I feel like Martha Stewart. My Hallowe'en candles, wonderful orange ones with embedded sparkles that fit into my black spider candleholders, went ballistic the other night at dinner and dripped wax all over the table.
I remembered a household hint that I read about - Heloïse? Peg Bracken? Maybe Martha? - in any case, you put ice on wax and when it's really cold, it lifts right off the wood. It also works to put smaller stuff, like the candleholders themselves, in the freezer for an hour or so. Works like a champ.
Just thought you'd like to know, since Hallowe'en is approaching and now that it gets dark by dinner time, I'm back to using candles on the table.