Party Classic: Ye Ole Candelabra

We love creating flowers for parties and the options for dressing a dining table are endless. Candelabra makes for an impactful option that is a tried and tested design – a firm favourite with us, and a fantastic solution for numerous occasions.

A candelabra dressed with a central garland of flowers
A candelabra dressed with a central garland of flowers

Candelabra are a classic statement that works particularly well in large ballroom areas with high ceilings and historic architectural detail. They are perfectly matched for parties in a castle or stately homes, for example, and give a lavish and intimate atmosphere to any party. Flowers and candlelight are a winning combination and the beauty of having a candelabra is the impact you get when you walk into an event space; their height adds a certain ‘oomph’ that can never be underestimated. They are also an unobtrusive design that allows flowers to be arranged in abundance above the head and away from the sight line of guests, enabling them to enjoy each other’s company without having to fight their way through a jungle.

 

Candelabra dressed with white phalaenopsis orchid
Candelabra dressed with white phalaenopsis orchid

The styling possibilities are endless and you can create lots of different looks depending on the time of year. Summer pastels at this time of year can look sensational with peonies, roses and hydrangea making popular choices for an abundant floral theme. Candelabra in autumn can be equally as dazzling with berries ivy, dahlias, hypericum and earthy English-grown hydrangea resulting in a great hit. Although the beauty of this design is the height and the impact that guests receive on entering a venue with tables of candelabra, we recommend small vases at the base of the candelabra with coordinating flowers and some additional candlelight for the perfect floral experience, because yes, it’s all about the highs and lows, we think.

‘Candelabra are the perfect party flowers’ explains McQueens events manager, Alison Lythgoe they can quickly transform a venue and they have a very romantic appeal. They tend to be used for very special occasion and are perfect for weddings. I love the natural styling with candelabra. Adding a scented element such as hanging jasmine can look spectacular!’

An elaborate table featuring candleabra
An elaborate table with colour embracing candelabra

‘Candelabra are a very popular design that we teach on our four-week vocational course,’ says McQueens school tutor Guiseppe Puddori. ‘This design has huge impact replicated along the length of a table, and it’s always a popular class with students. When we’re done, the school looks stunning with masses of sparkling candles and amazing flowers.’