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Video: Hot Handhelds

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

Handhelds are a popular accessory for prom – get prepared for prom season by building a versatile stock of permanent botanical products in trending colors and designs. 

In this video Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD recommends having popular silk flowers ready when she walks in the door so you can make a bouquet sure to become a beloved keepsake from a fun and memorable night.

Vonda creates an example using wholesale silk flowers from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale so you can see how just a few select ingredients can become a stunning prom-worthy handheld. 

She begins with a simple Janna silk rose bud bundle in a warm and friendly beige. This selection goes well with a wide variety of accent colors – a useful silk flower that can remain relevant from year to year. You can see how elegant they look when paired with the lavender tinted berry permanent botanicals that Vonda pairs them with. She intersperses these throughout the arrangement.

To finish up the bouquet, Vonda wraps the stems in a few layers of steel blue ribbon. Cutting the ribbons into sections creates a voluminous effect that feels both sophisticated and playful at the same time. 

You can find the supplies used in this demonstration available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Make your next prom season the best one yet – stock up with a mix of trendy selections and traditional mainstays to make your customer’s prom night an unforgettable experience. 

Shop products from the video:
#30565 “Abby” Rose Bundle x10, 9”, Available in 4 Colors
#30566 “Janna” Rose Bud Bundle x12, 9”, Available in 4 Colors
#29389 Holunder Berry Bundle x3, 10”, Available in 2 Colors
#FSL130 Lily of the Valley Bundle x5, 9.5”, Available in 2 Colors

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Video: Cascading Cherry Blossom Bridal Bouquet

Amy Lombardo - Friday, March 15, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this detailed design demonstration, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD builds a beautiful bridal bouquet – or attendant’s bouquet – using wholesale silk flowers and permanent botanicals from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

This bouquet features silk hydrangea, silk calla lilies, silk cherry blossom, and silk miniature ivy. 

Vonda begins with two stems of silk hydrangea, bending the stem just a little toward the front and back so it looks like one larger blossom. To form the cascade, Vonda uses part of a silk cherry blossom garland that has been cut to size and trimmed to reduce visual weight. 

Bringing the cherry blossom toward the front of the design creates the cascading line that defines this type of bouquet. Vonda then adds another piece of cherry blossom on the other side to continue the line upward and through the top, a smart way to balance the composition. A few more sprigs around the edges completes the outline.

Next, Vonda adds silk calla lilies through the hydrangea blossom. She notes that the beauty of permanent botanicals is that you can move and adjust them however you want – much easier than working with fresh flowers. Vonda even bends one of the calla lilies to complete the downward cascading line. 

The final addition to this bouquet is a selection of realistic silk ivy. Vonda begins by using the elegant ivy to continue the cascade, then brings a few cuttings toward the top for balance. She takes care to use the ivy conservatively to ensure it does not take away from the cherry blossom, hydrangea, or calla lilies. 

A clear zip tie secures the arrangement, but you can use floral tape or a variety of other solutions if desired. 

Complete the design by fluffing and adjusting as needed. Here, you’ll see that Vonda decides to add a little bit of cherry blossom to the center of the design using hot glue so that it appears to come through the blossoms rather than just collaring the bouquet. 

The result is a spectacular bouquet that can bring springtime charm to any wedding. Perfect for brides or attendants alike, this piece is sure to capture the attention of bridal show attendees. 

Explore the Pioneer website for an incredible selection of permanent botanicals, wholesale silk flowers, and useful accessories. Not only does Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offer everything you need to create gorgeous bouquets like the one in this video, the catalog includes everything you need to create stunning botanical arrangements for commercial displays, trade shows, and so much more. 

Shop products from the video:
#PWG2300 – Cherry Blossom Garland
#PWH2077 – Hydrangea Stem – White
#PWC0103WH – Calla Lily Stem
#PBI810 – Garden Lace Ivy Bush – Green

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Video: Premium English Rose

Amy Lombardo - Monday, March 04, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The classic English rose is an ever-popular choice for such a wide range of purposes – from weddings to commercial displays to property staging and beyond. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a fantastically lifelike silk rose option for professionals who seek an especially high-end look for their permanent botanical arrangements. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces this premium selection by creating a sample arrangement in a quick video demonstration. She uses four of the available color options – beauty, red, salmon and white. 

This composition builds up from a fantastic silver-toned compote equipped with a small block of floral foam. Vonda begins with the foliage, silk seeded eucalyptus in a sophisticated earthy green color. She works her way around the edges to create a nice voluminous collar for the design. 

Next, Vonda begins adding the premium silk rose stems one by one. She takes care to keep each pairing close together in distinctive blocks of color. Once the silk roses are placed in the compote, she rotates the composition to show the gorgeous result. 

This centerpiece shows the versatility of this premium English rose collection, easily changed or adapted to suit your specific needs. You can find the silk roses and foliage showcased here within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a wide range of styles and colors to suit any occasion at any price point. 

Shop products from the video:
80307 – Premium English Rose Stem 20”, available in 4 colors (Beauty, Red, Salmon, White)
PWE1096GR – Eucalyptus Bush 22”, Green
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
35040-00 – Desiray Compote 8”x7”, Silver

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Video: Brisbane Berry Eucalyptus Collection

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

There are so many ways to use silk eucalyptus in a permanent botanical arrangement – especially once you start considering the vast array of varieties and color options that can make each arrangement stand out from the rest. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces one especially interesting combination available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. The spectacular Brisbane Berry Eucalyptus Collection blends silk eucalyptus and silk lamb’s ear along with groupings of realistic berries interspersed throughout.

To showcase this exciting series, Vonda creates a small sample centerpiece that you can recreate in just a few steps. This centerpiece uses the Brisbane Berry Eucalyptus mixed bush option, but you can see the garland and wreath formats surrounding the workspace as well.

Vonda builds this sample centerpiece using the Verge Ceramic Cube as a base, which Vonda had previously prepared with a block of floral foam and a simple moss covering. Vonda inserts the silk eucalyptus and silk lambs ear sprigs in turn, taking care to create a uniform distribution with distinct color groupings. 

You can see how this arrangement comes together naturally. These colors and textures work so wonderfully together. And of course, you could always add your own accents to suit a specific event or theme. 

All the supplies used in this video are available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Explore the Pioneer catalog to find an impressive selection of wholesale silk flowers, foliage, and containers – everything you need to create gorgeous arrangements that will really wow your customers and clients. 

Shop the complete Brisbane Berry Eucalyptus Collection here.
91661-00 – Verge Ceramic Cube 4.75x4.75, White 

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Video: Luxe Orchid Design

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Fresh phalaenopsis are certainly gorgeous but you really need to check out the wholesale permanent botanical Phalaenopsis available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – you can’t tell the difference! Not only are permanent botanical orchids less expensive, they are also more durable and stand up easier to everything from the arrangement process to shipping and transportation. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI showcases a selection of the permanent botanical Phalaenopsis from Pioneer by creating a sample arrangement. These hearty selections give you that fresh phalaenopsis look with all the convenience permanent botanicals have to offer.

Vonda begins by introducing the container used for this design, the Laurel compote in radiant gold – also available from Pioneer. This piece has been prepared with a block of dry foam to hold the permanent botanicals in place. A light covering of moss hides the foam for a natural look.

Using a few silk magnolia leaves, Vonda prepares a natural-looking base to give the arrangement fullness and a pop of rich green color. Next, Vonda starts adding the faux orchids (these are the Real Touch variety) making sure that each one drapes downward in a different direction. She has chosen two different colorways for variation, the white and the verdant white green combination. 

The result? If you were in the same room as this arrangement, you just might feel tempted to reach out and touch these fabulous faux Phalaenopsis to make sure that they really are not fresh-picked. 

You can find all the supplies featured in this video available directly from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Pioneer has the wholesale containers, permanent botanicals, and accessories you need to create fabulous arrangements just like this one.  

Shop products from the video:
PWO1110 – Phalaenopsis Orchid Spray 28”, available in 4 colors (Orchid, Purple/Green, White, White/Green)
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
75131-00 – “Laurel” Compote 8x12”, Gold - (Sold Out)

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Video: Stunning Stems Floral Design

Amy Lombardo - Friday, February 15, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Realistic permanent botanicals can take a great decorative arrangement and make it truly breathtaking. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD showcases a few of the most true-to-life wholesale silk flowers available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Watch along as Vonda builds a sample arrangement to demonstrate just how powerful these pieces can be. 

This sample arrangement uses the gorgeous Mallory compote as a base, a vintage-inspired metallic container with a sophisticated look. Vonda prepared this piece prior to the beginning of the video by inserting a block of floral dry foam that will hold everything securely in place. A thin layer of moss helps camouflage the foam for a more natural look.

Vonda begins the demonstration by creating an asymmetrical halo of wholesale seeded eucalyptus and dusty miller. The contrast between these two muted greens creates a strong sense of depth right from the start.

Next, Vonda adds two stems of lovely silk phalaenopsis. She inserts these toward the edge, the shapes dramatically arching over the entire width of the arrangement. 

Silk calla lilies occupy the open space in the middle. These wholesale silk calla lilies are so realistic, even the stems are soft and flexible – just like the real thing. Because the stems are so soft, Vonda suggests making a hole in the floral foam with a harder object to make insertion easier. She used a marker with a similar width. 

A few pops of silk hydrangea round out the composition with a touch of volume. The result is truly impressive, a spectacular centerpiece that makes a huge impression with just a few carefully-selected ingredients. 

You can find all the wholesale silk flowers used in this video available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. These premium selections are perfect for occasions where realism and quality are the top priority. These permanent botanicals look so lifelike, your customers and clients might find themselves touching the petals to see if they’re real. 

Shop products from the video:
PWH2729CRGR – Premium Hydrangea Stem 19”, Cream/Green
PWDM1142GR – Dusty Miller Spray 22”, Green
PWC0108WH – Calla Lily Stem 19”, White
PWO1110OC – Phalaenopsis Orchid Spray 28”, Orchid
PWE1096GR – Eucalyptus Bush 22”, Green
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
35350-50 – “Mallory” Compote 5.75x6.5”, Silver

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Video: Victoria Eucalyptus Collection

Amy Lombardo - Saturday, February 09, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

While the silk eucalyptus trend remains stronger than ever, this selection is a truly timeless mainstay in the toolbox of many who work with permanent botanical arrangements – a versatile choice any time a project calls for an earthy and organic silk foliage. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD showcases the Victoria Eucalyptus Collection in this quick video demonstration. This collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale features a gorgeous blue/green/gray color, a bright and lively choice that fits well with a wide variety of color palettes. She begins by introducing three form factors: the garland, wreath, and bush.

For this sample arrangement, Vonda will be using the silk eucalyptus bush option. The gorgeous ceramic compote has been prepared with a block of floral foam to hold the permanent botanical selections in place, covered with a layer of moss for a natural and inconspicuous look. 

Vonda adds each sprig of wholesale silk eucalyptus one at a time, starting on one side and working her way around the edges. She carefully fills in the composition for even height and volume. 

The result is a super-simple, super-quick permanent botanical arrangement that would look fantastic anywhere. This look is easy to modify for custom themes – add your favorite silk flowers and foliage accents or switch up the container to achieve a different style. The sky is the limit with a selection as versatile as silk eucalyptus from the Victoria Collection.

You can find this gorgeous Victoria Collection silk eucalyptus available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a wide variety of other wholesale silk eucalyptus options to suit any occasion and any style.  

Shop the complete Victoria Eucalyptus Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWE1094GYGR – Premium Eucalyptus Bush X6, 22”, Gray/Green
PWW1120GYGR – Premium Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Wreath 22”, Gray/Green
PWG1121GYGR – Premium Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Garland 50”, Gray/Green
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
96740-00 – “Benoit” Ceramic Compote 6.25x.5.75”, White

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Video: Haven Collection

Amy Lombardo - Saturday, February 09, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Soft colors can infuse any occasion with an atmosphere of warmth and calm. The gorgeous Haven Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale features a color palette of serene pastels – versatile and easy to coordinate. 

Are you looking for pastel inspiration? Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD showcases the Haven Collection in this quick video demonstration. Follow along as Vonda builds a bouquet using a small selection of wholesale silk flowers in this beautiful colorway.

Vonda begins the construction process by creating a base of foliage starting with silk eucalyptus in a light sage color. She adds silk maidenhair fern to create a trailing halo around the edges. 

Silk flowers from the Haven Collection are the next addition. You will notice that Vonda periodically stops to bind the bouquet with floral wire – this helps ensure the groupings remain securely in place. Vonda adds the blue silk hydrangea first and then binds her progress before making some subtle adjustments to the layout. 

Next is the silk cabbage rose in Vanilla Dream, followed by the Rose Quartz silk ranunculus. Her final additions are the silk green helleborus and silk sweet pea. She takes time to bind the arrangement between each grouping. Vonda has kept each color relatively close together, creating a wonderful color block effect. 

Once she has added all the Haven Collection silk flowers, Vonda binds the bouquet together one last time before trimming the stems for a tidy and even look. She wraps pink ribbon around the entire stem grouping to create a comfortable handle. The ribbon makes the rose quartz ranunculus really pop – feel free to get creative with your ribbon color choices to accentuate the color you want to emphasize the most.

After a little bit of fluffing and readjustments, Vonda displays the result – a fabulous bouquet that perfectly embodies the warm and serene look of the Haven Collection.

Explore the Pioneer catalog to find all the wholesale silk flowers used in this demonstration, plus so many more. 

Shop the complete Haven Collection here.

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Video: Gray Succulents Design

Amy Lombardo - Thursday, February 07, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Modern design palettes are taking advantage of grays more and more. This neutral serves as a strong base for a variety of popular styles, from minimalist to industrial to contemporary chic. Gray accommodates dark and light themes equally well while helping any other accent colors pop. 

Professionals who specialize in home or event décor can benefit from having a wide array of permanent botanicals with gray undertones. Artificial succulents are especially versatile and up-to-date. Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows off a few examples available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – you can see the appeal of these beautiful gray succulents with the simple arrangement she creates.

Vonda begins with a ceramic bowl with a calming gray glaze, a fantastic choice to bring out the gray within the wholesale artificial succulents to be used in this composition. This bowl has been prepared with a block of dry floral foam to hold the artificial succulents in place. A layer of moss conceals the foam for a more natural look. To create a desert theme, you could choose to use small pebbles instead.

A quick time-lapse shows the creation of this handsome arrangement. Vonda begins with the larger artificial echeveria picks and works her way to the smaller bundle. You can see how plump and lifelike each one looks – just like real succulents. 

Explore the Pioneer Catalog to find the wholesale artificial succulents used in this video, along with a wide variety of others. These gray artificial succulents are a useful addition to any designer’s toolbox – sure to prove useful as focal points and small accent pieces alike. 

Shop the complete Gray Succulents Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
CE9222GYFS – Echeveria Pick 7.5”, Gray Frosted
CE4194GRBU – Soft Echeveria Pick 9”, Green/Burgundy
CE1325GYGR – Echeveria Pick X3, 8”, Gray/Green
CM0165GRGY – Echeveria Pick 6”, Green/Gray
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
93915-00 – “Polly” Ceramic Bowl 7.75x3.5”, Light Blue

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Video:How To: Centerpiece Design from the Royal Azure Collection

Orders Pioneer - Thursday, November 08, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Learn how to create a beautiful deep blue centerpiece using wholesale silk flowers from the versatile Royal Azure Collection by Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD will walk you through the process from start to finish in this easy-to-follow design demonstration. 

Vonda starts by introducing the wholesale permanent botanicals that will go into the composition – silk delphinium in midnight blue, silk peony in steel blue, silk eucalyptus bush in blue, and a few silk hydrangea blossoms in goldenrod for standout appeal.

This arrangement centers around a ceramic compote base, already outfitted with a block of floral foam for the video demonstration. Vonda begins with the silk delphinium because of its wonderfully straight lines, standing as the tallest flower to give the arrangement height and focus. 

Silk wild peony brightens the perimeter. Vonda inserts the deeper blue silk blossoms to bring the color of the silk delphinium down through the centerpiece. Silk hydrangea in bright goldenrod offers energetic contrast and immediately draws the eye as a stunning focal point. 

Permanent botanical hydrangea foliage fills any gaps and simple swaths of moss cover the foam. Vonda wraps up the composition with sprays of silk eucalyptus bush in a dusty teal color – a fantastic way to bridge between the earthy greens and bold blues used throughout.

Explore the rest of the wonderful Royal Azure Collection, along with other versatile color palettes, by browsing the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a wide range of silk flowers, permanent botanical accents, and useful accessories like wholesale containers and ribbon. 

Shop the complete Royal Azure Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
#PWE1091BL – Eucalyptus Bush – Blue

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