Nov 17, 2023

Best Candle Holders: 25 Picks For Dinner Party Decor

By Lucy Smith

Lighted candles are the best way to set the mood at your dining table, and the best candle holders will elevate the ambience even more so, turning a menial candlestick into an eye-drawing centrepiece. For me, twisty candlesticks (like these HAY ones) are the most aesthetic of the bunch, but that could very well be result of my penchant (read: obsession) for maximalism. If minimalist styles are more to your taste, then perhaps a tapered candle (like this H&M Home pair) will fit the bill? Regardless, there are candlestick, tealight and pillar candle holders to suit every interiors preference, with price points that'll cater to every income, too.

The throwing of lavish dinner parties has seriously amped up over the past year, with the likes of Matilda Djerf, Emily Mariko and a timely resurgence of Nancy Meyers movies leaving me longing for linen-clad, candle-laden evenings with my nearest and dearest. I'm also taking hosting inspiration from suave venues and restaurants. While Soho House Dean Street has me fascinated with velvet and brass accents, Decimo at The Standard has left me seeking out all things colour and texture. How am I integrating all these accents, you ask? An eclectic mix of the best candle holders, from smooth stoneware to ribbed and coloured glass.

My pick of the bunch? As we approach spring, I'm yearning for pops of colour in my home, and these bubble-style candle holders will be a real dopamine-inducing buy. Elsewhere, La Redoute's squat candlestick bases are more minimalist (while still offering a choice of two blue-green colours) and won't monopolise precious serving space on your table.

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Enough of a statement to be conversation worthy, and yet uses transparent coloured glass so as not to disrupt the flow of your tablescape.

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Ideally suited to pillar candles to save any wax ruining your tabletop, this stone candle plate is a top pick for fans of minimalist decor.

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If you're as into bubble decor as we are, this reasonably priced taper candle holder will have you in a chokehold. Race ya to the checkout?

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A bit more of a dining table centrepiece with its wider base, this glass candlestick holder is inexpensive and at the top of our interiors wishlists this month.

We've already covered ribbed glassware, but this pick from H&M is going to have to be a late addition - it's a perfect seasonal table decoration. Bring on the pinks, greens and pastels, we say.

Tealight holders can elevate a lack lustre candle tenfold. Take your IKEA multipack of ‘GLIMMA’ unscented tealights and turn them into a mood-setting piece of notable home decor.

If you like clean lines and space-saving home accessories, this candlestick holder will double as a trinket tray for your bedroom. Just add a couple of gold rings and you'll have a cute finishing touch to bring your bedside table decor together.

Upgrade your table settings with this rosy glass tealight holder. Your dinner party never looked better.

A ceramic candlestick holder with maximalist charm, a nod to March and April (florals for spring etc. etc.) and echoes of the wavy decor trend on the mouth of the holder.

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Not one for your tall candles, this mini tealight holder is quaint and would look darling on the edge of a book shelf or some floating shelving.

A candelabra may seem a tad dated, but if anyone can make something a trending topic once more, it's OB. Whether you want to keep up the Valentine's Day ambience or your interior design is just lacking, this salmon-toned centerpiece will be just the ticket.

Simple and understated, this candlestick holders set would look best with a pair of black candles, we say. Why not give it a go?

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Another candelabra, of sorts; this metal candle holder from Dunelm is affordable, sleek and would make a great contrast piece set upon a dark wood sideboard.

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With a shabby chic style, this hurricane candle holder-come-glass lantern is just as apt for the home as it is the garden.

Not one for a candlestick candle, but rather a pillar candle, we're big fans of the martini glass design of this White Company holder. Pair it with some carefully placed eucalyptus, a linen tablecloth and you'll be good to go.

A luxury pick for a high-end household, these brass candle holders are inspired by 180 The Strand and make excellent accent table decorations.

Another Soho Home selection, these gold candle holders will create a new element of depth at your table with their short and tall heights, respectively.

One of the more premium entries in this buying guide, this Christian Dior candle plate makes for a great new home or housewarming gift, and is suitable for use with votive candles, pillar candles, or just jarred candles to prevent heat damage on delicate surfaces.

John Lewis are one of our favourite retailers for affordable homewares and this trio of grey and blue-green glass tealight holders are a perfect coastal grandmother pick.

These clear glass oil burners from Etsy have been designed to mimic the appearance of a wax candlestick + stick holder without any of the drips or mess. A great new-in alternative, and one that's perhaps more Scandi than your garish coloured candlesticks, we're big fans.

More boho and stripped back than some of the sleek, clear glass picks in this edit, this handcrafted candle plate will blend right in with all your warm-toned, neutral decor.

Crafted from cement for an understated finish, these Garden Trading candle holders will inject an ounce of Brooklyn-style industrialism into your United Kingdom abode.

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Bringing a sense of Moroccan and Mediterranean coastline warmth to our sun-starved homes, these candle tealight cups are a gorgeous olive green and feature a slightly frosted glass, acting as a 2-in-1 design choice-come-light diffuser.

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If minimalist decor, with matte black everything and stoneware galore, is totally your thing, then this iron pick from Nkuku will be right up your street.

Another candle lantern, this oh-so-affordable selection from Graham and Green would look great in a garden or patio setting, not to mention it's a superb way to add a bit more of a personalised decorative touch to your at-home corner of mother nature.

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These are the best candle holders ahead of spring dinner party season - Matilda Djerf eat your heart out.