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Video: How To: Use Shrink Centerfold Roll

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

As the name implies, shrink wrap centerfold rolls are folded down the center, offering twice the coverage as single ply rolls – ideal for larger arrangements. In this video demonstration by Susan Huelsman AIFD, learn how to use the shrink wrap centerfold roll from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to securely wrap a large gift basket. 

As Susan points out, it is always important to select a wrap that will fit the basket you plan to prepare, including any contents that may protrude from the top. Susan has already measured the basket at 16 inches, so she has decided to cut the wrap at three times that length to accommodate the basket and edges. 

Cutting the shrink wrap is a little easier with the technique that Susan demonstrates. Make sure the wrap is nice and flat, and measure to the point that you want to cut. Make an initial snip and then glide your scissors straight through both layers to get a nice even edge. 

Once you have cut the appropriate length of wrap, open to unfold along the center. Susan shares a great tip to get rid of any static – simply wrap your hand in a dryer sheet and move it across the surface. 

Next, Susan places the basket in the middle of the open flat wrap. She suggests checking the fit one more time before proceeding. 

There are a few different ways to enclose the basket and contents. Once common method is to gather the excess wrap at the top to create a decorative plume.

For a cleaner look, take the wrap completely around the basket arrangement. Go from front to back, and then bring the other side to the midline. Add a piece of tape to temporarily join the pieces. Now you have a few options for the rest of the wrap – gather the excess on the sides like a large piece of candy or tuck it underneath the basket and secure with tape.

Once you have your wrap arranged the way you like it, use a heat gun to activate. Susan starts at the bottom of the basket, working her way upward with an even sweeping motion. Tuck and tape any excess wrap that remains afterward. 

The next step is to create a fun presentation with ribbon. Susan wraps the ribbon around the bottom and ties it off. She then removes the tape from the top of the arrangement now that it is no longer needed. She gives the basket one final pass with the heat gun before completing the bow. You can add other decorative accents like silk flowers if desired.

You can find all the supplies used in this video – along with a wide variety of accessories – available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. Pioneer is your best source for gift basket supplies. 

Shop products from the video:
#HG-001 – Heat Gun

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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.


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


Watch the video here! 


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. 

Watch the video here!

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.

Gift Basket Design Tips

Courtney May - Thursday, December 08, 2016

Always Buy Wholesale

Courtney May - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Purchasing your baskets wholesale from a vendor that has deep stock allows you to duplicate your designs and sell in volume.  Having a few set basket designs that you are comfortable with and can quickly put together will improve your efficiency and quality.  


Purchasing wholesale can also help to guarantee that your gift baskets are exclusive.  If you are using containers and/or products from a local discount store or wholesale club, why do your customers need you?  They can do the same thing themselves! Purchase specialty products that your customers will want and won't see anywhere else!  


Tips courtesy of Pam Newell 




Gift Basket Tip: Will My Products Fit in Your Baskets?

Courtney May - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

"Will my products fit in your baskets?" 


This is the most frequently asked question from September 1 - December 1 every year, so we wanted to share a great tip that can help to answer it! 


The best way to determine this without purchasing a sample, is to try making a "mock basket".   Read the dimensions of the basket on our website and draw an outline that size on a piece of paper.  Depending on the size of the basket, you may need to tape two pieces of paper together.  Please note that all of the dimensions on our website are outside dimensions, so you may want to take off about an inch to reflect what the interior dimensions will be.  


Then, go ahead and place your products in the outline.  Do they fit?  Remember, your products do not have to all sit flush.  Rather, you can and SHOULD stack your products.  This will give your basket a taller, fuller look, giving it a higher perceived value. 


So, go ahead and give it a try before stocking up on baskets and make sure you're getting the right size!