Finials, stars, and even a crown make a beautiful holiday centerpiece.

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Christmas tree toppers as a centerpiece
Credit: Ashley Poskin

'Tis the season for weekends consumed with holiday decorating, hot chocolate, and all the Christmas movies your heart can handle. Here at home, we've been toting boxes of glittery ornaments, shiny candlesticks, and twinkling lights out of storage since the day after Thanksgiving—and after the year we've had, why wait? Bring on the holiday cheer. Part of the joy is having every single box of décor out to look through, and being surprised to find how the collection grows. This year, instead of picking out a single topper for the tree, why not showcase them all on the dining room table? They're simply too gorgeous to be kept packed away.

Depending on the style of table, you could line them up on a runner down the middle of the table, or do as we have done, and cluster them together on a platter. We sourced a beautiful silver serving tray at Home Goods, which is similar to this Nambé Vie Bar Tray ($39.99, marshalls.com), but you could always use a vintage coffee or tea service tray. At 13 inches in diameter, it fit a curated set of vintage ornaments, candles, and tree toppers perfectly: a mirrored Bethlehem star ($79, balsamhill.com), a starry crown ($48, shopterrain.com), a capiz star, and a silver finial-style topper.

To add visual interest, position the toppers on the tray at varying heights. If they're too similar, consider using silver or brass candlesticks to give them a boost. Secure the topper to the top (or inside, if it fits) of the candlestick using museum wax ($10.47, amazon.com). Nestle a candle perfectly inside the starry crown topper. Incorporate components from your existing holiday décor such as mercury glass candles ($38, paddywax.com), battery-operated string lights ($18, shopterrain.com), or natural accents, such as clumps of reindeer moss or pine boughs, to help the overall design come together.

These vignettes look great on a dining table, entry table, or in front of a window where lots of gorgeous natural light can shine through them. You may find that you love them so much, you might just keep them out through the New Year.

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