Don’t forget the power of a great tablescape
this Valentine’s Day.

Don’t forget the power of a great tablescape<br />this Valentine’s Day.

A dining room table decorated with candles

Nothing says love
like a great table.
And it is the simplest
thing to do.

Decorating with Candles

According to the National Candle Association, U.S. candle manufacturers offer thousands of varieties of candles in their product lines. So if you are looking for an accessory to make your table setting feel comfortable, warm, and even romantic, there is certainly no shortage of candle styles to use.

Detail of candles on a dining room table

When creating an arrangement of candles, use an odd number (three or five) of varying heights. You can choose candles all in the same color for an elegant, textured look, or vary coordinating colors. Place candles at least one inch apart to prevent the shorter candles from melting the walls of the taller ones.

Candleholders can be created from anything. Get creative. Instead of purchasing mass-produced items, craft a candleholder from items around your home. Try cupcake tins, juice glasses, flower pots, or tea cups. Your candleholders will harmonize and add to the overall style of your room.

Floating candles really help set a mood. Place several in water-filled glass containers and dim the lights. This is really lovely for a Valentine’s party.

Embellish your candles for an elegant, designer look. Use upholstery studs, metallic string, raffia, cinnamon sticks, paper, paint, etc. The ideas are limitless.

Candle Safety

A red lit candle with a name tag next to it.

While you are being fashionable, make sure you are also safe.

  • Keep lit candles away from drafts. You can use a decorative container that helps accentuate your design.
  • Trim wicks to no more than ¼-inch on new candles and between each burning to maintain even wax melting.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.

Candles have the ability to evoke warm, happy emotions. While enriching your home, you will also enrich your life.

Place cards can be fun too.

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