Peacock Quinceanera Party ~ Rachel’s Inspiration Board

Rachel writes: I am not having a wedding. It is a quinceanera for my daughter. The date is set for November 15, 2014. The theme is “Peacock”. colors are light blue, lime green, purple, royal blue, accent color is gold. The main flower is the Calla Lilly, but I am not sure what other flowers would go with the Calla since it is such an elegant flower, just by itself is gorgeous. I do have the peacock feathers to go with it. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

PeacockWeddingBouquetQuince

Love these colors!  Although we picked a bouquet for your board – the arrangement can still be used for a centerpiece design, and all the items in it look great with calla lilies. You can either add callas to this mix, or swap out the roses. Add a gold vase and some purple table decor to tie in all the colors.

Get the Goods:

Blue Orchids

Calla Lilies

Green Hydrangea

Gold Vase

Diamond Table Decor

Happy planning,
Afloral

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How to Make a DIY Submersible Centerpiece

Submersible centerpieces are still ever so popular in the DIY wedding world. They are so easy to make, and you can assemble one centerpiece in a matter of minutes. With our growing list of submersible flowers, the centerpiece possibilities are absolutely endless.

For this popular orchid and calla lily submersible table setting, you just need two different flowers, two different containers, and several  floating candles. P.S. Water might also be a good idea too :)

Submersible Orchid Centerpiece from Afloral.com

Submersible Orchid Centerpiece from Afloral.com

For the orchid centerpiece, you will need one or two dendrobium orchids, one 18″ clear glass cylinder vase, and one floating candle.

For the calla lily centerpiece, you will need one 6″ clear glass cylinder vase and two to four real touch calla lilies in white.

Submersible Centerpiece Step by Step Recipe

Submersible Centerpiece Step by Step Recipe

Place your stems in their appropriate vases, and fill with water. Finally, for the orchid centerpiece, place one floating candle on top, light it, and voila! You’re finished with your DIY submersible centerpiece.

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DIY Sunflower Pomander

Pomander or kissing balls are a popular wedding decor item.  What ever name you call them by, the flower bloom spheres are an easy item to decorate with.  DIY pomanders are fairly simple to create.  Three floral products, faux flowers, styrofoam balls and ribbon, keep materials to a minimum.

Making your own pomanders will allow you to customize flower and color choices to your wedding theme and also coordinate with bouquet flowers.  If you are already planning other DIY flower projects you can order your faux flowers in bushes instead of single stems or possibly get a discount on bulk purchases. Who doesn’t love saving a little money?

DIY Sunflower Pomander

DIY Sunflower Pomander

Afloral.com’s sunflower pomander is a popular pin on pinterest, actually it is one of the most re-pinned pins from the afloral.com site.  Keeping in mind it’s ease and versatile lets take a look at how you can create your own sunflower pomander.

Materials:

Tip: By using the sunflower bush you are going to get the most for your money, it will be more affordable than buying individual stems for this project.

  1. Trim sunflower blooms off the sunflower bush, leaving about 3-4″ of the stem. Base this measurement off the diameter of the styrofoam ball you are going to insert them into.
  2. Insert blooms around the circumference of the styrofoam ball, keeping blooms close together until the entire surface around the ball is filled.
  3. Optional, add ribbon to be able to hang pomanders for decor.  Trim several inches of ribbon to create a loop then hot glue ends to the styrfoam ball, hiding the ribbon’s ends underneath the flower blooms.

Pomanders are versatile decor items.  The sunflower pomander would be perfect for any rustic, outdoor, country or barn weddings. Pomanders can substitute for bridesmaid bouquets or flower girl’s baskets coming in at a fraction of the cost for traditional flower arrangements.  To use them in ceremony decor, pomanders can be hassle free aisle or pew decorations.

Wedding reception decor ideas are endless with pomanders.  Centerpieces can incorporate the faux flower spheres from displaying them in vases to hanging them from branches.  Pomanders make simple and affordable chairbacks for the bridal party table.  And as seen in our afloral.com sunflower pomander photo, they can be hung as decor items to dress up any venue space.

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DIY Wedding Flower Centerpieces

Today we’re going to talk about how to use some inexpensive products to create DIY flower arrangements.  Plastic floral containers and floral foam or styrofoam forms can be the foundation for a great DIY flower arrangement.  Both items are cheap, under $2 a piece, but they can establish form and give support and structure to your flower stems.

Design bowls are available in many shapes and sizes.  They are used by professionals and DIYers alike to create low floral centerpieces perfect for reception and bridal party tables.

Lets look at how to use the plastic double design bowl in green, measuring 10.5″ long and 4″ wide, styrofoam block and assorted silk flowers to create a reception table centerpiece.

  1. Depending on the size of your styrofoam or floral foam block trim it to fit the design bowl.  Secure with several dabs of adhesive or hot glue.
  2. Trim assorted silk flower stems to about 3 1/2″- 4″ long. (foam and container are about 3″ deep)
  3. Begin placing stems in foam, start with the main type of flower then add secondary flowers, finishing with filler flowers and greenery.  Tip: arrange floral stems at varying heights to add depth to the arrangement.
White Hydrangea and Orchid Pillar Centerpiece

White Hydrangea and Orchid Pillar Centerpiece; photo credit: amsis photography via wedluxe.com

Just as the inexpensive, basic design bowl gave us structure and the shape to create a low floral arrangement this next product gives us the flexibility to take on height.  The round floral container for pillars is the perfect foundation for a tall flower arrangement.

Lets look at how to create a tall white hydrangea and orchid centerpiece using a round floral container for pillars, styrofoam half ball and hydrangea and orchid silk flowers.

  1. Secure the styrofoam half ball to the container using adhesive or hot glue.
  2. Trim hydrangea flower stems to about 2″, the styrofoam ball is 1 7/8″ tall.
  3. Arrange hydrangea stems around the styrofoam covering all surfaces.
  4. Orchid stems may need to be trimmed slightly, measure how far they lay off the arrangement.  Insert orchid stems in deep, around the arrangement.
  5. Lastly, place the finished flower arrangement on the round floral container onto the vase or pillar to complete the centerpiece.  Tip: Using tall arrangements make sure they are weighted or secured at the base so not to easily tip over once on the table. 

With a few tips and the right products to use as the foundation for your DIY flower arrangements you’ll get the perfect look for your wedding day. Shop afloral silk wedding flowers and floral supplies.

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How to Accent Your Submersible Centerpiece

This week we’ve been focusing a lot on submersible wedding centerpieces.  They are so popular right now, and incredibly easy to assemble. On Wednesday, I wrote about my picks for top five submersible wedding centerpieces (the fish bowl one was my favorite!) but today I want to show you what products you can use to accent your submersible centerpiece.

One of my favorite accents is floralytes. Drop one or two right in your container, and watch it glow. We currently carry four different  colors, and I have to say, the purple is definitely my favorite.

You can even do different colored floralytes in each centerpiece, which takes the drama up a notch.

Submersible Wedding Centerpiece Photo From Your Wedding Company

Submersible Wedding Centerpiece Photo From Your Wedding Company

Another accent I love is natural stones. Drop them in your vase, and they give your entire centerpiece an earthy touch.

Submersible Flower Heads with Pebbles

Submersible Flower Heads with Pebbles

Keeping with this same idea, you can also use several different types of vase filler, from metallic gold glass to raw cork. Here are some of my favorite vase fillers we currently offer.

Assorted Diamonds in Rose Pink

Assorted Diamonds in Rose Pink                                  

Turquoise Crushed Glass

Turquoise Crushed Glass

Metallic Gold Crushed Glass

Metallic Gold Crushed Glass

As you can see, the possibilities are totally endless. Don’t limit your submersible centerpiece to just one vase, one flower, and water.

Throw in some fun accents to kick it up a notch.

Do you have any other ideas? Comment below!

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