I wonder about using floating candles in a variety of ways. With flowers in the water? Greenery in the water? Lemons or limes in the water? or even these twigs, water, vases, floating candles. Simple and might be pretty. also, less wax mess to clean up!
DO PINECONES. Christmas lights and balls in a basket. Any decent bowl, especially glass will give you a completely different look. A glass bowl will also give you more light. Works well with pine cones too. Love this idea!