Merry and Bright Candy Cane Christmas Tablescape + DIY Candy Cane Floral Centerpiece

Create a merry and bright centerpiece for your Christmas table and holiday season using candy canes.


December has flown by, it’s hard to believe that Christmas is next week!

I couldn’t resist having a little dish fun, sharing one last table that’s merry and bright,

while enjoying the twinkle of the Christmas tree.


A pair of Christmas plaid plates provided the table inspiration,

appropriate for a season of red and green, along with merry red and green plaid throw,

serving as a tablecloth.


Candy cane napkin rings hold a pair of napkins,

a Christmas berry pattern married with red and green stripe.


I used a favorite ‘vase-within-a-vase’ method to create the candy cane / peppermint candy

flower arrangement as a centerpiece for the table.

Start with two vases, a smaller one to nest inside a larger one (round vases work too, they don’t have to be square).

Place your flowers in the inner vase and fill the walls between the vases with your decorative

material to conceal the flower stems. I use candy canes and peppermint candies to fill the vase walls.

 Confession time: I am a hoarder. I keep candy canes for Christmas decorating,

in a Ziploc bag away stored from heat and humidity, so they last from year-to-year.

Since my outer vase height was taller than the length of the candy canes,

I filled the space at the bottom with peppermint candies.

Fill your inner vase with water and then add you’re ready to add your flowers.

 Alstroemeria from the grocery store is my ‘go-to’ flower ($4 a bunch)

since they are readily available in a variety of colors,

are affordable and long-lasting, up to two weeks.

In addition to alstroemeria, I added some evergreens, free-for-the-clipping.

To add some interest to the arrangement, I used some florist picks to wire a few pine cones

to some candy canes, along with some red ornament picks, to tuck in among the flowers.


Red sparkly branch picks that I’ve used in our Christmas tree over the years add a little color and height.

Magnolia leaves, boxwood sprigs and Leyland cypress make a natural evergreen runner

sprinkled with red and white striped  ornaments, candy canes, and peppermint candies.

Red and green mercury glass votives, add a some sparkle and a warm glow to the table.

Table Details:

Beaded placemats / Kohl’s, several years ago

222 Fifth Holiday Small Plaid Dinner Plates / HomeGoods

Cable Knit Salad Plate / Michaels, several years ago

White Chargers & Napkins / HomeGoods, several years ago

Napkin Rings /  Pier 1

Flatware / Wallace Corsica Gold-Accent

Throw / Target

Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

Mercury Glass Votives / World Market

Wishing You All Things Merry And Bright This Christmas!


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  42 comments for “Merry and Bright Candy Cane Christmas Tablescape + DIY Candy Cane Floral Centerpiece

  1. Rita C.
    December 20, 2018 at 6:46 am

    No matter how busy I am, it is always fun to stop and be inspired by your creations, Mary! Love this happy table.

  2. RS
    December 20, 2018 at 7:19 am

    You are the master! Lovely and delightful tablescape.

  3. December 20, 2018 at 7:22 am

    I love your Merry and Bright Candy Cane table! I like the idea of how you created the floral arrangement which turned out wonderful. The napkin fold and the cute napkin rings are adorable. Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!

  4. Kellee
    December 20, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Your table scapes and floral arrangements have delighted my eyes and inspired my creativity! I am so happy to have found you blog!

    With such an amazing collection of tableware and various holiday decorations, would you share how you organize your stash. We brought the majority of our Christmas decorations South this year so I found myself crawling over bins and piles for several days. I would like to prepare for next year more effiently so I would appreciate your suggestions.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  5. December 20, 2018 at 8:26 am

    MERRY AND BRIGHT is an understatement! You have all the things I love on this table! Thank you for the inspiration and the sharing! 🎄🎄🎄🎄

  6. December 20, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Mary, I love your festive merry and bright candy cane table. The centerpiece is perfect with your throw used as a tablecloth! Who would not enjoy sitting at this happy table? ❤️

  7. Nancy Bailey
    December 20, 2018 at 8:44 am

    I love the candy cane centerpiece and can’t wait to put one together for our table! Wishing you and yours a glorious Christmas and more great blog pieces for the new year.

  8. December 20, 2018 at 8:57 am

    So bright and festive, beautiful table, Mary! I am still scouring the thrift stores for two vases that work nesting like yours do, such a great idea. I had to do another everyday table this week too, but there aren’t enough days left to show it and the formal one as well. So much festive fun, and it is coming too fast as usual!

  9. Dennie Holman
    December 20, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I love the candy cane table scape and have one I’m working on for Friday night. I did want to say I have used the Christmas Sangria recipe twice and received great reviews! It is delicious. I did not need the extra rosemary sugar. Thank you for all your recipes. I have used many!
    My “Deb’s Shed” is complete and I have my Christmas tree up outside waiting for next week when the ‘cherubs” and I make the bird treats and adorn it with cookie cutters filled with goodness.
    I also have a Christmas tree at the lake where I have a small cabin and it is copied from yours. ( O fishing tree) This year, I am thinking I will leave it up all year and keep it on the porch!
    All this to say how much I enjoy your blog and how many friends I have shared it with! You are so very creative and I look forward to all your posts. I have them all saved in my files!!!!!.Merry Christmas to you and yours and may the New Year bring health and happiness to all!

  10. Maureen
    December 20, 2018 at 9:26 am

    So festive! You make the best tablescapes and inspire me to try to be creative with my Christmas tablescape.
    Merry Christmas!

  11. Cyndi Raines
    December 20, 2018 at 10:01 am

    So pretty! Love the floral arrangement and the vase within a vase concept. Thank you for sharing this awesome secret! Makes me feel like a professional florist! Ha I saved my jelly beans and marshmellow chicks too, from my Easter arrangement! 😄 May you and your family have the merriest and brightest Christmas ever this year!

  12. Marie in AZ
    December 20, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I absolutely ADORE this! So much fun, and very different…I love your blog, Mary!

  13. S Williams
    December 20, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Merry Christmas Mary-Love this cheery table! I want to thank you for all the lovely ideas you share with us. Glad to know I am not the only candy cane hoarder! The small children are confused when I tell them “no not those candy canes, you can have those over there, they are fresher”! Christmas blessings! Clara🦌🎅⛄🎄

  14. Theresa Keller
    December 20, 2018 at 11:33 am

    i took a break this morning and enjoyed your post so much! Very inspiring and one of favorites! Thank you for all the tips and recipes this year, have a wonderful holiday! Theresa

  15. Ramona Mock
    December 20, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful tablescapes! I appreciate your good directions. I love how you combine dishes,napkins,decorations! This table is wonderful!

  16. Jan McF
    December 20, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Mary, everything you do for us is wonderful! You are such an inspiration! And your recipes always hit the spot! Merriest of holidays!

  17. December 20, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Mary it is always such a delight to come to this website. It always brightens my day! You have totally outdone yourself with all of this and it is such an inspiration. I wish I had more time to devote myself to your blog but so much going on all the time. I don’t live far from you and one day would love to see this in person..thank you and have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!

  18. Gail
    December 20, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Just makes me grin

  19. Marilyn
    December 20, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    What a beautiful setting. The peppermint theme is lovely and such fun. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a blessed 2019.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

  20. December 20, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    This just brings happiness to my heart! So elegant but but fun at the same time!

    Merry Christmas!

  21. December 20, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Mary, you yourself are a happy and bright ornament in the blogging world. I love your peppermint table. It’s good enough to eat. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  22. December 20, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Mary, I totally agree. December has whizzed by faster than ever. I’d rather the days slow so I can savor this season a bit longer. I’m not ready to let go.
    Love your candy cane centerpiece. You are so clever and always inspire me.
    Merry Christmas to you and your hubby and those sweet fluff balls!

  23. December 21, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Very cheerful Mary! Looks like you’re all set for Christmas-enjoy:@)

  24. December 21, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Your table looks absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the vase DIY. I’m going to try that next year. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy, healthy new year!

  25. December 21, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Oh the candy cane vase is wonderful Mary!!! And I love the candy cane picks, so brilliant!! Have a very Mary Christmas!!

  26. December 21, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I’m loving that throw for your table covering, Mary, and the pretty double napkins with your plaid plates. The candy cane laden vase is so pretty! I’m a hoarder, too, and kept conversation hearts for several years, and have had to tell the kids not to eat them!! Thanks for sharing all your tips with us. xx

  27. December 22, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Very sweet! I guess I have your hoarder gene too, duh, look at our dish obsession, but I have walnuts ten years old for fall decor! I fear I would eat the candy canes, too big of a sweet tooth! Fun and festive, I made a candy cane Danish the other day, would have been perfect with your floral arrangements 😋

  28. December 24, 2018 at 1:49 am

    I enjoy going through your posts always. Inspiring. Merry Christmas to you and to yours. Sujatha from India.

  29. December 26, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    The star of this tablescape is definitely the pretty centerpiece. Thanks for the tips and tricks! I hope you are having a blessed Christmas season!

  30. December 27, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Mary, so nice to know that I am not the only candy cane hoarder. As always your table is fabulous.

  31. Gioconda
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  32. Sandy K Park
    December 23, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Mary, your table is so merry and bright and I just love it. Thanks for sharing your Christmas cheer. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  33. Kay
    December 23, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    My kids say I’m a hoarder but I say I’m a re- cycled that makes it sound better. We are saying the world, MERRY CHRISTMAS , Kay

  34. Linda
    December 13, 2021 at 11:08 am

    I’ve been using fresh evergreens for much of my decorating this year. I’m very excited to use them on the table this year so your tutorial couldn’t have come at a better time. Beautiful and so informative as always Mary. Thank you!

  35. Linda
    December 16, 2021 at 11:07 am

    I love your vase within a vase method for constructing floral arrangements. Can you please tell me what size vases you used in this candy can tutorial and where you recommend purchasing them? I like how the candy canes fit perfectly. Thank you Mary!

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