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When it comes time to seat your guests at your wedding or event, you want to keep things clear to avoid confusion or mismatched placements. (Heaven help us if great aunt Gertrude ended up seated next to her cousin Harry that she has detested since fifth grade) The solution of course is providing tasteful escort cards, but why settle for plain and boring? Your escort or place cards are a perfect way to add some creative flair and beauty to your event, and there is no better way to accomplish both than by using flowers. (Everything is better with flowers, of course!)

Here are some creative and easy ideas for using fresh flowers as part of your escort cards. Most are very DIY friendly! Be sure to order your bulk flowers from a reputable online vendor such as BunchesDirect and save even more.

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DIY Floral Wreaths

What a sweet way to show your guests to their chairs! These adorable miniature wreaths also make wonderful keepsakes for the guests to take home. Choose small grapevine or foam wreaths from your craft store. You will also need floral tape, glue and the fresh flowers of your choice. For a quaint look as shown here, try purple wax flowers with some sprigs of green trachelium. For complete instructions visit ProjectWedding.com

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Billy Ball Escort “Stakes”

This is a cute idea! Buy bulk “billy balls” (also known as craspedia) in sunny yellow and use them to fashion these escort stakes by threading the stem through your paper in two places. You can also use wire to strengthen the stems, or even attach the flowers to wooden skewer sticks or dowel rods. Secure the stems into foam inside your container of choice (such as this wooden crate) and cover the foam with decorative moss.

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Carnation Escort Card Display

Buy bulk carnations in your fave colors and use a simple glue gun to attach them to a framed board for a quick and beautiful way to display your cards or a seating chart. Anyone can do this and yet it looks so amazing when you are done!

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Fresh Flowers and Place Cards

Even if you keep things classy and simple by setting traditional place cards by each guest plate, be sure to order some extra flowers, such as these fresh pink roses, to embellish the display. Coordinate the printed flowers on your cards with the fresh flowers at each place. These can be taken home by the guests for a lovely added favor.

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Wall Display

Set up a foam or craft board that you cover with fancy paper (even old wallpaper sheets work nicely, or sturdy wrapping paper). Attach simple test tubes. Adorn with the fresh flowers of your choice, such as these gorgeous ranunculus. Attach your guest place card and you will have a very memorable display that all the guests will rave about.

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Floral Nest

Another very simple way to add some flair and beauty to your escort card display is to order extra bulk flowers such as pink carnations, set them on your display table, and “nest” the cards instead the petals. It’s so easy and yet so effective! This works especially well for romantic or boho chic style events. Carnations work well as they have delicately ruffled petals, that are still sturdy enough to hold the cards in place.

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Escort Card Flower Pots

For a sweet and creative way to display seating lists, find some budget-friendly pots at the dollar or gardening store. You can always spray paint them using your color of choice. Add some floral foam and fresh flowers such as garden roses, dahlias or peonies for a lovely way to present your cards.

 

 

 

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Adrienne Bailon is of course, one of the co-hosts on the popular daytime talk show The Real. We love her fashion style and her witty take on things, so it’s little surprise we also LOVED the flowers she chose for her beautiful bridal shower. Read on!

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Adrienne and fiancé Israel Houghton were friends for years before they become romantically involved. In fact, Adrienne admits she used to set him up with her friends. When things evolved they wanted to be sure that no matter what happened, they would remain friends, but obviously true love blossomed! The pair became engaged in Paris and plan to wed by end of the year.

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When it came to organizing the bridal shower, Adrienne voted for co-ed, and to honor the place of their engagement, a romantic Parisian theme seemed to be an obvious choice. (Apparently Adrienne was already getting teary even preparing for the shower and can’t wait to be hitched.)

The shower was held at the trendy Fig & Olive restaurant. Both Adrienne and Israel love DIY so they contributed many elements to the shower decorations, such as spray painting the Eiffel tower models rose gold, to match Adrienne’s engagement ring. The pair plan to add DIY elements to their wedding too (can’t wait to see that!). They even set the tables themselves and included framed photos for a personal touch.

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We loved the flowers they chose! This soft and romantic mix of traditional pink, cream and white blooms such as roses, hydrangeas, and ranunculus is the perfect accent for a dreamy “old world” theme like this one.

Subtle Beauty by BunchesDirect

If you also adored Adrienne’s romantic Parisian theme, try Subtle Beauty Centerpieces from BunchesDirect. This gives you the look at an amazing price! For your bouquets, we suggest Pastel Sparkle, Pink Triumph, Heavenly Morning, Summer Love or World’s Blessing.

Pastel Sparkle by BunchesDirect

World’s Blessing by BunchesDirect

Pink Triumph by BunchesDirect

We look forward to seeing the flowers that Adrienne and Israel choose for their soon-to-happen wedding day. Stay tuned!

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Need inspiration for your wedding or event flowers? If you are a DIY type and would love to tackle your flowers personally, there are a myriad of easy options for you. One of the hottest trends is to “mix and match” your vases and blooms, and this is perfect for the DIY bride or event planner!

While many brides and event planners adore uniformity, there is no hard and fast rule that says you need one centerpiece in the middle of your table, and that all your vases and flower types should be the same. The “mix and match” trend incorporates a selection of your favorite blooms. Use the same vases or mix those up too. Make sure they still “match” either by color choice, vase choice, or shape and the array will work.

This approach is extremely flexible for your budget as well, letting you pick as many or as few blooms as you would like. If you aren’t sure which blooms will go together, let your experienced floral consultant guide you. Buying in bulk will save you lots of money also!

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Above: These vases may be a bit different in shape but they are visually cohesive due to their glass construction. This beautiful mix of spring flowers such a pink peonies, iris, and waxflower or stock coordinates into a lovely display for dining or to accent a buffet or seating card table. Pink and purples work well together, so feel free to select your faves as a mix of these will “match” and still be pleasing to the eye.

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This floral display uses an assortment of different vases. You can create this look by covering mason jars or plain vases with burlap, twine or lace from the craft store. This mix of blooms includes roses, dahlias, and limonium. The “mix and match” trend works especially well for a boho or shabby chic event! It can help create a fresh-from-the-garden look that also gives a more casual or vintage vibe.

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Ranunculus mixes well with tulips and waxflower in pastel colors for this eclectic mix at an outdoor event. Mixing the heights of the containers creates visual interest.

 

 

 

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The trend is still adaptable to more formal events! Another way to incorporate this look is to mix up the types of flowers, but keep the color consistent, Here, a mix of white blooms works beautifully to create a unique and interesting display at the head table. Consider lilies, stephanotis, roses, and alstroemeria for an interesting blend of blooms.

 

 

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Another excellent mix of white flowers: bells of ireland, hydrangea and calla lilies (as shown left). The color consistency supports the slightly more formal setting, while the mix of blooms keeps things from being too stuffy or traditional.

 

 

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Create a more exotic vibe by using orange as the unifying color. Mix it up by choosing a variety of vases and containers, in different heights. Try flowers like asiatic lilies, gerbera daisies, or protea for some vivid visual punch.

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Don’t restrict the “mixing and matching” to just the flowers and vases! Incorporate some of your other favorite accessories to create very unique and memorable floral displays for your tables. Even with this mix of items, the match comes fro the use of mercury glass and silver along with the peach and cream flowers.

Pick an assortment of your favorite blooms and containers and enjoy the possibilities! Your friendly floral consultant can advise you how much of each bloom you will need to create your visual masterpiece. Best of all, your event flowers will be unlike anyone else’s!

 

 

 

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There are some people—wrong as they may be—who think the beautiful carnation is not a first choice, first class flower. While it’s true that carnations are one of the most budget-friendly choices, it’s also true that they are truly one of the most lovely and versatile event flowers you can select. The low price is just a bonus!

Carnations have an amazing texture, like elegant ruffles, and many varieties come with a soft, spicy fragrance. They come in a truly amazing multitude of colors (even green) and shades which makes working with them an additional pleasure.

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Monochrome Carnations

Use all one color of carnations and let their texture do the talking. One color will create a big pop of visual impact for your tables or venue. Coordinate with your theme colors or choose a complimentary shade to accent them. Or, create an ombre effect by setting up a mass of carnations that run from dark to light shades of a single color.

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Even a simple grouping of white carnations looks amazing in a modern glass cube vase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose interesting and varied vases and heights for your carnations and let them shine with added impact.

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Pomanders (Kissing Balls)

Carnations may look delicate, but are one of the heartiest flowers you can choose. They don’t wilt easily in a hot venue and aren’t too fussy about humidity or lots of water. Pomanders can be made with multi-colored carnations and set in different shaped vases, set on tables, hung from trees, suspended from shepherd’s hooks…the possibilities are endless. Set them down the middle of the table to use as your centerpiece!

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Floral Backdrops

Because carnations are sturdy, with thicker stalks, they are also a perfect choice for creating hanging “flower curtains” or other floral backdrops. This is a great project for the DIY planner who has lots of helpful friends! Fishing wire, needles and bulk carnations are all you really need. Click to read more about Floral Backdrops.

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Beautiful Bouquets

Carnations are very hearty and long lasting, making them an elegant choice for your bridal bouquets! They will stand up well to heat and sunshine making them an especially good pick for outdoor, beach or summer events.

Elegant Carnations by BunchesDirect

 

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Go Modern

Carnations keep their structure well as they are compact and hearty. They are the perfect choice for creating modern designs that can really add life and interest to your event tables.

Whatever style, color scheme or venue you choose, don’t overlook the sensation of a carnation! Click to see how to buy bulk carnations.

 

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Coming up with your centerpieces is always one of the most important, and sometimes the most difficult, decisions when planning your event. Most of us think of traditional vases for our centerpieces, in various shapes and materials. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your containers! They can be the best way to incorporate a theme and set up some unique table settings that will have your guests talking for months to come.

And what is one of the best sources for inspiration when it comes to creative containers? Your own kitchen! A rummage through your shelves can yield some wonderful ideas for how to create some truly special centerpieces. Once you choose your container, you can find the numbers you will need from online suppliers, through kitchen supply stores, or local shops including your dollar store. Buy fresh bulk flowers to complete your look. Make things even easier by choosing a beautiful ready-made centerpiece from BunchesDirect. Our centerpieces come assembled and ready to be trimmed to whatever height you need for your own container.

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Pretty teapots and stacked plates make for very lovely, and unique, centerpieces! Check out local garage sales, vintage shops or second hand stores for a wonderful budget-friendly selection. This idea would be especially suitable to a bridal shower, a lunch, a tea, or any afternoon event. These pink roses are a lovely complement to the old fashioned charm!

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Cake stands are a perfect way to create a very unique and elegant centerpiece, and an easy way to provide height and interest to any table! They also make for a very easy DIY project. Your selection of blooms is endless, and what you choose can suit the formality and the type of event. Choose traditional flowers like roses, peonies or ranunculus for a more traditional affair or vintage theme. Choose bolder blooms like gerbera daisies or bright carnations for a less formal event.

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Wine glasses are a go-to way to create beautiful centerpieces on a budget! Use them upside down with blooms under the glass, or right side up as lovely footed vases for your favourite blooms. These fresh tulips are the perfect complement! Try martini or margarita glasses for other fun ideas. Stemless wine glasses will also work—just put the head of one bloom in each glass for a very pretty effect.

 

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Galvanized buckets make for great centerpiece containers too. Use this look to create a more informal feel. This would be perfect at a country or beach wedding. Choose flowers like these hydrangeas, snapdragons, roses and alstroemeria for a perfect look!

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Grab your favorite mixing bowl and set up a beautiful centerpiece! Don’t be afraid to mix styles and patterns on your various tables. (This is another great excuse to tour your local garage sales or vintage shops!) These beautiful fresh peonies are the perfect addition to this vintage bowl. Tip: use masking tape to create a grid pattern across the top of the bowl. This will keep your blooms arranged with ease and precision.

If you have the kitchen containers ready to go, but you aren’t sure what to put in them, go with ready-made centerpieces that you can trim to your needs. We’ve collected a few to show you here, but be sure and see all centerpieces at BunchesDirect. Have fun rummaging in your own kitchen—you never know where inspiration can strike!

Champagne Romance BunchesDirect

Scents of Spring BunchesDirect

 

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Planning a big party, wedding or celebration? If your event involves dinner, cocktail snacks or other entertainment that includes guests seated at tables, then sorting out what to put on the tables will be one of your key decisions. The guest tables are an important focus for your decorating and depending on your plans, guests might be spending much of their time here. Adding fresh flowers is one of the best ways to enhance the overall look of your venue and boost your guest experience.

We’ve gathered some “go to” ideas for event centerpieces that are easy as well as beautiful, especially if you are putting them together yourself.

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Wondrous White: White or cream roses will always look elegant and lovely. They suit any theme or level of formality, coordinate with any other color, are timeless and always in style, and will be a graceful addition to any guest table. Order bulk white or cream roses and you will have the makings of a stunning centerpiece with almost zero effort! Pair white roses with small white tealights for added beauty and a simple solution to your centerpiece needs.

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Rich and Bold: This stunning mix of blooms makes for easy but gorgeous centerpieces. Order hot pink roses. dark pink or red alstroemeria (also known as peruvian lilies) and burgundy dahlias. The mix will create a lush and eye-popping combo that will set your guest tables apart. All available in bulk through online ordering at BunchesDirect, and our floral consultants can guide you into how many stems you will need.

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Cheery and Charming: Gerbera daisies, whatever their color, are an easy way to add instant charm to your guest tables. They are affordable, beautiful and come in a wide range of colors to suit any theme or decor. This centerpiece is prepared by BunchesDirect and comes ready to trim to fit whatever container you are using. Check the website for a whole host of beautiful, ready-to-go centerpieces for any event and budget! You can also order gerbera daisies in bulk and create your own easy event centerpieces.

 

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 Beautiful Baby’s Breath. It doesn’t get much easier than this! Baby’s breath (or gypsophilia) is a delicate, airy and beautiful flower that makes wonderful centerpieces for a whole variety of events from baby showers, to weddings, to anniversary parties. Buy bulk baby’s breath and arrange in a square container like this one, wrapped in inexpensive burlap and lace and you will have a lovely centerpiece.

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Fabulous Fruit. Simply add some fresh fruit slices, such as oranges, limes or lemons, to a clear glass vase and top with your favorite bloom and presto— instant beauty for your tables! This cheery and easy centrepiece features gorgeous fresh tulips which contrast beautifully with the orange slices. This would be perfect for a brunch, baby shower, weddings, Easter celebrations or any other party where bright cheer is a must.