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The busy holiday season is right around the corner! Thanksgiving is almost here (in the United States), with Christmas and Hanukkah following shortly after. These holidays provide cherished time to reconnect with family and friends. If you are hosting an event or planning a wedding this season, don’t miss these wonderful ideas on how to dress up your tables. These DIY centerpieces are easy to make and big on “WOW” factor, which is always a perfect combination in our eyes! However you decide to decorate your holiday table, BunchesDirect wishes you the best of health and happiness to those around it, from our home to yours.

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These centerpieces (above) would look amazing at a fall event or a Christmas wedding. Anything clear and pretty will work as your container, such as these brandy snifters. Purchase some beautiful hydrangea and greens from a reputable online flower vendor, to get the best bulk pricing (BunchesDirect has awesome prices and will deliver right to your door!) . Fill glasses with cranberries and water. Add the hydrangea and other assorted greens of your choosing and presto, instant centerpieces!

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Use a gourd or a pumpkin as your “vase” for truly unique, seasonal and eye-catching autumn or Thanksgiving centerpieces. Purchase burgundy chrysanthemums, orange roses, and seeded eucalyptus from a reputable online flower vendor. Clean out the pumpkin, line with plastic. Add a block of oasis foam (trim to fit) and fill with water. Arrange and insert the flowers into the foam for stability and then enjoy all the rave reviews your guests will give you.

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These eye-catching Thanksgiving or autumn centerpieces use a variety of clear vases (raid the cupboard or visit the local Dollar store). Purchase bronze spider chyrsanthemums (BunchesDirect has amazing prices).

Fill the vases with seasonal chestnuts and water, and top with the mums to enjoy these cute table toppers.

 

 

 

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These adorable centerpieces are perfect for any Christmas wedding or event! Roses or red carnations are always a beautiful choice for holiday decorating and are available at great prices.

 

 

 

Red roses, candy canes, and some red ribbon are the perfect way to dress up (and hide) any container you choose. You can also use red and white candies to fill a clear vase (see below.) Beautiful fresh red roses are available by the stem or by the box, from BunchesDirect.

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For Hanukkah Centerpieces, choose blue and white vases, or clear vases filled with blue and white ornaments, candies, or decorative foil paper. Add decorative elements such as stars or dreidels.  Purchase blue and white flowers such as white asiatic lilies, blue hydrangeas, white hydrangeas, blue iris. white roses, white carnations, white football mums, or white gerbera daisies. These will all look beautiful in the container of your choice. You can also select ready-made centerpieces and save yourself some added work!

Beautiful in Blue by Bloomex.ca and BloomexUSA.com

Sweet Heaven by BunchesDirect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays from your team at BunchesDirect!

 

 

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Graceful Blooms

We spend a lot of time, care and a fair bit of the budget on our beautiful wedding flowers, making thoughtful selections that will perfectly complement the wedding theme, decorations and color palette. It makes sense to get the most enjoyment possible out of these beautiful blooms.These days we are all about re-cycling or re-using and this applies to our chosen bouquets, centerpieces and altar arrangements as well. Here are some great tips on how to get the most out of your wedding flowers!

Natural Beauty Centerpiece

Rehearsal to Reception. If you are having fresh flowers at your rehearsal dinner, have a designated friend or family member collect them at the end of the festivities, and bring them to the reception venue. If properly watered and stored in a cool place, the flowers can most likely be re-used without any difficulty. Use them as-is, or separate out the blooms into smaller vases or arrangements.

 

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Display the Bouquet. Have some pretty vases or containers ready at your reception site.Have a designated friend, family member or attendant ready to place your beautiful bouquets in places of honor around the reception site. Flinging them on a table doesn’t do them justice, and leads to much faster fading and wilting of your lovely flowers.

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Guest Give-Away. Use your gorgeous flowers as extras thank you gifts for your guests. Have a creative draw for the table centerpieces or other event flowers (such as the guest with the birthday closest to your wedding date, or the oldest guest at the table, etc.) so that a lucky person can enjoy your flowers longer. Alternatively, you can have an assistant divide up and hand out the blooms to guests so that everyone leaves with a fresh flower memento of your special day.

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Dry and Preserve. There are many ways to dry and preserve your beautiful wedding flowers so that they become lasting memories. If you are handy you can do this at home using silica gel, or simply by letting flowers dry over time of you don’t mind a more natural look. You can press flowers between books as well. And if you prefer a more polished look, there are many online professionals who will preserve and display your bouquet for you.

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Get Crafty. Turn them into Christmas ornaments or dried decorative wreaths to display proudly in your home. There are lots of excellent DIY posts on Pinterest and other craft sites.

 

 

 

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Get Creative. There are online companies such as The Isle Co, who will turn your flowers into pressed wax candles, or into beautiful jewelry (check out Blossoms into Beads). These sweet mementos are a lovely keepsake.

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Honor your Loved Ones. You can take your beautiful wedding flowers to the grave site of a lost loved one and share your special day with those who attended only in spirit. If you suffered a recent loss this can be a helpful way to heal and provides a wonderful tribute.

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You could also take your wedding flowers to share with a loved one who could not attend, or a senior in a care home. What a sweet way to pass along your happiness and good fortune.

 

 

 

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Looking to the greats can provide inspiration for your own beautiful wedding and event flowers. Their ideas can fuel your imagination and show you what is possible. One of the true greats when it comes to flower designs and installations is definitely Jeff Leatham.

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Jeff is currently the Artistic Director at the swanky Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, and prior to that oversaw the flowers at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. He did the wedding flowers for such celebrity clients as Chelsea Clinton, Eva Longoria, Avril Lavigne, and Tina Turner, as well as doing events for clients such as Oprah Winfrey, the Kardashians, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion, Bulgari, Givenchy, Swarovski Crystal, Samsung and Dom Perignon, to name but a small few.

He has written two books about his floral artistry and been featured in a documentary, as well as being awarded a Knighthood in France for his contributions to arts and culture.  Jeff’s work is a combination of his love for flowers and his passion for design, and he has come up with some spectacular concepts.

 

If there is a look you love, don’t be intimidated by the size or the grandeur. Sometimes even a small element or the inspiration is enough to show you what your wedding or event flowers can be. Best of all, buying bulk flowers from a reliable online vendor such as BunchesDirect lets you create your own versions of these over-the-top creations. Here are some great tips you can use yourself!

Jeff Leatham

White on White Mass together white flowers with candles, and you will always end up with a spectacular look! Choose gorgeous flowers such as white calla lilies, white hydrangeas, white roses, stephanotis, or white orchids—all are available at BunchesDirect for bulk pricing. This “white on white” look is timeless and classic, and relatively easy to recreate. Mass together the blooms or keep things scaled back to suit your own budget.

Jeff Leatham design

Creative Arrangements. Source out some creative vases, such as these fishbowl shaped ones with openings on a tilt, and place your blooms right inside. Using a rich color like this royal purple will add to the dramatic effect. Choose blooms such as lavender dendrobium orchids, purple carnations, purple lisianthus, or purple alstroemeria for amazing effect even on a low budget.

Jeff Leatham designs

 

 

These artfully arranged white calla lilies are simple yet so effective in this tall, narrow rectangular vase. This is easy to reproduce for little cost at your own event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Leatham George V Paris

 

Vivid Color Combinations Give your wedding or event a shot of bold style by putting together beautiful flowers in unexpected colors and textures. If Jeff can do it, you can too! Use his designs to guide you in what “goes” with what. Choose eye-catching blooms such as hot pink roses, orange ranunculus, dark purple call lilies, hot pink carnations or purple cymbidium orchids, paired with green hydrangeas. Your guests are sure to remember these exciting and beautiful combination.

 

 

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Use your Space You can set flowers anywhere, and the more you can afford, the more luxurious the final result. We don’t all have this kind of budget, but don’t be afraid to set bouquets or bulk flowers along a staircase, or create unique hanging displays of bulk flowers in a smaller scale for your own venue.

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 Vary The Height Jeff mixed these beautiful spring colors of pinks and greens, setting them off with candles in chunky glass candlesticks. Create even more visual interest by varying the heights of your centerpieces and candles. Try pink carnations for a beautiful budget-saver, mixed with green hydrangeas.

Jeff Leatham The Power of Flowers

Beautiful Vases If you want to use fewer flowers to save on budget, you can still create a very artistic and memorable display if you choose beautiful vases in vivid colors or interesting shapes.You can always check in with family and friends, or scour vintage shops and estate or garage sales and come up with some lovely finds. This display makes the most of the beautiful crystal embellishments and deep emerald green, as well as the interesting rounded shapes, of these vases, using only a few bunches of white calla lilies and minimal white roses.

 

 

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Phillip Phillips, 2012 American idol winner and top recording artist, married long-time girlfriend Hannah Blackwell on Saturday, October 24 in a beautiful outdoor ceremony. The pair wed at the Resora Plantation in Albany, Georgia, in front of 250 close friends and family.

Hannah wore a beautiful Hayley Paige wedding gown, while Phillip rocked a Billy Reid tuxedo. The pair exchanged vows under a huge oak tree on the Plantation, and then continued the celebration with a true Southern-style party.

The large wedding party rocked chic black bridesmaid dresses of varied styles. “They’re all actually wearing different dresses, because one is pregnant and one just had a baby, so I said everybody do what you want to do,” Blackwell says about her bridesmaids’ attire. “They can all have their own personality.”

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The couple first met almost seven years ago a charity event for Phillips’ sister’s organization Mission Change,. Their reception was catered by Merry Acres Catering, who helped create the Southern menu for the buffet stations the couple chose over a sit down dinner.  The menu included bacon and tomato sandwiches, okra roll-ups, mini country ham biscuits, shrimp and grits and bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. There was also a mashed potato bar at the reception.

Instead of having a traditional groom’s cake, Phillips chose to serve miniature hot skillet chocolate chip cookies with ice cream.

Romantic Phillip and a close friend wrote the song for his first dance with his wife. . “I might be crying while I’m dancing with you,” he told Hannah.

And what about our favorite part, the flowers? These were perfect for a Southern belle, such as pale peach and pink roses, pale green and white hydrangeas, and other assorted greens. Hannah described their reception as ” a little fancy, but not too fancy. All the flowers are really natural flowers, like really light pink or ivory.”

If you love Hannah’s look, become your own “Southern Belle” with these BunchesDirect bridal bouquet suggestions: Pink Dreamland, Touch of Peach, Hint of Softness, or Hold me Close bridal bouquets. More at the website. We wish Phillip and Hannah all the best!

Pink Dreamland

Touch of Peach

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hint of Softness

Hold Me Close