Romance is in the details, especially at a Valentine's Day dinner. Arrange pillar candles of different sizes and colors in a serving platter or shallow bowl. Then, surround the candles with a layer of dried beans (we used kidney beans, but pink lentils, red beans, and red rice also work nicely). Beans make cleanup of the wax easy and unify a group of candles into a true centerpiece.
A Candle Garden
Romance is in the details, especially at a Valentine's Day dinner.
Martha Stewart Living, February 1998