When to pick quince?

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In Season: Quince

At first glance, a quince is downright weird. It’s misshapen, freckled and covered in a sticky white web. But inhale its sweet, floral scent and you will want to do right by this fruit.

Quince trees grow all over the world and evidence of their prominence in the orchard is apparent in the earliest writings of the Romans and Greeks. The quince is the last of the orchard fruits to ripen, even withstanding near-frosty temperatures before harvest. Some gardeners believe the cold weather improves the quince’s rose-like perfume.

For all their charm and oddity, the quince is a terrible neighbor in the orchard. According to Susanne Behling of Nob Hill Orchards in Gerrardstown, West Virginia, “they invite trouble.”

Quince bring with them two possible diseases: fireblight and quince rust. The rust is a fungal disease that causes rock hard, deformed fruit that will never soften. It is managed easily by fungicide, but has a bad habit of spreading the same deformation to any nearby apple tree.

Fireblight is a highly contagious, often tragic hazard to the orchardist. The systemic disease arrives only when humidity, high temperatures and full bloom are perfectly balanced. Once alight, it spreads quickly, leaving branches, leaves blackened and, in some cases, killing entire orchards in a single year.

So, why grow quince if they are so dangerous? Behling just had to have some. “One or two quince in a big batch of applesauce changes everything,” she says. After the first quince tree she planted promptly spread quince rust to a row of nearby apple trees, she planted the next two quince trees in a meadow 300 meters away from the nearest apple tree. Pollination wouldn’t be an issue, as quince are self-pollinating.

It doesn’t get easier when harvesting. The quince must be bright yellow and the pubescent wooly white that covers the ripening fruit should be nearly gone. A lime green flush is not a problem ”“ those will ripen on the counter in a matter of days ”“ but a deep green, fuzzy quince is destined to rot before ripening. “I wait until they change color,” says Behling, “and once they do, they have to get picked or the next storm will blow them right out of the tree.” Until the skin turns fully yellow, the floral scent is elusive, but even if the fruit is slightly green and only vaguely scented, long cooking will bring out the rich perfume.

The quince is difficult in the kitchen, too. Unripe, it is unbearably tart, woody and dry. Even when fully ripe, it is highly astringent. This is not a fruit eaten out of hand, like its botanical cousins apples and pears. But once cooked, the quince flavor is reminiscent of both. Quince is difficult to peel, core and chop, so sharpen your knives and work carefully.

To preserve quince for those quince-less months ahead, look to the European, Slavic and Turkish cuisines. Along the Mediterranean, spoon fruit is made, in which large pieces of quince are suspended in a sugary syrup. The fruit is served with yogurt and other fresh cheeses like labneh and ricotta.

To make a more classic jam, peeled, cored and sliced quince are boiled in water, and the softened fruit are combined with sugar and cooked to a soft gel. In the truest sense of old world economy, the water used to boil the quince becomes jelly.

Not only does the flavor of quince build with long cooking, but so does the color, deepening from a pale and ghostly yellow to rich, reddish, orangey tone. The color and flavor conversion is similar to the way applesauce reduces to apple butter, intensifying the very essence of the fruit. Long, slow cooking reduces the saucy quince, and with the fruit’s high pectin, a simple preservation technique emerges. The resulting fruit paste holds for months.

In Spain, Mexico and several South American countries, this paste is known as membrillo, while Eastern Europeans call it quince cheese. In these cultures, the paste is served alongside cheese (especially aged Manchego or other sheeps’ milk cheeses).

Try membrillo in a grilled cheese sandwich — and tuck in a piece of that leftover turkey, too. The not-too-sweet quince flavor works with meat and stews as readily as it pairs with cheese.

For the wine and cheese lover on your gift list, slice the membrillo into a 4-inch square, press a sprig of rosemary into the surface and wrap in parchment paper, add a wedge of aged Manchego and a bright red wine from Spain. Well-wrapped, membrillo lasts three or more months.

How to Harvest a Quince

Quince, a fruit that bears resemblance to apples and pears, comes from the flowering quince tree. The fruit, asymmetrically round, looks like a squat pear. It can have lumpy skin or light fuzz all over. Although once used extensively in home cooking, quince is not as commonly used by today’s homemakers who lack time in the kitchen. Still, harvesting quince and using in home-cooked meals is an inexpensive and fun way to utilize fruit from the garden. Just follow these steps.

Step 1: Choose Harvest Time Carefully

Although it may be tempting to pick off quince, doing so too early will result in a longer ripening time. When is the best time to harvest quince? Experts say quince harvesting should begin when the fruit changes from dark to light green color, usually in the fall.

Most quinces do not ripen on the tree. Instead, they ripen during cool storage. A fully ripened quince will be yellow all over.

Step 2: Harvest Quince

Quince needs to be harvested with care since it will easily bruise. Use a sharp pair of garden hand pruners to clip off stems bearing quince so that they don’t damage other fruits.

Select firm, large and light green to pale yellow fruit that is free of any blemishes. Do not pick any that have bruises, or are shriveled or soft.

Step 3: Storing Quince to Ripen

To ripen quince, place in a dry, cool location out of direct sunlight for a few days. Turn fruit several times during that period. For quince that are light green in color (not yellow) and need a longer ripening period (staggered for later use in the kitchen), enclose in plastic bags or containers and store in a cool place for a period of 1 to 2 months. Storage is the same as for apples. Remember to keep quince separate from any other stored fruit, since the strong aroma of quince will taint other fruit flavor. Watch for superficial scald and flesh browning on some varieties.

Step 4: Using Ripened Quince

If not using pale yellow quince immediately, the fruit will turn mealy. Quince may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Wrap in paper towels and keep separate from pears and apples as the aroma affects other fruits.

Step 5: Uses for Harvested Quince

Quinces are tart and not good eaten raw. Many cooks like to use them in baking, such as a quince-apple crisp or pie. The quince flesh turns a light pink when baked and has a fragrant, perfume aroma.

Other culinary uses include Iranian (meat stuffed into quince cavities), Moroccan tanginess (stews with meat, quince and dried fruits, spiced with cinnamon and cloves), marmalades and jellies.

Beyond eating, quince may be used in decorations—wreaths, floral arrangements with stems and leaves, and in room-freshening potpourris.

Victoria is quince heaven, the easy-grow tree thrives on our cold winters says Tony Fawcett

IF YOU’RE looking for Victoria’s most maligned fruit, I’d reckon it would have to be the humble quince.

Once a favourite in every second country garden, it has in recent decades been banished as a grandma’s plant now not worth the effort.

That’s a disgrace. I can’t fathom what people are thinking.

For mine, the quince (Cydonia oblonga) is a garden prince, one of the best orchard trees for growing in Victoria.

And it’s not just for orchards. With its delicate white spring flowers blooming against soft green leaves it’s an ornamental stunner, adding a touch of spring romance to any garden.

Then there’s a fabulous foliage show of yellow and orange in autumn — and a bewitching aroma from both fruit and foliage.

If that’s not enough, the fruit is low-calorie with plentiful antioxidants and contains compounds reputed to guard against bowel disease.

Get hooked on quinces and it’s hard to give them up.

Happily for us, Victoria is quince heaven. This easy-grow tree thrives on our cold winters, which give it a kickstart, and copes admirably in the dry of summer, quickly bouncing back to its best when the swelter ends.

It performs well in most soils including clay, isn’t too concerned about poor drainage, is self-pollinating, requires little fussing, and produces luscious fruit year after year.

It rarely gets more than five or six metres high and is affected by few diseases, except for fleck, a fungal problem that attacks leaves and fruit over summer with brownish sometimes purply splotches. The solution to this is spraying with a copper-based product around budburst and over winter, or choosing a variety with good fleck resistance, such as Smyrna.

Otherwise it’s easy-peasy, so long as you get your tree netted before the possums and birds get stuck in to the fruit.

Of course, the reason many don’t like quinces is that in this instant-gratification society of ours you can’t just pluck the fruit off the tree and eat.

For most, the flesh of this lumpy, vaguely pear-like fruit is too astringent. It first requires a little work.

It needs to be cooked to bring out its aromatic flavour.

It can also be poached and roasted, and recently has made something of a mini comeback with gourmet trendies as a paste or conserve for eating with cheeses.

The best time to plant a quince tree is now.

There are bare-rooted trees in the nurseries and the trick is to get them established in a sunny, wind-protected spot and let them be because they don’t like being moved.

Trees are ideally pruned early and trained into four or five main branches forming a traditional vase shape.

Over time, the branches will take on a wonderful gnarled, spreading appearance.

While they are happy to do their own thing, regular watering over dry periods, pruning as you would for an apple, and fertilising will give you bumper crops. But be wary of applying too much nitrogen-rich fertiliser as it will reduce crop sizes.

Trees are best mulched out to the drip line. Some suckering might occur but it won’t be a huge problem.

When a quince is ripe you know it. It’s marvellous. It will have turned from green to a uniform yellow and boast a superb aroma.

Depending on the variety, fruit generally is right for picking from February through into autumn.

Pickable fruit starts appearing when the tree is about three years old and you can expect a tree to bear for about three decades, although we have trees about 40 years or more old that still produce a reasonable crop.

Some like to keep a few raw fruit in a fruit bowl purely for the wonderfully fresh smell they give off.

When obtaining quince trees for fruit, be wary though of buying ornamental or flowering quinces (Chaenomeles) by mistake. While a brilliant flowering and hedging plant, these smaller growing trees are a relative and, although they produce a small fruit, it is not all that edible.

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In Jane’s grandmother’s time the quince tree Cydonia oblonga was among our popular trees. And thankfully they have returned to fashion. Trendy chefs, restaurateurs and really good cooks love using quinces.

It’s a deciduous tree and a tough one. It will grow virtually anywhere throughout the country, as long as its in a sunny spot with well drained soil.

The tree grows to about 7 metres high, and is approximately 2 metres wide, but it should be pruned to keep a more compact shape. The fruit is beautiful – in a bad year they can be small – but in a good rainfall year, they are quite large. The fruit starts as a green colour and changes in autumn to a lovely yellow as it ripens. This is the perfect time to harvest. The bloom on the skin is also perfectly natural.

As for pests and diseases, the quince can be prone to fruit fly in susceptible districts. Sometimes the leaves become skeletonised, and this is caused by the pear and cherry slug – which looks like a little leech. Pear and cherry slug can be treated by spraying with Pyrethrum when the slugs start to appear – usually just before Christmas. In Tasmania and Victoria there is only one infestation a year, but in warmer climates, there can be two or three so repeat spraying may be necessary.

Quinces can survive harsh conditions and produce good quantities of fruit. But like any fruiting tree, if you give it an all-purpose fertiliser it will produce even better.

This tree is tough and hardy and even better its fruit makes fantastic quince jelly.

How Do I Know When Quince Is Ripe?

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Quince are closely related to apples and pears. The fruits resemble short-necked yellow pears but have a fragrance and flavor that is a cross between pear and pineapple. Most quince fruits are cooked prior to eating, though a fully ripened fruit is juicy and suitable for eating raw. Quince grow in warm climates that experience little winter freezing. Whether harvesting the fruits from your own tree or choosing quince at the grocery store, bringing home the ripest fruit ensures the best flavor and aroma.

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Inspect the quince for color. Ripe fruits are deep yellow with slightly fuzzy skin. Avoid green fruits and those that still have green spots on them.

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Press your thumb lightly into the side of the quince. Ripe quince has a firm but springy surface.

Smell the quince. Fully ripened quince produce a strong aroma that is reminiscent of flowers or vanilla with a hint of pineapple scent. If a quince isn’t fragrant then it isn’t ripe.

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Harvest quince after the first light frost when the fruits begin falling from the tree to ensure maximum ripeness. Fully ripened quince only require a slight tug to harvest.

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The two different shapes – apple and pear in which quinces grow are an obvious clue to the fruits to which they are related. When ripe, they are very fragrant, with a smooth, golden yellow skin, but their hard, bitter flesh means that they are used almost exclusively for cooking, rather than eating raw. Once cooked, the flesh develops a deeper flavour and turns a golden pink.

They contain a high level of pectin, which makes them great for making jellies, jams and other preserves, such as the Spanish quince paste, membrillo, which is often served with cheese. They are also good in chutneys, pies and tarts.

Availability

British quinces are in season from October through to December, and you could easily grow your own tree at home.

Choose the best

Firm, unblemished fruit. Avoid quinces with downy skin – it’s a sign they’re unripe.

Prepare it

Wash, then core by cutting them into quarters and cutting the core away. Slice or cut into chunks as required.

Store it

Quinces keep well at room temperature – they’ll last around a month or so.

Cook it

Bake (50 minutes); poach (10-15 minutes).

Alternatives

Try pear.

Harvesting Quince Fruit – How To Pick Quince Tree Fruit

Quince is a fruit, shaped somewhat like a squashed pear, with an extremely astringent flavor when raw but a lovely aroma when ripe. The relatively small trees (15-20 feet) are hardy in USDA zones 5-9 and need winter’s cold temps to stimulate flowering. Pink and white flowers are produced in the spring followed by fuzzy young fruit. The fuzz wears off as the fruit matures, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s quince picking season. Keep reading to find out when to harvest and how to pick quince fruit.

When to Harvest Quince Fruit

Quince may not be a familiar fruit to you, but at one time it was an extremely popular staple in the home orchard. Picking quince fruit was a normal harvest chore for many families, made less of a chore when considering the fruit’s destination – jellies and jams or added into apple pies, applesauce and cider.

Quince, as a rule, does not ripen on the tree but, instead, requires cool storage. A fully ripened quince will be entirely yellow and exuding a sweet perfume. So how do you know when it’s quince picking season?

You should begin harvesting quince fruit when it changes from light green-yellow to a golden yellow color in the fall, usually in October or November.

How to Pick Quince

Picking quince should be done with care, as the fruit bruises easily. Use a sharp pair of garden shears to snip the fruit from the tree. Select the largest, yellow fruit that is blemish free when harvesting quince fruit. Don’t pick damaged, bruised, or mushy fruit.

Once you have harvested the quince, ripen them in a cool, dry, dark area in a single layer, turning the fruit each day. If you have picked the fruit when it is greener than golden yellow, you can slowly ripen it in the same manner for 6 weeks before using. Check it for ripeness on occasion. Don’t store the quince with other fruit. Its strong aroma will taint others.

Once the fruit is ripe, use it immediately. If you leave it for too long, the fruit becomes mealy. Quince can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks wrapped in paper towels and kept separate from other fruit.

Choosing the perfect quince color scheme for your party is going to be one of the top three planning decisions you will make. The quinceanera color palette will need to compliment with both the theme and the dress. Then you have to consider the colors that you are drawn to in the decision. Perhaps you you love how purple and black look together, or maybe you have this special connection with hot pink and yellow. Or you might be drawn to a more traditional white and soft pink princess inspired combination.

Combining Colors With Your Quinceanera Theme

A quinceanera color scheme usually combines 2-3 colors to coordinate with your overall theme (get our Top 30 Theme Ideas here). There are some themes that would require you to be extremely more colorful, often making use of 4, 5, or possibly more colors. Take the Hacienda, Fiesta, Candyland, or Alice In Wonderland themes for example, which all require several colors to make the theme come to life.

If you prefer to go with a very simple and elegant scheme, simply pair your main color idea with white. If you are looking for a more dramatic scheme, then pair up your favorite color with black instead. Gold and silver colors complement main color choices very well. White and yellow look great paired together with a hint of gold, while salmon and grey colors tend to stand out more with some touches of silver in the scheme.

When it comes to the quince colors, the only rule is there are no rules when it comes to designing the color combination. Perhaps you prefer neutral colors like cream, brown, or tan. Although not considered traditional quinceanera colors, if you like them, you can make it into an elegant color scheme. This is your party and a chance to really let your inner creative side shine.

The Monochromatic or Single Color Quinceanera

There are times that you may want just a single color for your quince theme. For traditional all-white parties, invite guests to wear only white to help contribute to the theme. A Red Roses theme calls for an abundance of red, so it is perfectly fine if you decide to just make everything at the party a single color. Using various shades of the selected color for a monochromatic color scheme is another option.

One challenge in using just one color is coordinating the dresses, party supplies, and decorations to match. You might then decide to bring in a second color to complement or contrast for variety.

Two Color Quince Schemes

For more variety, go for a quinceanera color scheme that utilizes two colors. The traditional black and white scheme is extremely popular and very classy when carried through in the dresses, suits, decorations, and favors. For more vibrancy, focus on on any of these two color combinations:

  • pink/black
  • purple/pink
  • red/black
  • gold/white
  • pink/silver
  • red/gold
  • baby blue/white
  • lime green/turquoise
  • pink/lime
  • yellow/white
  • grey/salmon

Three Color Quinceanera Palettes

Themes with three different colors opens up so many unique possibilities. Now you can mix and match unique colors and make the theme really your own. Many times it is that third color that really ties in the entire theme and makes everything work.

Black, Gold, and Ivory

Add gold to black and ivory and you are transferred to the roaring 20s for an art deco or Great Gatsby party theme. Don’t forget the pearls, lace and of course feathers!

Blue, Silver, and White

This traditional color combination works for the Fairy Tail, Polka Dot, or Under the Stars themes. One way you could go is to choose a pretty white dress, grey chambelanes suits, and blue damas dresses.

Robin’s Egg Blue, White, and Silver

Change the shade of blue and you now have the perfect combination for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme or elegant Paris theme.

Deep Purple, Green, and Gold

Sultry and mysterious, this color combo is a staple of the Masquerade or Mardi Gras theme.

Coral, Gold, and White

This versatile color combination is used for many popular themes like Miami Nights, Cancun, Beach, and Old Hollywood. The reason this palette works so well is the coral color contrasts white, and the gold adds that perfect amount of sparkle.

Light Purple, Bright Purple, and Deep Purple

Different shades of the same color are a great way to make up your own unique color scheme. This is true of any color – not just purple. For the Royalty theme, the shades of purple work perfectly.

Sea Green, Peach, and Turquoise

A great color combination for a Beach or Under The Sea theme. The blues and the greens represents the water of the ocean, the peach is the sand. You can also add in the color white or little touches of silver.

Hot Pink, Orange, and Yellow

Now this vibrant color combination is works perfectly for the Bollywood, Hawaiian Luau, Candy Land, or Las Vegas themes. This is also one of the best color combinations if you are having your quinceanera during the summer.

Candy Apple Red, Blue, and White

These colors were staples of the 1950’s decade and can be used for a rock & roll, sock hop, or glamours pin-up style for a retro inspired quinceanera theme.

Red, White, and Black

Keep the red and white but change the blue to black and you have a great color combo for the polka dot or rockabilly theme.

Hot Pink, Blue, and Dark Purple

Now this very distinct color combination is extremely popular with a number of themes. If you are considering having the Princess, Candy, Masquerade, or Arabian Nights theme, these colors will compliment the favors, dresses, and decorations.

Mint Green, Gold, and Pink

These beautiful colors combined can create quite a stunning atmosphere for the party. These soft yet powerful colors work well with a number of popular party themes. Just a few that come to mind are the Tea Party, Beach, Miami Nights, Ballet, Paris, Princess, and Butterfly themes.

Hot Pink, Turquoise, and Purple

While these colors might seem odd together on paper, once you get them all in the same room you transform the party. This is the perfect color combination for hosting a Masquerade Ball, Hawaiian Luau, or Miami Nights theme.

Lilac, Green, and Soft Pink

These colors just seem to evoke images of beautiful flowers when you close your eyes, the perfect mix for hosting a Tea Party, Enchanted Forest, or Mystical Fairy theme. This combo is a great option for any party you are going to be hosting during the spring when most colorful flowers are in bloom.

More Quince Color and Theme Ideas

Looking for more ideas and visuals? Try these resources:

Top 30 Quinceanera Themes

Quinceanera Parties Pinterest Board

Quince Centerpieces Pinterest Board

So there you have it, an array of amazing examples to create the perfect color scheme for your quinceanera party. Just remember this is your celebration, and if you have your favorite colors, you cannot go wrong mixing and matching them to your personal style.

Top 10 Quince Color Blunders and How to Avoid Them

You may not be having any trouble choosing your Quinceanera colors—or you may be struggling to figure out exactly what you want. Either way, there are a few guidelines to follow because for sure you want your photos to look amazing, and it’s the little things that make all the difference when it comes to color planning. We’ve gathered the top 10 mistakes people often make to help you avoid both the major and the minor Quince color scheme blunders so you can have a gorgeous Quince and gorgeous photos!

Color Blunder #1: Thinking you Have to Choose Seasonal Colors

Christmas Quinces do not have to be red and green. Winter Quinces don’t need to be ice blue. And spring, summer, and fall don’t need to have just pastels, or just bright “summery” colors, or only “autumn” tones of brown, orange and brick red.

Think outside the box. If you just love a particular color palette but it’s “not in season” go for it anyway! Then customize it a little to make it fit. Forget what color things are “supposed to be” and make them your own—like pale pastel pumpkins with a hint of glitz!

If summer sunflower yellow and brown feels awkward in March or November, tone it down to either golden yellow and copper brown, or lighten it up to soft lemon yellow and tan.

For a Christmas Quince, try either a pastel palette or the “new” jewel tone holiday colors of lime green, purple, and hot pink or raspberry. They’ll look gorgeous especially if you use trees in your decor decorated with traditional red and green plus lime and a pop of purple and pink.

Color Blunder #2: Thinking you Have to Use Traditional Colors

Dare to be different. Just because you want a traditional Mexican Quince doesn’t mean you need to stick to red, white and green. Throw in a healthy dose of gold as an accent or choose gold metallic dama dresses. You could also go with a rainbow palette like Dia de Los Muertos.

Likewise, a Quince planned on or near the 4th of July will look “ordinary and predictable” if you use standard red, white and blue. To mix it up, deepen the red and change the shade of blue. Go with a rich cranberry red and a blue with a little purple in it like cobalt.

Color Blunder #3: Using Too Many Colors without a Neutral

Even if you’re going with a deep dark rainbow palette like a Dia de Los Muertos theme, or the bright primary color stripes of a traditional Mexican Quince, don’t get carried away and use multi-colored everything. Use the rainbow effects in a few prints as accents in the table linens and maybe your chambelanes’ bow ties and offset with single-color centerpieces. Then set eveything off with either solid white or solid black.

You can also go the opposite and have solid color linens and fabrics while making the rainbow colors pop in the floral arrangements.

Pro tip: Experts recommend that you go with no more than 2 to 4 main colors, then add neutrals, white, and definitely green foliage for a cohesive and professional look.

Color Blunder #4: Not Giving your Vendors a Specific Color Sample

Especially when it comes to flowers and your cake, if you tell your florist and baker your theme is “purple and pink” or “green and peach” without giving them either a photograph, a fabric swatch, or something like a color chip with the exact shade you want for each color, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise when you walk into your venue.

Tip: One of the easiest things to do is to give each vendor a paint color chip with the shade you want.

Color Blunder #5: Making Every Shade Match

No matter what your color scheme, make sure to vary the intensity and even the hue of your colors, especially if you’re going monochromatic. You don’t want to order the napkins, flowers, invitations, and giveaway bags in the exact same shade.

For instance, if your primary color is blue, mix and match a little by using royal blue, navy blue, cobalt blue, and periwinkle.

Color Blunder #6: Using Only Two Colors

Believe it or not, it’s possible to not use enough different colors for your Quince. Even if you want a monochromatic (one color) color scheme, you don’t want to use just your favorite color plus white. Make it rich my adding 2 or 3 neutrals like ivory or dove gray into the color scheme, then use plenty of greenery in your flowers.

Tip: To make decorations like balloon bouquets or arches pop, add a touch of fresh or silk greens or add zing with metallic ribbons.

Color Blunder #7: Forgetting to Use Texture

Have you ever seen a wedding—or a Quince—where all the attendants are dressed in just satin? Satin dresses, shoes dyed to match (which gives them a satiny sheen) and satin vests and ties on the guys? It’s all “shiny” right? That’s because there’s a lack of texture to the fabrics.

The way to solve that problem with your court is to add texture to the materials. You can mix up the bodices and skirts of your damas’ dresses by using a combination of chiffon, metallic, glitter, velvet, even cotton, in addition to—or instead of—either all shiny or all matte fabrics.

You can also add texture to your color scheme by mixing in stripes, prints, polka dots, florals, stripes, chevron, or floral prints. In this case, it’s not the finish of the fabric that creates “texture” but the pattern that breaks up the “flatness” and creates the texture effect.

Color Blunder #8: Ignoring the Colors of the Venue

The last thing you want is to have a color scheme of orange and brown in a venue with rose pink carpet! There are essentially three ways to solve this problem:

  1. Choose your venue first then choose your color scheme to complement the venue.
  2. Choose your color scheme first then find a venue that will work.
  3. Book a super-neutral venue like a church hall, VFW or Knights of Columbus hall, or a hotel ballroom that’s all completely neutral shades like beige carpet and white or ivory walls—a venue that’s essentially a “blank slate” that you can decorate at your whim.

Color Blunder #9: Forcing Your Flowers to Match

If you choose a color theme that uses shades that don’t typically come in natural flowers, don’t dye everything to match. The biggest mistake—and this always looks fake—is to have flowers like carnations dyed blue or purple or some other color that isn’t natural to the bloom.

It also looks fake to have too many silk flowers in non-natural colors. A few are fine for accent, but do your best to use flower colors that grow naturally.

Some blooms do come in unusual colors, but only at certain times of the year. For instance, hydrangeas are available in blue but only in certain seasons. If you can get them at all, you’ll pay a lot extra.

The solution is to use a complementary color or a neutral then add a pop of your theme color in the ribbons or in a vase, etc.

Color Blunder #10: Making your Court Exactly Match your Theme

You probably already know not to put your court in “costumes” except for the surprise dance, right? Also be careful not to dress them in colors that are too “neon” or “crayon” to look good against the skin. For instance, sunny yellow, orange, hot pink and olive green are gorgeous for table linens and napkins, but they don’t necessarily make for good clothing colors.

To avoid this, you can either tone down the brightness and use pale lemon yellow, peach, soft rose of mauve and sage green for your court, then use a pop of color in the boutonnieres and maybe even your damas’ shoes.

Fun reading:

For ideas on truly creative Quince themes without crazy costumes, check out our 3-part blog series starting here: http://qbydavinci.com/blog/stunning-unexpected-quinceanera-themes-part-1/

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Choosing your color scheme will be one of your most important quinceanera planning decisions. Your quinceanera colors will depend on the color of your dress, and your quinceanera theme. Your color scheme will also be based on what YOU like–what color combinations you are drawn to. Maybe you’ve always loved purple–or the combination of black and white. Sometimes, you may decide to just have a color scheme– and not really do a quince theme at all.

Quinceanera Colors: The Basics

Quinceanera color schemes are usually 2-3 colors. Some themes require you to be even more colorful, and you could easily use 4 or more colors–the Mexican Hacienda theme is an example of this.

For a simple, soft look, pair your main color with white. For a very dramatic look, match your color up with black. Silver or gold will complement many colors well. For example, yellow and white would pair up nicely with gold; grey and salmon would look lovely with touches of silver.

There really are no rules–there is nothing wrong with designing with your own combination. Maybe you really like neutral colors–like tan, cream and browns. These may not be typical quinceanera colors but if that’s what you like, it would make a really elegant color scheme.

Single Color Quinceanera

Sometimes, you may choose to use just one color for your party. All White parties are popular–where you even ask your guests to wear white to contribute to your theme. The Red Roses theme would call for an abundance of red. It’s definitely ok to just have one color. The only issue, depending on the color, will be having to find all the decorations, dresses, and party supplies in the same shade of color.

Color Schemes with 2 Colors

Quinceanera color schemes with two colors can help you keep it simple! Black and white is an example of this. When you are only looking for decorations, dresses, etc. in black and white, your options are narrowed down. It’s easier to focus and target your two colors. Some popular choices for two colors: pink/black, red/black, purple/pink, gold/white, pink/silver, red/gold, navy or baby blue/white, and lime green/turquoise.

Color Schemes with 3 Colors

I personally like themes with 3 colors. It opens up your options for decorating and you can mix and match your colors. Sometimes that third color really pulls your look together.

This lovely combination would look really pretty with a variety of themes. Some that come to mind: Arabian Nights, Masquerade, Candy theme, and Princess.

Mint, pink and gold is a very soft and beautiful color combination for events. It can actually work well with many themes because it is so stunning. Miami Nights, Beach theme, Tea Party, Princess, Butterfly, Ballet and Paris theme are all great options for these quinceanera colors.

This color combo would make a nice color scheme for a Cinderella theme, Paris, Stars or Polka Dots themes. You could go with a white dress, baby blue damas dresses and grey chambelanes suits.

This color combo is the colors you would use for a traditional Mardi Gras Masquerade theme. You could substitute the gold for yellow, for a brighter look.

This scheme has the perfect quinceanera colors for a beach theme. The blue and green represents the ocean, and the peach the sand. You could also add white to this combination, or touches of silver.

This vibrant color scheme is ideal for a Candy or Candyland theme, Bollywood theme, Miami Nights, Hawaiian Luau, and Las Vegas themes. It’s a nice look for a summertime quinceanera.

Red, yellow and light blue is a pretty combo for a Carnival quinceanera theme. These colors will bring you to a day at the local county fair or traveling carnival! Love this combo–this is the quinceanera colors I would use for a Miami Nights theme. They could also be used for Hawaiian Luau, or a Masquerade Ball. Lilac, light pink and green are nice colors for an Enchanted Forest theme, Tea Party theme, and a Paris theme. This color combo is perfect for a Spring event. This is a versatile color combination that can be used for many themes. An elegant Beach theme, Miami Nights, Old Hollywood, Cancun theme, and even Princess are some examples. The coral contrasts nicely with the white, and gold adds some sparkle to the mix. You can use different shades of any color to make up a color scheme. Greens, blues, purples, pinks, yellows and so on. Purples goes well with a Royalty theme. You could also have an ombre theme when you use different shades of the same color.

These are just some examples of color combinations for events. There are endless possibilities–it’s really up to your personal taste! What is your favorite combination of quinceanera colors? What is your theme and what color scheme are you going with?

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