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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Fabulous Beachy Hostess Gift: Volcanica Candles

Everyone loves summer! If you are lucky enough to be invited for a stay at a friend’s beach house or your presence is requested at an amazing summer soiree, you will of course need a hostess gift!

Photo credit: Volcanica Candles.

Photo credit: Volcanica Candles.

Now, I know you are thinking that the whole “candles as a hostess gift” thing has been done, but I recently discovered an amazingly artsy company that has some unique and beautiful offerings (especially for summer)!

Volcanica Candles are inspired by the earth’s natural beauty and its resources, which is why they create all of their candles using an eco-friendly blend of beeswax and palm wax. The candles burn smooth and smoke-free. They also burn inwards to create a luminary so the carving will hold its shape unaffected.

Photo credit: Volcanica Candles.

Photo credit: Volcanica Candles.

But the real story centers around the people behind the candles, the artists, and the place that defines them. Volcanica Candles are in made Ubud, in the middle of Bali. This is the cultural and artistic center of Bali. For generations, the crafts-people of this town have used their hands to create art from wood. Now they employ these age-old techniques to make the beautiful candles of the Volcanica collection. The unique candles are hand-crafted with the finest materials and designed to relax, release and exhilarate your soul.

Photo credit: Volcanica Candles.

Photo credit: Volcanica Candles.

To truly create a lovely and beachy look, select some naturally summery candles in neutral tones. My favorites include the ones in conch shell shapes (the gold accented one is amazingly pretty!), and the seashell shape with coral accent. The candles could be arranged on a coffee table or end table, placed atop some sand-colored burlap (for texture), and perhaps a coral-printed fabric.

Photo credit: Houzz.com

Photo credit: Houzz.com

For use at a dinner party, the candles could be used as part of the dining room table decor. Candles provide fantastic mood lighting; they are romantic, calm and neutral. The food, beverage and decor theme can determine how to best showcase these beachy candles.

Summer parties tend to go into the evening hours, and there is nothing more dramatic and sophisticated than candlelight at dusk. Whether you choose a clean linen or burlap runner, or a printed tablecloth, the candles will add to the stylish look at your dinner table. Shell-shaped dishes, starfish and fresh flowers serve as perfect accents.

Photo credit: homeiswheretheboatis.com.

Photo credit: homeiswheretheboatis.com.

Here are a few tips for selecting candles for your dinner table display from the experts at Volcanica.

The first thing to remember is to choose a variety of shapes and sizes, creating dimension amongst your table. Mixing a variety of the round Botanic Pillars and Exalt Pillars, alternating sizes from small, medium and large. Accent these candles with any of their Quad or Raised candles for a stunning mixture of shapes and textures.

Adding height to your table as well, without blocking view of your guests, add a few candlesticks, such as the surmise swirl tapers or highborn tapers. The intricacy in their designs create an interesting setting.

Would you opt for a more simplistic approach to your dinner table decor? Volcanica’s Surmise Large Vase luminaries provide a beautiful and calming glow within their 7X7” shell. The selections of floating candles are the perfect addition to a flat rectangular vase centerpiece as well; floating candles are available in round, floral and geometric shapes.

Whichever designs you choose, the artful appearance of these candles will be sure to bring life and conversation to a party and, if given as a hostess gift, will most certainly make you a favorite guest!

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