DO PINECONES. Christmas lights and balls in a basket. Any decent bowl, especially glass will give you a completely different look. A glass bowl will also give you more light. Works well with pine cones too. Love this idea!
Quick centerpiece: Arrange ornaments in a square vase. Tie a bow around the vase and display on a silver tray, blanketed with artificial snow and+a few extra ornaments. Coordinate the color of the ornaments with your table and holiday decor.