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Imagination Flickers in Candlelight

February 13, 1993|KATHY BRYANT

Only moonlight is more romantic than candlelight. Candles give off a soft glow that is both flattering and mysterious.

For a Valentine's Day party, mass candles of different heights and thickness on coffee tables and buffets. Don't be afraid to use eight to 10 candles; their numbers will help create an inviting mood. Use only one color, preferably all white or cream, or all red if your home decor allows it.

For a romantic bedroom try using only a few candles, perhaps lightly perfumed, on a bedroom end table or chest of drawers. Or position votive candles around the room to give off soft light and create shadows. With the addition of soft music, the mood is set.

Dinners for two are cozy with white candles in different-sized crystal and silver candlesticks. Mixing and matching of candleholders and candle sizes is what gives interest.

Even though candles as we know them today didn't come into use until late in the 17th Century, they are as popular today as decorations as they once were for strictly utilitarian purposes.

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