Christmas table centerpieces don't need to be elaborate or expensive. Try these simple country Christmas decorations for your Christmas dinner table setting!
When I was a little girl growing up in Germany, winter was the only time oranges were available from the Mediterranean. To us, oranges, clementines and tangerines were 'Christmas' fruits. Whenever we peeled an orange, we would roll the orange peel up between our fingers and squeeze it hard next to a candle flame.
The aromatic oils from the peel would spray into the flame, make it splutter and spread the yummy fragrance around the room.
Don't limit yourself to orange pyramids... go green, red, silver, gold! Here are some Xmas table decorations I found in the Italian Alps:
I'm sure that to achieve this height, you would have to hot-glue the apples around a tall, sturdy cone to keep the whole thing from falling apart or toppling over.
If you don't want to go to such lengths/heights with your Christmas table centerpieces, you could easily produce less ambitious, equally gorgeous Xmas table decorations by creating a lower, wider 'pyramid' of edible Christmas decorations. How about piling up a cone of fragrant Christmas rum balls, for example? (They could double as dessert :-)
A conical or pyramid shape is great for Christmas dinner table centerpieces because it can be made to look like a stylized Xmas tree. Use the following ideas to create your own, unique Christmas table centerpieces:
My frosted-fruit Christmas table decoration idea was recently featured in a book, The Ultimate Christmas, by Jeanne Bice (of Quacker Factory fame).
Frosted fruit looks very 'Christmassy', and the decorating options are almost limitless:
For rustic, primitive Xmas table decorations, place the fruit on large (frosted!) leaves, or directly on the table.
If you're doing chic Christmas table centerpieces, present your frosted fruit in an elegant footed bowl for a 'heightened' effect.
The article about Christmas lights & decorations has a few Xmas decoration ideas that you could use for your Christmas dinner table setting as well. (For example, create a central feature down the length of the Christmas table using the apple/nuts combo in sparkling glass containers.)
Also, check out the page on Christmas candles for additional Xmas table decorations featuring live candles.
More to come soon ...