7 Festive Christmas Centerpiece Ideas You Can’t Miss

Make your holiday table a memorable one with an unforgettable Christmas centerpiece that will make your tablescape sparkle with holiday joy. Whether your style is classically luxurious, freshly modern, or chic and trendy there are plenty of ways to dress up your tabletop decor.

We’ve rounded up seven Christmas centerpiece ideas to inspire your tablescape this holiday season. These Christmas table decorations feature classic elements such as poinsettias, holly, and holiday red roses, paired with unique accents like protea, metallic accessories, and exotic foliage choices like scabiosa and magnolia leaves.

We’ve also provided a handy list of the elements used within each centerpiece idea so that you can recreate them for your own holiday table.

No matter what your holiday style is, you’re bound to get inspired by these stunning Christmas centerpiece ideas. Check out the mood boards below and start planning your holiday decor!

exotic and wild Christmas centerpiece

Photographed by: Agape House Studio | Floral design by: Johanna Terry Events | Linens and Decor by: Flora & Eventi

Luxurious and rich, this floral centerpiece features warm earthy tones paired with luscious hues. Red roses, Antique Green hydrangeas, red hawthorn berries and purple cascading amaranthus create a rich color palette that evokes the comforting warmth of the holidays. Unique foliage elements such as weeping willow and fall leaves add to the nostalgic feel.

  • Hydrangea –  Hydrangeas are popular in floral arrangements due to their large and lush flowerheads. There are five main types of hydrangeas, with the mophead hydrangea being the most popular. They are known for their ability to change colors depending on their soil’s pH levels, with some varieties exhibiting up several colors at once. The Antique Green varietal featured here has earthy forest green colors combined with rich purple tips.
  • Leucadendron – Leucadendron is a shrub that originated in New Zealand. Their dark purple leaves are sturdy and long-lasting. They are one of the most popular types of protea in the world used as a cut flower.
  • Hawthorn Berry – Perfect for the holidays, hawthorn berries have a distinct bright red color reminiscent of those of holly berries.
  • Fall Leaves – Sometimes the best Christmas centerpiece ideas can be gathered from your own backyard. With colors ranging from rich purples to golden yellows and tinges of green, fall leaves are great for adding variety and texture.
  • Willow Leaves – Willow leaves are long and slender, which give them an elegant appearance. The leaves form along thin cascading branches that often touch the ground. There are over 400 species of willow trees, and they are also known as “weeping willows” due to their droopy appearance.

festive and classic Christmas centerpiece

Photography by: Arielle Photo | Floral design by: Bouquet Studio

The classic colors of Christmas combine to create this festive red and white bouquet. Artfully crafted, this centerpiece is made up of bright red garden roses, Latin Lady hybrid tea roses, and burgundy and white dahlias. Unique elements such as Queen Anne’s lace, snowberries, and scabiosa provide just enough greenery to bring the most quintessential colors of Christmas together.

  • Dahlia – Although dahlias are one of the most popular fall wedding flowers, they are also great for holiday decor due to their wide variety of colors. Here, red and white dahlias are used to create a traditional Christmas color palette.
  • Queen Anne’s Lace Flower – These delicate flowers grow wild throughout the United States and are related to the carrot. Their flowers are arranged in a lace-like pattern and are most commonly available in green and white. In addition, the unique “Chocolate” varietal is featured in this arrangement with its soft brown hues.
  • Hybrid Tea Rose – Part of the modern rose family, hybrid tea roses are known for their long stems and sturdy blooms which are large, well-formed and pointed. Here, the ‘Latin Lady’ rose is featured with its dual-toned red and white petals.
  • Snowberry – Snowberry bushes, also known as Symphoricarpos albus, bloom in the spring with tiny white flowers. In the fall, white berries appear in clusters and last into the winter.
  • Scabiosa pod – Scabiosa are plants that produce tiny flowers that form in a cluster. The scabiosa pod has been widely used throughout various stages of its life, from fully bloomed to the dried pod. Here ‘Black Knight’ scabiosa pods are used that are tightly closed and have not opened yet, creating unique star shaped elements.
  • Ivy – Ivy is popular in floral arrangements and bouquets due to their cascading vines. Many varietals of ivy leaves have variegated lines on the leaves that have a very decorative quality. The lines become more pronounced as the plant is exposed to bright light.

chic and modern Christmas centerpiece

Photography and Design by: Inspired By This

Christmas decor is all about adding sparkle to your holiday table. This chic centerpiece idea combines various metallics including copper, gold and silver to create an eclectic Christmas centerpiece. Natural elements such as pinecones and a small arrangement made of snowy dusty miller leaves warm up the overall look.

  • Pinecones – Pinecones are essential for holiday decor. Spray paint them silver or gold to add a touch of luxury to your Christmas table. Combine with other metallic elements such as decorative globes and ornaments to recreate this luxurious look.
  • Dusty MillerKnown for its snowy white color, the leaves of a dusty miller plant are velvety and snowy white. They are the perfect complement to any Christmas centerpiece.
  • Copper accessories – Mixing metallics is always a good idea, especially when working with copper. Here, copper reindeer figurines and a geometric glass terrarium filled with silver ornaments complete the look, accenting the silver and gold color scheme perfectly.

fresh and wintry Christmas centerpiece

Photography and Design by: Earnest Home Co.

Fresh and wintery, this unique centerpiece is made up of snowy dusty miller, white spray roses, and silver brunia berries accented by ashy-green eucalyptus leaves. The silver metallic vase ties the entire look together and gives it a clean and modern feel that’s perfect for a contemporary Christmas style.

  • Eucalyptus – The long narrow leaves of eucalyptus leaves are great for adding depth to any floral arrangement. Their leaves range in hue from dark forest green to a lighter ashy tone.
  • Spray Roses – Spray roses have small blooms and are used as accents rather than the focus of an arrangement. They are incredibly versatile due to their wide availability of colors.
  • Silver brunia – These silvery berries come from the Brunia albiflora shrub which is native to South Africa. This shrub produces tightly tiny flowers which are packed onto multiple spherical heads which eventually fall off, exposing the berry-like flowerheads underneath. Their wintery silver colors make them great accents for the holidays.

bright and lush Christmas centerpiece

Photography by: Ashleigh Jayne Photography | Event Design by: Angela Marie Events

This lush Christmas centerpiece is an artful combination of both classic and exotic elements. Red roses are the featured floral, and are combined with two types of protea: Cream Mink protea and Leucadendron. Dual-toned magnolia leaves and cascading amaranthus add drama and elegance.

  • Red Rose – Although red roses are the classic symbol for love, they are great for incorporating into your Christmas decor — especially if you’re celebrating with loved ones.
  • Cream Mink Protea – Also known as Neriifolia ‘Cream,’ the Cream Mink protea is highly drought tolerant and blooms from fall to winter. Its long slender petals are creamy white and have black furry tips.
  • Cascading Amaranthus – Amaranthus is known for its vibrant color, which remains even when the plant is dried. Its cascading form adds elegance to any holiday centerpiece.
  • Magnolia Leaf – Magnolias are one of the most popular flowers native to the US. Although they are known for their large creamy white flowers, their shiny leathery leaves are impressive as well. Magnolia leaves are dark green on one side and golden brown underneath, and are an excellent choice for centerpiece foliage.
  • American Cranberrybush Berries – Also known as Viburnum trilobum, the American cranberrybush is a popular garden shrub. During the spring, it produces white flowers and forms red berries during the fall.
  • Juniper – Junipers are evergreen shrubs that produce prickly foliage that appears flat and fan-like. Their color can range from dark to light green and from silver to gold. These feathery fronds are great for adding a unique and airy texture.

stylish and refined Christmas centerpiece

Poinsettias take center stage in this elevated arrangement. Long white and red ranunculuses cascade along with baby eucalyptus to create a dynamic and delicate centerpiece that will be noticed by everyone sitting at your holiday table. A tall, slender vase always adds a touch of elegance.

  • Poinsettia – Poinsettias are the classic Christmas flower. Although their bright red leaves have made them an essential part of holiday decor, poinsettias are actually tropical plants that prefer temperatures between 60-70 F degrees and humid climates.
  • Ranunculus – Ranunculus flowers are available in a wide variety of bright colors. Here red and white blooms are used to create this candy cane themed color palette. Ranunculuses have delicate paper-like petals that can add a pop of bold color and unique texture to your Christmas centerpiece.
  • Tulip – Tulips are popular because of their unique shape and wide variety of colors and are one of the most popular flowers in the world. Tulips symbolize love, making them an ideal flower to include on your holiday table where your closest friends and family will gather to celebrate the season.
  • Baby Eucalyptus – This type of eucalyptus is the young form of the silver dollar eucalyptus tree. Baby eucalyptus are long and have a spiral shaped structure. It has thick round leaves that grow along a central stalk, and have an attractive silvery-blue color.

simple and elegant Christmas centerpiece

Simple yet elegant, this arrangement is made up of white garden roses paired with a Christmas classic: holly. Dark blue vibernum berries make a bold statement and add a playful touch. Line the table with two or three simple arrangements to create an easy yet polished centerpiece for your holiday table.

  • Garden Rose – There are two types of garden roses, old garden roses and modern garden roses. Modern garden roses include all species bred after 1867, and are known for their large bloom sizes, high petal counts, and bloom continuously throughout the year.
  • Holly – A quintessential part of Christmas, incorporating holly into your holiday decor is a long-standing tradition. Holly bushes have prickly leaves and only female plants are capable of producing bright red berries.
  • Arrowwood Vibernum Berries – Arrowwood Vibernum, also known as Vibernum Dentatum, are hardy shrubs that produce delicate white flowers during the spring. These plants are most attractive during the fall when their bluish-black berries are formed along with their foliage which turns golden yellow, red and purple.

We hope that these Christmas centerpiece ideas will inspire your holiday table decor this year. Feel free to mix and match the various elements featured here to create your own unique holiday style. For more inspiration, browse our Christmas table centerpieces and make your holiday table sparkle for your friends and family to enjoy.

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