Are you bored of the old dinner and a movie routine? Forget the stale popcorn and crowded restaurants. Turn up the heat (literally) with a candle making date night. Because what's more romantic than you, your partner, hot wax, and good smells?
Here's everything you need to know to plan the perfect candle making date night experience.
Benefits of Candle Making Date Night
Create A Memorable Experience
Let's face it, how many couples do you know who've had a candle making date night? Exactly.
Stepping out of the dinner-and-a-movie loop and into something as unique as candle crafting sets the stage for an unforgettable experience.
Your date may have had a dozen boring conversations over dinner, but they won't soon forget something as creative as a candle making date night.
Quality Time Spent Together
Measuring, mixing, and pouring scented candles is the perfect date idea because it gives you something to do while you get to know each other.
No awkward pauses while you chew, no mindless scrolling while you wait for the server to refill your drinks, and no risk of spilling red wine down the front of your shirt.
Just the soothing process of pouring custom candles as you bond with your sweetheart.
(Be sure to read through these candle making dos and don'ts to avoid any mishaps!)
Learning a New Skill
There's a special kind of joy that comes from learning something new, especially with your partner.
Whether one of you is a crafty veteran or both are novices in the world of DIY, navigating the learning curve of custom candle making adds an exciting layer to your date night.
Your first candle might turn out a little wonky, but so what? It's all part of the charm. It's a chance to encourage (and maybe even gently tease each) other as you master the art together.
(Check out these candle making tips for beginners if you want a better chance at success!)
Planning a Candle Making Date Night In 5 Easy Steps
Step 1 - Decide if you'd rather make candles at home or in a candle making workshop.
Deciding where to host your soy wax candle making date night sets the tone for your evening. If you're game for a cozy night in, then set up a mini-workshop in your kitchen.
Create a cozy and inviting space with soft background music, comfortable seating, and a clear work area to set the tone for a relaxed and enjoyable evening.
Otherwise, research in-store candle making experiences near you and let someone else do the cleanup instead. These workshops provide all the necessary materials and guidance, making it a hassle-free option for those focusing solely on the experience and each other.
Step 2 - Gather your candle making supplies.
The next step for those opting to stay in is to gather your candle-making arsenal. Starting with a simple soy candle project is wise, as it's beginner-friendly and sets the stage for a fun, no-pressure evening.
Ensure you have:
- quality soy wax
- eco-friendly wicks
- heat-resistant containers
- natural fragrance oils (optional)
To simplify the process, consider purchasing a candle-making kit that includes everything you need for the night.
If you decide to venture out to a candle making studio instead, then you'll have an expert to guide you along the way. Typically, you'll select a candle vessel and then set up your wick and pour your wax.
Step 3 - Choose the right fragrance oil.
The biggest decision of your candle making date night will boil down to one thing: fragrance choice. Will you choose the scent of roses reminiscent of your first date or the musky undertones of your partner's cologne?
Ask your date about the scent they chose and why it's special to them. They just might have a story that gives you some insight into their life experiences and who they are as a person! Be sure to ask your date if there are any fragrances they prefer to avoid so you don't accidentally give them the ick.
Step 4 - Wait for your candles to set and cure.
Once your candles are poured, they'll need time to set and cure. This waiting period is the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy each other's company. While the candles solidify, you can share stories and dreams or simply enjoy the moment. Remember, the best things in life are worth waiting for.
Step 5 - Unwind with a few beverages and see where things go.
Pour yourselves a glass of wine, make some tea, or grab a couple of your favorite cocktails. This is your moment to bask in the glow of your handiwork and each other's company.
Play a game, watch a movie, or simply chat—now that you've created candles together, the night is yours to enjoy as you please.
Expert Candle Making Tips to Dazzle Your Date
Here are some candle making tips that will not only ensure your candles turn out beautifully—and leave your partner impressed with your skills:
Soy wax is user-friendly, environmentally friendly, and provides a clean burn. It's perfect for a date night project because it's easy to work with and forgiving for beginners.
- While melting, stir your wax gently to help it melt evenly and prevent hot spots.
- Pour slowly and steadily to minimize air bubbles. If bubbles do form, you can gently tap the container on the countertop to help them rise to the surface and pop.
- Using too much fragrance can cause issues with your candle, like sweating or poor burning. A good rule of thumb is to use about 1 ounce of fragrance oil per pound of wax.
- Use a wick-centering tool or a homemade guide (like two pencils balanced across the container's opening) to keep your wick centered while the wax sets. This ensures an even burn.
- Allow your candles to set undisturbed in a cool, dry place. Rushing the process can lead to imperfections. Soy wax, in particular, benefits from a few days of curing before burning to achieve the best scent throw.
Start Planning Your Perfect Candle Making Date Night
A candle making date night promises an evening filled with laughter, creativity, and a little bit of magic. It's the perfect way to break the monotony of regular date nights and light up your romantic life.
Ready to make sparks fly with a candle making date night? Snag one of our soy candle making kits and set the stage for an evening that's sure to be lit (pun intended).