Red roses are the first flowers given when a romantic attachment is declared. Valentine's Day would be an anemic affair, without masses of blood-red roses!
Roses and candles are an unbeatable combination. And why not, when you can display your favourite candles with an infinite variety of white, pink, lilac, red, orange or yellow roses? In single, bi-coloured, or multi-coloured magnificence.
Ideas for Candle and Rose Arrangements:
Click on pictures to enlarge
Here's a simple rose-and-candle-centerpiece you can create without an oasis. You'll need two glass bowls, one ± 2", (5cm) smaller in diameter than the other. Place the smaller bowl into the larger bowl. Place a large ball candle in the central bowl. Half-fill the gap between the bowls with water, and insert roses, (and rose leaves, if you like).
Give a white or ivory wedding cake candle that essential bridal feel by decorating it with ribbons and roses.
Large, multi-tiered candles, decorated with many roses, make striking table centrepieces. Tiny 2-or-3-tiered candles make cute wedding favors. Decorate with small silk rose/s, and narrow ribbons.
Create an old-fashioned, country-style centerpiece with dried roses, and you'll have a bit of summer with you, all-year-round. Make the arrangement in a wooden crate, of the type commonly used for gift sets.
Dry roses by hanging raffia-tied bunches in a warm, dry, dark place, or with silica gel. Dry leaves in a flower press.
Dried roses and leaves
Raffia, (or excelsior)
A rectangular, wooden crate, at least 27cm, (10.8"), long
Stick excelsior, or raffia, into the crate. Create 3 "nests" in the raffia, and insert the candles. Arrange the dried roses and leaves around the candles, by inserting stems into the raffia.
Place a white pillar candle, with a rose dècoupage design, in a plate. Instructions for napkin dècoupage. The plate should have a slightly raised edge.
Add water to the plate. Arrange roses and petals around the candle, letting the short stems rest in the water. Not-completely-open roses give the best effect.
A soft, dreamy look. Perfect for dressing table centrepieces, or any romantic occasion.
A ball candle, ± 10cm (4") in diameter
Roses, and a few separate petals and leaves
A circular glass pane, ± 12cm (4.8") in diameter
A wine glass
A glass dish
Pale green glass nuggets
Place the wine glass upside-down in the center of the glass dish. Arrange glass nuggets in the bottom of the dish. Fill the dish ¾ full with water.
Stick a piece of Presstik onto the wine glass's base. Press the glass pane firmly onto this. Place the ball candle on top of this pedestal arrangement, and stick a few rose leaves around the candle base.
Trim the roses' stems, and let them drift in the water around the glass's stem.
Secure the tapers properly for this centerpiece. You don't want the lit candles falling over and wrecking your precious glassware.
A decorative decanter and 6 glasses
Florists' gel, or crystals (we used bath crystals)
Fill the decanter with water, and place a single rose in it. Arrange the glasses around the decanter. Place a candle in each one. Pour some crystals or florists' gel around each candle base, and wedge them in firmly. You can also secure the candles with Presstik, if you prefer.