Ideas for Decorative Interiors
with Candle Centerpieces
Centerpieces with candles make unforgettable focal points on your tables, and
create the most flattering, non-electrical lighting, for your parties and
Romantic candle arrangements only reach their full mystique at night, and
turn even the most ordinary venues into idyllic settings for weddings, or
Candles create atmosphere, a sense of fascination and
wonder, and "break the ice" between your guests.
Candlelight centerpieces come in an infinite variety of traditional and modern designs.
Choose from the centerpieces below, and make all your occasions special:
Need formal candles for special events? Or decorating your living room, coffee or
dining room table with casual candle arrangements?
Candle lit centerpieces turn even the most ordinary, everyday events into special occasions.
Choosing what to put on your tables at a party, can be a daunting task.
Use our creative candle ideas and learn how to put together unique tabletop candle displays.
Ready-made centerpieces save time. Or make your own candle centrepieces,
if you're feeling creative.
You might like to read the guidelines section, to avoid common mistakes.
You'll find easy solutions to the most usual candle display problems.
What Things to Use as Vase Fillers:
Vases filled with gorgeous ornaments make memorable centerpieces. You can make
a tall vase centerpiece with a layer of sand or stones in the bottom, fake
flowers or real dried fruit submerged in water or gel, and finish with a candle
on top. Besides flowers, you can
put sea shells, marbles or glass nuggets into the base of a wide bowl, and float
candles in it. Fill glass jars with beads, colorful candy, or other decorative stuff...you can
dream up your own unique and varied ways to fill a vase or container. Update your candle lit
interiors with changing seasonal looks, or create a one-of-a-kind ambiance for
that once-in-a-lifetime event.
The Best Flowers for Your Centerpieces
Flowers add life and vitality to your special occasions. Different
colored blooms evoke unique moods and emotions. A bunch of thoughtfully chosen
flowers sends a powerful message of sympathy, congratulations, love or admiration.
Red roses for romance; white roses symbolize purity and anticipated
joy - the ideal choice, for a first wedding; choose yellow roses for friendship;
orange roses for autumn.
Favourites for bridal bouquets.
3. Sunflowers and mums.
The must-have flowers for fall.
4. Baby's breath.
- a sprig here and there adds an undeniable bridal touch, to
a bouquet of roses.
General Do's and Don'ts for Table Centerpieces:
Group candles together correctly:
in groups of different heights.
Pillar candles of different sizes look particularly dramatic, displayed
together. These design tips make all the difference between
monotonous, or interesting pieces.
Avoid scented candles:
that rose or melon-scented
candle might be wonderful as part of your bathroom, bedroom or living room
dècor. Not ideal for your many wedding tables, or that birthday or
dinner party. Candles compete with other smells (food, drinks and flowers.)
Some of your guests might be allergic to artificial aromas. Keep your
allergy-prone guests happy. Decorate with
plain, unscented candles.
Exceptions to these Rules:
The best height for table centerpieces:
Beeswax candles, with their natural honey smell.
A casual get-together at home, with well-known visitors. You know
their scent likes and dislikes, and can choose the best scented candles.
Centrepieces with fruit and candles. Fresh fruit produces gorgeous
smells, and you might want similarly-scented candles, to complete the
display. Keep it subtle. Real fruit scents don't overpower. Avoid
synthetic aromas filled with chemicals. Use natural fragrances made with
Midges and mosquitoes turn outdoor events into a nightmare, in certain
areas. Citronella candles keep the bugs away, and keep your guests
comfortable, during summertime events.
Keep your table centres above
or below eye-level. Your guests want to see and speak to each other without peering over or
around objects. Avoid distracting eye-level candle flames.
Use low decorations on the tables. Otherwise, elevate centerpieces onto
tall, long-stemmed candle holders, with an arrangement in
the cup/bowl, the proper distance, above people's line of vision.
Shelter your candles in a draught:
hurricane centerpieces catch drips,
prevent smoking, and stop your candles going out, in windy conditions.
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 at least last the night. Keep extras, just in case.
Keeping your taper candles in the fridge overnight, makes them last longer. Dry
them well (especially around the wick), just before lighting them.
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.
Stabilize your candles:
prevent the dangers of taper candles falling over.
Melt the bottoms of tall, thin candles in boiling water, if necessary, and
stick the soft ends firmly into their holders. Or wedge tapers firmly into their
containers, (such as wine glasses, or
glass jars), with layers of sand, fine stones or pebbles.
Use these easy tips for candle table displays, and produce successful
centerpieces of your own.