November 23, 2014

Simple Candle Arrangement

In design, sometimes less is more!

Here is a super simple centerpiece idea that you can put together in a jiffy. Using the theory that "less is more" can be liberating when you are scratching your head about how to dress and decorate tables in your house. The simplicity of form and function can be very pretty. 

Take candles...there are so many versions of candles out in the market. For a few years I purchased several tall red pillars every Christmas. Now, I am using simple white/ivory pillars. They are beautiful from Thanksgiving through New Years Eve.  Take a look at my simple white candle/hurricane/gold charger below. This could be dressed up with fall items at Thanksgiving, boxwood sprigs, Christmas ornament balls, and holly at Christmas, and something glitzy for New Years Eve. 
Plastic charger + hurricane with candle = centerpiece.

Candle Wax TIP. I usually put a few tablespoons of sand or epsom salts in the bottom of my hurricanes to catch wax drips. Makes clean up so much easier. I hate fighting with wax removal. 

This gold charger was a $2.00 item from Tuesday Morning.  Add a few pieces of holiday décor/filler and you have a simple but elegant centerpiece. I would also suggest sprigs of fresh greenery and a small red bow if you have those available.

I can also envision three or four of these arrangements down the center of a long table, with greenery and pine cones or Christmas ornaments/balls added around the centerpieces. I saw some hurricanes at Dollar General that would work for this same arrangement. Last year I saw plastic gold chargers similar to mine at Dollar General also. 

An elegant look does not have to cost a fortune! It can...but it does not have to. The plate below is a more expensive version. Maybe you have an antique  plate from a grandmother, or from an estate auction. If your style is more modern, think about using a white plate, white candle, and white or silver ornaments and greenery. If your style is more rustic look for something round and raw metal looking, or maybe a wood slab. Always think about safety when you use an exposed candle. I like to use hurricanes as they offer more protection and safety.
Here is another look that I showed you in a previous post. Same formula, 

plate + hurricane & candle= centerpiece. 

The choice of plate, hurricane, and decorative fluff is up to you depending on the season, the holiday, or the room.
And again, here is another version of the plate + candle concept that I use. The variety is endless! Works for any table! So, the next time you need to have some centerpieces, look at your plates, platters, and trays around the house. Add a hurricane, or just a candle, and a decoration or two. (battery candles are great when there are small children around the house.
Less can be more when it comes to holiday decorating. Simple can speak volumes! Just remember, it is all in the details. And you decide the details that work for your home and family.

The "Believe" ornament came from Dollar General this year. I think the "word" ornaments are fun to use. Though my children are full grown adults...I still tell them that they have to "believe" if they want Santa to make an appearance in our house. I feel certain that they still "believe" just so the man in the red suit will leave a few interesting items under the Christmas tree for them. 
This last hurricane/table arrangement grew beyond the "less is more" just a little. While I used the same formula as with other arrangements, I added more filler and stems. Inside the hurricane are small green ornaments, pinecones, and plastic glitter snowflakes. Because I set the whole arrangement onto a larger tray, I decided to add holly stems and create a layered look. I made this same arrangement last year except that I did not use the gold charger, or silver tray.

I am still in the midst of tubs, greenery, floral stems, pine cones, and ornaments right now trying to get ahead of the decorating frenzy that usually happens after Thanksgiving. 

Thank you so much for spending a few minutes of your day with me. 

Have a wonderful day!

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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