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Y.H.S. Prom Wrap-up!

Every year we make dozens of corsages and boutonniere's 
for prom. There are always those few corsages
that are a little different or just turn out 
better than expected...
Here are some of my favorites from this year..

This pretty lavender calla pair with hyacinth blooms.
 and this white & coral corsage 
(looking very orange in this photo)

 This lovely pink calla corsage belongs to Chloe.. We did another corsage for her a while back
One thing about being a small town florist is creating these corsages year after year for the same girl and in some cases other members of the family. It's wonderful to hear about how much 
they loved certain corsages they've worn in the past.

I had a surprise visit from one of my very first prom customers (Swayze) who came in with her brother (Josh)  to 
pick up his corsage... 
Josh's purple orchid wrist corsage

She Still had a photo of it on her phone ..
(hearing that made my day)

Swayze's pink orchid wrist corsage & matching bout. 2008

Here's the finished corsage from the 'Inspired by Wire' post
The matching boutonniere is attached with 
a magnet. 

Love this red , white & gold corsage on the gold rhinestone bracelet. 
All the gold ribbons to one side with the rhinestone accents opposite.

Red, gold & white wrist corsage

TBT 1950's Prom

A couple years ago a fellow florist shared this photo....

The bottom diameter is about 3" and can be expanded, & the top is a 
couple coils of wire used as a clip..
Can you guess what it is? 

Here's the packaging.. 

Directions read:

Place plastic ring inside of 'bra' with stem bent towards shoulder. 
slip flower stem into loop. 


It was known as a .... wait for it... BOOBLET

I searched Google hoping to find an example of it being worn.. 

 Of course I can't know for sure, but
I think the girl in the white dress is wearing one.
Notice how the flowers are just sitting at the top edge of her gown?

Here's another photo from my search..
again, the flowers are preciously perched on the top of 
her bodice. 
(now we know how they stay there!)

I can't even the imagine today's awkwardness of presenting a girl with 
this contraption ... 
And you think pinning a boutonniere is hard?! 


Our Favorite Flowers for Prom - Hyacinth

Beautiful fragrant Hyacinth flowers are the essence of 

We love to use the little individual blooms in corsages. Since they are a specialty spring flower, they are only available from mid January to the latter part of May.

We use them as accent flowers.. 

Lavender wrist corsage with white Hyacinth blooms

Little white blooms accenting the roses.
Petite wrist corsage with yellow rose buds and white Hyacinth blooms

  Blue/lavender blooms tucked into the petals of an orange carnation. They are also
threaded onto thin silver bullion wire. Both flowers equally important.
Orange carnation with purple Hyacinth corsage

as the focal flower in this all white corsage.

White on white wrist corsage

Hyacinths are available in a range of cool colors.. 
(just like the top photo)
from a pretty grape purple to rich raspberry and all the lighter tones in between, including white.
they smell HEAVENLY! 


Prom Corsages- Perfectly Matched?

We  are often asked to create a  prom corsage & boutonniere that 
matches the dress color exactly.. not a shade lighter or darker
and absolutely no other colors except the color of the dress. 

Although this request seems like a reasonable & safe choice, it's not the best choice.
Especially when your dress is Turquoise or it's lighter shade Aqua, or some other 
hard to match color of the rainbow.

To find the BEST choice for your prom flowers,
 you need to remember what you learned in Art class about color.
Remember the Color Wheel?? 

 Colors look their best when they are in harmony with other colors, 
or different values or shades of the same color. 

Monochromatic color scheme (different shades of the same color) corsage by Rose of Sharon Floral Designs

I found this fantastic color wheel calculator from the great people at 

Sessions College    


To use it, click on the link
Start the process by selecting the color of your dress
 (I used Aqua ) then choose a Harmony..

Here is a complimentary color scheme....

and here's a similar example with peachy/pink flowers and mint/sea-foam green ribbons.. 

Play around with the different options on the calculator- you'll see there are
 SO MANY other great color schemes besides 'matchy-matchy'!

You don't want your corsage and dress to clash- and we don't either. 
We, as professional florists know a little bit about color and can recomend 
color schemes to compliment your dress.
We work with color everyday!


Royal Blue

Royal Blue

A little Royal prom inspiration this morning brought to you by Polyvore! 
The Calla lilies in this wire wrap corsage could easily be switched to 
pale pink or even a pale yellow and still compliment this outfit beautifully 
while adding just a hint of color. 

Little Mistress blue dress
$63 -

Bridal shoes

Oscar de la Renta clutch