Light up Your Summer Festivities with Outdoor Candles

Burning candles is enjoyable at any time of the year, and the summer season is no exception. For the warmer months, take your favorite candles outdoors for both practical and aesthetic benefits. Here are a few ideas:

Keep the bugs away.

Mosquitos can put a damper on a sunny day or relaxing evening, but citronella candles might be able to help. Citronella is a naturally occurring oil that repels insects. According to the National Pesticide Information Center, the oil works to mask scents that are attractive to insects.

Since citronella concentrations in candles are small, don’t expect to avoid the bugs completely. However, these candles can complement your primary mosquito repellant and offer a more pleasant aroma.

Add an Extra Glow to Your Summer Celebration.

Candle light is a great way to enhance the décor and ambiance of outdoor celebrations, such as summer weddings. A candlelit altar, tablescape, or pathway can help build a peaceful and romantic setting. You can also incorporate creative candle containers into your reception décor for some extra flair. Some creative options include Mango Wood, Pineapple Hurricane Lanterns, or Brass Vintage Candle Holders. These containers can be used to line walkways, or even hung from tree branches.

Colored taper candles are a classic centerpiece choice, offering a wide selection of styles to best fit your theme. They also add height and interest to floral arrangements and other table décor. Try mixing and matching the shapes and sizes of your candles and include an assortment of taper, votive and pillar candles. Votive candles are great for special events, as many have longer burn times. Scented candles can also complement your overall event theme. For instance, a beachy wedding could feature nautical accents, colors, sea salt, or beach plum scents. Fitting beach scents include Bahamian Coconut or Cool Wave.

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Safety tips

As beautiful as your outdoor candle setup may be, safety should always be your first concern. A burning candle should never be left unattended, or burned on or near anything that may catch fire. At gatherings, always make sure candles are out of reach of children or pets.

While we encourage the use of creative candle holders, always use one that is specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax. Always place your candles on a stable, heat-resistant surface to avoid heat damage and prevent glass containers from breaking.