The holiday countdown is ticking away at rapid speed. This time of year can definitely get a bit overwhelming, what with holiday parties, shopping, baking, crafting, and all things festive. If you’re hosting a holiday meal and want to make your table extra-special for your guests but don’t have the time or budget to go all out on an elaborate tablescape, don’t fret. Here are 11 simple last-minute holiday centerpiece ideas that will wow your guests.

Get crafty with paper—try making modern paper cone trees.

Or create a little 3-D paper magic with simple white card stock, like this tabletop forest.

Fill up some glass vases and bowls with ornaments.

Colorful ornaments under a cloche or cake dish cover.

String together some ornaments using ribbon and run them down the middle of the table.

Lastly, some pretty ornaments sitting on a bed of simple greens make a classy addition to your table.

Submerge some natural red and greens in large, water-filled vases for a modern rustic look.

A grouping of herbs in matching containers you can find at a dollar store makes for a very simple but pretty and fragrant centerpiece.

A few holiday clementines, greens and pine cones you can collect in your own backyard, and simple pillar candles make for a lovely display.

For a more modern spin on nature, gather up some pinecones and spray paint them in your favorite fresh holiday shades.

Light up your table with vases or bowls full of delicate micro strands of light either on their own or with some other holiday decor elements you have laying around.

via apartmenttherapy