The 12 Palates of Christmas - #11

Palate #11 - Fire & Ice

Balance and harmony is key to any good design, and if you don't want to get super literal with your holiday season fete, consider balancing your fire and ice. One part warm color to one part cool. You'll create vibrant pictures if you take red crystals scattered in a midnight blue bouquet, add a flash of orange on a silver table setting, and set the scene ablaze when you take a rich backdrop of eggplant and spark it with goldenrod yellow. The one thing that fire and ice have in common is that they sparkle, so up your shimmer quotient, make sure you're really investing in great lighting to make it all sparkle, and this is one theme where literal fire and ice (roaring fireplaces and ice sculptures) will work wonderfully together.

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