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For our DIY or better yet DIT (do-it-together) couples, we decided to gather a few fresh ideas for creative centerpieces that are low on effort but big on “wow” factor. These centerpieces would be a beautiful addition to a wedding or a special event. Buy your bulk flowers from a reputable online vendor such as BunchesDirect. This will save you up to 70% from retail florists, with farm fresh flowers delivered right to your door for you to work your creative magic!

Ribbon Vase with Bright Blooms

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Buy a square tin from the dollar store and hot glue on ribbons in various pretty colors to coordinate with your theme. Choose brightly colored flowers such as these pink peonies, pink tulips, red roses, and bright green verbena to create some gorgeous visual “punch.” This effect is more casual and festive, so it would suit a variety of venues and less formal themes.

Dreamy Driftwood

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If you have having a beach or farm wedding, you can make a very creative table display out of a piece of old driftwood, lumber, or an interesting tree branch. Drill holes for the flowers and order up a selection of your favorite blooms such as bold dahlias, pretty roses and dainty ranunculus. You can use slim bud vases or even beakers to hold water for your flowers.

Pumpkin Vase Centerpieces

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If you are having a fall wedding or event, using pumpkins for vases combined with warm orange-toned flowers creates the perfect touch! Remove pumpkin tops, thoroughly clean and hollow out space inside, and add tin cans or other plastic containers to hold the water. Choose flowers such as orange calla lilies, coral roses, or orange gerbera daisies to enhance the autumn effect.

Above and Below 

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Create a long linear centerpiece effect with flowers and greens and keep your flowers all the same color, such as this clean white selection. For extra-amazing effect, hang separate blooms such as white carnations from clear fishing wire overhead. Your guests are sure to be amazed and your event will be the talk of the town.

Stacked Plexiglass

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Purchase plexiglass boxes from a craft or organizer store. Fill each one with a different variety of flower. For most impact, place one flower type in uniform color in each box, coordinating the overall color choices with your other decor accents. Stack the boxes– and bingo, you will have one of the most creative centerpieces at any event, with very little effort!

Do you have a tip for your own creative centerpiece? Feel free to share in comments or email us at [email protected] We always love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

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One of the most popular wedding and event themes of the day is certainly “bohemian,” “shabby” or “vintage” chic.” It’s also one of our faves for flowers — this theme provides ample choice of flower type and color and lets you get especially creative with your choice of container or accents. This theme provides a relaxed and very pretty atmosphere at any wedding or event. We’ve gathered some great tips to help you plan.

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Venues

Bohemian chic is suited to a variety of venues but seems especially appropriate for outdoor garden, woodland or rustic settings. The vibe should never be too stuffy or monochromatic and even if not outside, ideally your venue will contain natural element such as greenery, wood, and yes, lots of fresh flowers! The more flowers and greens the better to create a lush and layered “bohemian” look.

Flower Colors

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Boho chic themes work in a variety of colors. You could go very bohemian and use rich jewel tones of all kinds, which cultivates a warm and liberated almost “carnival” atmosphere.

Shown left: Rich red calla lilies, orange dahlias, and bright yellow sunflowers combine with the dark blue lanterns and colorful woven table runners to create a visual feast.

 

 

 

 

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Shades of pink and white with green or teal accents also work well with a boho theme, and a garden or woodland setting. Think antique dressers, woven hearts, vintage candlesticks, ropes of pearls,  and a lush, romantic vibe. Daisies, roses, hydrangeas and peonies would work well. Be sure to order plenty of flowers as they are a key component of  any boho event.

DIY Floral Accents

The more relaxed style of boho chic is perfect for the do-it-yourself type! Get creative and make your own centerpieces. This theme does not call for perfect and precise but let’s you express yourself in without fuss or formality.

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The photo above shows you a simple DIY suggestion for some fabulous boho table centrepieces. Paint mason jars in various colors to suit your theme. Choose flowers like these beautiful plump dahlias and freesias in rich jewel tones, with sweet accents like the baby’s breath and the craspedia (also called “billy balls”). Mason jars of any kind are perfect for boho themes, and adding special touches like vintage books, antique mirrors, pretty candles, handmade cards. Click to see the full post about this beautiful DIY Boho backyard wedding in California.

If you are not a DIY type or don’t want the time or the worry to make your own floral arrangements, there are a wide variety of ready-made flowers that would perfectly suit this theme!

Puppy Love Bouquet

 

Try Puppy Love, Love and Sunshine, or I’m All Yours bouquets from BunchesDirect (many more at the website!).

Love and Sunshine

Floral Crowns

Another perfect way to add a boho element to your wedding is to create a beautiful crown of fresh flowers for the bride and bridesmaids.Fresh flowers in your hair creates an instant “goddess” look that is especially suited to this style of event.

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Click here to find out how to Make your own Floral Crown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flower Types: Baby’s breath, as we mentioned, is a wonderful and budget-friendly choice for any boho choc event! It works beautifully in centerpieces and when placed in popular boho containers such as wooden crates, drawers or mason jars.

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Carnations and roses are other flower types that work especially well for boho events. They are pretty without being overly formal or fussy, depending on how you dress them.

Accents such as lace, burlap or wood pair especially well with these flowers too.

 

 

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Candles: Adding in candles and fresh greens is another way to enhance your boho theme. Any natural elements will do the trick!

Finally, the best tip: Choose a reputable and experienced floral consultant and they will provide you with perfect guidance in choosing flowers for a boho theme, or any other! Have fun with the planning and let your imagination soar.

Feel free to share photos of your own boho chic event at [email protected] We always love to hear from you1

 

 

 

 

 

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You don’t have to stick to the same tried and true ways to decorate your wedding or event! Buy bulk flowers or bouquets of choice, and get creative. We’ve gathered some wonderful ways for you to make DIY creations that are sure to make your decorating stand out!

1. Aisle Garden

Buy bulk flowers and make a DIY wedding aisle garden, This is so easy, and so cute! Wrap stems to wire stakes using green floral tape and accent your wedding aisle or any area of your event venue.

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2. Fabulous Floats

Don’t overlook a swimming pool, pond or other water feature at your event venue as a great location to add some major “wow” factor. It’s easy to make your own pomanders, or kissing balls, using bulk flowers (click to read how). Choose hardy flowers such as carnations, gerberas, or chrysanthemum daisies for great results. Use floral pins to hold them (glue might dissolve in the water) to styrofoam balls from a craft store.

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3. Table Garland

Instead of one centerpiece in the middle, decorate your tables, either indoor or outdoor, with ease using DIY garlands with bulk flowers. Keep the garlands unstructured to make things easy. There is no “right” or “wrong” look for this—just go with whatever you love! Choose some greens, such as seeded eucalyptus. and your favorite flowers, such as roses, ranuculus, sprigs of baby’s breath, or peonies, and get creative. Use green floral wire to hold your masterpiece together.

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4. Floral Monograms

This is a lovely idea for a wedding! Choose either the first initials of the bride and groom, or the initial of your new last name. You can either buy a letter form at a craft store, or stencil on and cut out your own from sturdy, thick card stock or corrugated plastic from your home supply store. Buy fresh bulk flowers and floral adhesive glue to attach the flower heads to the letter shapes for a truly buzz-worthy addition to your wedding style. Try carnations, or football chyrsanthemums for a budget-friendly and sturdy option.

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5. Candlestick Pomanders

Here is another great use for some DIY pomanders! Choose your bulk flowers to coordinate with your event colors, such as these dramatic hot pink carnations. See idea number two for the instructional link and make the pomanders. Set them on assorted candlesticks for a truly unique look.

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6. Roses on Napkins

Even a single flower creates a lot of impact and visual style when used to embellish place settings. Order your bulk flower of choice, like these elegant pink roses, and the rest is easy! You could also tuck the roses (with stems) into folded napkins or lay them across the menu cards. For even more savings buy roses by the box (available at BunchesDirect).

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7. Upcycled Tin Cans

Who knew tin cans could make such fabulous flower containers? Clean cans well and make sure there are no rough edges. Wrap cans with fabric, craft or gift paper, wallpaper pieces, or fancy napkins and secure with a lacquer from the craft store. Buy small pre-made bouquets or bulk flowers and arrange in the cans using some floral foam to keep things hydrated. Sweet bouquet choices: Pure Expression or Spotlight.

Spotlight bouquet BunchesDirect

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8. Cake Stand Centerpieces

Get creative! Use a cake stand like this one (you can check discount stores), some floral adhesive glue and your chosen bulk flowers to make some very “out of the box” centerpieces for your wedding or event, or to accent a buffet or display table. Floral adhesive glue is perfect as it provides a waterproof bond to foam, ceramics, glass and plastic and does not brown the flowers.Buy bulk flowers from a reputable vendor so that they are sturdy and fresh. Flowers such as chrysanthemums, carnations, and hydrangeas are good for these because they provide a compact blossom backdrop. You can then add more delicate flowers on top, such as pretty spray roses. Very unique!

 

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Bunches Direct was delighted to have been selected by the hardworking volunteers at Halo House Foundation to assist with their very special Gala Night event in November 2014. The Halo House challenge: find a vendor to provide a large quantity of fresh and beautiful bulk flowers, on time and ready to assemble, that would be used to decorate Bayou City Center in Houston, Texas, on a limited budget. Enter Bunches Direct!

Halo House Foundation is dedicated to making life better for people with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.The mission at Halo House is to assist people of all ages who are being treated for a blood cancer by providing them with fully furnished housing at a very low cost while they are undergoing active treatment for their cancer at the Texas Medical Center. Thousands of people come the the Center each year to receive life-saving treatments.They come because care is unavailable locally, or their local treatments have failed. Sadly, many of those people cannot stay in Houston to receive treatment because of the significant costs associated with short term housing. Halo House helps address this.

In 2014, the team of dedicated volunteers at Halo House began to organize their annual Gala to raise funds for their very worthy cause. Planning for the Gala began in March with 75 volunteers helping on various tasks.

A team of 15 was assigned to floral decorations, beginning about four months ahead of the Gala. They collected and painted dollar store vases (very creative!), and then to gathered to receive and prepare the flowers the day before and during the day of the event.

The decorating budget was $1000 maximum. According to Jessica Hazen, one of the key volunteers, they were happy with their choice of Bunches Direct for the flowers: “Bunches Direct was very helpful in this arena with the consultation and the recommendations. Amy and I liked the idea of having three small arrangements on each table versus one large one, meaning a single flower [type] per vase was best; this also minimized the need for greenery. Colors were challenging to decide on because we wanted to use HHF colors (royal blue, gold and white) but Mother Nature doesn’t exactly like using that pallet scheme. I sent BunchesBob a picture of the gold vases I was working on and he/she recommended the deep purple carnations and white roses. The quote was very competitive and the customer service representative was very helpful.”

The team of volunteers followed the care directions provided by Bunches Direct, removing the flowers from packaging, cutting the ends of the stems, and hydrating the flowers in a cool location. They they assembled some beautiful centerpieces to grace the tables at the Gala event. Great job, ladies! Visit our blog on Flower Care 101 to learn more about caring for your own bulk flowers.

The Gala featured a silent auction of about 150 items including original works of art, exquisite jewelry, fine dining, sports memorabilia, “staycations,” travel packages, and so much more. Over 500 guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing and an amazing performance by Cirque Imagination. Sonia Azad from ABC-Channel 13 News, KTRK was the event orchestrator and a volunteer for HH. Andy Serota from Local News 2, KPRC also attended the fun event.

 

Amy Curtis was the Head Gala Chairperson and her vision was honed in to the emotional experience for attendees. She organized a Step-and-repeat red carpet photographer, the live performances from Cirque Imagination, and a prop-filled photo booth area—all of which were loved by the guests!

 

 

 

 

One of the highlights of the evening was the performance of an original song by Emily Lipinski, the daughter of one of HH’s previous residents and a cancer survivor. Emily preformed a song she wrote for her mother. Jessica describes the song as “spellbinding,” relaying that “there wasn’t a dry eye in the room while she sang; such raw emotion and feeling was so very touching. Her song made everyone think about why we do the work we do; helping people in their time of need is the core of our humanity.”

Halo House Foundation is thrilled to report that $300,000 was raised through the generous support of the Gala attendees and other donors. The funds are being used to help build the capital campaign for The Halo House building. Jessica explains, “Currently we operate out of an apartment complex close to the Texas Medical Center, renting the apartments for the families to come and call home for their treatment. We are working to finalize details on breaking ground for our very own set of apartment homes!”

Bunches Direct was so pleased to have been part of this amazing event. We look forward to working with Halo House again soon. Visit their website or watch their video to learn more about Halo House Foundation. Check out the beautiful array fresh bulk flowers at Bunches Direct to see some of the selections that might work for your own wedding or event!

 

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Bulk Roses in Various ColorsFor someone buying bulk flowers for the first time, knowing how to care for your flowers might seem like a daunting task. We’ve compiled a list of instructions for beginners to help you care fo your flowers when they arrive.

General Flower Care Instructions

When the flowers arrive they will need to be taken out of the box, stems cut on an angle, remove all leaves that will go below water line, and allowed to drink for several hours.  They will be thirsty and this should be done as soon as possible.  This small step will allow your flowers get back to a lush, and beautiful state.

Please Note: Keep flowers in a cool, dark location away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat. Exposing flowers to warm environments (outside, a hot room, etc) will help the flowers bloom, and storing your flowers in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process.

Also, it is important to keep flowers away from fruits, vegetables and/or plants which produce ethylene gas which could cause your flowers to wilt prematurely.

Check out our resident floral expert, Bunches Bob unpacking some fresh flowers.

Wedding Flower Care Instructions

Bridal Bouquets/Centerpieces

(1) Remove flowers from box

(2) Remove cellophane wrap

(3) Remove green foam from bottom of stems and rinse thoroughly

(4) Cut stems ¼ inch and place in a container with 1 inch of water

Centerpieces

Most centerpieces are to be placed in the container of your choice. Remove from foam, rinse stems, cut 1” from stems, put in at least 3” of room temperature water.

*Some centerpieces are to remain in plastic container it was shipped in, keep foam moist.

Corsages and Boutonnieres

Place in a covered container, or plastic bag and refrigerate.

Please Note For Bulk Flowers and Wedding Flower Arrangements

Exposing flowers to warm environments (outside, hot room, etc) will help the flowers bloom, and storing your flowers in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process.