2 Easy Last Minute Christmas Centerpieces – You Can Eat!

This festive time of the year is all about gathering, being grateful, decking the halls … and eating.  So many tables to adorn in so little time. I love decorating my own table with simple homemade elements, and if the ingredients come from nature, even better.  I want to share with you a last minute Christmas centerpiece idea with 2 options which is so easy to make.

last minute Christmas centerpiece

And, it’s mostly edible!  I love making these kind of arrangements and there’s no better time than the holidays to adorn your table with a beautiful centerpiece … that you can eat.  A big part of the fun is the adventure of shopping to pick out all the bounty.  The ingredients that make up this piece are: fruits and vegetables, nuts and glittered cones. The 2nd more “gussied up” version had greenery foraged from my garden, Christmas balls and flowers.

This centerpiece which your family & friends will love comes together in no time:

For the basis of the centerpiece I used:

last minute Christmas centerpiece

acorn squash

pink grapefruit

mandarin cuties

forelle pears

gala apples

Indian eggplant

brussel sprouts


mixed nuts – walnuts, filberts, almonds & Brasil nuts

glittered cones

The steps to putting this together are simple – you’ll see:

1- Shopping & picking out your bounty, fun indeed!

last minute Christmas centerpiece

2- Arrange the larger ingredients which I like to stagger down the center of the table. I like to have a focal point, for this it’s the acorn squash.

last minute Christmas centerpiece

3- Add in the medium sized ingredients. Be sure to look at the centerpiece from both sides, unless of course it’s against a wall.

last minute Christmas centerpiece

4- Adorn the edges with the cranberries & mixed nuts.

For the gussied up version:

last minute Christmas centerpiece

1- Remove the cranberries & mixed nuts. Add in pieces of longer lasting foliage.

last minute Christmas centerpiece

2- Flowers & Christmas balls are tucked in.

last minute Christmas centerpiece3- A string or 2 of fairy lights (battery operated) add an even more festive touch for evening dinners or parties.

You can make this centerpiece up well before your event and it’ll last and look great for at least a week or two. I used ingredients which you should be able to find too although you might have to make a substitution or 2. There’s something so wonderful and rewarding about a Christmas centerpiece which looks fabulous and is edible. So much better than that dry ole fruitcake!


Wishing you a festive & yummy holiday season,

Signed by Nell Foster

Here are additional DIY ideas to get you in a festive mod:

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