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Video: How To: Design with Bright Lights Bracelet

Amanda Thomas - Monday, February 19, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


Create a beautiful lavender corsage with this quick video featuring Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD. Lavender is an ever-popular color coordinate for prom season and consistently serves as a favorite accent for weddings. 

Vonda begins by introducing the ingredients used in this corsage. Each of these silk flowers and sparkling accents are available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. This includes Starleene ribbon in purple, Deanna ribbon in lavender, silk hydrangea bush in lavender, silk mini rosebuds in white, iridescent “Quintets” accents, and of course the Bright Lights corsage bracelet.  


The gorgeous Bright Lights bracelet serves as the base of this design. Vonda prepares the piece by removing the metal backing and securing the transparent design disc in place. This disc will hold the ribbon and provide a solid foundation on which to glue the rest of the elements. 

A quick time lapse shows the rest of the creation process. 

First, Vonda ties ribbon to the design disc, trimming and tying into loops as she works. These ribbon selections both include wire support, making it easier to shape as needed. Next, Vonda begins gluing the silk hydrangea to the edges of the disc beneath the ribbons. Fluffing the ribbons over the hydrangeas gives the entire corsage a more dramatic feeling of volume and body. 

White rosebuds are the next addition – first the large, then the small, with extra stem trimmed away before application. Vonda adds sprays of complementary pink rhinestone Quintets to finish the piece.

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find the supplies used in this video along with hundreds of other corsage-ready items. Pioneer offers an incredibly diverse selection of silk flowers, foliage, and wholesale accessories – everything you need for prom season, wedding season, and beyond. 

Video: Ray of Sunshine Collection

Amanda Thomas - Friday, February 09, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Kathy L. Hall


For pure simplicity, try this natural-look bouquet from the Ray of Sunshine Collection, which Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has put together for 2018. Just two floral products, gently blended, offer consumers a cheerful tone to brighten their spaces.


This is an easy and quick piece to complete. The centerpiece is anchored by one mixed bush of flowers – yellow and white blooms – separated from the bush stem then arranged in a circular fashion to fill the center of our “Optimist” bowl.


Using berry stem pieces, artfully plump out the look until you’ve fashioned what feels like a bowl of sunbeams. You’ll find that the one mixed bush, with its flowers and greenery, plus the berry spray, is plenty to make a charming, full look.


But why stop there? Using the same series of florals, you can create a beautiful wall hanging. Or you can pair it with the pre-made wreath that compliments the bush. This might be just the touch for a client’s office or home, signaling the seasonal transition is upon us. A combination of the centerpiece plus a wreath lends a synchronized, thematic look to a waiting area or foyer in a home.


Whenever you need products or new ideas for seasonal looks, to satisfy an ever-more expectant clientele, browse through this year’s Spring/Summer catalog. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has mingled florals and containers to please your customers, and your own senses.


Shop products from the video:

#99495-00 - “Optimist” Ceramic Bowl
#PWMX2603YLOG - Mixed Sunflower & Ranunculus Bush, Yellow/Orange
#PWB2241GCR - Berry Stem, Green/Cream


Shop the complete Ray of Sunshine Collection here!


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Video: Opposites Attract Collection

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, February 08, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Kathy L. Hall


A walk in your local public park or botanical gardens may give you a few new ideas, like those we’ve included in the new Opposites Attract collection.


You may notice that, at times, you’re drawn to a combination of colors from two very different palates. For instance, rather than pairing pinks, purples and blues together, nature may have placed a bright orange and brilliant blue together, as in the exotic bird-of-paradise bloom. 


And you may find this mix of colors really appeals to you. That’s often the case, where colors that one wouldn’t think would be grouped together suddenly pop and sizzle and draw the eye. Tagging together mixtures of colors from different slices of the color wheel can make a show-stopping centerpiece or be just the thing to pull together an otherwise lackluster shelf arrangement.


To compliment an unusual mix in colors, be sure to add textures that accentuate and small pieces to pull them together. A simple colored glass vase, or patterned paper with a woven-look pottery and, pieces of greenery will set off that new look.


Pioneer Imports and Wholesale has put together a 2018 Opposites Attract Collection specifically to help you in creating, perhaps, new and exciting looks for your clients. They may be surprised to find your concept gives them just that something a little different they were seeking.  


For all your wholesale floral and container needs, Pioneer’s Spring/Summer 2018 Catalog is the place to shop. See pages 8 and 9 for our complete Opposites Attract Collection.


Shop the complete Opposites Attract Collection here.


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Video: How to: Trendy Simple Eucalyptus Design

Amanda Thomas - Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Kathy L. Hall


With the current popularity of the home decorating networks, consumers are used to seeing a room transformed from an outdated look with a very simple dash of décor. You, too, can add a special touch to your client’s home easily. It can be both uncomplicated and trendy with the use of eucalyptus, even without any other silk flowers or plants.

Products used in this video:
#PWE1091BL – Eucalyptus Bush
#PWE1090GWH – Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Bush 
#G444 – Glass Cube
#4300 – Waterproof Floral Tape, Green 
Zip ties
River rock

In this simple project, you can achieve elegant, chic looks in minutes. Using both gray and silver-dollar eucalyptus pieces, you’ll be able to create little touches around your clients’ houses, just as they’ve seen on television and in magazines.

For the gray eucalyptus bush, gather several stems all together in your hand, keeping the small pieces on top. Clear a little room on the stems to fasten them together with a black zip tie. Fluff the pieces out a bit, and pull the leaves over the zip tie to cover it. Then clip the end of the tie off. Trim the bottoms to a consistent length and now you have a piece to drop into a simple clear container.

A single vase may be all that’s needed. However, with the choices available from your stock of wholesale containers, consider using multiples. With each one full of the sprigs of eucalyptus, and spaced to fit the length of the table, you’ll end up with a stunning centerpiece. Embellish the design by angling the branches in different directions. Adjust the look by choosing varying heights for different homes – three short glass containers or, perhaps, a medium height paired with a taller one.

For another look, but still in the same vein, try the silver dollar eucalyptus. You can add a few pieces of river rock to the bottom of your simple glass vase. With this variety, try taking a single stem and push the leaves up to form a cluster, using green floral tape to finish off the end. Or use the longer, less dense look for a taller vase. 

Keeping a wholesale supply of eucalyptus on hand can give you several creative options while offering simple, yet trendy, home décor solutions to your clients. 


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Video: Creating a Floral Chandelier with Flowers& Magazine

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B


In this video from Flowers& Magazine, Rich Salvaggio AIFD walks through the process of creating a beautiful floral chandelier with silk flowers and accessories from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.


Rich begins with a quick introduction to a few of the most popular products from the Pioneer catalog and demonstrates a few creative ways to use them. 


This quick introduction begins with the silk peony bush paired with ranunculus. Realistic succulents line the perimeter of the stylish wooden box that houses the arrangement, bringing a skillful sense of color balance to the composition. 


A bush of English roses takes center stage in the following example. The silk roses are spread out for realism, placed to stand tall in a colorful green planter. Boxwood and echeveria complete the arrangement. Rich notes that the faux echeveria succulents are available in a wide range of dynamic colors. 


The final prepared arrangement that Rich displays highlights a very trendy way to use one of the newer products from Pioneer. This lemon leaf wreath originally comes with just the silk foliage – this example, however, demonstrates the wreath’s versatility with the inclusion of gorgeous hydrangea and butcher’s broom. 


Next, Rich moves on to the featured demonstration. This inspiring floral chandelier offers endless applications, from displays to weddings to general décor. Rich walks through the process of creating this chandelier step-by-step, explaining every detail.  


This simple yet impressive project begins by covering a wire wreath frame with silk eucalyptus. Rich works his way around the frame, securing each sprig of eucalyptus with ordinary white cable ties. 


Once this base layer is in place, Rich begins preparing bright silk cherry blossoms to serve as a gorgeous contrast to the subdued green of the eucalyptus. He takes a moment to note that silk flowers often ship in a very compact form, and quickly shows how easy it is to give these pieces a more lifelike appearance by gently bending and spreading the branches for more volume.


Rich switches to a larger cable tie to accommodate the heavier cherry blossom garland, attaching each sprig to the gold bars of the wreath, and trims each tie as he goes along. 


Lilac wisteria serves as the next layer. Rich bends each individual stem outward from the grouping, making it easy to simply insert the entire bunch into the wreath at once. He repeats this process until three wisteria bushes are seamlessly integrated into the chandelier design. 


As you might notice in stores and fashionable displays, trendy floral chandeliers tend to feature a cascading profile – longer in the middle. Rich chooses a lengthy silk wisteria stem in a light neutral tone to finish this arrangement. He trims the long stems to use as a framework, laying them inside the wreath in a crisscross fashion. He then feeds the wisteria through the stems, using them as natural support. 


The result is a vibrant, lively, and easy-to-appreciate chandelier perfect for everything from commercial displays to wedding décor and so much more. 


You can find the wholesale silk flowers and accessories used in this video on the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. And don’t forget to check out the February issue of Flowers& Magazine, where you’ll find a supplement detailing the creation of this floral chandelier – along with many other useful and interesting features. 


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Video: Bridal Show Success: Adding Accents

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


In this video, Sue Huelsman AIFD reminds viewers to keep a diverse stock of accent pieces to complete your bridal show table. These pieces will later serve as useful add-ons for potential customers, but at bridal shows they work to instantly elevate the sophistication of any table and help to draw more attention toward everything you have to offer. 

Sue suggests investing in small eye-catching accent pieces like votives and other candle pieces, useful items like napkins and napkin rings, and more. 

Having the right accessories on hand is especially important when it comes to bouquets. Sue recommends bringing multiple bouquet styles and a couple of different stands. You can show your bouquets in basic cylinders or decorative vases. Sue also demonstrates how to use the purpose-made stands from Pioneer that look great on any table.


Take some time to browse the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find a wide variety of accessories like vases, bouquet stands, stylish votives, and of course, plenty of wholesale silk flowers and foliage to complete your bridal show table.


Shop products from the video:

#PWR2090CHK – Cabbage Rose Bush, Chalk
#FFR004CR – Rose Pomander with Rhinestones
#22-3407-810 – Lace Table Runner
#960528SLV – Striped Glass Votive
#850338SLV – Bubbles Glass Votive


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Video: Bridal Show Success: Show the Wow

Amanda Thomas - Monday, February 05, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


Make a big impression throughout the bridal show season with this quick table set up walkthrough from Sue Huelsman AIFD. In this video, Sue explains how using strong standout pieces is a simple and effective way to draw more attention to your display.


Sue suggests adding a few fun and interesting key pieces to your standard display rotation. Start with something that immediately catches the eye, something that can serve as a memorable centerpiece of sorts. 


While this item might be a little more expensive, you’ll only need to buy one piece. When you show it to your brides, you’ll be able to get a better idea of whether it’s something you’ll want to spend your money on in the future. Bridal shows are a great test case to determine whether it would be worthwhile to invest in larger quantities as you move forward throughout the year. 


As an example, Sue points out a beautiful crystal cake stand. Elegant cake stands are a fantastic choice because you can use them in a variety of ways – not just as a cake stand but also as an integral part of all your floral displays. 


Sue also gives advice on creating a cohesive display around your key pieces. Sue suggests that decorative containers have variation in terms of height and depth, allowing each one to capture the attention it deserves. As always, consider setting your floral palette with neutral tones so it can serve as a base for any colors that a bride might want to add in later.  


Are you looking for a standout accessory to capture attention at your next bridal show booth? Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find the cake stands and vases shown in this video – along with a wide range of other accessories that can take your bridal show display booth to the next level.  


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Video: Bridal Show Success: Bouquets

Amanda Thomas - Friday, February 02, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


Building bouquet examples is a fantastic way to interact with potential customers during a bridal show. In this video, Sue Huelsman AIFD demonstrates how to build a bouquet on the spot while keeping conversation centered around your offerings.


Sue begins by suggesting helpful pieces to bring so you can show customers how you can create a bouquet for their specific preferences. Pioneer offers a wide selection of wholesale silk flowers like hydrangeas, roses, calla lilies, and a range of brand new pieces you’ll want to see and bring with you.


As you’re interacting with your customers, Sue suggests showing off these pieces, even explaining which types of flowers you’re using since your customers may not be familiar with the styles. Do this as you begin to build the bouquet – add in the complements like roses or lilies, especially focusing on the specific color accents the customer may want. This gives you a way to show how you’re going to make the bouquets personal just for them. 


Sue suggests topics of conversation to use as you work, like the size of the bouquet and the shapes of the bouquet or centerpieces. This allows you to advertise your various offerings all while you’re creating something unique just for that customer. 


As Sue wraps up the video, she notes that your customers are going to be amazed that you have the bouquet finished in just the small amount of time you were talking to them. After just a couple of minutes you have something you can tie off and present as a striking example of a gorgeous custom bouquet tailored to the preferences they shared. 


Don’t forget to browse through the Pioneer Imports and Wholesale website for ideas and inspiration – Pioneer offers a wide range of silk flowers, foliage, and accessories to make your next bridal show a tremendous success.  


Shop products from the video:

#PWH2077CHK – Hydrangea Stem, Chalk

#30399CR – Ashley Rose Bouquet, Cream

#PWC0108WH – Calla Lily Stem, White


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Video: How To: Design with Misty Morning Collection

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, February 01, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Kathy L. Hall


The Misty Morning Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale lends itself well to a soft mono-botanical design. Here the use of a wholesale silk flower selection in soft mauves, turquoise and greens can be used very simply to appeal to your customers’ tastes for something not “over-designed.” It may be just the thing for a simple bathroom or bedroom accent, or really anywhere that needs a softer style.


Remember, in the home many clients are looking for pieces that feel comfortable and soothing. This project is perfect for that type of touch.


Gather together the three glass vases, from our wholesale container selections, to focus and begin to assemble these very basic pieces we’ve chosen. Use three small hydrangea pieces bound together with tape to create a small bouquet. Next, bind a similarly-sized bunch of peonies together. Finally, fashion a lamb’s ear grouping to match the dimensions of the first two floral pieces.


Now, you simply match the colors to the vases and voila! You have completed a three-piece design, simple yet adaptable to many areas and uses. Heavily designed pieces are not always necessary to create a lovely look and give the customer basic options.


Shop products from the video:

#PWP2200MVHZ - Peony Bush, Mauve Haze
#PWH2085DWGR - Hydrangea Bush, Dew Green
#S21083XX - Lamb’s Ear
#34000 - La La Glass Vase, Pink or White

Shop the complete Misty Morning Collection here!


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Video: How To: Create a Succulent Garden

Amanda Thomas - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B


Succulent gardens are a versatile and creative way to bring a touch of nature to the indoors without taking up much space – they’re a wonderful way to decorate sales displays, homes, and even offices. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI uses selections from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to create a beautiful faux succulent garden from start to finish. 

Vonda begins by preparing a container - the one in this video is the Galveston metal planter from Pioneer. A block of floral foam will serve as a secure base for the succulents. 

Give the base a realistic and natural appearance with just a few simple steps. Spray the top of the foam block with adhesive and sprinkle potting soil over the area you sprayed. Shake off the excess soil and allow your work to dry for just a few minutes. Then, add another coat and another layer of soil. Build up to two layers or repeat as needed. 

Next, Vonda places the foam base into the planter and begins to arrange a colorful selection of faux succulents from the Pioneer collection. She impresses the importance of visual balance – in terms of both succulent size and color. Finally, soft sprigs of artificial maidenhair fern soften the aesthetic. 

Because of the soil-topped foam base, the artificial succulent arrangement doesn’t need to cover every inch of space. The result looks free and natural as if they simply grew that way. 

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a wide variety of artificial succulents for endless arrangement options. Explore the website for wholesale containers, imitation plants and greenery, supplies, and all the decorative accessories you or your customers might need to create your own whimsical faux gardens. 

Shop products from the video:

#72550-00 – Galveston Metal Planter
#PWS1610 – Echeveria Pick, Mauve Green
#PWS1610 – Echeveria Pick, Green
#PWS1611TTGR – Bottlebrush & Maidenhair Fern Pick
#PWS1612BU – Succulent Rosette Pick, Burgundy
#PWS1068GR – Mini Jade Succulent Pick, Green
#PWS1066GBU – Echeveria Succulent Pick, Burgundy/Green
#PWS1065 – Echeveria Succulent Pick, Burgundy/Green



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