Memorial Day is celebrated every May but few people know that it has strong southern and African American Roots. According to SavingPlaces.org, ” Every May, the nation marks Memorial Day, the longstanding tradition we use to recognize fallen veterans. The holiday has its origins in “Decoration Day,” originally held in Charleston, South Carolina in 1865, when […]
Hosting a party and love candles & food? We completely understand the feeling. Today we are giving you tips on how to pair those two loves for an ultimate dinner party experience. If you are hosting a party in the near future, here are some Tips on Pairing Candle Scents with Dinner Party Menus from Rochelle Graham-Campbell, CEO of Alikay Naturals.
According to Rochelle, here is her philosophy on dinner parties:
“Having a busy schedule, I appreciate how dinner parties offer a fun way to catch up with friends at one time and celebrate important milestones.A� Scented candles enhance the smells of our cuisine and provide beautiful illumination as dinner party centerpieces.A� When pairing candle scents with a food/wine menu, look for fragrances that inspire creativity in the kitchen and compliment the ingredients being used in the dishes being served.A� Ia��ve included a few suggestions below, using our handmade Alikay Naturals Soy Candles that incorporate fragrances inspired by Jamaica”
Be sure to follow her lead and combine these favorite thing with herA�Tips on Pairing Candle Scents with Dinner Party Menus.
LEMONGRASS CANDLE & CITRUS SALAD
Nice and calming, the Lemongrass Candle puts off hints of citrus and herbs.A� Filling your space with a refreshing, clean scent; we have this candle lit throughout the summer season.A� The crisp aroma complements your favorite summer salad with a citrus lime vinaigrette dressing.A� The bolder flavors found in light bodied rose wines, like Mouton Noira��s Love Drunk or Sociologie Winea��s Blush Rose, offers the perfect balance to this scent.
COCO MANGO CANDLE & ICE CREAM
Who doesna��t like eating homemade ice cream as a way to beat the summer heat?A� A tropical inspired candle, like our Coco Mango candle, adds a nice fruity aroma to the air that complements fun summer flavors like mango, passionfruit or guava.A�A� A sparkling wine, like Suite Four, has just enough pop to complement this favorite summer treat.
HONEY & SAGE CANDLE & JAMAICAN SWEET POTATO STEW
With ingredients like coconut milk and fresh thyme, a Jamaican Sweet Potato Stew is perfectly sweet and savory all in one.A� The soothing scent burning off of our Honey & Sage candle looming in the air offers the perfect complement to this hearty soup.A� The aroma of this slightly sweet smelling candle also pairs well with an Ethiopian honey wine.
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