Candles: Elements of a Perfect Table (Elements of the Table)

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Sometimes the simplest of ideas create the most memorable moments. All it takes is a little inspiration.

Everything -- and everyone -- looks better by candlelight, and no artificial light can match the enveloping warmth of candles. The simple act of sharing a meal while watching candlelight flicker in the eyes of those we care about is one of life's purest pleasures, while the almost magical power of fire is evidenced in the way we call sweethearts "flames" and ritually light candles to welcome the sacred at Hanukkah and Advent.

Whether you choose dozens of stubby votives, two shapely hurricanes or a landscape of hand-rolled beeswax cylinders, candle soothe our eyes and minds, welcome guests and strike the mood.

Filled with innovative ideas and inspiring full-color photos, Candles  offers a wealth of ways to use candles in settings both simple and grand, classical and contemporary. It reveals the infinite variety of candle sizes, colors, scents and shapes available today and provides dozens of creative suggestions for personalizing and enhancing this integral element of a captivating table.

When the candles have dimmed, the guests satisfied and the napkins tossed back on the table, some settings demand to be lingered at.

Everyone who entertains knows that setting a lovely table sets the stage for memorable dining and is every bit as important as what is served. That's why the Elements of the Table  series explores the magic that can be created with the basic components of the table: candles, linens, centerpieces, china, glassware and silver.

Candles lights the way, offering elegant inspiration for bringing the gentle, celebratory intimacy of candles to your table at romantic dinners for two, festive parties, spontaneous gatherings of friends or anytime you want to create an unforgettable occasion.

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Lovely, light-infused photographs fill Candles: Elements of the Table, which is divided into three sections: "Glowing" covers the lore, magic, and history of candles; "Enhanced" exhibits candlesticks, containers, and the use of candles in celebrations; and "Placed" displays candles on the table, in both traditional and innovative ways. There are some striking touches, such as a metal food grater used as a luminaria and a grouping of pear-shaped candles burning in a golden compote. More about using than making candles, this pretty book shows how candles enhance our tables, rooms, and lives.

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