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Modern & Merry Christmas Centerpiece

Take a more modern approach to Christmas decorating without losing out on festive flair. Using a black, white and lighter green color scheme as your base, then accenting with metallics and glass create a look that's merry and bright - and modern.


A cute little penguin with a bright green scarf was the inspiration for this modern and happy table centerpiece. Start with black and white, add an accent color, and watch things start to pop. Here we chose a bright lime green to create a lively and whimsical centerpiece that looked amazing with our black and white dishes.

HINT: When creating a holiday centerpiece, consider your dinnerware. Often, they'll provide a lot of inspiration already in your style!

I started with some adorable wooden penguin Christmas ornaments and built a centerpiece from there. A small black globe provided a "home" for the little penguins, and a perfect center-point and focus for my table design. I elevated the globe on a glass candle holder, and then hung a little wooden "North Pole" sign at the top of the globe. This added to the whimsy characteristic of the piece.

Filling in the space beneath the globe was easy with snowflake ornaments, prisms, and a few shiny green ornaments. Again, repurpose and use what you already have on hand to embellish your Christmas centerpiece. Metallics and glass are great for all sorts, but really call to the modernity of this piece, here.

Without breaking the bank, I added even more cheer to my centerpiece with little presents. I wrapped small boxes in bright green paper, tied them up with a classy black and white striped ribbon I had, and placed them around the perimeter of the globe. If you're hosting a dinner party, these boxes can do double duty as a party favor - simply put some treats in those little boxes for each of your guests at the table and invite them to take one when they leave!

The centerpiece was anchored with two white candles in cut glass candle holders I use all year long.

By working with what I had, adding a custom touch here or there, and paying attention to holiday details, I was able to create a custom Christmas centerpiece for my table. It was very inexpensive to create, but provided a modern and unique centerpiece that reflects the style and feel I wanted for my Christmas table.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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