My mom says that candles provide the illusion of warmth. She's right, of course. They do. So I light them and huddle nearby with a mug of steamy tea, acting out the tableau of the chilly night, as I saw my mother do so many times. That's just what I was doing last night when my Little Miss wondered over to point at the candles and declare, "pretty". Thirty years from now, she'll do the same.
This particular candle arrangement came together an hour before Thanksgiving dinner with almost no planning. Some of the best ideas come off extempore, but if you'd like to make your own version, here's how:
Begin by placing three pillar candles on a pedestaled cake plate and wrapping several layers of hemp string around them. Tie a pretty bow or knot and, if you like, add a seasonal tag. Then arrange fallen leaves and acorns around the candles, taking care to keep leaves well away from flames.
Now make some hot tea and enjoy your illusion of warmth.