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Video: Grand Manor Collection - Centerpieces

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this video, Tom Bowling introduces a grand permanent botanical centerpiece concept that offers versatile functionality – especially for event work. Elevated centerpieces provide several distinct benefits worth considering for your next project.

The example centerpiece Tom shows off here is inspired by the Grand Manor Collection by Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

One of the first things you might notice about this centerpiece is how rich and elegant the colors are – the antique pink of the silk wisteria, the muted green of the artificial eucalyptus, the deep burgundy of the silk small petal hydrangea. These beautiful Grand Manor permanent botanicals are a fantastic complement to the brass stand that supports them. 

Tom goes on to explain a little bit more about the stand, a tall candelabra. To create this centerpiece, Tom attached a Pioneer Imports & Wholesale wreath (silk rose, silk dahlia, and silk peony) to the arms of the candelabra with a few short lengths of wire, then built up from there.

This gives the centerpiece an elevated and suspended look. Tom takes a moment to describe why this elevated approach is so useful. 

First, Tom mentions one of the most common complaints about centerpieces at events – the flowers sometimes get in the way of conversation. Elevated permanent botanical centerpieces like this one keeps that "conversation level" of the table clear and open so guests can communicate, while still offering the beauty of an impressive centerpiece overhead. 

Other types of events can benefit from this technique as well. Tom describes buffets as one example. In this situation, the silk flowers are set right at eye level while leaving the table below clear and open. 

You can find the permanent botanical supplies used in this example centerpiece available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog – from the Grand Manor Collection silk flowers and incredible wholesale wreath to a variety of other options in a diverse array of versatile colorways. 

Shop the complete Grand Manor Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWW3421PUPK Rose, Dahlia & Peony Wreath, 22", Flower Dia.: 2-4", Purple/Pink
PWW2322ATPK Wisteria Bush, x9, 19", Antique Pink
PWG3107CR Pampas Grass Bush, x5, 35", Cream
PWE1096GR Eucalyptus Bush, x8, 22", Green
PWH2139BU Small Petal Hydrangea Bush, x5, 20", Flower Dia.: 6", Burgundy

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Video: Product Spotlight - Hydrangea Stems

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

You can barely open a shelter magazine, or even Pinterest, without seeing the presence of beautiful bountiful hydrangea. 

Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI notes how this is one of those all-time favorite flowers in home decor and especially in event work. In this quick video, Tom takes a moment to introduce a selection of silk hydrangea products available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale and explains how these permanent botanicals can simplify so many of those big events for floral designers. 

Of course, as Tom points out, fresh hydrangea is especially susceptible to wilting. This is even more true when it comes to certain outdoor venues and lengthy all-day events – for example, when a bride wants to be photographed early in the day when the event is scheduled much later. 

Tom mentions the versatility of wholesale silk hydrangea in these types of situations. Many brides may be open to the idea of combining fresh and silk hydrangea to create arrangements that continue looking fresh and delightful all through the event. 

On the table are several types of wholesale silk hydrangea and Tom takes a moment to introduce each one. He points out the lovely soft color palette of the first group. The light pinks, pale blues, and gentle greens – something that will appeal to every bride.  

On the other side of the table is the larger silk hydrangea available from Pioneer. Tom describes these as great not just for bouquets, but also for decoration around a reception venue and other locations. Working these permanent botanicals into venue decoration allows professionals to do some of the work far in advance without ever having to worry about the hydrangeas crashing or wilting in the meantime. 

You can find the silk hydrangeas highlighted in this video available directly from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with so many other permanent botanical products that can streamline your events in style. 

Shop products from the video:
PWH2707CR Hydrangea Stem, 27", Flower Dia.: 7", Cream
PWH2729 Hydrangea Stem w/Small Petals, 19", Flower Dia.: 6", Cream/Green, Light Blue, Pink

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Video: Philo Branch Tablescape

Amy Lombardo - Monday, October 28, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for fresh ways to use those large, overstated artificial foliage options that seem to be booming in popularity? 

In this quick video, Tom Bowling introduces a fantastic design created by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI. This tablescape was built using just one artificial philo branch from the It's A Jungle Here collection by Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Tom shows an unadorned branch sample so you can see just how big and substantial Pioneer's philo really is. It provides a fantastic core for tablescape designs like this because it has that strong central spine going down the middle, a great foundation to build on.

To add additional materials like the finished tablescape shown here, Tom suggests simply binding them in place using bind wire or tape wire. Layering product on product creates that stunning presentation for a big visual impact. 

This type of permanent botanical arrangement isn't just great for tablescapes. Tom mentions that you can also hang these on a wall, perhaps to enhance existing sconces. He also suggests using this composition to decorate those central columns that can prove somewhat obtrusive in larger venues. 

But as a tablescape, Tom offers a suggestion to take this design to the next level. He suggests candlelight – that warm glow immediately bringing life to a room.

With such a large arrangement, proportion is an immediate consideration. Tom suggests using a combination of larger and smaller candle votives, rather than settling with the uniform options typically provided by a hotel or venue. The careful attention to proportion and variation can create an especially magnificent finish. 

You can find the permanent botanical supplies used in this video available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog – the artificial selloum philo branch, the premium silk English rose, the wholesale silk phalaenopsis, and so much more. 
 
Shop products from the video:
PWPV09 Selloum Philo Branch, 52", Green
80307 Premium English Rose Stem, 20", Flower Dia.: 4.5", Beauty, Salmon, White
PWO1111DKPU Phalaenopsis Orchid Stem, 29", Flower Dia. 3-4", Dark Purple

Watch the video here!