I recently wrote a tutorial article for the online furniture and homeware specialist Wayfair about making a seasonal centrepiece – I was so excited to be working with them and their lovely products. You can read the full tutorial HERE. In my research for the post though, I came across lots of gorgeous centrepieces for your Christmas dinner table, all of them based around trays. It is such a novel and cute idea and makes for easy transport if you’re taking it to someone else’s home or just need to move it when the turkey comes out.
Top Tips for Making a Seasonal Centre Piece
- Before you start, think about a colour scheme – I like the classic green, red and silver for Christmastime but go with what works for you and what will also match your dining room.
- If you don’t have access to a tray, a large plate could look equally as good.
- Using a tray shape that is different to your table shape will make it stand out and look really striking. For example, use a circular tray if you have a rectangular or square table and a square tray if you have a circular table.
- If you use an artificial wreath in the tray for the foliage, it makes a lot less mess and means it can be used year after year. There are some really natural looking ones available these days.
- Scented candles and hurricane holders and candles make really great features for the centre of the tray.
- Another cute look, particularly for Christmas, is using a lantern and filling it with baubles, like in the picture above.
- If you opt for this look, make sure you use baubles that are a similar colour theme but are all slightly different – makes for a really striking, textured look.
- Finishing off your table, to really set off your centre piece, use a complementing table cloth or runner.
Do you tend to make your Christmas table fancy? I haven’t often done so before but certainly will be this year.
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Lovely idea! I might try this myself (although I probably won’t, mine would end up looking more like a muddy pile of twigs or something!!) x
It won’t, not at all! I’m really not very creative x
That looks really lovely and very simple x
Lovely idea! The baubles in a lantern look so lovely, I’ll have to make one this year 🙂 x
Hope it was helpful x
Ooh what a great idea! We have Christmas at Mum and Dad’s so I don’t really have to decorate my table but I do love the idea of the tray. It would be great for other seasons too once you had it I guess.
Very true, thanks Colette
This is such a simple but effective idea and the end result looks beautiful. So perfect for the holiday season! xxx
Thanks Vikki – it really takes no time at all! x
What a lovely idea! I’m not creative at all but might give this a go!
Ah that’s lovely! I never would have thought of that. I bet you could pick up some beautiful vintage tea trays from charity shops that would work really well as a base too.x
Hubby won’t allow me to turn out house THAT Christmassy. It so sad. I’m so excited for Christmas this year.
what a lovely design and one that will last all through the festive period. We have made some nature ones but they need replacing every few days. I think a centre piece really adds to family mealtimes over Christmas. #CreativeMondays
Those are great tips and I love the centre piece you have made. I like the sound of using baubles with the same colour but different textures, that would look really interesting
thanks Sian. I’m not super creative but this was simple enough haha
Oh this is a great idea, and something I would love to do as a gift for my mum, she really loves a centrepiece and she is impossible to buy for!
Great idea! We don’t tend to bother with decorations for the table but this is a really great and simple idea.x
This is such a fab idea. We always have Christmas at a relatives house so I never have the chance to do something like this. Hopefully in the future I will when out in laws come to us.
this looks lovely! Christmas time really is my favourite time of year! x
This is a lovely idea 🙂 Love making Christmas things.
Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays, pinned