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Video: How To: Create an Easy to Ship Gift Basket

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

One of the most memorable things about any gift basket is the presentation – a lovingly arranged gift basket shows a level of care, creativity, and enthusiasm that goes so far beyond the contents alone. 

Shipping a gift basket through a traditional postal service can make the presentation factor a little tricky at times. Items can shift or even fall out of the basket, and sometimes the packing materials themselves may interfere with the aesthetic of the composition and reduce that all-important “wow” factor. 

In this quick video demonstration, Susan Huelsman AIFD shows how to create a gift basket that can stand up to the shipping process. By using shrink wrap available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, you can ensure that your arrangement comes out of the box looking just as lovely as it did when you packed it.

Susan begins by introducing the basket used in this tutorial – also readily available from Pioneer. This style of basket comes in three different colors to suit a variety of themes. This size was designed for shipping in a standard medium-size mailing box while requiring only the most minimal of packing materials.

This tutorial uses a 16”x16” shrink wrap cap. Susan places the completed gift basket in the cap sideways and folds down the ends. She adds a small strip of tape underneath to hold the wrap in place before repeating the process for each side. 

Using a heat gun, Susan applies even heat around the basket to activate the shrink wrap. She pays special attention to the top of the arrangement, ensuring the wrap hugs the included items to prevent any shifting during shipping.

The basket is neat and secure within minutes! The process could not be any easier.

For a decorative presentation, Susan adds a small bow to the top of the wrapped basket. She ties a length of matching ribbon around the bottom of the basket and uses it to secure the bow in place before trimming the tail. Simply fluff the bow to complete the look. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale websiteto find the wholesale baskets, wholesale ribbon, and shrink wrap supplies used in this video tutorial – along with a wide range of other accessories that can help you take your gift basket presentation to the next level/

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Top 10 Best Sellers in June

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, July 11, 2018


This beautiful eucalyptus garland is perfect for weddings and events!


This spray is absolutely stunning and works perfectly for wedding arches and decor.  


This beautiful eucalyptus bush complements any bouquet or floral arrangement.  It is an excellent choice for including greenery in weddings and home decor.

4. BOXWOOD BUSH X6, 12" - #PWB2030GCR

Boxwood is perpetually a customer favorite. Therefore, it's not surprising this beautiful boxwood in green/cream was a top seller last month. This item is also available in natural green.


Greenery continues to be a hugely popular wedding trend.  This boxwood is perfect for adding hanging elements to your event.


This beautiful silver dollar eucalyptus bush complements any bouquet or floral arrangement, and it is still a very popular choice for brides.

7. SUNFLOWER BUSH x7, 20" - #PWS2400YL

Who doesn't love sunflowers? This beautiful sunflower bush, available in three colors, has seven stems and is perfect for creating a summer or fall centerpiece.


Set of 3 rectangular willow baskets often used for gift baskets.


This elegant orchid is often used for weddings and is available in three colors (white, burgundy and purple), but white was the best-selling color in June.


This eucalyptus wreath adds a rich, vibrant green to any wall or door.

Video: Ultraviolet Basket

Orders Pioneer - Monday, June 25, 2018

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

Learn how to create a vibrant garden basket using 2018’s Pantone Color of the Year with this quick time-lapse video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 

Vonda begins with a round triple weave basket and two types of ribbon cut into lengths of 6-8” inches. She ties these lengths around the basket handle, alternating between the double-faced satin ribbon in purple haze and the pirouette ribbon in purple. 

With the basket handle covered, Vonda beings placing silk lavender bush sprays into a block of floral foam hidden within the basket. She centers these tall pieces in the middle to give the arrangement a sense of height and drama. Occasionally, you will see her slightly bend and adjust the stems for a balanced look. 

Silk peony and silk hydrangea blossoms fill in the perimeter of the basket, easily obscuring the rest of the floral foam below. 

The result is a lovely centerpiece that spans a range of purple hues that closely echo Pantone ultraviolet. Serving as a fun way to add color to an event – regardless of season – this arrangement is sure to spark the enthusiasm of your customers and clients who love purple color palettes.


The supplies used in this arrangement are readily available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a wide variety of coordinated details to help you create custom arrangements your customers are sure to love. Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find silk flowers, wholesale ribbon, and other accessories in a spectrum of hues to suit any occasion. 

Shop products from the video:

3512ST – Round Triple Weave Baskets Set of 4, Stained
PWL2242PU – Lavender Bush, x15, 24”, Purple
PWP2200PU – Peony Bush, x7, 19”, Purple
PWH2085PU – Hydrangea Bush, x5, 17”, Purple 
16-2461-9-265 – “Pirouette” Ribbon, 1.5” x 100 yds., Purple
2205-9-412 – Double-Faced Satin Ribbon, 1.5” x 50 yds., Purple Haze

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Top 10 Best Sellers in May

Amanda Thomas - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

1. Eucalyptus Garland 6' - #PWG1098GR

This beautiful eucalyptus garland is part of our Sydney Eucalyptus Collection and is perfect for weddings and events!

2. Lemon Leaf Wreath 20" - #PWG2626GR

Our lemon leaf wreath, part of our Gourmand Terrace Collection, adds a nice vibrant green to any wall or door.

3. Medium Round Natural Willow Basket with Handle - #002M

One of our classic single-size fruit and gift baskets.

4. Boxwood Garland 6' - #PWG2038GR

Garlands are popular for a reason, their versatility! They can be hung on archways, table fronts, or laid across tables for a dramatic centerpiece! And boxwood is perpetually a customer favorite.

5. Lemon Leaf Garland 70" - #PWG2627GR

Lemon Leaf was certainly popular in May! This lemon leaf garland is also part of our Gourmand Terrace Collection and matches the Lemon Leaf Wreath (#2).

6. Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Bush x6, 23" - #PWE1090GWH

This beautiful silver dollar eucalyptus bush complements any bouquet or floral arrangement, and it is still a very popular choice for brides.

7. Oval Willow Basket - Set of 4 with Liners - #2510B-WC

Set of four oval willow woodchip baskets with plastic liners, often used for flower baskets or gift baskets.

8. Extra-Large Hydrangea Stem 28.5", Chalk - #PWH2095CHK

Our extra-large, full hydrangea stem with a 7" head diameter looks beautiful in any bridal bouquet or floral arrangement.

9. Everyday Hydrangea Stem 29", Pink Sand - #PWH2087PKSD

Our practical everyday hydrangea stem with a 6.5" head diameter is perfect for those with a budget but who still want a quality product.

10. Rose Bush Open/Bud x30, 19", Red - #PWR2050RD

Who doesn't love a red rose? This beautiful rose bush comes with 15 open rose stems and 15 rosebud stems, accented with gypsophila.

*List shows top ten items that are still available.

Video: Designing a European Garden Basket

Amanda Thomas - Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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

Living baskets are a fantastic way to add a pop of greenery to any space. This video shows how to build a delightful living basket from the ground up, including several accent options to customize each arrangement to fit the specific needs of your clients and customers. 

This project is exceptionally quick and easy. Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI walks through the process step by step. 

Vonda starts with an introduction to the main ingredients that serve as the base for this design: two 6” plants, one 8” plant, and a gorgeous 6”-deep living basket from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

These “living baskets” or “European Garden baskets” were designed by Pioneer’s owner especially to hold four 6” pots. Vonda has already prepared this basket for the video demonstration by lining it to prevent leaks and by placing the plants right where they need to go. 

To cover the exposed plant pots, Vonda adds a layer of fluffy Spanish moss. She notes how important it is to remain mindful of what the customer wants to see - the moss contributes to a more finished and professional result, ready for display anywhere, whether the arrangement is destined for a home, tribute, or trade show.

You might notice that it is still possible to see part of the taller pot even after the addition of moss. Vonda covers this with a large ribbon. The ribbon not only hides the taller pot, but also adds a pop of friendly color. This one features warm autumn tones, but you can tailor your own specific design to cater to any season or occasion. 

Vonda adds a few sprigs of botanical curly willow, noting that any increase in height adds to the perception of value and gives any arrangement a greater sense of grandeur. 

Wholesale silk flowers from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale serve as a very important final touch. Vonda uses flowers in a rich butternut hue that easily coordinates with the ribbon, bringing color throughout the entire arrangement for wonderful visual balance. 

Before inserting the silk flowers, Vonda covers each stem with floral tape. This ensures that the wire will not rust into the plants – these permanent botanical flowers are so beautiful that customers are likely to leave them in the arrangement for quite a long time. The tape also keeps the stems from twisting so that they remain right where you want them.

The result is a colorful and well-balanced living basket suitable for any occasion. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website for wholesale baskets, wholesale silk plants, wholesale ribbon, and everything you need to create custom arrangements that your customers and clients are sure to love. 

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Video: How To: Design Living Baskets

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, June 05, 2018

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

Living baskets serve as versatile decorations for any occasion, but finding the perfect basket isn’t always easy. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI discovers the rectangular willow basket from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is the perfect size to hold up to four plants in 6” pots.  

Vonda uses this basket to walk viewers through the process of creating a gorgeous plant arrangement from start to finish. She starts with the collection of four green plants, placing each one comfortably in the basket. If you were working with fewer or smaller plants, the oval willow basket in the background could serve as a suitable alternative too.

Simply use a small block of foam to boost the height of any plant that might need it. 

Arrange any hanging ivy or foliage to create better balance within the living basket design. Cover visible pots with a small swath of moss – Vonda points out that sheet moss and Spanish moss are attractive options. 

But what about color? Vonda picks a set of bright silk mums from the Pioneer catalog to bring a splash of vivid red to the arrangement, a terrific way to complete the look and add more visual interest. 

The Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a wide variety of wholesale baskets, silk flowers, and other useful accessories that can take any living plant arrangement to the next level. Explore the website for fabulous ideas and inspiration. 

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Tour Our Spring/Summer 2018 Showroom!

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, April 05, 2018

Spring is in full swing at Pioneer Imports & Wholesale! Come see our Spring & Summer 2018 Showroom for yourself or take a virtual tour below. Our showroom is located at 500 W. Bagley Rd., Berea, Ohio 44017 and our hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We'd love to see you!

Please note: Vendor’s license in a related trade is required.

Are Baskets Still Relevant for Florists?

Sarah Botchick - Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Written by Sue Huelsman, AIFD

Todays floral shops still need baskets for current design styles.  Most shops still get requests for sympathy designs with plants and/or planters, usually sent in a basket.  Such as the double or triple peanut basket with green and blooming plants - or the Living Baskets/European Garden Baskets that are specially designed by Pioneer!  

Baskets are great for seasonal groupings - 
           Spring - Lilies, azalea, hydrangea, green plant (ivy)
           Summer - Spath, ivy, blooming plants (kalanchoe, begonia)

           Fall - Mums, succulents, Kale 

           Winter - Cyclamen, pine branches, amaryllis

If baskets made of natural materials have been stored for awhile, they may need to be revitalized. You can spray them with silk cleaner spray. To restore some of the moisture you can spray the basket with any type of leaf shine product.

Baskets will never go out of style.  Even in the most cutting edge design magazines you will still see various styles and types of baskets, whether for storage, decorative or design element.  Well made baskets are worth the money so they will continue to look great for years to come.

Top 10 Best Sellers in January

Courtney May - Monday, February 20, 2017

See what items were our customer's favorites at the start of 2017!  These were our best selling items in January

1. "Kylie" Open Rose Bush in White #30388WH  

This bush has been a customer favorite for years!  Being such a great value at only $0.38/stem, it's a great staple rose bush that can be used so many different ways!

2. Hanging Wisteria Bush in white #PWW2320WH 

We introduced this beautiful wisteria in Spring 2016 and it's been flying off the shelves ever since!  Our customers have fallen in love with this bush for weddings and events, and it's truly a special buy at only $6.49 each!  



3. Hanging Wisteria Spray #PWW2330WH 

After seeing how popular our hanging wisteria bush was, we decided to create a "sister spray" to add to the line.  This spray is absolutely stunning and works perfectly for wedding arches and decor.  With January being a big month for bridal shows, this spray immediately gained popularity with our customers.

4. Sedum Vine #CS9525GR

We all know how prominent succulents have been the past couple of years and we continue to see very  high sales on them.  This sedum vine has been wildly popular among our customers that are creating succulent walls or vertical gardens as it covers a lot of area and creates a different dimension and textural element in the design.



5. Boxwood Garland #PWG2038GR 

We weren't surprised to be selling a lot of greenery after Pantone named "Greenery" the 2017 color of the year.  This boxwood garland is a new addition to our Manchester Boxwood Collection, perfectly matching our boxwood bushes and wreath.  However, the versatility of the garland made this particular piece a top seller! 



6. Stained Oval Tray Basket with Wood Handles #51823ST

This gift basket has consistently been a top seller for the past few years.  At a special temporary price of $3.50 each, it's no wonder it made the list! 

7. Oval Set of 4 Splitwillow Baskets in Buff Woodchip #2510B-WC

At only $15.99, this set of lined baskets is an unbelievable value that our customers love!

8. Oval Splitwillow Baskets Set of 3 in Whitewash #2001WW

Like the set above, this set of flower baskets is another one of our great values at only $10.99!  Our customers just can't pass up these special buys!

9Oval Set of 4 Splitwillow Baskets in Rustic Unpeeled #2510UP

Look familiar?  This is the same set of baskets that earned the number 7 spot, but in a different finish - Rustic Unpeeled.  

10. Set of 4 Round Splitwillow/Woodchip Baskets in Whitewash #2512WW-WC

Noticing a trend yet?  We sold a lot of baskets this January!  The reason: we offer unbeatable prices on our flower basket sets!  This set of 4 is only $10.99!  If you don't already take advantage of these special prices, try a few sets out!  

11.  Mixed Hyacinth, Tulip, & Dahlia Bush #PWMX2245MULTI

I know we named this blog Top 10 Best Sellers, but we wanted to include just one more!  This new bush is the perfect spring mixed bush!  For only $5.99 you get a beautiful variety of color and flower types that just scream spring! 

Gift Basket Design Tips

Courtney May - Thursday, December 08, 2016