Food makes a cheap and easy centerpiece. Fill a vase with cranberries, or place some springs of holly in between a bowl of oranges, and you're all set. (Photo: Pottery Barn.)
Candlelight instantly dresses up a room. For a fast centerpiece, arrange a set of candlesticks and tealights on a tray or cake stand. In this photo from Living Etc., muffin cups are used as votives.
Greenery with red or white flowers is a classic holiday decoration. For three ways to use white carnations for holiday arrangements, click here.
It only takes a second to fill a bowl with ornaments, or place a few glass globes on a mantelpiece or sideboard. Top Photo: Doug's Home for the Holidays