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Christmas Party Table Centrepieces


Choosing the perfect centrepiece for your Christmas table can take your party from so-so to so hot!  Whether your party is a full-scale formal Christmas dinner or a relaxed barbecue with a few friends, the centrepiece you choose will add drama, personality and scale to your event.

Table centrepieces can be as expensive as you dare, but there are alternatives to the dramatic and extravagant! Take inspiration from some of the newest ideas in table centrepieces.

Eclectic tables

Create a homespun feel for your Christmas event by dressing each table with different flowers, candles and place settings to create a real sense of personality. For example, this design works wonderfully with a vintage theme; combine mismatched crockery, jugs and candles with plenty of vintage-style blossoms to fill tables. Visit an antiques fair, your local flea market or (with permission!) your grandma's cupboards to pick up plenty of vases and trinkets to add personality to your tables.

Monochromatic tables

The classic, crisp design of the monochromatic look is still the most modern tablepiece theme you can choose.  If the mod look appeals to you, choose a black and white backdrop and add splashes of Christmas colour for contrast, such as fire-engine red, moss green or ice blue.  Think about height, drama, the whitest of white blooms and plenty of black crockery on crisp white linen.  This look is never out of style.

Centrepieces from your own backyard

Take inspiration from your own backyard. Go outside and look at your backyard from a fresh perspective. Do you have twigs, greens, flowers and bark that could be used in a creative centrepiece? Take some pinecones, seed pods and eucalytus leaves and spray them with a splash of gold paint.  Or leave them bare for a very natural display.

Casting a glow

The warm glow of candlelight has always added romance to a room, but never more so than at Christmas.  Incorporate candles into your centrepiece decorations themselves.  Think tall, full arrangements of cherry blossom branches, hung with Christmas baubles and votives on ribbon or wire-like hangers. Or imagine tall cylinders filled with coloured water to match the Christmas party palette, and small floating candles flickering in each. 

Traditional Christmas decorations

It's hard to go past Christmas baubles, wreaths and sprays for fabulous table and room decorations.  But the traditional Christmas colours of red, green and gold needn't limit you.  Contemporary Christmas colours of teal, peacock, pearl and diamonds are instant winners and will make your Christmas party stand out from the crowd!

Paper lanterns - budget with big impact

The simple rice paper lantern packs an enormous decorating punch.  Whether you're decorating a dinner table or a dance floor, the rice paper lantern will dazzle and delight your guests. Rice paper lanterns come in so many sizes, colours and styles, and all are great value for money.  For a Christmas theme, you can't go past red and gold.  Big ball lanterns start from as low as $6 a piece, so they won't break the bank, even if you purchase them in bulk.  And the best part?  Paper lanterns can be packed down, stored and re-used for your next big shindig.

Back to your childhood

The oh-so-divine lolly table is becoming a huge hit for parties where guests fill up their own container with a selection of themed sweets, little gumball machines for each guest, or grandma's favourite recipe cookies.  Christmas treats could include candy canes, mini gingerbread men, tiny plum puddings, wrapped bon bons and chocolates.  Delicious!

Balloons - the new chic

The hippest party planners from around the world are taking the humble balloon and making it the chicest decorating accessory of the moment.  Take giant bulbous balloons (at least 60cm) filled with helium and use them to decorate your room.  Secure with your floral centrepiece or in a vase of Christmas sweets for a truly whimsical look.  Cheap, beautiful and fun!

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