Stock Up on These Taper Candles for All Your Summer Dinner Parties
Cast a warm glow on your tablescapes with these colorful options.
Ahead of an evening of entertaining, you do all you can to craft the prettiest possible tablescape. You've pulled out your favorite china and serving plates and arranged a colorful centerpiece (or two!) as a focal point. The only thing missing? Candlelight. While we'll never tire of votives in glass holders—they're great for delivering soft light that radiates from the base of the table, up—we're partial to taper candles. Thanks to their height (most options clock in around 12 inches), they bring a touch of elegant drama to just about any setup—even a family dinner.
Though there's nothing wrong with the standard options, we'd encourage you to look beyond bulk sets of white tapers and to get creative with your color palette instead. After all, taper candles can do more than simply cast a warm glow on the meal below: They can reinforce the unique colorways and textiles you've so carefully set your table with. That's why we went ahead and rounded up some of favorite options on the market, all of which bring a little something different to the table (literally!). From ombré and color-blocked iterations to gemstone- and earth tone-inspired hues, there's something for just about any design aesthetic, whether you gravitate more towards classic, rustic, contemporary, or minimalist décor.
And while we're fans of sticking with a single shade throughout, using several only creates a more dynamic tableau (which is why we've included several assorted sets). Ahead, the most colorful, surprising taper candle options to buy right now. Stock up on these, and don't be surprised if your lovely candles are the first tabletop detail your guests notice.
Bring a touch of whimsy to your tabletops or coffee tables with these ombré candles. Mix and match the colorways for an extra dose of fun.
Shop Now: Urban Outfitters Ombré Taper Candle Set, $12, urbanoutfitters.com.
Of course, there's nothing wrong with traditional white taper candles, and we're partial to using these miniature options. Since they're smaller, you can add more to your tabletop, which makes for a more visually intriguing display.
Shop Now: Williams-Sonoma Tiny Tapers in Ivory, $12 for 12, williams-sonoma.com.
The most difficult part of purchasing these tapers from Northern Lights is selecting your favorite statement-making colorway.
Shop Now: Northern Lights Smokeless Tapers, $18 for set of six, anthropologie.com.
Twists and Ridges
For a nuanced, textural tablescape, mix and match candle shapes as opposed to color. We love The Floral Society's offerings, which including braided and twisted iterations, along with options in multiple heights.
Creating a multi-hued, dynamic display is easy with these small-batch, handmade taper candles, which come in bunches.
Shop Now: Magic Hour Assorted 12" Taper Candles, $13, magichourshop.com.