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Christmas Table Decoration | Holiday Centerpiece

Updated on March 29, 2013

Christmas Table Decoration with a Cake Pedestal

Coming up with new centerpiece idea or a Christmas table decoration of some kind for the holiday season can be a challenge. Answer? Open the kitchen cabinets, hutch or sideboard and haul out your cake pedestals (cake stands or cake plates).

Whether they are glass cake plates, wire or colored china or stoneware, you can use them to make a centerpiece. It's simple and as unique as your holiday decor.

A cake pedestal is perfect for your dining table. There are already so many necessary items on your table, -- salt and pepper, condiments, glassware, coffee cups, ect... -- and all of this is at table level. A cake pedestal will elevate your centerpiece thereby freeing some valuable real estate on the dinner table.

This is How to make a centerpiece 101.

Let's get started!

Start with a Cake Stand

Clear Glass Cake Stands Set

This is the set I have. Because they are clear, they can be used year 'round for your entertaining and centerpiece needs. I love that you can stack them, use them separately or only use the size you need. You can stack them in the center or toward the back of each layer giving a different look.

A very versatile set indeed! I love it and am sure you could find a lot of different ways to use this set too!

Square White Cake Stand

White is a no-brainer and can be used for any occasion. It's perfect for a base to your Christmas centerpiece. Other Christmas colors will pop with the white color as the base and the square shape is unexpected, different.

Christmas Themed Cake Stand

This 10 1/4" diameter cake stand has a gorgeous poinsettia design that drips over the side. This one would work for your Christmas centerpiece or dessert!

Raid the kitchen cabinets and get the Christmas decorations out of the garage or attic. If you don't have what you want, go shopping and get the colors and styles you want to introduce this holiday season. Either way, we're going to make some DIY Christmas decor.

In this example, I used

* a 12" glass cake stand

* assorted ornaments

* garland

* 3 beaded Christmas trees

* some candles

* a small glass bowl.

The beauty of this project is that you can use anything you like, own or purchase.

Some Unique Christmas Trees to Use for Your - Christmas Centerpiece

As you can see from the photos, I love these kinds of Christmas trees. They sparkle, glitter and are perfect as the centerpiece of the centerpiece!

Garland for your Christmas Centerpiece

I decided to use the 3 trees at the back of the cake stand for height. After I placed them, I added the small glass bowl, turned upside down and tucked some small ornaments under it. Then I added the candle on top.

I like the height variation in the back and the lower candle in front. Now to add the baubles...

Ornaments -- Great for Centerpieces

Ornaments are great for making Christmas centerpieces. This set has 23 ball ornaments in a mixture of matte, shiny and iridescent finishes. The sizes range from 1.5" to 3". The size and finish differences make your centerpiece visually pleasing!

Vintage Assorted Glass Ornaments

For a vintage style Christmas centerpiece, use vintage ornaments in various shapes and colors. Add a candle or a small vintage aluminum Christmas tree or a snowman with a vintage style.

Color Scheme your Centerpiece Ornaments

These are red and white and have different designs on each ornament. Polka dot, swirl, snowflakes, snow capped -- these would make a gorgeous centerpiece.

At this point, I added the garland and some assorted ornaments sitting on top. Very simple but a great effect -- especially if you use garland that is sparkled, crystallized or has some sort of bing to it. The candle light will play off it to make some great lighting effects on your table, mantel or shelf.

If you have a theme -- like candy -- that you like to use at the holidays, change up the baubles and garland to reflect that. Maybe you have santa or a snowman figurine you would rather use than Christmas trees. Do it! Make sure the items are complementary and you can use anything. Below are some pictures of different ways to use your cake stand for centerpieces. Use them to get your creative juices flowing!

What can I use instead of a tree? - Snowman!

A snowman water tower is a perfect idea for the centerpiece of your centerpiece! This one stands 12" tall so it will make and impact, for sure. I think this one is going on the Christmas list this year. My mom is bonkers over snowmen and this is a unique figurine.

More Ideas for Cake Plate Centerpieces

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Two cake stands, stacked. Top cake stand has red hots surrounding an ornament upside down in a votive holder. Bottom plate has an assortment of ornaments.Black wire cake stand with ornaments hung around the edges, candy surrounds a candle in the middle.Santa holding a "Merry Christmas" sign on the black wire cake stand.Glass cake plate with tree figurine, martini glass and small glass bowl filled with ornaments, votives and ornaments scattered.Three tree figurines in back, small bowl with ornaments in front, glitter fronds and large ornament accent.Martini glass and 1 small bowl filled with ornaments, larger bowl filled with garland, placed on a doily on the cake stand.Two cake stands stacked. Top stand has 2 ornaments and a candle, bottom stand has wired berries and ornaments. Both stands are using doilies.Stacked cake stands with 6" pillar candle surrounded by small ornaments on top and bead garland with candy canes on the bottom layer.
Two cake stands, stacked. Top cake stand has red hots surrounding an ornament upside down in a votive holder. Bottom plate has an assortment of ornaments.
Two cake stands, stacked. Top cake stand has red hots surrounding an ornament upside down in a votive holder. Bottom plate has an assortment of ornaments.
Black wire cake stand with ornaments hung around the edges, candy surrounds a candle in the middle.
Black wire cake stand with ornaments hung around the edges, candy surrounds a candle in the middle.
Santa holding a "Merry Christmas" sign on the black wire cake stand.
Santa holding a "Merry Christmas" sign on the black wire cake stand.
Glass cake plate with tree figurine, martini glass and small glass bowl filled with ornaments, votives and ornaments scattered.
Glass cake plate with tree figurine, martini glass and small glass bowl filled with ornaments, votives and ornaments scattered.
Three tree figurines in back, small bowl with ornaments in front, glitter fronds and large ornament accent.
Three tree figurines in back, small bowl with ornaments in front, glitter fronds and large ornament accent.
Martini glass and 1 small bowl filled with ornaments, larger bowl filled with garland, placed on a doily on the cake stand.
Martini glass and 1 small bowl filled with ornaments, larger bowl filled with garland, placed on a doily on the cake stand.
Two cake stands stacked. Top stand has 2 ornaments and a candle, bottom stand has wired berries and ornaments. Both stands are using doilies.
Two cake stands stacked. Top stand has 2 ornaments and a candle, bottom stand has wired berries and ornaments. Both stands are using doilies.
Stacked cake stands with 6" pillar candle surrounded by small ornaments on top and bead garland with candy canes on the bottom layer.
Stacked cake stands with 6" pillar candle surrounded by small ornaments on top and bead garland with candy canes on the bottom layer.

Try something new. If you normally use Christmas red and green in your decor, change the hue of the red and green this year. You may really like it!

Or, throw it all out and start over with a new color scheme for the holidays. Deep reds, browns, coppers, ivories and old golds are all colors gaining popularity for Christmas decor.

Simple concept for a Christmas Table Decoration - What do you think?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I had not thought of using Cake Pedestals for a centerpiece. Great idea for making a Holiday Centerpiece.

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      As always, a beautiful idea for a fun, simple centerpiece. Your talent is amazing!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @OhMe: Thanks Nancy. It is a simple concept and sometimes (at least with me), I overlook the most obvious. LOL

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @BuckHawkcenter: Thanks, Susan. I do think necessity is the mother of invention and I have worked with many brides over the years that needed to save money in any area possible. I like helping!

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      Gamganny 6 years ago

      Very creative Centerpieces

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Very pretty. I like things that add color.

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Great centerpiece design tips, and I also really like the way the page looks.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      Thanks ladies! Appreciate the visits and comments.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks for the great ideas. I like the two cake stand one the best.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! Blessed by a Squidoo angel on 12/20/2010. Have a wonderful Holiday!

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      Pretty and festive ideas for Christmas. You make it look so easy to create an impressive centerpiece!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      You are such a clever table decorator... these Christmas table decorations ideas are terrific. And you make it all look so easy! :)

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      GypsyOwl2 4 years ago

      Beautiful Christmas table ideas!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      These are really neat ideas! I think you would take anything and make a beautiful decoration with it :) I am always amazed by you creativity and originality.

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      Just had to stop back by to get more ideas for my Christmas centerpiece. Lots of good things here!

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