Entertaining & Decorating
Labor Day is right around the corner, which will mark the unofficial end of summer. Whether you’re planning one last summer bash for a large crowd, or a small shindig with a few close friends, use your decor to create an atmosphere of patriotism, elegance and classic American charm.
A colorful variety of votives, tapers and ball candles will light up any outdoor occasion on Labor Day weekend. Coupled with red, white and blue linens, these festive decorations are sure to make your last summer celebration unforgettable. This tablescape, designed by Randy Neal, illustrates how to showcase red, white and blue without being too over-the-top. Randy Neal’s expertise in floral arrangements pairs perfectly with our candle display for this elegant table setting.
When it comes to beverages, impress your guests by serving a signature drink like this refreshing strawberry and peach rosé sangria from What’s Gaby Cooking. The reddish hue of the drink will pair stunningly with a tablescape of blue and white. Garnish with fresh basil and serve in mason jars to generate a true Americana feel.
Regardless of the size of your summer soireé, Creative Candles has precisely what you need to throw an exquisite Labor Day party to commemorate the end of Summer 2016. Shop our collections here.
When it comes to hosting a summer bash, the smallest details are often the most important. Seemingly minor details like silverware, glasses and candles help to create an extraordinary finished design. Here at Creative Candles, we always appreciate an impressively detailed tablescape, so when one of our most beloved designers, Eddie Ross, featured our natural beeswax tapers in an event, we had to share.
Eddie Ross is truly an expert when it comes to details. He consistently creates gorgeous and immaculate designs, and his summer soirees are no exception. His colorful and eclectic style is apparent in every one of his recent tablescapes and designs.
For a recent book signing in Macon, Georgia, Ross created a magical tablescape by mixing the host’s beautiful dinnerware with his own for his signature “modern mix” look. By combining dishes in various blue tones with bright yellow roses and our 12’’ natural beeswax tapers, the final product was whimsical and even reminiscent of a scene from Alice in Wonderland.
Get inspired by Eddie Ross and his colorful tablescape for your next summer get-together. Shop our natural beeswax collection here.
Designer Randy Neal has been creating phenomenal tablescapes and floral arrangements for the Kansas City area since 2012. His creativity and innovation is endless for events and special occasions of all shapes and sizes - every floral design is personalized to match any kind of aesthetic! We adore his work, especially how he can incorporate Creative Candles into every epic tablescape and decor! We’ve pulled together some inspirational photos from the shoot we did with Randy for the 2015 holiday season. Enjoy!
Modern GlamourOur Inspiration:
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This glamorous tablescape features a black candelabra centerpiece with our gorgeous green metallic tapers! The crystal Christmas trees and black placemats give a taste of modern elegance to this tablescape - perfect for trendsetters and glamorous hosts / hostesses!
Traditional TouchesOur Inspiration:Get the Look
If you prefer a more traditional take on holiday design, see what Kansas City Designer Randy Neal has created! Revisit your cherished childhood memories of building snowmen in your backyards with this adorable snowman statue. A white candelabra housing our red metallic tapers adds a touch of sparkle and warmth for present day style.
Saturated Holiday Hues!Our Inspiration:Get the Look
Sometimes you have to go all out and embrace the vibrant hues of the holiday season! Rich in color, this gorgeously designed room features a black candelabra and silver metallic taper candles. The juxtaposition between the lavish red ribbons and ornaments, and the monochrome scheme of the candles and candleholder adds balance and upholds stunning visual interest!
No matter what your style and no matter what you celebrate, Creative Candles has the perfect candle for your occasion and aesthetic!
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Cobwebs and candles and pumpkins, oh my! Halloween is just around the corner and we know that you have been planning your home decor since products hit the stores! From costumes to treats and spooky decor, Halloween is a great time of year to get creepily creative. We have the perfect indoor Halloween decor sure to spook and mystify your guests, including chic tablescapes for a spooky dinner party, tasty treats with a Halloween twist and eye catching whimsical centerpieces!
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This centerpiece created by Designer Randy Neal is absolutely stunning and truly sets the mood for a whimsical Halloween look! Adorable skeleton and witch figurines paired with Halloween colored candles truly draws everyone's eye to this centerpiece. The key to getting this look is to not be shy. When it comes to decorating this tablescape the more the merrier!TablescapeOur Inspiration:
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We are head over heels for this simply chic black and green tablescape inspiration. If you want to go for a clean, sleek Halloween look for your Halloween party, picking three colors such as black green and white will help you to create a musical ambiance. Create a sophisticated, spooky, skeleton candle holder by placing decorative skulls around a glass votive! For an added touch of pizzazz, add black faux flowers and a bright colored pillar candle!
Let’s face it, when Halloween comes around we can’t say no to treats! Create these delicious cupcakes that taste just as good as they look. As soon as you set these adorably spooky cupcakes on the table they will be snatched up by your little goblins!
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These Halloween treats are incredibly easy to make. The key is having a little patience when it comes to frosting! Learn how to make this spooky frosting design Here. When it comes to Halloween, presentation is everything. Placing your treats on antique style plates and topping with a Halloween green celebration candle makes for the perfect finishing touch!
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We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Mike Nolte, founder of Nolte’s Bridal in Overland Park, Kan., one of the longest running privately-owned bridal salons in the country. With more than 35 years of experience in the industry, Mike has developed a keen eye for design and recognizing trends. Read Mike’s expert tips for pulling off a flawless summer wedding!
Mike’s daughter, Caroline, used Creative Candles metallic shimmer tapers to create an elegant and stunning tablescape at her recent wedding.
- What are your favorite bouquet shapes and flowers to consider for brides?I personally love any shape other than the typical round ball. Loose and airy cascades are so different and have a strong impact in photographs of the bridesmaids. As for blooms; gardenias and stephanotis for brides are classics in my book. Succulents have been popular too in the past couple of years. They add interesting texture.
- What type of candles do you recommend for summer weddings?Well, you can never have too many candles of any shape or color! Tapers are my favorite of course as they are so formal and not common. The elegance of height is an instant “Wow!” Though a lot of times the battery lights can be used in suspended votives…there is no substitute for the authenticity of a real flickering flame at eye level.
- What are wedding trends you see emerging?Lighting is finally rising to new levels of importance in the budgets. To have the walls washed with lights that change color through the evening is so magical. Additionally, I love to rent suspended chandeliers, Japanese lanterns, strings of Edison lights or anything that creates a “ceiling” over the dance floor. People just love that!
- Are their trade secrets to using candles outdoors?Realize the LED lighting is the best and if you use real flame it needs to be an oil wick that will keep burning in spite of breezy nights.
- What color candles do you like to use at your weddings?In churches I like the traditional look of ivory tapers…but to make them have more punch…do them at least 24” tall. At receptions, I think colors are wonderful. At my daughter’s recent wedding, I draped the tables with custom linens of striped pistachio and gold damask. The tapers were hand dipped in antique silver. (From Creative Candles of course!) The metallic shimmer was breathtaking.Established in 1980, Nolte’s Bridal has quickly become one of the longest running privately-owned bridal salons in the country. Read more about Mike Nolte here.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you’re like most Americans, you are probably already starting to make your shopping list and plan out your dinner courses to commence once Santa comes through Herald Square in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. While the dinner menu is supremely important, one thing you don’t want to overlook is the tablescape and centerpieces.
Until the turkey arrives on the table in its full golden glory, the tablescape is your feature while guests are enjoying a Cranberry & Rosemary “White Christmas” Sangria (one of our favorite cocktail recipes!). You want to make sure you have something with various depths and heights. You need something to keep eyes moving and keep lips moving when something new is noticed. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite centerpiece tips which can be enhanced with the inclusion of many of our Creative Candles products:
Glass Encased Flowers
If you don’t have a ton of time on your hands for the centerpiece, a quick, simple and intriguing idea is placing individual flowers under drink and cocktail glasses. Take a bouquet of flowers and snip the blooms. Choose flowers of complimentary colors and sizes. Then choose a variety of glasses with differing heights and for different drink types. Flip the glasses over and encase the flower blooms underneath and top to bottoms of the glasses with a ball or votive candle in a shade to match your flowers.
Make It Metallic
If you still have mini pumpkins and gourds leftover from Halloween festivities, you can easily transform them into something new for your tablescape. You’ll need packages of gold, silver and copper leaf, leaf adhesive and a crafty side to pull this table top off. Apply the metallic leaf to the pumpkins and gourds with the adhesive and let it dry. You’ll then have precious metal pieces for the middle of your table. Supplement the table with our metallic pillars and tapers to finish off the look.
There’s little more classic than a cornucopia on the middle of the table with seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs and leaves cascading out of your horn of plenty. Plus, rubbing rosemary, sage and thyme between your fingers before you decorate your table will help your table be filled with the scents of Thanksgiving delights. Surround the cornucopia with a few of our 12” tapers from a pantry pack to make sure you will have a smokeless and dripless light to glow well into Thanksgiving evening when you start to decorate the tree.