I was once asked to decorate 18 tables for $15.

True Story.

Allow me to explain. Our church puts on a large holiday party each year for the entire congregation and their families which usually ends up being about 200 people.  Our church is created entirely of volunteers and so the budget was small. Most of the budget was used for the food and so when the bishop gave me my measly $15 to decorate 18 tables and an entire gymnasium, I knew it was time to get creative.

It turned out to be a fabulous event thanks to lots of volunteers and a few donations. Since then, I always have my eye out for beautiful, inexpensive, and stunning Christmas table centerpieces. Here are a few I’ve found recently that I can’t stop looking at.


    This centerpiece reminds me of Julie Andrews and her “brown paper packages tied up with string”. I love the brown bags decorated with simple white paint and filled with small branches. Most Christmas lots are willing to let you have the branches that fall off their trees as long as you’re willing to pick them up. That’s a win win!  

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    This one is very similar to what I ended up doing for my party. I wrapped up old cereal boxes, tissue boxes, and other things I had lying around the house. Put them on pedestals and know one will ever know they are sitting around a box of tissues.centerpieces-2

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    I love Christmas candy because it is so festive! Honestly, what other time of the year do you get candy that is so cute? Ok, Easter, I know. Simple glass jars, a few wooden letters and candy, you’re all done!centerpieces-3

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    Who says a centerpiece has to actually be on the table? I love the idea of hanging ornaments from the lighting fixture, it is elegant and beautiful and leaves more space on the table.centerpieces-4

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    Pick up some inexpensive wine glasses and tip them upside down to create this beautiful and simple display. I love how it looks against the white table cloth.centerpieces-5

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    This fancy idea is nothing more than a glass jar, water, ornaments, and floating lights, but what an impact it makes. You could switch is up with ornaments of all different colors to match your personal preference or theme.centerpieces-6

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    I love this idea because it’s a great one for kids to help with. These simple paper trees from Midwest living are modern and simple and bring a beautiful look to the table and it’s just one piece of paper rolled into a tree shape.centerpieces-7

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    A few empty bowls, a vase, and some ornaments. It literally doesn’t get easier than this. I love dollar store ornaments for décor because they are generally a flexible plastic that won’t break easily.centerpieces-8

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    What a beautiful idea to incorporate oranges into your décor. This is a simple idea that looks much more intricate than it is.centerpieces-9

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 Add a little mood lighting to your centerpiece by incorporating battery powered light strands. I love the pinecones for a more rustic, farmhouse look that is absolutely breathtaking.centerpieces-10

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