When searching for centerpiece inspiration for the holidays, by far my favorite displays are these candied creations from Better Homes and Gardens. These lollipop topiaries, made from rolled fondant, are a refreshing alternative to the usual greenery of Christmas. Directions for how to create this look at home can be found at BHG online.
While you're there you'll also find the below peppermint display, which couldn't be easier to create.
Red-and-white sticks of peppermint candy are tied with a red-and-white ribbon. Use a sturdy rubber band to hold the candy canes in place or hot-glue them directly to an inexpensive vase. It's a minty-fresh new look for formal red roses.