The great 20th century architect, Mies van der Rohe, defined Modernism by often quoting the aphorism, “Less is More.”
But when it comes to fall-holiday entertaining, we have to side with the great Dolly Parton, who defined her own personal style with the quip, “More is More.”
1. Candles say, “Welcome!” How about luminaria lining your walkway? How about a welcoming group of candles in your front hall entryway?
3. Create a mantel! If you have a fireplace, your mantel is the perfect place for lots and lots of candles. If you don’t, just hang up a nice big shelf and create your own – after all, that’s all a mantel is, really. Fill your shelf with lots and lots of different candles, holiday greens and favorite decorations.
4. Double or nothing! Want to double your grouping? Set it in front of a mirror. Instantly, you have twice as many candles burning brightly. Gorgeous!
5. If you love it, multiply it! Multiples create magic on your walls. Any sconce you love adds drama and candlelight to your walls. So hang up three of them. Or five of them. Or seven. Now you’ve got a real glow on – try it and see! Is there a candle holder you crave? Don’t just settle for a pair – go for a whole bunch of them.
6. Serve candles as a first course! Want to make your holiday table even brighter? Put a votive or small pillar (in a holder) on top of each place setting. When your guests are seated, just tell them to set their candle down on the table above their place setting. In addition to any other candles you’ve used, you now have, maybe, a dozen more candles glowing and gleaming, from one end of the table to the other.
7. Leave no space behind! This is the time to fill every space in the room with candles. No worries – you’re going to be in the room throughout your holiday dinner. So put candles on side tables, coffee tables, buffets, bookshelves, window sills. What about that corner? Do you have an open floor plan? Can you see the kitchen island? If so, fill it with candlelight, and go for the glow. Why? Why not? After all, when it comes to the holidays, “More is definitely More.”