the Event Essentials

Cactus Flower and Breast Cancer
October 12, 2007, 2:46 pm
Filed under: Bouquets, Centerpieces and Decor

What a great ad and great savings. Just an FYI for anyone needing or sending flowers this month!

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Fall is in the Air
September 14, 2007, 10:18 pm
Filed under: Bouquets, Centerpieces and Decor, Color Schemes

My absolute favorite time of the year is the fall. Some ask if we even have “seasons” in Arizona and my reply is always as follows …. “Anything out of the triple digits, I consider that a season change!” I just love when it finally starts to come down out of the 120 degree temperatures, how the sunlight starts to dim, how it gets darker earlier (although I get more done when the sun is out longer), and most importantly I love when fall approaches because it means the holidays are coming. I can’t wait to decorate our kitchen table with my fall settings! With that in mind, I set out today to find some inspiration for decor and thought I would post some pictures from my album of collections from beautiful florist, event designers, or magazine websites.

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How to Pin a Boutonniere
July 24, 2007, 7:04 pm
Filed under: Advice and Tips from Experts, Bouquets

Time and time again a bride will ask me if my coordinating services include pinning the boutonniere. Absolutely I’ll try my best to get one on, but most of the time the florist is the best one to go to. However, today I found this great outline on “How to Pin a Boutonniere” on, so I thought I would share.

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1.) Hold the corsage/boutonniere by its stem, with the flower facing away from your date and toward you.

2.) Place the corsage or boutonniere at a slight angle on your date’s lapel, approximately 4 inches in from the tip of the left shoulder.

3.) Make sure that the flower is evenly placed on the lapel before attempting to pin it.

4.) Take a strong and sturdy stickpin in the hand that is not holding the flower.

5.)Stick the pin into the fabric at the bottom left corner of the stem.

6.) Weave the pin back out from under the fabric. Push it through about 1 inch, laying it at an angle over the top of the stem.

7.) Stick the tip of the pin back into the fabric on the other side of the stem. Insure that the stem is tightly in place with the length of the pin pushing it down.

8.) Weave the pin back out of the fabric once more. Be sure that the very tip of the pin does not stick out, nor does it poke under the fabric and touch the skin.

9.)Readjust the flower’s angle a bit after pinning, if necessary. You can re-fluff any petals that may have become matted during the pinning.

10.) When sticking the pin into the fabric, use only the very tip and avoid digging too deeply downward. Steadiness is helpful.