The holidays are as synonymous with sparkling Christmas lights and glowing candles as they are with comfort foods and sweet treats. Whether you are hosting a party with many friends or an intimate dinner with family, here are some quick and easy ideas for combining the best of Christmas lights and lighted centerpieces to make your occasion magical and memorable.
The Christmas Box
Gather your favorite seasonal items such as pine cones, berries, and ornaments, and simply arrange them around some LED pillar candles, LED taper candles, or any flameless candle lights in a rectangular wood box. Add sparkle with lighted branches, lighted grape clusters, or light sets (such as these lighted grapevine balls) for an instant display of your favorite lighted winter items. This is also a great way to showcase any color themes you may have and tie them into your dining area (and save your box, it can be reused for many other occasions as well!).
The Christmas Vase
Similar in concept to the Christmas Box, a Christmas Vase allows you to layer the items for a more vertical presentation. This can be achieved in a variety of ways. Using a battery operated LED candle, you can build your centerpiece in a single vase by simply arranging the items around the candle (we recommend using LED candles for added safety when placed with other materials).
Your options are endless for the items used and this can be a great way to incorporate your color theme as well any favorite fragrances. Popular items used with candles are berries, pine branches or cones, coffee beans, unwrapped candies (such as green or red M&M’s, or peppermint candies), seasonal potpourri, epsom salt (for a faux snow look), or shiny ornaments. Also, adding a layer of battery operated white string lights can really highlight your Christmas Vase. Of course, you can also use this idea to display smaller vases or vases of varying sizes (we recommend LED tea lights or votives for the smaller vases).
Creative alternatives to the simple vase include lanterns, cake stands with glass covers, tiered party trays, or ceramic pots (especially chic when painted in a metallic silver or gold).
The Christmas Runner
To extend your Christmas centerpiece from end to end, try using string lights as part of your table runner. Adding white tulle over white lights, for example, creates a glistening, snowy effect. Or, if you love the look of a lighted garland, you have options ranging from the traditional battery operated lighted pine garland to beaded garlands with lights that can bring a certain elegance to your table. Fairy Lights can give you the dewy glisten you want in just the right places with its flexible, bendable wire, and LED Fairy Berries (lighted balls) can be placed strategically around your centerpiece or in the water of a fresh floral arrangement (since they float).
Bringing the magic of Christmas lights to your lighted centerpiece has never been so easy and fun! These are some of our ideas...if you like them, please share! And we’d love to hear about your ideas- what is your favorite way to incorporate lights into your holiday centerpiece? (If you have photos, please be sure to include the link)
Here’s to magical lights and magical moments this holiday!