Simple Christmas centrepieces

Great ideas for for achievable yet striking festive displays

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Centre of attention

A silver bon-bon dish makes a great vessel to use as a centrepiece for your Christmas table. Fill the dish with wet florist's foam and push a pillar candle into it. Then add a selection of red roses, ivy, thistles, acacia and anemones. Finish with sprays of berries.

Dressing up

Window vases are plentiful in the nation’s charity shops and sit beautifully on shelving and window sills. Fill with oasis, then add steel berries, white hellebores, white carnations, silver-sprayed silver birch, snowberries, Christmas tree offcuts, acacia, ivy and larch twigs.

Rustic choice

Use a simple marmalade jar to contain an exuberant display of hydrangea, amaryllis and tendrils of ivy. For a cooler palette, choose blue hydrangeas and white amaryllis. Add to the sense of occasion by sitting the jar inside a basic wreath.