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Top Of The Best Seasonal Celebration Candles Reviewed In 2018

Last Updated November 1, 2018
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Adrian HoffmanHi! My name is Reginald Meyer. After putting in 50+ hours of research and testing, I made a list of the best Seasonal Celebration Candles of 2018 and explained their differences and advantages.

In this article, I will be categorizing the items according to their functions and most typical features. I hope that my Top 10 list will provide you great options in buying the right fit for you.

 

 

Feel free to explore the podium, click on the pictures to find out more.

 

 

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№1 – POLIYU Realistic Waterproof Wave Open Wax Dripped and Black Wick Battery Operated Flameless LED candles for Birthday Party Wedding Seasonal &Festival Celebration in Warm White/Yellow/Red Pack of 12

 
POLIYU Realistic Waterproof Wave Open Wax Dripped and Black Wick Battery Operated Flameless LED candles for Birthday Party Wedding Seasonal &Festival Celebration in Warm White/Yellow/Red Pack of 12
Pros
Realistic shape:These 1.4″X2.0″ Led candles have really shape with wave open,wax dripped and black wick,can be used in candle holders ,tables or other places in restaurants, birthday party,proposing,garden wedding, festival decorations.
Flameless and Safe: Our Flameless LED Candles doesn’t have an open flame and it doesn’t heat up during usage, absolutely no fire hazards or burning risks,safe for your pet(s) or young child(ren),can be used in any occasions.
 

 

№2 – Topstone Pack of 24 LED Tealight Candles Powered by Long Lasting CR2450 Battery,Realistic Amber Flickering Bulb,Fake Candles with Remote Control and 4H 6H 8H Timer for Seasonal &Festival Celebration

 
Topstone Pack of 24 LED Tealight Candles Powered by Long Lasting CR2450 Battery,Realistic Amber Flickering Bulb,Fake Candles with Remote Control and 4H 6H 8H Timer for Seasonal &Festival Celebration
Pros
1.EASY&CONVENIENT these flameless tea lights are with remote control ,save too much trouble ,remote distance can reach to 26ft with no block
2.NO FIRE HASSEL Topstone LED tea light can be used without having to worry of flame,absolutely no fire hazards or burning risks, safe for families with pet(s) or young child(ren)
 

 

№3 – Topstone Pack of 12 Remote Controlled LED Tea Light,White Flickering Bulb,Long Lasting Battery Operated LED votive candle with Timer,for Seasonal &Festival Celebration (Warm White)

 
Topstone Pack of 12 Remote Controlled LED Tea Light,White Flickering Bulb,Long Lasting Battery Operated LED votive candle with Timer,for Seasonal &Festival Celebration (Warm White)
Pros
1.EASY&CONVENIENT OPERATION with remote control ,save too much trouble ,remote distance can reach to 26ft with no block
2.NO FIRE HASSEL These LED tea light can be used without having to worry of flame,absolutely no fire hazards or burning risks, safe for families with pet(s) or young child(ren)
 

 

Consider our exclusive SafeFlame Battery Candles

These handheld battery candles have a realistic LED light that flickers like a real flame. Creates an amazing effect for your candlelight vigil services. A kid-friendly and flameless alternative for your church service or event.

The line includes

Kilian Water Calligraphy Spray. If an old book scent is too heavy for you, why not testing a harmonious delicate fragrance from Kilian. The Water Calligraphy refillable spray refers to water, the essential element of Chinese calligraphy.

Designed by perfumer Geza Schoen in cooperation with Gerhard Steidl and Wallpaper Magazine, the perfume captures the unique bouquet of freshly printed books, bringing a mix of paper and ink aroma so unique when a book is opened for the first time.

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RecipeTips

Whether you are serving classic cheese fondue or delectable chocolate dipping sauce, there are basic guidelines on how to fondue. We provide you with a good understanding of the fondue pot, accessories, safety procedures, and great ideas on dipping sauces and foods.

Metal Fondue Pot

A metal fondue pot is used for fondues that require high heat when cooking, specifically meat and seafood. These pots are also suitable for meat and cheese fondues as long as the heat source is regulated at a lower temperature.

Many different heating elements are available, including candles, gel fuel, liquid fuel, and electric.

Cheese Fondue

Before adding the cooked cheese fondue to the pot, rub a clove of garlic inside of the pot for added flavor.

Prepare and heat the fondue on the stove first, and then transfer to the fondue pot. Finely shredded cheese melts easily. Allow the cheese to melt slowly. Alcohol, such as wine, champagne, or beer added to cheese fondue enhances flavor and prevents curdling. If the fondue starts to separate or curdle, beat in some freshly squeezed lemon juice. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture becomes smooth. To adjust the thickness, add wine or apple cider rather than water. Always stir cheese fondue in a figure-eight motion to encourage the blending of ingredients.

The crust left at the bottom of the pot when making classic cheese fondue is considered a delicacy and is called “la croute” or la religuese”. Scrape it off and serve it to your guests.

Fondue Bourguignon: Cooking Meat andRaw Vegetables in Oil (high heat fondue)

Procedure

This dish includes beef, pork, poultry, game, seafood, and raw vegetables.

Prepare Raw Meat: remove fat, cut into bite size cubes, and marinate (optional)

Prepare Seafood: wash and cut into bite size pieces. Shrimp must be deveined and cut into bite size pieces. If seafood is jumbo sized, it is best to slice in half so seafood is not too dense to cook thoroughly.

Prepare Vegetables: Trim, wash, and cut into bite size pieces. If serving a dense vegetable (i.e. potatoes), it is best to cook them until they are crisp tender before dipping in fondue. Squeeze lemon juice over prepared vegetables to prevent browning.

Arrange each raw meat and vegetable type on separate platters to prevent cross contamination. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to begin.

Dry the meat and vegetables thoroughly on a paper towel before cooking in hot fondue to prevent dangerous spatters.

Choose your favorite oil, i.e.: peanut, vegetable, canola, olive, etc.

Note: If you choose to cook in broth, it is best to keep it consistent with the type of meat you are serving: for example, beef with beef broth for beef fondue.

Note: Cooking with wine or champagne is also an option. This works well when serving seafood.

To begin, preheat the oil, broth, or wine to 375º F (just below boiling), on the stove, in the fondue pot. Do not transfer hot simmering oil from a separate pan into a fondue pot, it is too dangerous. To prevent the oil from spattering and/or bubbling over, do not fill pot more than 1/full. If you do not have a thermometer available, test the temperature by placing a small cube of bread into the oil. The fondue is ready if the bread cube turns golden brown within 30 seconds. Transfer the pot to it’s holder on the table and turn on burner. If available, follow the direction provided for your specific fondue pot.

Note: Never leave pot unattended and closely supervise children. Do Not use water if a fire erupts; this will spread the fire. Instead, cover the fire with the pot lid to cut off the oxygen supply.

Chocolate and Dessert Fondue

Choose chocolate that has a cocoa solid content above 50%; the best quality chocolate makes the best chocolate fondue. White chocolate tends to harden if overheated. Stir constantly, heat slowly, mix with cream that has been warmed to prevent hardening and to create a creamy texture. Adding a favorite liqueur will add to the texture and flavor. Ideally, all chocolate and dessert fondues should be melted on the top of a double boiler, never over direct heat, before being placed into the fondue pot for serving. A small amount of heat is required to keep dessert fondue warm in the fondue pot, it is best to use a candle.

What to Dip

When preparing food for dipping, keep all foods bite sized in cubes, slices, or wedges.

Use day old bread for fondue as fresh bread tends to crumble easily. The same holds true for fresh cake.

Chill fruits before dipping, it will help the fondue to stick.

Meat and seafood must be precooked if dipping in fondue that is not hot enough to cook safely (i.e. cheese fondue).

Fondue Tips

Always cook the fondue on the stove, heating to required temperature and then transfer to the fondue pot. A fondue pot will keep your creation at a constant temperature but is not able to cook the fondue.

Use a trivet to protect your table from a hot fondue pot.

Stay away from water when preparing fondue, use flavorful liquids such as wine and broth. Dry wines work best.

More then people at one fondue pot is awkward and should be avoided. If entertaining more than a total of people, invest in more fondue pots.

Why we love it

The inviting aroma of stepping in from the cold, Winter will instantaneously wrap your senses with its warm, spicy scent. Curl up on an armchair as notes of cinnamon and clove add warmth to your room, while a dash of fresh orange rebalances your mood. Like all our signature candles, this one is filled in the UK using high quality mineral wax to achieve a long, clean and even burn. It comes in a beautiful white gift box, making it a special treat or gift.

CraftsVilla

CraftsVilla proclaims that it is an online marketplace to discover India. The website sells products like traditional apparels like sarees, hand crafted gift items, home decor and accessories. The products come from individual suppliers and artisans who are working with traditional Indian handicrafts and arts. While big conglomerates are always on the lookout for smaller marketplaces to swallow, CraftsVilla has been maintaining its niche.

AfDay, or Art for Everyday, is an online marketplace started by founder Rashmi Daga, an IIM-A alumna. Her vision was to bring the Indian consumer closer to various designers and craftsmen who create art out of everyday objects. A great USP for AfDay is its Custom Made section, where you can request the designer to create customized products according to your taste.

ItsHandMade

ItsHandMade is a Bangalore based startup that specializes in selling handmade novelty items and accessories. You don’t need to be a wholesaler or a business owner to sell on ItsHandMade. You can be a one-time seller, or a seasonal seller or a perpetual seller according to your inclination. As long as you are not a mass producer or a retailer, you are good to go. This is good because you know that all products sold on this website are actually handmade!

SaffronArt

SaffronArt is the biggest online marketplace for artworks in India. Like most art markets, it is auction based. It sources paintings and sculptures of artists of the likes of M.F.Hussain, S.H.Raza and even Amrita Shergil, all stalwarts of Indian art. And at the same time, you can find artworks of contemporary artists, folk artisans and handicraft specialists. and other collectibles.

The India Craft House

TheIndiaCraftHouse is one of those rare websites that present the rich folk and handcraft heritage of India in a contemporary format. All the products are sourced directly from artisans or NGOs working closely with folk and artisan communities from all corners of India. Another interesting thing about this website is the ‘Shop by State’ option, which lets you explore the traditional and folk craftsmanship from different states of India.

Quick raw-edge lawn blanket

I love to sew to find fabrics to personalize for a specific season or holiday themed, and using a fabric drop cloth as the backing.

I also like to make these projects quickly and so I resort to an unfinished edge for a rustic look. Show up at your next Labor Day even with goodies in tow, this would be a great hostess gift.

Materials needed

Lay blanket it down on floor and cut access fabric so both pieces are even

Continue sewing straight seams until all edges are completed

Sew over straight seams with a more embellished stitching

Lay blanket on floor and fold in thirds and use safety pins or a fabric marker to mark where to sew a tacking stitch or short zig zag sewing the two layers together. See example:

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If you’ve created a giveaway or contests for marketing purposes, you’re part of a long tradition of “prize marketing,” which uses the incentive of a prize to reward people who participate in a sweepstakes, giveaway or contest. And over time, strategies of what prizes work best have evolved. A prize is a vital component of a successful sweepstakes, but there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach.

In The History of Sweepstakes, authors Lawrence Curtin and Karen Bernardo explore the fascinating culture of sweepstakes, which dates back to ancient times. Originally, a sweepstakes or a raffle was intended to engage communities and rally people together for a common cause. All members of society participated in giveaways during holidays or times of celebration. Merchants in medieval Italy were the first to employ prize drawings as a sales promotion.

To determine which prizes work best, we’ve been conducting an ongoing study about what types of prizes motivate the most participation and engagement in ShortStack Campaigns. For the past four years, we’ve tracked notable Campaigns from small and large brands alike, and we’ve identified several best practices for integrating prizes into a marketing strategy.

Bike Wheels

Good quality wheel rims are made of light weight aluminium and have strong alloy spokes.  Poor quality wheel rims are made from heavy mild steel, with low grade spokes fitted to steel hubs.

Friction in bearings and rolling resistance from tyres sap the energy from a rolling bike.  Good quality bearings require less effort to get them moving and continue to spin for longer, losing less energy.  Guess what cheap supermarket bearings do?

Our Bluetooth speaker pick

This all-in-one speaker offers a wide sound stage, with clear, crisp highs and midrange audio and hearty, booming bass, no matter where you set it up in a room or from which angle you listen to it.

Using a smallish Bluetooth speaker allows you to have a dance party in any room and cede control of the decks to your friends with Bluetooth-enabled devices. Our favorite home Bluetooth speaker is the Peachtree Audio Deepblue2.

It’s the one speaker we tested that everyone on our blind-listening panel agreed sounded great—and once the blindfolds came off, that everyone agreed looked good. A Bluetooth speaker won’t be as powerful or rich as a stereo system, but in our tests the Deepbluedelivered full, big sound for the wide variety of music styles we tried. For the price, nothing else can touch it—this model sounds at least 80 percent as good as our upgrade pick, the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless, a speaker that sells for hundreds of dollars more.

If you’re interested in filling a much bigger space—or the whole house—you should get our favorite whole-home audio system instead. Or if you’d rather have something that you can move from room to room, and you’re willing to give up a bit of sound quality, get the Riva Turbo X, which is the upgrade pick in our portable speaker guide. —Ganda Suthivarakom

Rule the ambience for guests in every room of the house (no matter how big your palace is) with a whole-home wireless music system. We’ve spent hundreds of hours over several months using six whole-home wireless music systems in every possible room and Sonos is still the best around because it’s super easy to use and set up, and has excellent sound quality for the price.

The best part about a wireless home music system compared with a series of Bluetooth speakers is that it connects directly to the Internet instead of relying on your phone or computer. Just select the music you want to play and the machine will do the rest, freeing up your phone to do other stuff—with no notification sounds or ringtones to interrupt playback. And you can play different music in different rooms, or group them together, all while maintaining independent volume control on each unit. —GS

Candles

A good selection of candles can make or break a party’s atmosphere. In a new round of testing this fall, we looked at dozens of candles online and spent several hours on research to determine our top picks.

You can find four main styles of candles: tapers, which are tall and skinny, and stand in candlesticks; pillar candles, which are squat (usually at least to inches in diameter) and come in a variety of heights; votives, which measure about inches tall and inch wide, and go in votive holders; and tea lights, small candles in metal cups that traditionally serve to warm teapots but also make great accent lighting.

For all the candles we tested, we looked for four main things: no dripping (which can ruin candleholders or tablecloths), very little smoke or none at all, no scent to interfere with food on the table, and the length of burn time. (set of three)

With an impressively long burn time of about seven hours, Richland’s Tealight Candles Extended Burn (available in a pack of 100) are our pick. These tea lights gave off the least amount of smoke compared with IKEA Glimma unscented tea lights (sold in a pack of 100) and Waxations Superior Quality Unscented Tea Light Candles (available in a pack of 125). In our test, the IKEA candles burned for only five hours, and their wax turned an unattractive yellow color. The Waxations tea lights had the shortest burn time of four hours and gave off a lot of smoke when extinguished. —Jamie Wiebe, Michael Sullivan

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic

In an age when most people experience photos only as pixels on their phones, nothing draws attention at a party like the tactile, retro charm of an instant camera. Our pick for an instant camera is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic. Its film is widely available, and the pocket-sized prints make for excellent keepsakes with more-accurate colors and finer detail than its competitors can produce, all in a compact and durable retro design. —GS

The Duralex Picardie survived an 8-foot fall off a roof onto a linoleum floor. It stacks neatly, too, and it costs only a few dollars per glass. (set of six)

After 2hours of research including drop tests onto tile and concrete, plus years of long-term testing, we couldn’t resist picking the Picardie tumbler from French manufacturer Duralex as our favorite drinking glass. While they look elegant enough for the dinner table, they’re versatile enough to sit stacked up on the bar for use as wine or cocktail glasses. You’ll spot these glasses at Paris bistros and Middle Eastern tea shops, making everything from espresso shots to bordeaux look good. During our temperature stress tests, the Picardie tumbler’s tempered glass withstood freezing temps and boiling water, so it’ll work for both hot apple cider and ice water. When we flung the tumblers off an 8-foot roof onto a linoleum floor, they didn’t break, and because they stack well they’re easy to store once your dinner is over.

The 10⅞-ounce size is ideal for smaller portions of juice or warm punch and comes in boxes of six. For water or for tall coolers like iced tea and lemonade, the 16⅞-ounce tumbler (box of six) is big enough to hold your drink and lots of ice, too.

Our champagne glass pick

The Viv doesn’t have the characteristics that make higher-end flutes better than others, namely tulip-shaped bowls, effervescence points, and leaded crystal. For fine dining or an intimate occasion, our favorite high-quality Champagne flute is the Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige, and you can read about it in our full-length guide.

Wine glasses

The Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Glass is ideal for casual drinking and entertaining. Photo: Michael Hession

The best wine glass for hosting parties is the durable Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass. This inexpensive, tulip-shaped glass ranked among the top stemware chosen by our experts in our blind taste test. It stood out for showcasing the aromas of both red and white wines well. It’s nicely balanced with a thin lip that doesn’t distract from enjoyment of the overall drinking experience. The Libbey glass has a classic look that makes it appropriate for daily use, or for more formal occasions such as dinners and cocktail parties. It’s also dishwasher-safe, and since it’s so affordably priced, you won’t be heartbroken if one breaks.

If you’re seeking something more elegant to create a polished and formal feel for your dinner table, check out our full-length wine glass guide. —MS for a set of 3

When it comes to having a pitcher of water on the table, we found that simple and cheap is the way to go. The Weck Juice Jar is economical, sturdy, and comfortable to hold. It has a small footprint, and the classic shape blends in well on most dining tables. It comes with a loose-fitting glass lid that’s a little impractical for day-to-day use, but thankfully you can purchase a plastic snap-on lid if you require airtight storage in the refrigerator. Even with the extra lid, though, we can’t recommend storing this jar on its side in case your fridge has limited shelf clearance. —Lesley Stockton

If you want a cobbler shaker

This all-in-one shaker and strainer will be easier to use for novice mixologists. It has less of a tendency to leak than other cobbler-style shakers, and it feels more solidly built.

If you want an all-in-one option, we also like the Usagi Cobbler Shaker. Cobbler-style shakers, which separate into three pieces (a canister, a lid with a strainer, and a cap to cover the holes), are sometimes easier for beginners but generally prone to leaking. The Usagi is the only cobbler shaker we’ve found that doesn’t: In our tests, all three parts remained snug during shaking, yet the parts weren’t so tight as to make breaking the seal difficult. We also appreciate that the Usagi shaker has a little ergonomic indentation in the cap where you can put your index finger while shaking. For those who care, this shaker also looks nice and classic. —Christine Cyr Clisset

For larger parties, grab big bags of ice from the supermarket or gas station and then separate the ice into two groups: ice that cools your beverages (and won’t be consumed) and clean ice meant for drinks. The clean ice needs its own container—nobody should have to stick a hand in the cooler to grab ice meant for chilling dirty off-the-shelf cans of beer.

After 20 hours of watching ice melt, we can say that our favorite ice bucket is the Oggi Stainless Steel Ice Bucket. Double-walled for insulation, this shiny, stainless model has a removable lid, a 3-quart capacity, and an included pair of tongs. In our tests, it didn’t sweat at all on the outside, keeping stacks of napkins and tablecloths dry.—EO

Well liquor

Stocking a bar is a matter of personal taste: It’s your party, so buy what you prefer. As long as you’re offering something to drink, your guests will be happy to linger. But if you need to stock up from scratch and want suggestions for basic, crowd-pleasing bottles of liquor that are good for most cocktails but won’t blow your budget, we narrowed the field down to seven selections. How much booze should you buy? The best advice is to buy plenty. Martha Stewart also has a helpful party calculator to determine how much to buy.

After speaking to eight celebrated bartenders, researching what the entertaining experts had to say, and cross-referencing their responses, we recommend the following.

Vodka: Absolut. Dale DeGroff, formerly of the Rainbow Room, told us, “If you want something a little more viscous, with a little more flavor, we’re talking pastry flavor, you get the malty, grainy: Absolut.”

Gin: Tanqueray. Chad Solomon of beverage consultancy Cuffs & Buttons called Tanqueray a “Rolls-Royce–quality” gin.

Dry vermouth: Dolin. Solomon and John deBary of Momofuku both picked Dolin for dry vermouth, a key ingredient in martinis.

Bourbon: Wild Turkey. “Right there in the heart, at 10proof, is Wild Turkey,” DeGroff said. “This man is the master.”

Whisky: The Famous Grouse. Solomon gave points to The Famous Grouse whisky for being “more of a mixer than a sipper … it’s not overly sweetened and has a little bit of smoke to it.”

Rum: Bacardi Superior. For white rum, DeGroff told us, “obviously Bacardi.”

Different cocktails (or straight sipping) may be better suited to different bottles. You know your friends, so pick and choose the alcohol you think they’ll enjoy most. —Nick Guy

Our sparkling wine pick

It’s bready and complex, and it smells like burnt sugar. People recommend Gruet to us all the time, even when we’re not asking.

Real Champagne is expensive and not commonly bought by the case. Luckily, you have much to choose from beyond the French stuff these days, and if you’re having a celebration and you don’t want to go broke, we recommend Gruet Brut. This non-vintage sparkler from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is made in the French style by a family from Champagne.

To find a great bottle that’s available for purchase by the case, we first consulted “best of” lists from various sources, including Food & Wine, Good Housekeeping, Huffington Post, The Nest, Serious Eats, and Wine Enthusiast. Then we sought out the experts.

Chad Solomon, a Milk & Honey bar alumnus and partner of beverage consultancy Cuffs & Buttons, told us, “It’s quite lovely to sip on.” Michael McCaulley, wine director and partner of Philadelphia’s Tria bar-cafe, said, “It’s toastier, it’s bready, it’s complex, it’s awesome with luscious cheese.” It’s also widely available across the US, including at online shops such as Astor Wines & Spirits.

Again and again, our sources listed Gruet Brut as one of their favorites, even without our mentioning it. Just to make sure, we pitted it against the Wine Enthusiast–approved Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut, which pops up on top sparkler lists, as well as against the similarly well-received Segura Viudas Aria Brut Cava, yet in taste tests the Gruet was the clear favorite.—NG

Our utensils pick

Sturdy, disposable cutlery is hard to find, but Kirkland’s plastic stuff fills the bill and won’t break on you.

In our tine-to-tine face-off of three plastic utensil sets, the clear winner was Kirkland Signature Crystal Clear Cutlery. These utensils won’t break on you mid-meal unless you’re dining with the Hulk, and they come in a huge quantity for cheap, so one box (which can be even cheaper in-store at Costco) should last you through quite a few dinner parties, bake-offs, and picnics. The 360-piece set comes in real-world proportions of 180 forks, 120 spoons, and 60 knives.

Our slow cooker pick

With a slow cooker you can put a roast with mouthwatering, braised flavor on the table without spending all day tending to it. Plus, preparing your main dish in an independent appliance can help free up valuable oven and stove space.

We considered many slow-cooker models across the budget range and couldn’t find the perfect one—most of them run too hot. After 5hours of research and testing, we decided that our pick is the slightly fancier but still affordable Hamilton Beach 6-quart Programmable Set & Forget, which is large enough to hold a 4-pound brisket. The built-in meat probe seems gimmicky, but slow-cooker expert Phyllis Pellman Good told us that it’s a useful feature. Keep in mind, though, that the short probe may not be long enough to reach into the front cut of every brisket.

If your brisket has gone eight hours and hasn’t reached optimal melt-in-your-mouth texture, keep cooking it on low for a few more hours. The writer behind Smitten Kitchen, a big fan of slow-cooker brisket, lets hers go for 10.

Is a roast too formal or hearty for your soirée? Slow cookers set on low are also the perfect serving vehicle for hors d’oeuvres like glazed meatballs, crowd-pleasing dips, mulled wine, and even decadent desserts. —Camille Chatterjee

Puff pastry

Ready-made puff pastry offers an easy and sophisticated option for entertaining. It’s a great staple to keep on hand for making fancy-looking desserts, special entrées like beef Wellington, and even breakfast pastries. Using puff pastry is also one of the best ways to make tasty, impressive-looking appetizers with the bare minimum of effort.

Most people don’t want to make puff pastry from scratch, as it’s a labor-intensive process. The store-bought variety can be a real time-saver, especially when you’re prepping for a gathering, and we found Trader Joe’s Puff Pastry Dough to be the best you can buy.

As the name suggests, puff pastry puffs up as it bakes. The resulting pastry should have an airy, flaky texture. The flavor should be buttery and have a melt-in-your-mouth quality. Good ready-made puff pastry should be relatively easy to work with. Ready-made puff pastry dough usually comes in a sheet; it should roll out smoothly, without cracking where it was folded in the package. The dough should feel slightly moist but not wet, and no sections of the dough sheet should be dry or suffering the effects of freezer burn.

Generally you can find premade puff pastry dough in the freezer section of a grocery store, near the pie crust and phyllo dough. After testing Trader Joe’s dough against the high-end Dufour Classic Puff Pastry and the commonly available Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets, we found the Trader Joe’s brand to offer the best taste and the best value.

TJ’s puff pastry comes thinly rolled in parchment, which makes it easy to unroll and work with immediately. Although we like that the Dufour Classic dough is made with butter (which we could particularly taste in our apple tart), we also tasted the butter in the Trader Joe’s brand (which is created with a combination of butter and non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening made from palm oil). And at about a fourth of the price of the Dufour dough, Trader Joe’s puff pastry is a steal. It’s available only during the holidays, so if you like it, stock up; it should keep in a steady freezer for about six months. Otherwise, Dufour’s puff pastry is our offseason pick. —CCC

Toaster oven

A toaster oven is a must for parties: It frees up oven space and heats up canapés without heating up your whole kitchen (which is good if you have a lot of people congregated in your kitchen). For our best toaster oven guide, we spent over 5hours on research and went through stacks and stacks of toasted white bread, mini pizza bagels, and cookies. Our main pick is the Panasonic FlashXpress, which is smaller than most competitors and cheaper, too. For a party, however, we’d recommend a larger toaster that can function as an auxiliary oven, the Cuisinart TOB-260NChef’s Convection Toaster Oven. —Raphael Brion

Garbage bag

For large parties, Husky’s bags will hold a lot of the garbage and recycling that piles up at the end of the night, and they’re extra-thick to ward off punctures.

Our pick for the best kitchen trash bag is the Glad Tall Kitchen Drawstring Bag, which works fine for a smaller dinner party. But as anyone who has had to clean up after an excellent party knows, a tremendous amount of garbage and recycling can pile up—especially if you’re using disposable flatware. For these situations, you’ll want a contractor bag.

Think in layers.

Use objects with different heights to create interest, says Bryan Rafanelli, the White House’s Christmas designer. Start by hanging oversized snowflakes, and building up the table with tall candlesticks. For the mantel, hang a garland made with olive branches. It’s both pretty and symbolic.

Make the banister festive.

Banisters can be tricky to decorate. For a light, airy and cheerful look, try stringing red and white paper bells together with fishing line, like designer Robert Rufino did. (Tip: Get creative with your decorations. We found these at a wedding supply store!)

Trade garland for candles.

Instead of a garland, Rufino proves a great way to dress a mantel is to fill it with a mix of candlesticks — tall, small, mercury glass, crystal — and put a beautiful vase of flowers in their midst. Everything glitters. And instead of ivory candles, use red, cranberry and shades of green.

Harvest fall collectibles

Halloween and Thanksgiving inspire a feast of fall collectibles, artwork, and crafts featuring pumpkins, scarecrows, and leaves in earthy autumnal colors.

Thanksgiving cornucopias and more: As you sit down to a Thanksgiving feast, surround your family with colorful cornucopias, autumnal leaves, turkeys, pilgrims, and other Thanksgiving collectibles. You can even find commemorative Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade snowglobes.

Lemax villages with a Halloween theme or autumn setting can also help you set the mood of the season.

 

 

 

 

How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the Seasonal Celebration Candles by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Seasonal Celebration Candles wisely! Good luck!

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