Candles are lighting up in unlikely places. They're floating in the bathtub and the pool as party accents and replacing firewood as a focus on the hearth.
Today's candles are far removed from the traditional 12-inch tapers on the dining room table. They're everywhere, indoors and out. Novelties come in sizes ranging from tiny votives to pillars the size of logs, and all sorts of fanciful shapes from animals and reptiles to flowers and fruits. Aromas--from vanilla, coffee, lavender and cedar to designer perfumes--waft from scented wax in frosted glass or fanciful resin holders.