matchstick candle – A Subtle Revelry

matchstick candle

I will be sharing a few of the details from our 30th birthday over the next week. We had a super small gathering of just a few close friends, it was relaxed and perfect. Carly captured the details while it was still light out.

We sat and chatted the evening away around our backyard bonfire. A very big 30th birthday candle served as our fire starter, which I made by gluing matches onto a scrap piece of wood.

The match candle was a fun way to give credence to the milestone birthdays being celebrated and it was incredibly exciting to see the matches all light up together!

Photography by Carly Taylor.



  1. Katie

    21 April

    Such a cool idea! Love it!!

  2. Rach

    21 April

    That’s amazing! Such a brilliant idea. I want to do this for my next birthday. :)

  3. Lena

    21 April

    Oh my goodness, I love this! Perfect for those of us who love a little fire!

  4. Liz Stanley

    21 April

    I love fun that’s a little dangerous :)

  5. I absolutely adore this Idea! I am definitely going to borrow this idea from you for our next birthday celebration.
    BTW I just love your site – I am wannabe party planner – so it is fun seeing all your cool creations and ideas. My poor kids have had to have a themed party almost every year so that I can get my fix :) I hope they don’t want to plan their own weddings!!! :)

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  7. Paula

    25 April

    Wow !!! It’s awesome …i like this ,so creative !!! :)

  8. Katie Bright

    25 April

    What a clever idea! I don’t live near any ideal places to start a bonfire, but this is just the thing if I ever do live near one! Xo, Katie

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  10. This is sooo cool! It would be really fun to do for a 100th birthday too I bet :)

  11. Alia

    14 November

    Such a clever idea! Probably not safe for an indoor party…too bad!

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