Table centrepieces

With Christmas is coming soon, table centrepieces are on my mind. I will have 7 guests crammed into the house for a week, sleeping on pillows and mattresses in every area. And every other unoccupied area will have large suitcases. So I can’t have a huge Christmas tree… or be too particular about having a perfect home (I never have it anyway!)…

But I have been thinking about how to have small Christmas touches around the home without too much of a large budget.

The Bare Canvas:

Our dining table. Utterly uninspiring for Christmas

Our dining table. Utterly uninspiring for Christmas

I have a large dining table usually littered by junk but we’ve managed to keep it clean for 2 days and am hoping this trend continues (unlikely). For a change, I wanted to create a centrepiece that manages to be simple yet festive.

I found a few images in my inspiration file that inspired me to come up with my own:

Idea 1: Display glass pieces

A Martha Stewart idea, via Bungalow Blue Interiors

A Martha Stewart idea, via Bungalow Blue Interiors

My version:

Selecting a few pieces here and there in the house… glassware, a treasured blue depression glass cake plate, another treasured light blue milk glass Avon perfume jar, some blue and green coloured water and the finishing touch: a rose from my garden, all arranged on a white wooden tray.

Blue green glassware from around the house on a tray

Blue green glassware from around the house on a tray

Because the table is dark, I might have to rethink the plan since the light isn’t good in this room so there’s no chance of the colour and reflection of the bottles will be anywhere as nice.

Also not sure if the white country tray is the perfect fit.

Maybe something like this would be better (it’s also on a dark table):

Anyway, this arrangement lasted half a day, way too much high maintenance – it’s only November! Dusting, washing, drying! Plus my lovely pink rose quickly turned blue from the blue coloured water in its vase!

Idea 2: Larger glass receptacles and baubles

Soon after this, I decided to do my fortnightly thrifting run… and scored these two gorgeous glass pieces:

The Holmegaard pale green vase and Italian glassware thrifted

The Holmegaard pale green vase and Italian glassware thrifted

Think that might be a Holmegaard vase in a pale green. And the bowl is soo pretty.

I arranged a bit of blue tinsel, white and glass Christmas ornaments from my Christmas ornament collection and I have me a simple, but stunning festive centrepiece which, I think, works better than the earlier white tray.

The blue Italian glassware with some blue tinsel and blue baubles on the table

The blue Italian glassware with some blue tinsel and blue baubles on the table

The blue glass bowl with baubles on the table

The blue glass bowl with baubles on the table

But I’m not so sure it’s the right scale for the table, which is quite large.

Idea 3: Pink items lining the table

Pink items lined on the dining table

Pink items lined on the dining table

For a simple, pretty display, I thought I’d line the table with pink pottery/ceramics/porcelain I have collected over the years.

Because it’s not clear pink glass, the pink stands out quite nicely.

Another idea

One of my favourite tablecloths arranged diagonally with a pink glass comport with pink, red and white Christmas ornaments.

Pink comport filled with red baubles and tablecloth

Pink comport filled with red baubles and tablecloth

Or just the tablecloth… Pardon the un-ironed condition, didn’t want to waste time ironing if I wasn’t going to keep the tablecloth on the table for longer than 20 minutes!

The blue floral tablecloth on its own

The blue floral tablecloth on its own

The circle on the tablecloth begs for something to be placed in the middle…

OR just the pink glass comport with pink, red and white Christmas ornament.

The pink comport filled with red baubles

The pink comport filled with red baubles

Again the scale of the comport against the large dining table wasn’t right.

But. How pretty is this?

via Racheal Ray, GlamNest

via Racheal Ray, GlamNest

I have found out that only certain teapots/teacups/plates suit this style and the two choices I have don’t look good this way…

Maybe when I can afford a pink Limoges set one day!

Wow I had some good ideas in my Centrepieces post 2 years ago!

Here’s the list again:

Bridal shower

  • arranging porcelain teacups and saucers in the middle with tealights in them. Better if the teacups are slightly translucent, like the Shelley range.
  • filling oil perfume bottles with coloured water (use a plastic syringe or straw)
  • mini mannequins with a vintage op-shop-find brooch on each one, one for each guest!

Thanksgiving:

  • arranging orange-hued candleholders with tealights in them.
  • small pumpkins arranged in a line. Australia is JUST now getting different pumpkins in.

Beach house style:

  • buying some coral or large shells and spray painting them in striking colours, I’m liking white, hot orange and black now with a casual arrangement on a low comport or tray.

Dinner party:

  • surrounding copper-coloured baking/jelly moulds (upside down) with simple tealights

Spring celebrations:

  • filling white glasses/cups with sand and sticking a cherry blossom sprig in the middle (or any blossoming twig from your garden).

Going away dinner:

  • a melee of vintage and inexpensive model cars, Vespas (LOVE) and bicycles on a mirror-turned tray

Baby shower:

  • purchase some vintage and old biscuit tins of diff sizes/shapes from op-shops and paint them a glossy colour – they make useful storage for mum-to-be.
4 December 2009

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2 Comments

  1. Reply

    Jhames Stewart

    25 March 2011

    I like that green and blue glass centerpiece of yours. My wife had the same idea last holiday where she turned some of small wine glasses into candle containers. Do you use recycled items in some of your creations?

  2. Reply

    drey

    25 March 2011

    hi James,yes i do use recycled all the time :) yes wine glasses make the prettiest candle holders :) esp if you turn the wine glasses upside down :)thanks for your lovely comment :)

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