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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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#PWE1091BL – Eucalyptus Bush – Blue

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Video: How to: Fun Silk Floral Design from the Verve Collection

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Bold colors instantly elevate the energy of any event. Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD demonstrates how to use the vivid Verve Collection color palette from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to create a gorgeous permanent botanical centerpiece that immediately catches the eye. 

First Vonda introduces the Luxe glass vase, a wonderful mercury glass container in bright turquoise. This piece has already been fitted with a block of floral foam for the video. 

This composition is made up of silk flowers in three colors from the Verve Collection. Vonda begins with silk wild peony in dramatic calypso pink. Next, she adds the realistic-looking silk hydrangea in a deep rich teal. Goldenrod silk cosmos complete this exciting take on the primary color trio. 

You might notice that Vonda used a bold color blocking technique, keeping each of the color selections grouped together. 

To break up the roundness, Vonda adds an artificial succulent based on the air plant tillandsia. This helps lighten the profile shape and creates a little extra visual interest. The tendrils peek out nicely from between the large silk blossoms – take time to adjust as needed.

Explore the rest of the bright and colorful Verve Collection in the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Here, you’ll find the vase and wholesale silk flowers used in this video along with so many others – and all the accessories you need to create stunning permanent botanical arrangements for every occasion. 

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#30571-33 – Luxe Glass Vase – Turquoise (Sold Out)
#PWC2061GOROD – Cosmos Bush – Goldenrod
#PWH2085 – Hydrangea Bush
#PWWP2212 – Wild Peony Bush
#PWS1060GY – Tillandsia Succulent Pick – Gray (Sold Out)

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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: 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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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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Video: Peacock Jewels Collection

Orders Pioneer - Monday, August 27, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Putting a fresh twist on a classic color palette is an invigorating way to combine tradition with modern aesthetics. This is exactly what Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has done with the Peacock Jewels Collection – these vibrant jewel tones offer a stylish take on a favorite. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD demonstrates the versatility of this collection. She begins with two geometric ceramic containers that shine with those deep peacock-inspired hue and uses wholesale silk flowers from our new Peacock Jewels collection to draw out those jewel tones in a striking and dramatic way. 

One arrangement is already complete. This monochromatic design uses dusty coral peony and cabbage rose with boxwood accents, underlining the beautiful hues of the container. By using these silk flower selections, the colors of the container stand out even more. 

Next, Vonda makes a new arrangement using the smaller container, demonstrating another way to use the Peacock Jewels Collection. 

She inserts the dusty coral selections on one side with the peacock blue silk flowers on the other, striking a dramatic balance in terms of color and visual weight. Sprigs of boxwood add extra bounce and height to the design while drawing out more of the green found in the container. 

Vonda suggests designing a range of sizes when making displays. This will allow you to appeal to more types of customers – those looking for large arrangements, small arrangements, or in between – and it also allows you to show off the wide range of your abilities. Vonda suggests stocking your display tables with at least two to three color palettes and multiple sizes. 

You can find the Peacock Jewels Collection available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website, along with a diverse selection of accessories like wholesale ribbon and wholesale containers to match.  

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93752-00 – “Calico” Ceramic Vase, 5.5” x 9”, Turquoise

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Video: Moody Hues Collection

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

Color plays a crucial role toward creating a specific atmosphere for an event. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a line of permanent botanicals perfect for this purpose. The Moody Hues Collection is a bold palette that consists of colors like burgundy, wine, and mauve – rich hues that drip with drama and personality. 
 
In this quick video demonstration, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI creates a small centerpiece arrangement that easily highlights the powerful versatility of the Moody Hues Collection. This straightforward project keeps things simple, basing the design around a single permanent botanical bush containing silk zinnia, silk dahlia, and silk daisy. 

Vonda begins by first clipping each silk bloom from the bush itself. She uses these to make individual insertions into a block of floral foam, hidden within a small metal container. The container’s neutral finish allows the rich red floral tones to take center stage in the design. 

Vonda inserts the larger silk flowers first, creating a collar of voluminous faux florals around the edges. The smaller selections are added last, carefully placed to achieve a pleasant balance of color throughout the composition. Clippings of silk foliage, silk boxwood, and silk olive sprays add additional body to the centerpiece. 

The result offers abundant visual drama – an impressive composition for such a simple construction process. 

You can find these selections from the Moody Hues Collection readily available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a wide range of coordinated wholesale containers and accessories. 

Pioneer offers wholesale permanent botanicals in a diverse range of themes and color palettes to suit any occasion – you can depend on Pioneer to provide the perfect pieces to suit even the most specific requests of your clients and customers.

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PWMX3371BUPK - MIXED DAHLIA, ZINNIA & DAISY BUSH x12, 19" - BURGUNDY/PURPLE/PINK 
PWW3372BUPK - DAHLIA, ZINNIA & DAISY WREATH, 22" - BURGUNDY/PURPLE/PINK 
PWO2623DKGR - OLIVE SPRAY x3, 30" - DARK GREEN

PWB2031BTGR - BOXWOOD BUSH X9 20"- BEAUTY GREEN

72091-00 - "VOYAGE" METAL POT 5.25 x 5.25"

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Video: Sunflower Fields Collection

Orders Pioneer - Monday, July 30, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

This video tackles the topic of choosing the appropriate quality of wholesale silk flowers for a project. Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD uses two silk sunflower bushes from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale as examples. 

One variety combines the best of realism with an accessible price point, easy on the wallet without sacrificing on style – Vonda refers to this as a “Better” option. The other variety features breathtaking detail and vibrant lifelike quality, deserving of the “Best” designation suitable for use as a true focal point in a permanent botanical arrangement. 

But choosing between a “Better” option and a “Best” option can be difficult. Vonda’s favorite tip for making an appropriate selection involves first considering the container you will be using for the arrangement. This example compares a substantial concrete container with a handsome small metal pot. 

As Vonda points out, placing the smaller silk sunflowers in the substantial container creates a bit of a visual imbalance. On the other hand, the simple metal container allows the basic silk sunflower bush to shine with its full potential. The same applies to the voluminous and extra-realistic silk sunflowers and their coordinated high-end container.

Vonda creates sample arrangements with both silk sunflower bushes to demonstrate this concept in action. Perfectly balanced compositions result – you can see each silk flower and container combination playing off the strengths of their individual components. 

You can find both the “Better” and the “Best” silk sunflower bushes available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer also offers a diverse array of other wholesale silk flower varieties and wholesale containers, spanning a truly impressive spectrum of colors and styles for every occasion. Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find the ideal products for your upcoming projects. 

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PWB1042MURD – Baby Grass Bush, x5, 20”, Mustard/Flame

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Video: How To: Create A Wildflower Design

Amanda Thomas - Friday, July 27, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Kathy L. Hall


If you’ve ever felt inspired by simply picking wildflowers, this design will really appeal to you and your customers are going to love it.


Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has really captured that with some of the looks you’re seeing the in their wholesale silk flowers catalog. The colors and shapes will take you right into the fields of flowers you remember. 


Here you can create a design that is perfect for showcasing these florals, using their two-tone yellow, purple and pink wildflower bushes. There are so many varieties available, you can try more creations later.


This particular design clusters the blossoms into groupings as they would appear in the wild. The look is so natural it lends itself very well to use in multiple locations and to satisfy many clients.


You’ll find the 3-part planter among Pioneer’s wholesale containers. Combining it with a piece of curly willow around the wood planter will give it extra texture and a “found” feel. Use bind wire to secure it.


Now, you’re ready to begin inserting the beautiful wildflowers, beginning with the larger anemones in the center to ground the piece and provide a focal point.
Move on to adding the purple thistle on one side and the green on the other, which creates a pleasing sightline. 


Now, group the blue flowers around the green thistle and the yellow with the purple to give the overall look of a naturally-occurring group of wildflowers. You’ll see the finished product as a compliment to many client environments, giving off an innate feeling of tranquility.


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Top 10 Best Sellers in June

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

1. EUCALYPTUS GARLAND 6' - #PWG1098GR

This beautiful eucalyptus garland is perfect for weddings and events!


2. HANGING WISTERIA BRANCH 67" - #PWW2330WH

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


3. EUCALYPTUS BUSH 22" - #PWE1096GR

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.


5. HANGING BOXWOOD X5, 32" - #PWB2033GR

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


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. 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.



8. RECTANGULAR WILLOW BASKET SET OF 3 - #2003UP

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


9. PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID STEM 33" - #PWO1107WH

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.


10. EUCALYPTUS WREATH 24" - #PWW1097GR

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