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The Parlors

Green Room The Green Room is used throughout the year for small teas and receptions. It also houses exemplary art, such as the renowned portrait of Benjamin Franklin by David Martin, which hangs above the fireplace. On both sides of the handsome Duncan Phyfe settee stand two topiaries filled with fresh roses. But it is the mantelpiece of the Green Room that is the center of attention, adorned with a creation by Colette Peters, a well-known confectionary artist in New York City. This exquisite display is an edible Ice Palace made of royal icing and surrounded by a lush Ice Garden.

Blue Room The official White House tree stands in the Blue Room. This year an eighteen-foot balsam fir was presented to the President and Mrs. Clinton by Silent Night Evergreens in Endeavor, Wisconsin. The tree was given to the White House by Jim and Diane Chapman and their children Daniel, David, Julia, Laura and Rachel. The Chapmans won the honor after being named the 1998 National Grand Champion Growers by The National Christmas Tree Association.

The Blue Room Tree is decorated with interpretations celebrating Winter Wonderland from artists across the nation. Snowmen from all fifty states were made by individuals recommended by the Governor of each state. The warmth of the room is captured with knitted mittens and hats from members of The Knitting Guild of America, and the thrill of winter sports is depicted in colorful wooden ornaments made by artists from the Society of Decorative Painters. The green velvet handmade tree skirt was designed by individuals from each of the fifty states, territories and the District of Columbia in celebration of the Clinton family's first holiday season at the White House.

Red Room Red Room The dramatic Red Room features Colette Peters's second confectionary masterpiece, a Polar Bear Christmas at the North Pole complete with an igloo, penguins, snowflakes, icicles and a snow tree with ice cube presents. The traditional cranberry tree sits atop the most important piece of American Empire furniture in the White House collection, the marble top center table made in New York around 1810 by Charles-Honore Lannuier.

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