7 Last-Minute Christmas Centerpieces

When it comes to fast and easy time-savers like these stunning table trims, holiday hosts and hostesses will want to look this way.

from Reader's Digest
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    Bowl Them Over
    with this festive fruited centerpiece built around a footed hurricane vase. A mirror base helps magnify the rich colors, warm candlelight and cheery glow for guests.Brighten any buffet with a hurricane vase wreathed in colorful berries and studded with sparkly red and green pears. Fill with a pillar candle and potpourri or cranberries and popcorn to convey: It's clearly Christmas!

    Make the Season Bright
    with a merry trio of chunky cranberry goblets swaddled in sprigs of holly or other fresh greens. Provide friends and family with an interesting twist on the usual tea or vigil lights by using candle balls!

    Simply Stunning
    This simple but stunning tier was assembled with three glass plates of different sizes separated by two small glass cups and topped with an elegant champagne glass. The bottom layer is filled with lacy greens and shining ornaments, the second layer with loops of ribbon and baby's breath, and the top two layers with more ornaments and greens. The effect is frosty, fancy, and classic Christmas!

    Dazzling Holiday Style
    Red and white tea roses, covered or uncovered, crown a cake stand creating instant style. Place wet floral foam on top of cake stand. Cut rose stems to 3 inches. Insert stems into foam, covering entire surface. Fill spaces with greenery. Add luster with tiny gold gift boxes and a swirl of mini lights and gold mesh.

    A Taste of Elegance
    Welcome your Christmas brunch of buffet guests with an easy but elegant arrangement of luscious fresh fruits. We set a silver tray atop a snowy doily and decked it with a pineapple. We surrounded it with a wreath of shiny apples and cascading bunches of grapes in alternating colors of red and green. What could be more simple? You might even add a few scattered tea lights for extra sparkle.

    Fresh and Fanciful
    A fresh and festive centerpiece is as close as your grocery store, where you can usually pick up a bouquet of pretty red and white carnations on a small poinsettia plant.Tuck some holly or greens around your bright blooms and set the bowl in a box wrapped to look like a gift. Red, green, or white candles add a warm glow and a merry finishing touch.

    Toys on Parade
    Gather up some of the children's toys for their own special table centerpiece! We dressed our teddies in Christmas bow ties and added pretty presents (these could also hold inexpensive door prizes or take-home favors). To finish the topper, we tucked a mini tree in the middle.

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