There is no reason ones table needs to be bare everyday of the week. Normally vases of flowers or candles sit in the middle of a dressed table for parties. For everyday a succulent terrarium gives you a some nature through this cold winter and can last all year.
You can either make your own (instructions here) or buy one from your local nursery. I love how you can see the layers of dirt and sand through the glassware. What could be easier to care for as well?
Personally I have a jade plant that from a dollar store a few years back. Now it is to the point that it needs to be replanted. So lush.