Simple Holiday Centerpiece and Entertaining Ideas

This post is sponsored by Brookside Chocolate. All ideas and opinions are my own.

step by step instructions to create a simple holiday centerpiece from grocery store flowers

It’s easy to get caught up in the fast pace of the holidays, but in all of the hustle and bustle, I prefer to find simplicity in the season. 
I gradually decorate, listen to Christmas music 24/7 and scramble at the last minute on a fun-filled day of shopping for Christmas gifts.

effortless entertaining ideas | a beautiful centerpiece anyone can make that is long-lasting

I also look forward to entertaining a little more and getting together with family and friends. If you find yourself scrambling to entertain guests, don’t fret, just relax and enjoy them. Nothing puts guests at ease like a casual hostess. You really don’t need much, just a couple bottles of wine and bags of Brookside Chocolates. Everything else is secondary!

easy entertaining tips and a simple holiday centerpiece

I love putting a simple holiday centerpiece together when we host guests. Nothing elaborate, entailed or expensive, just a little something to make the table feel special. So today I’m sharing another 5 minute centerpiece and a few last minute entertaining ideas, so turn on my Holly Jolly Playlist and let’s get started, shall we?

I am somewhat of a minimalist, but aside from wine and Brookside Dark Chocolate, I also keep a variety of pillar and taper candles on hand. They’re perfect for a last minute centerpiece. A few candles and anything organic create a beautiful statement in minutes, without a lot of effort.

I decided to make this simple holiday centerpiece with basic wreaths I found at the grocery store (hardware stores carry them as well), but you can also use any garland which is easy to find this time of year.

Supplies:
pillar candles in various sizes
2 taper candles and candlesticks
5 small wreaths or 1 roll of garland

How to:

how to create a beautiful Christmas table setting in minutes
Stagger wreaths or wrap garland on the table. 

how to create a beautiful Christmas table setting in minutes

how to create a beautiful Christmas table setting in minutes

how to create a simple holiday centerpiece in minutes

how to create a beautiful Christmas table setting in minutes

how to create a beautiful Christmas table setting in minutes
Add pillar candles.

how to create a beautiful Christmas table setting in minutes

easy entertaining tips and a simple holiday centerpiece
Add candlesticks.

how to create a beautiful Christmas table setting in minutes
Add chocolate. Always add chocolate.

last minute Christmas entertaining ideas with lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

last minute entertaining ideas
Optional: intertwine battery operated twinkle lights to make it feel magical.

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easy do it yourself entertaining ideas from blogger Julie Blanner

I keep our bar cart stocked with Brookside Dark Chocolate in my apothecary jars and of course our bar cabinet is always stocked with red wine, which pair well together. Whether I’m making homemade pasta or ordering pizza, this simple centerpiece {which lasts all month, into January} and chocolates make guests feel special.

simple Christmas entertaining ideas | Christmas bar cart

My mom’s crystal also makes a beautiful bud vase on a whim. 

Entertaining expert Julie Blanner shares Christmas entertaining ideas

step by step instructions to create a beautiful centerpiece from grocery store flowers

entertaining blogger Julie Blanner shares an effortless centerpiece you can create from grocery store flowers

beautiful entertaining ideas from lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

how to entertain, effortlessly. Easy DIY flowers, wine and chocolates

Cheers to a beautiful holiday season! You can pin these pretties for later!

 


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