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Video: How To: Warm & Elegant Silk Floral Design

Orders Pioneer - Friday, September 28, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this quick video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces the Warm Reflections line from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog by creating a useful arrangement that brings out the best of these gorgeous red-based hues. 

This design starts with an on-trend geometric vase in a radiant metallic finish, available from Pioneer’s wide range of wholesale containers. Vonda inserts silver dollar eucalyptus as a central element, its height drawing attention to the vertical shape of the vase. 

Next, Vonda begins placing the silk wild peony. Staggering the blossoms at different heights draws the eye downward through the arrangement for a lovely sense of visual balance. Silk hydrangea in a dusty basil color serves as an elegant filler. 

As Vonda adds the silk garden rose in red, she reminds viewers to take extra care when placing darker colors such as these. In certain cases, deep colors can detract from the overall design if placed indiscriminately – here, Vonda uses the dark hues to add visual weight at the center of the composition. 

Silk anemone in a smooth parchment color offers an effortless way to lighten the look of the design. A handsome cork ribbon serves as a handsome final addition for those who want an extra touch of personality and texture. 

The result is a beautiful vertical arrangement that radiates warmth. The color palette offers a fresh approach to timeless elegance, perfect for a variety of event themes. 

You can find the silk flowers and handsome container used in this video within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a wide variety of permanent botanicals in colorways to suit any season.

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Video: Fall Greenery Design with Grape Ivy

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

With its sophisticated form and color, the grape ivy series from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers endless possibilities for creative embellishments. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI demonstrates two ways to use grape ivy bushes and garland for enchanting table displays. 

First, Vonda begins by drawing attention to the gorgeous colors that make up the grape ivy foliage – rich wine burgundy and earthy green undertones. She chooses an on-trend geometric vase to hold the leafy sprigs, its rustic colors bringing out the inherent warmth of the ivy selections. 

A small block of floral foam supports the ivy cuttings. Vonda pushes the stems into the foam one by one, each with slightly varied length and density for a more natural effect. Lightly fluffing the ivy afterward enhances volume. 

The finished vase arrangement would look wonderful as a table centerpiece, or as general decoration on a mantle or window sill. On their own, both the wholesale ivy and the vase are versatile design tools that transcend seasons. 

To wrap up the video, Vonda shows how to elevate this design with the addition of a long grape ivy garland – its length makes it perfect for use as an eye-catching table runner, equally appealing by itself or paired with the centerpiece vase arranged at the beginning of the video. 

Explore the rest of the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog for endless inspiration – both of these decor ideas lend themselves to modification and reinterpretation through the use of wholesale greenery, containers, and other accessories from the extensive Pioneer collection. 

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#72030-00 – Metal "Roe" Bud Vase 6x5", Copper (Sold Out)
#PWGI3324WNBR – Hanging Grape Ivy Bush 22" – Wine/Brown
#PWG3323WNBR – Grape Ivy Garland 6' – Wine/Brown (Sold Out)

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Video: Update the Pearls Corsage

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Pearls are truly timeless. You might notice that pearls and other vintage-inspired looks have never gone out of style when it comes to weddings, prom, and other formal events – in fact, they’re even increasing in popularity for those who prefer classically elegant accessories. 

Learn how to create your own custom pearl corsages with this design demonstration from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. This demonstration is quick, easy, and uses materials readily available from the Pioneer website. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI walks through the process of creating this elegant pearl corsage using a wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelet as a versatile base. She also introduces the other elements used throughout the demonstration – a silk orchid spray in tea berry, two pearl picks from Fitz Design, and a wired iridescent ribbon. 

A few helpful glue tips begin the tutorial. Vonda prepares the corsage bracelet by covering the plastic platform in adhesive. Next, she ties a piece of ribbon around the platform with a sturdy knot – the glue helps to keep the ribbon from slipping off, but you could also add the glue afterward if you prefer. 

Vonda uses the rest of the ribbon cutting to make a small bow and ties it right to the center of the corsage. This will serve as a dramatic center for the composition. 

Next, Vonda trims the blossoms and leaves from the pearl spray. She stages the glue on a piece of spare cardboard, using it to apply adhesive to each of the trimmed blossoms and leaves individually. 

She also adds more glue to the plastic platform. As a reminder, Vonda notes that glue-to-glue application creates a much stronger bond - it’s important to ensure the mechanics are durable on wearable projects like these, because you certainly wouldn’t want any leaves or accessories falling off during an important event. 

Tucking the leaves beneath the ribbon adds extra support and increases the visual depth of the piece. Because the silk orchid is a larger item, Vonda adds it toward the center of the ribbon to serve as a stunning focal point. 

You might have noticed that Vonda left a bit of the stem on one of the pearl spray cuttings. As she adds this part to the composition, she twists the stem to provide a touch of movement and elegance. A smaller pearl blossom takes a position near the center of the ribbon. 

Vonda finishes the piece by adding the smaller silk orchid blossom on the other side of the ribbon, striking a sense of visual balance between colorful elements. The result is more than wearable – your customers might even choose to keep this corsage as a meaningful keepsake to bring back pleasant memories for years to come. 

Pioneer offers a wide variety of permanent botanicals, beautiful ribbon, and wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelets - everything you need to create custom projects just like this one. Get prepared for prom and bridal show season with excellent selections from Pioneer. 

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#HSO415 – Corsage Size Phalaenopsis Orchid Spray – Tea Berry (Sold Out)
#PD1612 – “Forget Me Not” Pearl Pick (Sold Out)
#SV1512 – Savannah Bracelet in White
#W3503-3-52 – Wired “Flash” ribbon in Iridescent 

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Video: Better & Best Ranunculus

Orders Pioneer - Monday, September 24, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Ranunculus continues to be a popular choice for a range of purposes from home décor to bridal work. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale stays on trend by offering a couple of different styles of silk ranunculus, each one with its own distinctive strengths. 

In this quick video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD takes some time to introduce the silk ranunculus options available from Pioneer and offers helpful usage suggestions.  

Just like their fresh counterparts, the silk ranunculus from Pioneer is available with both ruffle edges and smooth edges. The silk ranunculus with ruffled edges, called the Italian Ranunculus, adds instant texture to any permanent botanical arrangement. Because the ruffles enhance the dramatic effect of light and shadow, they can also generate a greater sense of depth when used as an accent in a centerpiece or bouquet.

The silk ranunculus with the smooth edges offers a more traditional look. The smooth edges are soft on the eye and easy to balance with other permanent botanical elements. These are realistic, easy to use, and serve as a gorgeous addition to any setting.  

Both types of silk ranunculus are available from Pioneer in a spectrum of color options, easy to coordinate with any theme. Explore the Pioneer catalog to find these – and a wide variety of other silk flower varieties – to get the exact look you need for any occasion.

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Video: Using Metallic Accents in Centerpiece Design

Orders Pioneer - Friday, September 21, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Kathy L. Hall

Uplifting a gloomy nook or transforming a too-simple tabletop can be done with a splash of metallic floral tones. Pair your coppery leafage with a simple metal container and you’ll end up with a stunning piece for your client’s home or office.

Today we’re going to explore a few wholesale options from the Metallicity collection to create one of these centerpieces. 

Starting with a simple metal Norman container, which sports a copper tone trim on its edges. Cutting an oak & lotus pod spray apart, you’ll then spread the deeply metallic colored large oak leaves around the edges to frame the flowers you’ll add later. As you insert each piece, gently bend the leaves downward to create a collaring effect. 

Once the framing is done, begin to place the large parchment colored cabbage roses, with their coppery centers, into the center of the pot. These are big, beautiful blooms so it doesn’t take many to produce a luscious look.

Follow and fill the rest of the container with first the anemones, spread out across the bed of the bowl, then add chocolate leaves. These spear-like leaves will add another color and shape to add interest to your design. 

Finally, pop a few acorns into the design and you have a clever presentation of the metallic look with a rich, welcoming feel to it.

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Video: How To: Create the Perfect Fast Centerpiece

Orders Pioneer - Thursday, September 20, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Learn how to create a beautifully simple and elegant centerpiece with step-by-step instructions by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD.

Vonda notes that this uncomplicated arrangement is perfect for wedding receptions and other large events, easy to create in multiples. Using permanent botanicals and wholesale containers readily available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, this tutorial adapts easily to suit the tastes of any client or customer. 

This composition builds around a blush-colored footed vase already prepared with a block of floral foam for the demonstration. Vonda takes a moment to introduce the color palette used in this design – natural hues of spruce, sandalwood, deep aubergine, and soft pink sand. 

Vonda begins by inserting silk hydrangea blossoms, an excellent selection for those who want to create a full and voluminous arrangement. A couple of silk open garden rose blossoms take their place next to the hydrangea, with stunning silk peony filling in the gaps and bringing the pink of the container into the body of the centerpiece. 

The silk hydrangea selections include fantastic foliage, which Vonda uses around the edges to frame the composition. Vonda suggests finishing the arrangement by adjusting the silk blossoms to ensure all three colors are easily visible.  

The result is a lovely centerpiece that looks fantastic on its own or alongside matching arrangements. As this video demonstrates, this piece takes very little time to create – perfect for short deadlines or bulk orders. 

You can find the supplies used in this video within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a wide selection of other silk flowers, wholesale containers, and a seemingly endless selection of useful accessories. Pioneer has everything you need to create gorgeous permanent botanical arrangements for any event or occasion. 

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#PWR2090SDLWD – Cabbage Rose Bush – Sandalwood

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Video: How To: Autumn Bounty Cascading Bouquet

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this easy-to-follow video demonstration, learn how to create an attendant’s bouquet with an elegant trail. This piece uses gorgeous autumn-inspired wholesale silk flowers from the Autumn Bounty Collection available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD begins this tutorial by introducing each of the permanent botanicals used within the bouquet – large silk mums in deep orange, silk cosmos in a shade of burgundy called “flame”, silk autumn boxwood bush, and the silk long baby grass bush in red and yellow.

The large silk mums serve as the heart of this design. Prior to the beginning of the video, Vonda prepared these permanent botanicals by cutting the blossoms from the foliage. She then gathers the silk blossoms into a rounded shape that will inform the rest of the arrangement.

Next, Vonda begins adding the vine-like silk baby grass. Its long and elegant tendrils hang low to create the trail or cascade of the attendant’s bouquet. She adds a few shorter sprigs toward the back for balance. 

Silk boxwood works like a bridge between the deep orange of the silk mum blossoms and the mustard color of the silk baby grass vine. 

Vonda places this selection all the around the edges of the arrangement. As Vonda points out, there is no reason to worry if the design looks bunched together at this point – there is plenty of time to rearrange before finalizing the bouquet. 
Vonda adds the silk cosmos last. Using some of the longer-stemmed picks with foliage removed, she creates a small trail that continues down the cascade. The rest of the silk cosmos find their home carefully placed throughout the bouquet. 

Take time to ensure the various silk flowers are inserted at different heights within the overall composition to give the bouquet a dynamic sense of depth.

Fasten the finished bouquet together with a zip tie or floral tape, whichever you feel more comfortable using. After tightly binding the stems, Vonda takes a wire cutter and trims each stem to the same length. She finishes the design by wrapping the stems with coordinated ribbon.

The result is a well-balanced attendant’s bouquet with an elegant cascading trail, immediately catching the eye with its rich autumn tones. 

You can find the supplies used in this video – and so many more – available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a wide range of wholesale silk flowers and accessories in color palettes to suit any season or event. 

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#PWB1042MURD – Baby Grass Bush – Mustard Flame (Sold Out)
#PWB2031RDYL – Boxwood Bush – Red/Yellow
#PWM3314DPOG – Mum Bush – Deep Orange (Sold Out)
#PWC206 – Cosmos Bush

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Wedding Wows #5: Floral Chandeliers

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Wedding design and marketing ideas from Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI 
Text by Bruce Wright

Wherever you hang a floral chandelier, it puts a spotlight on whatever is below it—as seen here, where a chandelier draws attention to the sweetheart table. “You’re creating a complete setting, with the bride and groom in the middle,” says Vonda. 

A chandelier can also hover above the spot where vows are exchanged or—enhanced with battery-powered fairy lights—twinkle above the dance floor. It has outsize visual impact because it’s visible from all around the room. 

Floral chandeliers can easily be made small or very large. The key is to use sturdy, lightweight, long-lasting materials, starting with a wired silk foliage wreath and adding other silk foliage and flowers as befits the wedding palette and theme. 

Cascading elements like silk butcher’s broom give a “hanging garden” look and are easily wired into a foundation like the silk eucalyptus wreath seen here. The butcher’s broom is wired at the base, while the tips are unwired for a natural drape. 

Likewise, realistic silk flowers not only are lightweight and long-lasting in themselves, making the chandelier much easier to design and to install, but also avoid the need for water tubes or foam. 

Here, silk peonies bring romantic pale pink up from the table into the chandelier. Of course, fresh flowers are also an option, and just a few can complete the illusion. 

A floral chandelier can be hung with coordinating ribbon, decorative wire, or nearly invisible, clear fishing line (monofilament), all depending on the environment and the design style. 

Versatile and high-impact, floral chandeliers are a trend made for the professional florist to promote and to explore. 

Floral wedding trends you can take to the bank.

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Video: Dusty Miller Bouquet

Orders Pioneer - Monday, September 17, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Find your new favorite accent for permanent botanical arrangements with this video demonstration featuring Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD.

Vonda introduces an especially versatile pick from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog – the silk dusty miller stem, a gorgeous soft green silk foliage option that can easily enhance any type of project. Vonda creates a simple bouquet as an example of its incredible potential. 

This bouquet demonstration uses one stem of silk dusty miller, one bush of artificial tealeaf for the decorative berries, and a bouquet of Real Touch silk calla lilies. With just these simple ingredients, Vonda creates an event-ready composition. 

A time lapse shows the construction process. First, Vonda trims the silk dusty miller into a few smaller sections. She places the smaller sections around the group of silk calla lilies as a collar. She places the larger bunch into the center, ensuring that the leaves go between the silk calla lily blooms to create separation and volume. Vonda places the silk tealeaf stems in a halo around the edges of the bouquet.

As Vonda notes, all that is left to finish the arrangement is to bind the bouquet stems together. 

You can find this exceptionally versatile silk dusty miller stem available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with the silk tealeaf bush and the real touch silk calla lily. Pioneer offers a diverse range of other silk flower and foliage options as well – explore the Pioneer catalog to find the right permanent botanicals and accessories for any occasion.

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#PWT2053 – Tealeaf Bush with Berries, Gray/Green

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Video: Seating Chart with Orange Calla Lilies

Orders Pioneer - Friday, September 14, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

There are so many interesting ways to handle wedding seating charts. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD offers up one stylish idea that easily incorporates with the floral themes used throughout the venue. 

Each place card or escort card is made from beautiful wholesale real touch calla lilies and ribbon from Pioneer, along with antique-style keys that you would find at any local craft store. Vonda has attached a number to each of these elegant arrangements. 

Guests can grab a key and head to the table of their choice. Or, they can look for the key associated with their name and head to an assigned seat, depending on the seating chart style you have chosen. This fun idea is open to a wide range of variations.

Find the perfect silk flower accents and ribbon choices to create expertly-coordinated seating chart accessories with help from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. 
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