For picnic tables, decks, porches, and sidewalks, decorators are using an unusual source of candle lighting. Fireplace candelabra—those candle holders intended for
fireplaces—have moved outside for the summer!
Fireplace candelabra were originally designed to hold candles in your fireplace when you want the glow of flickering flames but not the
heat or hassle of wood or gas fires. But fireplace candelabra, more sturdily constructed than most candelabra, can be right at home in an outdoor setting, too.
The sturdy construction of fireplace candelabra makes them less delicate
than traditional candelabra. Their solidness is just what is needed to look appropriate and function well in the less formal entertainment settings of outdoors.
Another appeal of fireplace candelabra for outdoor use is that they come in
a variety of metals. Most are a traditional black iron, and those have the advantage of "disappearing" in the dusk of evening so their candles seem to float in the darkness.
Some fireplace candelabra have a sophisticated, stainless steel finish that, mirror-like, reflects the candles' flames.
A few have a bronze finish. With these bronze-finish fireplace candelabra, the candlelight is
beautifully reflected in the warm, mellow glow of the bronze.
Narrow fireplace candelabra, designed for small or zero clearance fireplaces, are ideal on deck railings, down the middle of picnic tables, or
along the edges of sidewalks. Deeper fireplace candelabra work well in the middle a round table, at the back of an outdoor serving table, or in any
open air setting where you want the glow of multiple candles.
Add Citronella candles to fireplace candelabra you've taken outdoors and you can chase away pesky mosquitoes while giving your al fresco
entertaining the special glow that only candlelight can offer.
Worried about the wind blowing out your candles? Some fireplace
candelabra are designed without candle pins in the candle cups. These will accommodate wind-protected container candles such as votive candles in glass cups. Others already have glass containers
to shield the candle flames, making them ideal for outdoors.
So be creative with fireplace candelabra; let them meet your needs for outdoor candlelight this summer, too.