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The last High School Dance of my parenting career

My husband and I have reached a milestone:  Our five kids are “all grown up.” Here’s proof – our 18 year old son (the youngest) has registered to vote, registered for selective service, will graduate from high school in a few weeks, and recently attended his last prom ever.

Facing this reality head-on, here is what we did.  We opted out of a fun couples weekend in Vegas, allowing our son and his friends to use our home as their rendezvous spot.  And then I fussed over their prom flowers.

Let me say the teens were amazing, and so gracious about me wanting to get pictures of them, and of all the flowers – I’ll never get another chance, right??

Here is the group photo:  Our son, Ian, is in the back row wearing grey and teal.

Here are some detail shots of the prom flowers:

Yellow ranunculus, white hyacinth, black ribbon and gold art wire.

 Miniature cymbidium orchids, hyacinth, a pearl beaded wristlet and corsage
constructed in a soft gold ribbon rosette.  Boutonniere finished with
ribbon and art wire.

 Beaded wristlet with hot pink ribbon, laser leaves, orchid and hyacinth.
A rhinestone butterfly is hiding in there somewhere.

 Similar boutonniere made of three white hyacinth blossoms, hot pink ribbon
laser leaves, a rhinestone butterfly and art wire.

 Yellow ranunculus, white miniature cymbidium orchids, hot pink boronia
flower, ivory ribbon, and pearl-beaded art wire.

White hyacinth and orchids finished with ostrich fluff, bling flowers and
white ribbon.  The corsage was on a teal bracelet.

Julia Miller
Edgewood, WA
All images are copyrighted and owned by Julia's Floral

A Quick Update- Galassia Flowers at Prom

This morning I received this e-mail from some who had purchased the 
Galassia materials for her daughter's prom..
I have posted a couple times about this product 
You can read the first one HERE  and the second HERE


Hello Tracey,  OMG, OMG It was the hit of Prom! Thank You so much. I did my own tweaking of the product. Down side of the product it turns the flowers yellow and the flowers don't hold up all nite. It got her through most of the nite.When she came home the orchids were wilting. Over all, she was thrilled to have the best corsage.  Thanks, Sheree 


Here are the pictures Sheree shared with me...

Can we all agree right now that this young lady is adorable?! 

A close up of the corsage- Stephanotis & pale pink Dendrobium orchids. 
Below with the lights on....
Nice idea to use the sparkle tulle to hide the light below the ribbons, 
and if I'm not mistaken that's a Fitz bracelet too. 

You have to admit- this is pretty cool. The effect looks glittery on the petals doesn't it?

So glad your daughter had a great time at her prom, Sheree! 
Thanks so much for sharing your experience and these pictures with us. 

How NOT to Order Perfect Prom Flowers

Connor’s mom calls me to order a corsage and boutonniere for prom.  All she knows is that he and his date are both wearing ivory:  Her dress -- solid ivory.  His tux – ivory with a black vest.  And he wants her to have a gold bracelet. 

My custom creations are below.  The bracelet is completely hand made with various types of gold art-wire, and ivory pearl beads.  I’m elated and sure they will love them!

Connor is one of my son’s best friends, and the plan is to have the group meet at our home before heading out to dinner. 

Upon their arrival, his date steps out of the truck wearing hot pink heels, a hot pink silk lily in her hair, and carrying a hot pink clutch.  Oh.  No!  These, as gorgeous as they are, don’t match the outfit.  Yikes!

Florist-Mom flies into action.  I take the flowers back to my work table and bring out Boronia flowers, hot pink corsage pins, and cold glue (floral adhesive).

Below is the exciting and perfect transformation:

Four Tips for ordering perfect prom flowers:

1).  Tell your florist the obvious.  What colors are you and your date wearing?
2).  Tell him or her about all of the accessories:  Shoes, Jewelry, Handbag, Hair Flowers, and is there any metallic in the outfit – gold or silver?

3).  Coordinate with your date to order your prom flowers as a set, so that they will match each other.

4).  If possible, provide a color swatch.  A paint chip from a home decorating center would work perfectly!

And there’s one more tip:  Find a good florist who knows the art of cold-glue corsage construction.  How do you do that?  Simply call your local floral shops and ask them.

Julia Miller
Edgewood, WA
All images are copyrighted and owned by Julia's Floral

Prom at White Iris Designs

When you say the name White Iris Designs in Lafayette, people know that you are not going to get something that you would get at a traditional flower shop. We do very creative & unique arrangements here at the shop from our everyday arrangements to Wedding & Events. 
When it comes to Prom, nothing changes! 

The girls deserve something fun & unique, not something that Grandma would wear. 
 The Prom dresses that the girls are wearing now are not boring!
 They are fun and funky, so the flowers should be as well!

We love to see the dress so that we can see the color and if it has a funky pattern we can play off of. We use a lot of bling in the corsages. Our wristlets are not your standard satin/elastic wrist band! They are a beaded or gemstone wristlet that they can take the flowers off when they die, and use the wristlet as a bracelet. 

Prom time can be challenging at times but for the most part it is a fun time! Sometimes it is hard to get the Mother’s to trust us with doing funky colors & styles for their girls’. We have been doing this for years and hardly ever have someone complain that it wasn’t what they expected/wanted. 

We can also do elegant as well. Not everything has to be funky. If you’ve got a very elegant dress, then the flowers will be done with that in mind.

 Details, details, details!
We love the details and you will love your Prom flowers because of that!

Tammy & Val
 3803 State Rd. 26 Suite #A, Lafayette, IN 47905
All images are copyrighted and owned by White Iris designs

Goth Goes to Prom

When you consider all the people who go to prom every year, there are as many different personalities as prom dresses! Think about magazine ads or popular prom scenes in movies: the predominant style is the sparkly and colorful dress. It’s pretty rare to see a dress in Gothic or Punk style, but they are out there and we’re here to help add the finishing touches to this not so mainstream style!  

 Last year, a young man was shopping for a prom corsage
 for his girlfriend. He was dressed in the classic Gothic style:  black clothing, chains hanging from his jeans and a skull around his neck. He was really excited to tell me about this awesome  black dress his date had found to create the perfect Gothic Prom look! 
He was concerned, however, that a typical prom corsage might not fit the style. Initially, he wanted the corsage to be completely black, even the flowers! Even though the focal color should be black, I like to create a bit of contrast with my designs. We ended up creating a corsage with deep “blood” red roses and all black trim.  When he picked up his corsage, 
he was very happy and was sure she would love it!
Sugar Skulls Set on Polyvore from Gillespie Florist

This encounter reminded me that we have customers of many personality and style types.  It is important to create designs that are not only mainstream, but outside the box, too!  I invited our designers to play around with flowers create corsages with that idea in mind and they came up with some amazing designs!

Sugar Skulls 
is created on a black bracelet with a vintage feel and has lavender sweetheart roses, statice, lazer leaves, black feathers, rhinestones,  black beads, black flash ribbon and skull accents. Almost everything in this corsage comes in a variety of colors, so feel free to customize the corsage for you. 
Sugar Skulls Corsage by Gillespie Florists
Skull Candy boutonniere

The Rock Star
 wrist corsage has a rhinestone and silver flash bracelet with pink sweetheart roses, wax flower, blue flash ribbon, lazer leaves, guitar and Rock Star accents. As an added touch, notice how the blue ribbon cascades down the wrist! 
Rock Star corsage by Gillespie Florists

What kind of style are you?
 Stop in at your local florist and let them know! They, like us, will do everything possible to tailor your prom flowers to your style. 
We recommend for you to bring in your date and the dress to help us compliment it perfectly! 
Don’t forget to check out your local florists website and Facebook page to get great ideas before your visit!

Gillespie Florists
9255 W. 10th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46234

Floral & Polyvore images are copyrighted and owned by Gillespie Florists