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Last-Minute Holiday Centerpiece

Last-Minute Holiday Centerpiece

If you’re looking for an easy and elegant centerpiece for your holiday table, consider pulling together some nostalgic items.

Sometimes special family mementos or collectibles are too delicate for daily use or don’t fit in with your everyday displays. During the holidays, however, they can be lovingly assembled to bring a personal touch to your seasonal decor, especially as part of a table centerpiece. Line the center of your dining table with various heirloom pieces of different heights. Fill any cups or containers with vintage Christmas ornaments, and arrange evergreen clippings, pinecones and votive candles in between. For her table, Camilla Fabbri of Family Chic creates a monochromatic look that teams an assortment of her late mother’s blue opaline glass with blue glass ornaments and pale blue linens. Opaline glass, usually opaque glass or crystal in white or colored varieties, was originally made in France between approximately 1810 and 1890. It resembles milk glass, and the earliest colors were turquoise blue, yellow and pink. For Camilla, the arrangement calls to mind childhood memories of a china cabinet gleaming with the vivid blue glassware. After her mother passed away, Camilla inherited the prized pieces. “The collection is quite valuable and very fragile—not suitable for any real use; however, I do like to bring some pieces out at Christmas,” she says. “It is a way to bring my mother’s memory to the table during the holidays.”

Designed and Photographed by Camilla Fabbri of Family-Chic.com.

Find more festive centerpieces and arrangements in the Farmhouse Style Christmas 2021 special issue, currently available on newsstands or online.

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