower. Place on a pretty plate, and add fake snow and glitter.

Rustic Touch

Rustic Touch

For a natural look, find a low metal or ceramic bowl, anchor pillar candles with Blu-Tack or candle dots, then fill the bowl with moss, fir cones and sprigs of foliage. Drape more foliage around the base and add sparkly fake silver berries.

Tips for creating a beautiful Christmas table 

  • Pick your colour palette:  First up, choose a festive colour: silver, gold, red, or something modern like Crayola brights or pretty pastels. When it comes to Christmas centrepieces, the bolder the better.
  • Lay the foundations: Start with a plain tablecloth, then add a decorated or felt runner down the middle of the table. 
  • Start with the centrepiece: This could be a stunning floral arrangement, different sized candlesticks grouped together, a glass dome display with a winter scene or a row of mini Christmas trees. Whatever it is, make it a showstopper!
  • Add the place settings: Begin with a beaded, sparkly placemat then place a large charger plate on it. Layer a dinner plate on top of that, then a smaller plate, followed by a bowl. Mix up your china to add interest but stick to a colour scheme to prevent it looking messy. Think tried and tested combinations like silver and white, gold and copper, red and cream, or black and gold. 
  • Don’t forget the cutlery: Instead of just laying your cutlery alongside your crockery, don’t be afraid to get creative. Maybe pop it into a festive napkin holder or tie with a ribbon.