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Video: How To: Floral Hoop with Eucalyptus

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 15, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Floral hoops are one of the most exciting trends transforming the landscape of wedding décor. They make fantastic centerpieces, brilliant hanging decorations, and serve as an on-trend alternative to traditional bouquets for brides and bridal attendants. 

Learn how to create a gorgeous yet super easy hoop-shaped bouquet with this quick video demonstration lead by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. This design uses permanent botanicals readily available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – a versatile faux silver dollar eucalyptus bush and realistic silk rose in a soft cream tone – but you could adapt this design to use any faux flowers or foliage from Pioneer. 

This design starts with an ordinary embroidery hoop that you can purchase at any craft store. These are especially useful because they are available in such a wide variety of sizes, suitable for any purpose. 

Vonda begins by layering sprigs of faux eucalyptus around the hoop, starting at the hoop screw and radiating outward. Matching green floral wire secures the faux eucalyptus on both sides. Vonda takes a moment to fluff up the eucalyptus for a fuller and more realistic appearance before moving on.

Silk roses are the next addition. She starts with the largest silk flowers near the center and continues with progressively smaller ones along one side, with each stem trimmed accordingly. More floral wire secures these silk roses in place. 

To finish the piece, Vonda wraps a bit of cream white ribbon around the hoop screw, coordinating with the silk roses and giving the entire composition a clean and professional appearance. If used as a bouquet rather than a decoration, the ribbon also gives the bride or bridal attendant something comfortable to use as a handle. 

The result is a sleek and stylish permanent botanical bouquet with a contemporary twist. The power of this design is its simplicity – easy to create with just a few ingredients, and easy to customize to suit any style of event or occasion. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find all the permanent botanicals used in this video demonstration along with useful accessories like wholesale ribbon and decorative accents. Pioneer has everything you need to create distinctive pieces just like this one. 

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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: 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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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: How To: Warm & Elegant Silk Floral Design

Orders Pioneer - Friday, September 28, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this quick video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces the Warm Reflections line from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog by creating a useful arrangement that brings out the best of these gorgeous red-based hues. 

This design starts with an on-trend geometric vase in a radiant metallic finish, available from Pioneer’s wide range of wholesale containers. Vonda inserts silver dollar eucalyptus as a central element, its height drawing attention to the vertical shape of the vase. 

Next, Vonda begins placing the silk wild peony. Staggering the blossoms at different heights draws the eye downward through the arrangement for a lovely sense of visual balance. Silk hydrangea in a dusty basil color serves as an elegant filler. 

As Vonda adds the silk garden rose in red, she reminds viewers to take extra care when placing darker colors such as these. In certain cases, deep colors can detract from the overall design if placed indiscriminately – here, Vonda uses the dark hues to add visual weight at the center of the composition. 

Silk anemone in a smooth parchment color offers an effortless way to lighten the look of the design. A handsome cork ribbon serves as a handsome final addition for those who want an extra touch of personality and texture. 

The result is a beautiful vertical arrangement that radiates warmth. The color palette offers a fresh approach to timeless elegance, perfect for a variety of event themes. 

You can find the silk flowers and handsome container used in this video within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a wide variety of permanent botanicals in colorways to suit any season.

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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: Update the Pearls Corsage

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Pearls are truly timeless. You might notice that pearls and other vintage-inspired looks have never gone out of style when it comes to weddings, prom, and other formal events – in fact, they’re even increasing in popularity for those who prefer classically elegant accessories. 

Learn how to create your own custom pearl corsages with this design demonstration from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. This demonstration is quick, easy, and uses materials readily available from the Pioneer website. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI walks through the process of creating this elegant pearl corsage using a wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelet as a versatile base. She also introduces the other elements used throughout the demonstration – a silk orchid spray in tea berry, two pearl picks from Fitz Design, and a wired iridescent ribbon. 

A few helpful glue tips begin the tutorial. Vonda prepares the corsage bracelet by covering the plastic platform in adhesive. Next, she ties a piece of ribbon around the platform with a sturdy knot – the glue helps to keep the ribbon from slipping off, but you could also add the glue afterward if you prefer. 

Vonda uses the rest of the ribbon cutting to make a small bow and ties it right to the center of the corsage. This will serve as a dramatic center for the composition. 

Next, Vonda trims the blossoms and leaves from the pearl spray. She stages the glue on a piece of spare cardboard, using it to apply adhesive to each of the trimmed blossoms and leaves individually. 

She also adds more glue to the plastic platform. As a reminder, Vonda notes that glue-to-glue application creates a much stronger bond - it’s important to ensure the mechanics are durable on wearable projects like these, because you certainly wouldn’t want any leaves or accessories falling off during an important event. 

Tucking the leaves beneath the ribbon adds extra support and increases the visual depth of the piece. Because the silk orchid is a larger item, Vonda adds it toward the center of the ribbon to serve as a stunning focal point. 

You might have noticed that Vonda left a bit of the stem on one of the pearl spray cuttings. As she adds this part to the composition, she twists the stem to provide a touch of movement and elegance. A smaller pearl blossom takes a position near the center of the ribbon. 

Vonda finishes the piece by adding the smaller silk orchid blossom on the other side of the ribbon, striking a sense of visual balance between colorful elements. The result is more than wearable – your customers might even choose to keep this corsage as a meaningful keepsake to bring back pleasant memories for years to come. 

Pioneer offers a wide variety of permanent botanicals, beautiful ribbon, and wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelets - everything you need to create custom projects just like this one. Get prepared for prom and bridal show season with excellent selections from Pioneer. 

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Video: Better & Best Ranunculus

Orders Pioneer - Monday, September 24, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Ranunculus continues to be a popular choice for a range of purposes from home décor to bridal work. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale stays on trend by offering a couple of different styles of silk ranunculus, each one with its own distinctive strengths. 

In this quick video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD takes some time to introduce the silk ranunculus options available from Pioneer and offers helpful usage suggestions.  

Just like their fresh counterparts, the silk ranunculus from Pioneer is available with both ruffle edges and smooth edges. The silk ranunculus with ruffled edges, called the Italian Ranunculus, adds instant texture to any permanent botanical arrangement. Because the ruffles enhance the dramatic effect of light and shadow, they can also generate a greater sense of depth when used as an accent in a centerpiece or bouquet.

The silk ranunculus with the smooth edges offers a more traditional look. The smooth edges are soft on the eye and easy to balance with other permanent botanical elements. These are realistic, easy to use, and serve as a gorgeous addition to any setting.  

Both types of silk ranunculus are available from Pioneer in a spectrum of color options, easy to coordinate with any theme. Explore the Pioneer catalog to find these – and a wide variety of other silk flower varieties – to get the exact look you need for any occasion.

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Video: Using Metallic Accents in Centerpiece Design

Orders Pioneer - Friday, September 21, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Kathy L. Hall

Uplifting a gloomy nook or transforming a too-simple tabletop can be done with a splash of metallic floral tones. Pair your coppery leafage with a simple metal container and you’ll end up with a stunning piece for your client’s home or office.

Today we’re going to explore a few wholesale options from the Metallicity collection to create one of these centerpieces. 

Starting with a simple metal Norman container, which sports a copper tone trim on its edges. Cutting an oak & lotus pod spray apart, you’ll then spread the deeply metallic colored large oak leaves around the edges to frame the flowers you’ll add later. As you insert each piece, gently bend the leaves downward to create a collaring effect. 

Once the framing is done, begin to place the large parchment colored cabbage roses, with their coppery centers, into the center of the pot. These are big, beautiful blooms so it doesn’t take many to produce a luscious look.

Follow and fill the rest of the container with first the anemones, spread out across the bed of the bowl, then add chocolate leaves. These spear-like leaves will add another color and shape to add interest to your design. 

Finally, pop a few acorns into the design and you have a clever presentation of the metallic look with a rich, welcoming feel to it.


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Video: How To: Create the Perfect Fast Centerpiece

Orders Pioneer - Thursday, September 20, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Learn how to create a beautifully simple and elegant centerpiece with step-by-step instructions by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD.

Vonda notes that this uncomplicated arrangement is perfect for wedding receptions and other large events, easy to create in multiples. Using permanent botanicals and wholesale containers readily available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, this tutorial adapts easily to suit the tastes of any client or customer. 

This composition builds around a blush-colored footed vase already prepared with a block of floral foam for the demonstration. Vonda takes a moment to introduce the color palette used in this design – natural hues of spruce, sandalwood, deep aubergine, and soft pink sand. 

Vonda begins by inserting silk hydrangea blossoms, an excellent selection for those who want to create a full and voluminous arrangement. A couple of silk open garden rose blossoms take their place next to the hydrangea, with stunning silk peony filling in the gaps and bringing the pink of the container into the body of the centerpiece. 

The silk hydrangea selections include fantastic foliage, which Vonda uses around the edges to frame the composition. Vonda suggests finishing the arrangement by adjusting the silk blossoms to ensure all three colors are easily visible.  

The result is a lovely centerpiece that looks fantastic on its own or alongside matching arrangements. As this video demonstrates, this piece takes very little time to create – perfect for short deadlines or bulk orders. 

You can find the supplies used in this video within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a wide selection of other silk flowers, wholesale containers, and a seemingly endless selection of useful accessories. Pioneer has everything you need to create gorgeous permanent botanical arrangements for any event or occasion. 

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