Decorating with Candles by Barbara Jennings
If you live in the part of
the country that has mild temperatures, consider using lights and candles to
create an impressive entrance. This is especially dramatic if you are hosting a
party. Just make sure that everything you place that has a flame is in a very
safe and secure area.
Dress Up Those Tea Candles
A great way to decorate is with those inexpensive tea candles. You
can buy them in bulk in most candle stores, at IKEA, at bed and bath
stores, even at Walmart. Take a few of them and glue some decorative
ribbon around the base or place them in decorative holders. Spread them
around for extra cheer or use them on tables or as part of your dinner
Make Your Window Sills Dramatic and Different
A grouping of candles all the same color on a
window sill makes a stunning decoration and can be easily enjoyed by everyone from the curb as well. I live in a neighborhood that
doesn't go all out with Christmas decorations, but still I like to come up with ideas that are different from
the norm. Dressing
up your windows can be easy and fun and it's a great place to use a little ingenuity. Pebbles from the garden are perfect to add
a little something extra and serve as weights to hold the candles in place.
Groupings of Three
Changing up the idea above of candles on the window sill or on a mantel, try dividing your candles into
groupings of three. Odd numbers always work best. For best results, vary the heights of the candles but not in any extreme difference.
Add a little holly or some small branches from the tree, perhaps some artificial
snow, and you've created a simple and inexpensive window or mantel decoration. But as always, be sure to place all candles in safe, secure
places away from little hands or busy traffic lanes. I want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday, not a tragic one.
Newsletter Quick Picks
As we speak, the pages for Barbara's newest training is being written. For those people who want to start a part time redesign business,
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the details then.
Long tapers arranged like a floral in a bucket make an unusual and attractive decoration
in this window.