One thing I love about the holidays is the fun creative decorating that comes along with them. I am not the kind that changes out all my home’s decorating for each season. However, I think a few of the season’s most beautiful embellishments around the home can give your decorating a fresh new look.
That being said, I don’t have time to completely redo my centerpiece especially with fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas being back-to-back. I like to create centerpieces that will last through a couple holidays or decorating seasons. For instance, my buffet decorations went from Halloween to Thanksgiving with just a few minor tweaks (swapping a Halloween pumpkin for a regular one, changed my candy bowl, and exchanged a Halloween picture frame for a Thanksgiving one). Likewise, this versatile winter greenery centerpiece will easily transform from Christmas to winter with little (or no) effort. After Christmas, I am going to sprinkle the centerpiece with white glitter and brush a puffy snow paint atop the greenery for a more wintery look.
AND… this is a BUDGET FRIENDLY decoration! I already had all the pieces for this centerpiece and since they are so adaptable, I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the purchase of these items.
So let’s jump in and get creating…
- Evergreen pieces
- Mason jars – large mouth (so the candles fit)
- Pillar candles
- Pine cones
- Cinnamon sticks – these were large cut pieces
- Berry sprigs
The greenery used here was FREE!!!! While I do have a couple large evergreens in our yard, I was hesitant to go cutting on them. So I stopped by an outdoor Christmas tree stand and asked if they would mind if I took some of the tree scraps. They told me to help myself! I did crawl under a semi trailer to get some good big pieces (I’m surprised hubby didn’t take a picture) and I got a large plastic bag full of goodies! It was enough to do this centerpiece and to add to decorate other areas in our home. Now our whole house is pine scented!
I purchased this wooden gold tray on super clearance at Hobby Lobby. And when I say super clearance, I mean I only paid about $2 on this treasure! I had no real plan for the tray other than transporting food from the kitchen to the patio for our cookouts and hot dog roasts. Instead, it has housed our table centerpieces for the past 3 months and I love it!
The pillar candles were from our wedding… 7 ½ years ago! I’m finally reaching the end of them! When purchasing pillars for the mason jars, I would suggest buying a 6” candle rather than the taller ones for ease of getting them out of the jar once they’ve reached their end.
Finding pine cones can be a fun nature scavenger hunt for kids! Nothing is better than using the beauty given to us by mother nature.
Berry sprigs are a cheap decoration that adds a burst of color to greenery. Most craft stores sell sprigs/picks of berries for about $1-$4 and with their 50% off sales or coupons, you can get these cheap! I use them in holiday decorating, but I also use them year round with ivy on top of our wine rack for a little color burst.
- Position the mason jars on the tray. I choose to place mine in a diagonal to make it a little more interesting.
- Start layering the evergreen pieces around the jars starting with the largest pieces. It is okay if they hang over the edge of the tray a little. After you’ve done 2-3 layers, fill in any gaps with smaller pieces of evergreen. I took the pieces that were sparse or odd shaped and tore them up into small usable pieces and used them as filler pieces.
- Add pine cones to areas that seem a little sparse and could use more filler. Then add the cinnamon to spots that look “empty” and need a little flair.
- Sparingly add berry sprigs to the centerpiece in areas that could use a touch of color. Using different sizes and fullness of the sprigs complements the piece. Sometimes a mere 5 berries will add just the perfect amount of color to the centerpiece while other areas may be better enhanced with a larger sprig.
One thing our family likes to do is have a “family date night”. I let the boys eat off of adult/glass plates, I turn on some soft music, and we turn off the lights and eat by candlelight. It is a special night and the boys get so tickled about family date night. It is an especially peaceful meal and is great on those chaotic days we you all need a break. The low lighting changes the atmosphere, it changes the mood in the home, and gives everyone a chance to reconnect. Here is our dining room lit with our beautiful centerpiece and Christmas lighting for our family date night.