No table is complete without a candle or two.
Years ago in college, my roommate, Connie, taught me that every girl must have candles to “set the mood.” I took it to heart one Saturday night when she was out with her boyfriend and I was hoping to get lucky. I lit up our dorm room with all of her purple candle sticks stuck in Mateus bottles and any other seemingly cool vessel wishing for a last-minute date from, well, any guy. The phone never rang and I proceeded to fall asleep with all the candles burning. Fortunately I didn’t burn down our dorm building, but I did manage to get wax all over our possessions – mostly Connie’s, including her prized record player.
The experience didn’t stop me from lighting candles, but now I look for safer and more inspired table lighting techniques. Which brings me to my latest creation - a fruit, herb and vegetable votive.
Here’s how to set your table:
Use any fruit, vegetable or herb of your choice. I selected key limes, mini red and yellow peppers and thyme and mint from my garden. (I had to punch small holes in the peppers to keep them from popping to the top of the glass.) Put these into any clear glass and add water. Top with a tea light.