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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. 

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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus Garland

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 22, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The versatile silk Sydney eucalyptus garland from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is a great piece to use down the center of tables to breathe life into the décor of weddings, receptions, parties, and other events. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows how to make the most of this gorgeous silk garland. Vonda notes that, like any permanent botanical product, even the most beautiful pieces can be enhanced by leveraging existing strengths with a few smart display techniques.

Vonda begins by manipulating the garland – twisting and lifting the silk foliage for a more realistic and lifelike appearance. 

To make this silk eucalyptus garland look even more impressive, Vonda takes a second silk garland selection and lays it atop the first. She chooses to orient this second piece in the opposite direction to make the composition look even more full and lush.

Watch as Vonda takes time to interweave the two garlands together, overlapping sections of silk foliage to obtain an enhanced sense of volume. She works her way down the entire centerpiece to ensure uniformity before returning to give the middle section just a touch more height for a balanced and striking composition.

As you can see, a few extra seconds of care and attention is all it takes to make these silk eucalyptus garlands spring to life. 

You can find this silk Sydney eucalyptus garland – along with a wide range of other silk flowers and permanent botanical selections – readily available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Let Pioneer help you find fresh and exciting ways to take your permanent botanical projects to the next level.

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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus & Hoop Design

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

Floral hoop designs are a modern and stylish mainstay used in many parts of a wedding. These distinctive accents are so quick and easy to create – and the customization options are truly endless.

In this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI, learn how to create a simple hoop-shaped centerpiece using gorgeous permanent botanicals. This design starts with an exceptionally versatile base of silk Sydney eucalyptus from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Vonda begins with a simple plastic hula hoop, the kind that you can find in any department store toy aisle. She has taken the time to wrap the hoop in white satin ribbon before the video. You would normally cover the entire hoop with ribbon, but Vonda has left the bottom exposed to show that any kind of hoop can be used.

The handsome “Woodland” rectangular planter from Pioneer will serve as the centerpiece base. Vonda wedges small blocks of floral foam between the hoop and the planter to ensure a snug and secure fit. 

After the hoop is secured into the planter base, Vonda begins attaching the silk eucalyptus around the body using one full garland to start. You may need to trim the garland or use more than one piece of garland depending on the size of your hoop. 

Vonda has trimmed another silk eucalyptus garland into smaller pieces to complete the base. She gently slides each one into the floral foam, radiating outward from the center. If you do not have enough garland to conceal the foam, consider adding some other type of cover like moss.

There are so many ways to customize this centerpiece. Here, Vonda completes the design by hanging four natural touch silk calla lily stems from the top of the hoop. This draws a lovely rich eggplant color into the arrangement along with a bright pop of green. Experiment with other silk flower or foliage options for a bounty of inspiration.

You can find the silk calla lilies, silk Sydney eucalyptus garland, and “Woodland” rectangular wooden planter all available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website – along with a diverse range of other permanent botanical and silk foliage options to suit the theme of any event. 
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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus Bouquet

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 01, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The versatile silk Sydney eucalyptus from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale perfectly captures that rich organic look that so many brides ask about.  

In this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI, learn how to build an elegant custom bouquet that takes only minutes to create. This design is perfect for displays, decorations, for larger groups of wedding attendants, and other situations where you might need a gorgeous high-quality design that takes almost no time to put together. 

For this project, Vonda uses three of the premade real touch silk rose bouquets – available wholesale from Pioneer – along with the silk Sydney eucalyptus bush in lovely dusty green. 

Vonda removes the ties from the silk bouquets before joining them together as one voluminous grouping. She takes trimmed sections of the silk eucalyptus and creates a collar around the bouquet itself. You can see how the addition of the silk eucalyptus immediately enhances the profile and color palette of the arrangement for an unforgettable composition.

Experiment with different combinations of the silk Sydney eucalyptus bush with other silk flower designs to see exactly how versatile this selection really is. Silk eucalyptus is a fantastic starting point for bouquets that are quick, easy, and exceptionally beautiful.

You can find the supplies used in this video within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website, along with a wide variety of other silk flowers, silk foliage, and accessories like wholesale ribbon and dazzling accents. Let Pioneer help you make standout arrangements for any type of event.

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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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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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Video: Wedding Bouquet with Premium Eucalyptus

Orders Pioneer - Monday, September 10, 2018
Written by Lisa B. with additions from Sarah Botchick

Weddings are notoriously challenging, especially when you’re working with fresh product and you’re not sure what the quality will be. 

Sometimes the fresh flowers and you suddenly find yourself in a panic situation – the hydrangea is falling flat in 90-degree weather, the coloration of the dahlia is different than expected, or the stephanotis has already started turning brown. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD explains the benefit of keeping high quality permanent botanical backups on hand. Keeping a range of gorgeous silk flowers back at the shop ensures you will never be stuck in a situation that leaves the bride without what she needs to make her important day as spectacular and perfect as possible.

Vonda starts by introducing a range of quality permanent botanicals available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. She begins with the beautiful silk hydrangea and silk dahlias – together, these two permanent botanicals offer the ideal shape and color for traditional wedding bouquets. These are powerful staples to keep on hand, able to solve a variety of common wedding worries. 

As a quick demonstration, Vonda quickly builds a sample bouquet starting with the silk hydrangea around a central focal point of silk dahlia. She adds texture in the form of the permanent botanical tealeaf bush with their distinctive decorative berries. Silk stephanotis and silk real touch roses add bright white that pops out from the backdrop of smooth cream tones. Vonda finishes the bouquet with a collar of silk silver dollar eucalyptus in a dusty grey green. This particular Eucalyptus bush is absolutely stunning. The leaves are created using a special screen printing technology that makes them look ultra-realistic.

The most important thing, as Vonda points out, is to keep in mind what the bride is expecting. If she is expecting fresh, make sure to choose permanent botanical options that look as fresh and realistic as possible. Or, consider incorporating fresh and permanent botanicals together to strike a workable balance.

If you cannot get what you are looking for with fresh flowers on an everyday basis, Pioneer offers a wide range of permanent botanical solutions that can step up and perform right when you need them. When it comes to weddings, there is never any room for doubt – if the bride expects to see her favorite flower, having access to the right permanent botanicals can save the day. 

You can find a diverse selection of wholesale silk flowers ranging from budget options to ultra-realistic premium pieces available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Let Pioneer help you delight your customers and clients through every step of wedding season. 

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Video: How To: Arranging with Neutral Territory Collection

Orders Pioneer - Thursday, September 06, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The beautiful Neutral Territory permanent botanical collection uses subdued colors like sand, parchment, chalk, and other warm neutrals – this versatile palette ensures these wholesale silk flowers and foliage remain useful throughout every season. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD creates a handsome centerpiece to highlight the endless potential of the Neutral Territory colorway. 

Vonda begins with a quick introduction to the items used in this demonstration, all available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. This project uses a rustic metal bowl as the centerpiece, outfitted with a block of floral foam to support the permanent botanicals that Vonda will add. 

A silk flower in parchment and silk ranunculus in custard are just two of the Neutral Territory selections to be used in this piece. Silk philodendron and a smaller burgundy leaf are two of the silk foliage choices used here. 

Before beginning work on the arrangement, Vonda creates a loose sphere out of wired curly willow to use as an accent. The interior wire makes the twigs easy to shape. Next, Vonda creates a bed of green with the large silk split-leaf philodendron. Long strings of silk burgundy foliage add length around the edges. 

With the bed of silk foliage in place, Vonda adds the curly willow sphere. A single silk flower blossom goes inside. Vonda continues adding the large parchment-colored silk flowers to the middle of the arrangement before lining the edges with the smaller custard-tone silk ranunculus.  

You can easily create centerpieces just like this one – perfect for commercial displays, formal events, and more – using the Neutral Territory from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Explore the Pioneer catalog to find these and other wholesale silk flowers and accessories suitable for a wide range of permanent botanical arrangements. 

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Wedding Wows #3: The Dessert Bar

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Wedding design and marketing ideas from Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI 
Text by Bruce Wright

It goes by many names (sweets table, sugar bar). “But no matter what your wedding customer calls it,” says Vonda, “perk up and listen. This is when, during the consultation, you can plant a seed.” 

Paint a picture to your customer of a table that makes an inviting impression—a fitting finale, keyed to the style and palette of the wedding. Dessert bars are in vogue, but your customer will want to avoid a potluck look. 

The current fashion is for a selection of desserts, elevated on cake platters, epergnes, or other accessories. Entwined around these to cover the rest of the table, garlands of silk foliage make a flexible foundation that brings unity and a natural touch to the display. 

A key success strategy is to coordinate the styling of the dessert bar in advance with the venue, the baker, or anyone else involved. Ask the venue coordinator, or whoever is setting out the desserts, if they can place the stands and platters first, then add the desserts after you have your garlands down. 

Silk or fresh flowers can be added here and there to the garlands as a way of bringing the wedding floral theme and palette into the display. Another option is to place a tall vase in the center of the table, with the desserts nestled underneath. The important thing is that at every stage of the wedding, the floral décor enhances the mood and expresses the personality of the wedding couple—right down to the delicious last act. 

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Video: How To: Fall Garden Designs

Orders Pioneer - Friday, August 31, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Learn how to create a gorgeous yet easy-to-make centerpiece in a flawlessly coordinated container using readily available supplies from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. The entire process is detailed in this quick video as demonstrated by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 

This video begins with an introduction to the featured line of containers. These metal containers are available in two sizes and three colors – a versatile set that easily suits a variety of color palettes. 

Silk butternut daisy offers a stunning complement to the orange container and will serve as the primary permanent botanical for this centerpiece. Vonda begins by separating the blossoms from the foliage, as this arrangement uses both parts separately for greater control over the result. 

Vonda begins by inserting each trio of silk daisies into the block of floral foam she has hidden within the container. She suggests giving each stem a little bit of a twist so that they are not standing up completely straight, leading to a more natural aesthetic and building a bit more body into the design.

A pleasing profile is created by inserting the silk daisy trios deeper around the edges and shallower in the middle so that the central blossoms stand the tallest. Vonda continually moves and rotates the container for even distribution. 

To finish the centerpiece, Vonda uses the trimmed foliage pieces to build a collar around the edges of the container. This eliminates the need for moss or any other cover to conceal the floral foam or “mechanics” of the design. A few extra sprigs of foliage between silk daisies fill out the shape of the overall composition to create a more solid profile. 

Vonda also takes a moment to highlight other arrangements using other containers from this line – one made with silk delphinium in parchment, and the other with silk dahlia in merlot. 

This style of permanent botanical arrangement looks fantastic, but one of its greatest strengths is the quick and easy construction process. With wholesale silk flower and container supplies from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, creating a large volume of matching centerpieces takes no time at all. This arrangement is perfect for galas, wedding receptions, and other large events. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to Pioneer’s vast range of silk flowers, wholesale containers, and all the accessories you need to create gorgeous permanent botanical arrangements for any occasion or event. 

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