Votive candles are a beautiful decorating idea for centerpieces no matter what the time of year. These ideas will help you use these medium-sized candles in a creative way. Votive candles are inexpensive to buy in large numbers. This makes them useful for something that will get repeated use, like a table, or in large numbers, like a wedding. Look on the label to determine how long the candle will burn. This depends on size and the kind of wax used. Most votives will burn in the 10 to 15 hour range, which should be sufficient for your entertaining purposes. You don't just need a beautiful pre-made votive centerpiece holder to make these candles the main attraction on the table.
Look for stem votive candle holders for an elegant look. These display the votive candles on a long elegant stand. Consider the color of the glass. Red and green are traditional for Christmas. Use a clear stem holder for a wedding to maximize the light shed and offer decorating possibilities. Wrap ivy around the stem. Try colored candles in a clear holder. Place the stem holders inside a wreath of flowers. There are also candelabra available that will hold votives for a dramatic look.
Buy individual holders or pre-made votive candles can be scattered across a table for a sprightly look. Intersperse them with short tea lights and tall tapers for variation. Use glass in the same colors. A bright yellow is good for a summer party. Deep purple is suitable for an evening dinner party.
Highlight the centerpiece of your table by placing votives around it. A simple bouquet of flowers becomes more elegant. Wrap individual holders in silk, glued to hold it in place. Tie a ribbon around it to hold in place. Use a large glass bowl filled with glass beads. Plant several votives in it. This simple centerpiece is all you’ll need to bring light and decoration to your table.