I’m so grateful to Kacey Bradley, the talented lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective for contributing this article. I agree that a centerpiece for the table is something so simple that can easily trip up even the best decorator and her tips are wonderful for creating one yourself. See her gorgeous photo and impressive bio below and don’t forget to stop by The Drifter Collective for more inspiration!
When it comes to the holidays, there’s nothing quite like getting to finally break out those decorations from under the basement and hang them up again. There’s garland to string and pumpkins to finally throw out that have been on your front porch since Halloween. Decorating can be lots of fun with family and friends, but some places are more difficult to cover with festive cheer.
Something that can easily trip up even the best decorator is what centerpiece to place on the kitchen table. The kitchen is a place that everyone will visit frequently, especially during the holidays. There’s a lot of pressure to make it look perfect, and a good centerpiece will do just that. To figure out what will look best in the middle of your table, check out some of the options you have to add some holiday cheer with a fresh centerpiece.
- Pick From Your Backyard
If you live somewhere that has a nice yard and might have festive looking branches and flowers, go right ahead and pick them for your centerpiece. There’s nothing wrong with making a centerpiece from what grows right outside your window! You’ll end up with something much more personal that will probably smell better too, compared to fake greenery bought at the store.
- Buy From A Local Vendor
You may only think of visiting the farmer’s market during the summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there during other seasons too. Local farmers will always find a way to sell what they grow, and you might have success finding the right greenery through them or a flower shop. Flowers can work as a centerpiece even if it’s freezing outside, as long as you pick the right colors and keep up with their water intake.
- Go Minimalistic
Just because the pressure is on for your centerpiece to look great, it doesn’t mean that you have to go out and buy something expensive or showy. Minimalistic centerpieces work great too, as long as they match the theme of your other decorations. You could try something like one long evergreen branch with tiny white candles tucked in the leaves, or other easy to make Christmas centerpieces. Try arranging different branches together to find a look that works right with your home.
- Use Vintage Christmas Ornaments
There’s a certain point in time where you can acquire too many ornaments. Yes, it seems impossible, but it’s true. You’ll either run out of boxes or places to put them, so why not use your ornaments to make a centerpiece? It’d be a great way to annually get rid of old ornaments without throwing them away before the end of the season.
- Light Up Some Candles
If you can’t think of any other decoration, you can always use candles to get everyone in the holiday mood. The light and smells they provide will create a homey atmosphere that’s exactly what you should have when people gather for the holidays. Check out some easy DIY candle centerpieces to get some ideas of what you can do for your table. Some are simple and others take the centerpiece to a new level, but it’s up to you to decide which looks better for you.
Decorating for the holidays is one of the best ways you can spend time with your family before the actual big day comes. Everyone can decorate a little differently, so your home has a little bit of everyone’s personality in how it looks.
When it comes to centerpieces, don’t feel like you have to go all out or do nothing at all. Centerpieces are great because they’re so flexible. You can get one from the store to last all season, or you can make new ones for each week of the month. Whatever suits your style, your centerpiece will be there to help tie your kitchen together.
Try using old ornaments or candles to make something beautiful that will catch everyone’s eye when they walk in your house. It’ll be the talk of every party, and because centerpieces are so easy, no one will know it took you only minutes to make. Check out different pictures to get inspired, and then go to your local craft or flower store and start making the perfect centerpiece for your home.
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!
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