“ Brand: John Lewis / Misc House Type: Lamp „
I know Halloween has come and gone, but I suggested this product a while ago so should really tell you all about the Halloween Tealight Tree that I bought from John Lewis. I bought it on a day where all the Halloween decorations were on BOGOF and because this was the absolute best of the John Lewis decorations I decided to get two of these to sit on my Halloween buffet table. This Tealight Tree cost £15, which is expensive for a decoration to be used once a year but it's such good quality and so attractive that I treated myself - and anyway, it's proved so good that I didn't put it away and both of the Tealight Trees are still on display in my home two months later! The tree is made from some kind of metal which has been painted black to give a brushed effect, the metal is quite a strong one and has not dented or cracked even though my cats have knocked them off the bookcase on several occasions. Mental note to oneself: Don't light the candles until Sooty, Tigger and Heidi have gone out to play! The decoration isn't terribly stable considering it's used to hold candles, it won't blow over at the slightest draught of course but it doesn't really take much of a knock for it to start swaying around and wobbling. I was surprised about this because the base is quite thick and substantial, but I suspect that the way the branches stick out means that the decoration has an odd centre of gravity. I think the Tealight Tree looks great, it's jet black as you can see from the photo above and looks very spooky when the lights are out and you just have the candles flickering and throwing the shape of an enlongated spooky tree onto the wall. There are several tiny ghosts hanging from thin chains on the branches and again they look fantastic when the candles are lit and the ghostly shadows are on the wall and furniture. My granddaughters and their Halloween party guests all commented on what brilliant decorations they were, although my sister baulked at the price after she'd said she was going to buy some! You place your tealights in small glass holders which are designed to look old fashioned, they look great and because the glass has a golden sheen to it it intensifies the light coming from the candles and the whole holder seems to glow with candlelight. I love the effect and considering I am using only five small tealights I am always surprised at just how much light they throw off. I would definitely recommend these Tealight Trees if you can get hold of them. They are a John Lewis branded item so this is really the only place you're likely to find them, unless you happen to come across any on Ebay or in local ex-catalogue shops. The price is going to be the deciding factor I suppose, as they are kind of expensive considering you can buy some excellent Halloween decorations from Poundland and other discount shops. Personally I would say I was pleased to get the two for £15 and would certainly buy one for £15, although if they were not on special offer I would have stuck to the one as I couldn't have allowed myself to spend £30 on two of these. The Tealight Trees are gorgeous though; they went down well with the guests and looked stunning at either end of our Halloween buffet table.