Resource: Paula Prykes Candles

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Winter evenings are a wonderful time to browse through some great party books. Go to your local library and check out some books you haven’t seen before. You’re bound to find some great ideas to try the next time you entertain your family and friends.

Because it gets dark earlier and is colder on winter evenings, winter has made me more interested in decorating with candles. Paula Prykes Candles has lots of ideas to use.

In this inspiring book , floral designer Paula Pryke offers ideas on room decorations, table decorations, pairing candles with scented flowers, and candles for special celebrations and seasons. Each chapter begins with a gallery of candle ideas, photographed by James Merrell. Pryke also offers tips on candle equipment and techniques.

This book also has a number of step-by-step color drawings that show how to put together candle centerpieces. Pryke has decorated tall candelabra and candlesticks with greenery and flowers like might be used for a wedding reception. She demonstrates how to make a nautical-look vase and a citrus cone. She also shows how to wrap a vase for a specialized look and how to make a floral chandelier with candles.

Pryke is a world renowned florist who has been based in London for nearly thirty years. In 1988 Pryke had a dream of opening a little flower shop in Islington. From these humble beginnings she changed the face of British floristry and has become one of London’s top florists.

Pryke published her first floral book in 1993 and has now published seventeen which have been translated into many languages. Initially Pryke has become established as one of the world’s top florists with her style being embraced in Korea, Japan, the USA and South America. She has written Everyday Flowers, Paul Pryke’s Flower School, How to Plan Your Wedding, The Ultimate Floral Collection, and Wreaths and Garlands

This book is available online.

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