As you get older, candles can start to make quite a crowd (not to mention a fire hazard) on your birthday cake. Last week, I tried to fit 32 of them onto one cake for a friend's birthday party—in the end, the cake had 28 holes and a crust of wax drippings. Not pretty. Enter Fred's Roman Candles: a classy (and slightly less hazardous) alternative, they come in sets of eight silver-trimmed letter candles—one L, three X's, one V and three I's—that can be arranged to represent any age up to 89, the Roman way.
_ Fred's Roman Candles, $6.06 at Amazon_