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Christmas Centerpiece With Cranberries and Candles

Use any tray or platter for this simple centerpiece.

Coral Nafie
Spread some colorful fresh cranberries on a tray, arrange votives around, and you have a simple decoration for your Christmas table. If your cupboards are bare, a quick trip to the grocery store will provide all you need.

Materials for Your Christmas Centerpiece With Cranberries and Candles

  • tray or platter of any type to coordinate with your Christmas table theme
  • tea light or votive candles
  • 2 to 3 - 1 pound bags fresh red cranberries, depending on the size and depth of your tray
  • leaves, pine sprigs, or garlands, if desired

Follow these simple steps to make your Christmas Cranberries and Candles Centerpiece:

  • Place a tray or platter in the center of your table.
  • Pour the fresh red cranberries out on the tray and spread evenly. Be sure to pick out and throw away any shriveled, wilted, or discolored berries.
  • Arrange tea light or votive candles around the tray.

Special tips for fine-tuning:

  • Place sprigs of greens under the tray or into the berries.
  • Use a footed, shallow glass bowl for height
  • Line a footed, deep glass bowl with leaves, arrange cranberries, and set candles on top.
  • To add height, choose candles of various heights.
  • Arrange small ornaments around the tray, intersperced with the candles.
  • Spread a garland around the base of the tray.
  • Tuck colorful Christmas bows around the candles.
  • Note: Cranberries contain moisture that could damage or discolor some trays, especially silver. If you are concerned, line the tray with plastic and remove the cranberries after a day or two, before they get soft.

Go on to Evergreen Centerpiece

~ Coral Nafie

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