Monday, December 17, 2007

ice candles

We hosted a small dinner party last night - 4 friends came over and shared a casual meal and wonderful conversation with us. They were nice enough to ooh and aah over my decorating and the food I fixed. Unfortunately, I didn't take photos of the table or the food - what was I thinking??!! However, the hit of the evening was the decorating on the patio. I had made ice candles and had them sitting on a snow-covered table with the icicle-lighted fence in the background. They did look quite festive.

They were easy to make. I bought a plastic mold and filled it with water (I used different amounts of water to get different height candles) - and let them freeze for about 12 hours. The Minneapolis Strib http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/homegarden/12357556.html did an article on the ice candles a week or so ago and showed how to decorate them - with evergreen pieces, cranberries, coloring, etc. They were beautiful, but with the white fairy lights and snow on the patio, these were exquisite. The daytime temps all of this week are supposed to be near 30, so I don't know if these will last until Christmas. But I have a long winter ahead to make more!

26 comments:

second-time-arounders said...

Beautiful! We look forward to seeing them on Christmas Eve and might try some ourselves!

Connie said...

They are beautiful! A really 'cool' idea. (sorry I couldn't resist) :-)

Trailhead said...

Kris, these are so neat!

Gina said...

Stunning Candles Kris! :O)

Britta said...

What a wonderful idea. They look fantastic.

Britta

Giddy said...

What a neat idea! I'll set some out for the winter solstice celebration.

The Texas Connection said...

Beautiful-----don't think it will work for us!!!!!!!!!!!

Susie said...

These are such a beautiful and fun idea. You're so creative :)
xo

Catherine said...

SO beautiful~ I love the ice candles..and that you put them on the table like that surounded by the snow...stunning!!
Happy Holiday's!!
Cat

Me said...

Your's turned out beautifully. I made them for the first time last year. We put food coloring in ours which was fun and looked pretty.

I noticed the other day that a house we pass when we take Charis to school did them all along the driveway - big ones and the ice froze very clear. I want to check it out at night!!

Greenie Gardens said...

This is such a great idea! you're right about the fairy lights. What perfect winter decorating!

peter hoh said...

I've made lots of these without commercial molds. One of these days, I'll photo blog the process.

Laurie & Chris said...

What a great idea ! I love them.

Zoey said...

Kris,
Those are beautiful!

How long did they take to freeze? I must go read that article. Maybe I have time to make some of my own for my Sunday & Monday parties!

Zoey said...

forget my question.

I guess I was so impressed by how clear your molds turned out that I missed the "12-hour" freezing time the first time I read it.

Britta said...

Hello Kris, I just passed by to wihs you and your family Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. it was real nice meeting you here online.

Britta

Candace E. Salima said...

How ingenious . . . and beautiful . . . and affordable. You have inspired me!

kate said...

What an incredibly cool idea ... I love it. It looks beautiful... I hope they last till Christmas. I think it's as cold there as it is here, so they should last!

Merry Christmas Kris!

Lynne said...

Those are beautiful!

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Rosehaven Cottage said...

How absolutely gorgeous! It almost makes me wish we had snow at Christmas ;) Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Barbara said...

If you had those cold and frosty days we actually have, your ice-lights would have lasted until Christmas! Did yours do it?
Have a wonderful, merry Christmas and for the coming year I'm wishing you all the very best!
Barbara

Sally said...

What a neat idea! Merry Christmas Kris!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

How lovely! With those molds having such angles that they look like prisms, they don't need any more embellishment. They're just beautiful. :)

Happy Holidays to you and yours...

Layanee said...

Those are gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

violetlady said...

I thought I already commented on this post, but I guess not. Beautiful snow-scape. Hope you had a merry, merry Christmas!

farmingfriends said...

These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing how you made them. I hope you had a good Christmas. best wishes
Sara from farmingfriends