Wednesday, June 22, 2011

When do you light the candles?

When entertaining for a sit down meal, when is the right time to light the candles on the table? Before the guests arrive or before everyone sits down?
Elaine, Saskatchewan

Hello Elaine,
Although as the hostess you can do what you want (it is your party), a really good rule of thumb is to light the dining room candles once dinner is ready to be served and just before you invite your guests to the dinner table. This signals to the guests that the evening is shifting from the cocktail hour to the dinner hour. Once the dinner is over and your guests have left the dinner table traditionally the candles are blown out.

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