I'll share more photos of our wintry dining room tablescape tomorrow, but first wanted to share this easy idea for adding sparkle to holiday candles. I loved this idea on It's the Little Things That Make a House a Home and knew it would be a great way to fill the dining room with light at our New Year's Day brunch. To make these, simply use a sponge brush to coat candles with Mod Podge, and roll the wet candles in a tray of Epsom salts.
Since my children -- like me -- seem to thrive on creative projects, I let my boys (ages 8 and 10) make these candles as a reward for accomplishing some of the less enjoyable tasks on their to-do lists. With no assistance from me at all, the candles turned out great and looked so lovely on the table! At the party I pointed them out to a couple of schoolteachers, and we all agreed this would be a great classroom craft for their elementary-aged students to make for their parents.
Tomorrow, more wintertime sparkle!