From a banquet hall covered in luxe velvet to a seaside soirée draped in textured linen, general consensus says that candlelight is a must! For many years, candles have been a part of life’s most precious moments – whether it be walking down the aisle into the arms of a loved one or a celebratory dinner with friends a family, there is something magical about the warm glow and ambiance. As we enter the season of celebration, here are a few helpful tips and resources for celebrating by candlelight. 

 

1) Go Dripless! In order to avoid damage to linens, chargers and the surrounding vicinity, dripless candles are a wonderful alternative to traditional wax candles. One of our favorite looks, the taper candle, is available in a dripless option. This removes the hassle from post-event cleanup as well as any worry during your celebration.

 

Claire VanillaCory Weber Photography

 

2) Enclose the flame! In some cases, a dripless candle is not available and you are required (or may prefer) to use a traditional candle. In this case, it is super important to protect the flame. Unbeknownst to the host or guest, it is very common to see something as small as a draft carry wax across the surface of a linen. Take precaution and enclose your flame in a glass hurricane. Another option would be to place a bobèche around each individual candle – a bit more tedious but a great way to rid the chance of anything spilling.

 

Aurora Sand | Foxtails Photography

 

3) Snuff, Snuff, Snuff! At the end of the night, be sure to use a candle snuffer. Blowing out a candle is one of the easiest ways to spill on a linen. When you blow an open flame, you risk candle wax dripping directly onto the table as well as the surrounding wax spilling over. With a quick snuff of each flame, you avoid the risk of the flame reigniting too! 

 

Tuscany White | Ashley Sawtelle

 

4) Hands off the molten candle! While it’s very tempting to quickly grab a candle that was just snuffed, let the wax settle and dry before clearing everything. Slighting tipping the candle candle holder or the surrounding dish can cause a catastrophic spill. 

 

Freya Goldenrod | Lacie Hansen Photography

 

While the beauty of candles are truly unmatched, there are wonderful tools available and steps that can be taken to protect your linen. We hope you find these tips helpful as you gather together and celebrate wonderful company!

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La Tavola Fine Linen was proud to partner with Engage Summits for a spectacular week in Banff, Canada.

From “cozy-cabin”- inspired buffalo check to sunny wildflowers, we incorporated the majestic surroundings of Banff with the clever inspiration for each session with Engage to create this collection.

Ahead, a recap of the linens from Engage! 18 Banff:

Welcome Party: Cozy Cabin

Nothing says posh mountainside more than tailored buffalo check. Using a mix of red and black and forest green and navy, these custom linens, table runners and napkins offer the perfect amount of rustic for your chic event.

CUSTOM BUFFALO CHECK TABLECLOTH IN RED AND BLACK, FOREST GREEN AND BLACK, AND NAVY AND BLACK. PHOTOS BY LOVE LIFE IMAGES.

Lunch: Among the Wildflowers

Nestled between snow-capped mountains and lovely Lake Lousie, sat our sea of wildflower linens, custom-printed by Wildflower Linen. The design incorporated the artful style from a friend of La Tavola, Kristy Rice of Monumental Designs. Her gorgeous floral illustrations were the standout of the lunch menus and centerpieces. They reminded us of some other dreamy florals that we’re familiar with – the flowers she illustrated for our delivery trucks! Custom-flowers are only the beginning – imagine what else we can put on a custom linen for your next event.

CUSTOM-PRINTED WILDFLOWER TABLECLOTH. PHOTOS BY PAUL MORSE.

Lunch: Vintage Railroad

Celebrating the high-style and classic glamour of railway travel, this luncheon called for formal tablescapes to complement the posh travelers. Mixing the colors of our Neiman Linen, with Dupionique Sangria Napkins, the garnet and gold color palette was a gorgeous anchor to the celebration.

NEIMAN LINEN IN RED, ECRU & GOLD. PHOTOS BY CARLA TEN EYCK.

The Gala

The summit concluded on the brightest note – with guests decked in all-white and a ballroom transformed in to a snow-kissed winter wonderland. Mixing the geometric floral Mika Silver with organic Baylis Rain Silver, the white-washed ballroom glistened from light thrown by huge custom shades and lighting design.

BAYLIS RAIN SILVER LINEN AND MIKA SILVER LINEN. PHOTOS BY CARLA TEN EYCK.

La Tavola Fine Linen was honored to do the linens for Engage! Banff. Our partnership with Wildflower Linen affords us the ability to create custom and bespoke linens and the most extensive couture collection.

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  1. Stephen Davison

    Snow-capped mountains and sea of wildflower linens are really beautiful. Thank you for sharing such beautiful photographs.