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Deciding what to place in the centre of your tables can be a daunting task. Use our creative candle ideas to put together unique tabletop candle displays.
Tealight and pillar candle sets make excellent ready-made centerpieces. Bursting with creativity? Make your own candle centrepieces. Detailed instructions and photographs help you through the process.
You may use the ideas, and pictures, as exact "how-to's", or as an inspiration for your own designs. The colors and objects are quite adaptable, and you may substitute your own favourites.
Common mistakes spoil the effect. You might want to read the "do's and don'ts" section. You'll find easy solutions to the most common candle display problems. Mostly, it's just common sense.
Centerpiece Fillers and Decorations:Pour decorative fillers into a candle vase...decorate the bottom of a floating candle bowl...stick decorations around the candles on a tray... fill a candle jar... you can dream up hundreds of ways to use the ornaments below. Update your own candle lit interiors with changing seasonal looks, or create a unique ambiance for a once-in-a-lifetime event:
Flowers (fresh, dried, or artificial)
Dried fruit pieces
Stones (glass or natural)
Tips for Table Centerpieces:Group candles together correctly: arrange candles in groups of different heights. Pillar candle centerpieces, with shorter and taller candles, look particularly good. This makes all the difference between a monotonous, or interesting piece.
Avoid scented candles for large functions: that rose or melon-scented candle might be wonderful as part of your bathroom, bedroom or living room dècor. Not so great on your wedding tables, or at that birthday or dinner party. Candles compete with other smells (food, alcoholic drinks and flowers.)
Some of your guests might loathe artificial aromas, or have an allergy, you don't know about. Keep your scent-sensitive guests happy. Decorate with plain, unscented candles.
- Beeswax candles, with their subtle smells.
- A casual get-together at home, with well-known visitors. You know their scent likes and dislikes, and can make good choices.
- Centrepieces with fruit and candles. Fresh fruit produces gorgeous smells, and you might want candles, with corresponding smells, completing the display. Keep it subtle. Real fruit scents don't overpower. Avoid synthetic smells filled with chemicals. Natural fragrances smell better and don't irritate.
- Midges and mosquitoes become a problem at outdoor events, in certain areas, in summertime. Citronella candles keep the pests at bay, and prevent uncomfortable insect bites.
Keep the centerpiece above or below eye-level: your guests want to see and speak to each other without peering over or around objects. Eye-level candle flames are particularly distracting, and should be avoided.
Use low decorations on the tables. Otherwise, use centerpiece candle holders with tall, thin stems, and a candle arrangement on top, above people's line of vision.
Shelter your candles in a draught: hurricane centerpieces catch drips and prevent the smoky mess caused by flickering candles.
Use hard, long burning candles: your centerpiece candles need to burn for the length of the event. Hand dipped tapers burn down fairly quickly, but should give you 2-3 hours burning time. It's no hardship to keep extras and replace them when they're finished.
Keep tapers in the fridge overnight. Dry them thoroughly (especially around the wick) before lighting them. This produces maximum burning time.
High-quality pillar candles burn for a long time. Buy a single candle from a batch, long before your event. Burn it down. See what it does. A good pillar candle should give you 30-70 hours burning time. Soft, squishy candles will NOT do at a celebration.
Support candles properly: prevent the dangers of falling taper candles. Stick tall, thin candles firmly into their candlesticks. Or use elegant, hanging chandelier candelabra instead. You and your guests, whether children and adults, need protection from unstable candle-lit objects.
Use these candle display ideas, and produce successful centerpieces of your own.