Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece

Can you believe we are already into another New Year?! Once the Christmas decorations come down, a new “clean slate” brings the opportunity for change and, oh, how I love that!! Once our dining was cleared, I wanted to create a simple table setting for the New Year. Today, I am sharing the easy and elegant inexpensive centerpiece I created to get us through to Valentine’s Day.

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Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece

Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece with Hydrangeas - Home with Holliday

For the new year, I love using blacks and golds for this festive time of year. Plus, this color palette fits so well with the decor in our dining room (black, golds, and whites). Don’t you just love a clean slate?!

Having just come off of a very busy and expensive season that is Christmas, NOT spending much money was the name of the game here. Admittedly, I have a very large collection of clear glass cylinders (from The Dollar Store!) that I have used for multiple parties. I will show you a few ways of how I have used them for other functions at the bottom of this post (stay tuned!).

An Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece - Home with Hollida

Finding creative ways to feature candlelight can really add a custom touch to table settings. I love using floating candles. They come in a variety of colors and/or you can tint the water. You can also add fillers to the water for added flair. Flowers…herbs…stones…marbles…etc.

Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece Ideas - Home with Hollida

Flowers for the Centerpiece

Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece Ideas - Home with Holliday

One of my go-to flowers for making homemade arrangements is hydrangeas. Their fluffy girth offers a lot of impact for very little cost. For these three arrangements, I bought four sets of three hydrangeas to create this look. White hydrangeas are so simple and elegant and it doesn’t take an expert to arrange them!

An Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece with Hydrangeas - Home with Holliday

Arranging them requires little to no effort or time. And, “they say” that if you put a penny in the water, they will last longer. One day, I must do that experiment to see if it really works!

An Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece with Hydrangeas - Home with Holliday
Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Hydrangea Centerpiece - Home with Holliday

Cost of this Elegant Centerpiece

Eight glass cylinder vases…$1 each.

Eight white floating candles (I buy them in bulk here)…$1 each.

Three medium glass cylinder vases (I bought mine from Hobby Lobby)…$6 each.

Four sets of three hydrangeas (from Trader Joes)…$6 each.

TOTAL COST: $58 (actually, it was really only $24 for me because I already own all of the cylinder vases and candles that I reuse often).

An Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece with Hydrangeas - Home with Holliday

Other ways I have used cylinder vases and floating candles

For our son’s Black and White Outdoor Backyard Graduation Party, I used them all the way down the center of the main dining table. This worked out so well because the water weighed down the vases in case of the sweeping winds we experience here in Colorado, especially in the afternoons. They are great for outdoor entertaining!

Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece- Home with Holliday

Black and White Outdoor Graduation Party

Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece- Home with Holliday

A few weeks after our son’s graduation party, I co-hosted a Bridesmaid’s Luncheon in Dallas for a very special young lady who is so happily married now.

Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece- Home with Holliday

For this delightful luncheon, I also featured floating candles and cylinder vases amongst the gorgeous flowers to help add some visual space and lengthen the centerpiece. Are you seeing a pattern here?!

Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece- Home with Holliday

Blush Pink and Gold Bridesmaid’s Luncheon

If you enjoy entertaining, I really recommend acquiring a collection of cylinder vases in a variety of sizes. There are so many amazing uses for them. Should I count the ways?! Here is another case in point…

Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece - Home with Holliday

For the buffet tables for this Modern Rustic Bridal Luncheon that I also hosted this summer, I splattered sets of the candles randomly throughout the tables. Not only did they provide a great way to fill in holes on the table, but it also tied all the serving areas and tables so nicely and simply. Simple is good, right?!

Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece Ideas - Home with Holliday

Modern Rustic Bridal Luncheon


Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece Ideas - Home with Holliday

When I started this blog, one of my goals was to show you ways that you can entertain easily, stylishly and without breaking the bank. After all, I need my “bank” for funding my shoe and handbag collection! Hopefully, you are seeing some inspirations for creating an easy and elegant inexpensive centerpiece.

Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece Ideas - Home with Holliday

4 COMMENTS

  1. Dawn | 16th Jan 20

    Hello Holliday! Lovely post as usual! The tip for Hydrangeas is ‘hot’ water in the vase. I put together an arrangement on Dec. 27 with the white hydrangeas that I bought on the clearance rack for 79 cents each at King Soopers and it is still going! I change the water every week (though I should probably do it more frequently). I love the longevity Hydrangeas offer. Happy New Year! Thank you!

    • Holliday Johnson | 16th Jan 20

      Hi Dawn, I love the hot water tip! What a bargain you found!! That is so awesome that they are still going! Happy New Year to you as well!

  2. Barbara at Mantel and Table | 16th Jan 20

    SO beautiful Holly – I really love your colors! and your other parties were gorgeous too! đź’— Hope you have a wonderful day – we’re almost to Friday! 🙂

    • Holliday Johnson | 16th Jan 20

      Thank you, Barbara! I hope your New Year is starting off well! XO

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