How to handle the candle situation

I do enjoy a candle.

Vintage giant candlestick www.theotherduckling.co.uk

Vintage giant candlestick www.theotherduckling.co.uk

I like the romantic ambience they create, the forgiving light they project, the luxurious smell they (can) produce. Candles of course are not just for Christmas, but for making any occasion instantly special. Like kebab night for example, which in our house is always a candle-lit occassion.     

But when it comes to candles, things can go spectacularly wrong. If you’ve ever made the mistake of going to a high-pressure-purchase candle party you’ll know the kind of thing I’m talking about. I have only one piece of advice when it comes to buying candles and it is this: Like a cheesy Christmas song; the old ones are the best.

Some candles can cause naffness on a grand scale. Others add class and sophistication to an experience. The easiest mistake to make is thinking that the best candles are the expensive, designer branded variety. I mean, I am totally guilty of falling into the trap of scented candle snobbery (Diptyque being a particularly swoon-worthy example) But in fact my favourite candle-lit scenes - and the one I’m staging for my family Christmas dinner - cost just a few quid to create. I’m talking about these: 

Vintage cut glass jars create pretty tea light holders for a party table

Vintage cut glass jars create pretty tea light holders for a party table

I buy old cut glass jars whenever I see them. Why? Because they can be got from charity shops for pennies and a prettier tea light holder I am yet to find. Tall, short, fat, thin - the more mis-matched the better as far as I’m concerned. I don't even mind if they’re a bit chipped.  I just love getting them home and giving them a boiling hot wash in fairy liquid. My Christmas dinner table will be loaded with these lovelies next week, no light bulbs allowed.

On the mantlepiece I’m lighting up a variety of vintage candlesticks of all shapes and sizes. Mostly glass with the odd bit of brass works for me. All of these were picked up for peanuts at market stalls, charity shops or car boot sales. 

Like the look but no time for rummaging? I’ve got just the website for you. www.theotherduckling.co.uk know how to switch on the vintage glamour alright. Their ever changing selection of unique and vintage candlesticks currently includes this tall glass number which pretty much nails the vibe don't you think?

Glass candlestick £14.95 www.theotherduckling.co.uk

Glass candlestick £14.95 www.theotherduckling.co.uk

All this talk of romantic room settings has got me feeling all emosh. In fact, whilst the lights are down and you can’t see me blushing, I’d like to tell you how amazing you all are and thank you hugely for your support this year. My first 12 months as a bonafide blogger been so much fun and yet not without its frustrations. To all of you who have read, liked and shared or commented, please know that you keep me going.

May your homes be filled with love, happiness and house candy this Christmas.

Claire

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