Visit Holland & France with Elite Events!

Elite Events Travel To Europe - tulip fields

Holland & France: A Flower Lover’s Journey

Do you have a love for flowers? Do you love culture, gardens, & beautiful scenery? Well, you’re in for a spectacular floral experience during two upcoming flower trips to Europe!

These trips were designed for flower lovers! Designed to be both inspiring & fun…to stir your creativity and enlighten your mind! And, designed to broaden your horizons & expand your world view! Both journeys to Holland and France offer exclusive behind-the-scenes access to experience flower growing, arranging, and gardening up close & personal. To meet the designers and growers and learn from their heirloom, centuries old, European techniques. To experience one-on-one floral design workshops for in depth knowledge. And, to revel in cultural experiences, establish floral contacts, make new friends, and create lifetime memories!
Limited spaces still available! Reserve your space before it’s gone!

What’s Included:
• Private, Behind-the-scenes tour of World’s Largest Flower Auction
• Intimate Group Size for 1-to-1 interaction
• Designed for all Skill Levels
• Private, hands-on Floral Design Workshops
• Private Tours of Van Gogh Museum & Rijksmuseum
• Day Trip to World Renown Keukenhof Gardens
• Tour Tulip Bulb Fields on foot & by boat ~ a flower lovers dream!
• View Artisans making Copper Vessels
• Visit a 400-Year-Old French Market ~ Named prettiest in France!
• Private Garden Tours
• Accommodations, All Meals, & Local Transportation Included

Contact: Paula Coleman, Floral Stylist ~ Owner Elite Events, Inc.
info@eliteeventstravel.com
(812) 945-3596
www.eliteeventstravel.com

Elite Events Travel To Europe - Visit the Gardens of Keukenhof

Enjoy a floral design class with Elite Events Travel To Europe

Elite Events Travel To Europe - Fritallaria

Elite Events Travel To Europe - visit Keukenhof Gardens in Hollad

Eye Candy :: Putnam & Putnam

Floral designs by the one & only Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam - floral design with dates

Putnam & Putnam - Floral Cloche

Putnam & Putnam - blue and white arrangement with clematis and spirea

Putnam & Putnam - NYC, Flower Arrangement

Putnam & Putnam - compote filled with orange and white flowers with citrus

Putnam & Putnam - dining table set with lush florals

Putnam & Putnam - Dutch style floral design

Putnam & Putnam - tropical flowers and bananas

Putnam & Putnam - orange and white floral arrangement with oranges, tulips, anemones, and hellebores

Putnam & Putnam - compote floral design with peonies, ranunculus, and lilacs

Random Flower Awesomeness

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Nikolai Endegor

Nikolai Endegor

Divine Delphinium Inspirations

This photo right here is inspiration behind today’s post, so unique and unexpected, yet perfectly in harmony on this couch and set by the grey wall. Love it.
A couch filled with a delphinium floral arrangement.

Seed packet, clearly a favorite since 1929.
Delphinium seed packet

I highly recommend reading this post about Edward Steichen Delphiniums. Edward was a well known Fashion Photographer in the 1930s who also happened to be the President of the Delphinium Society Of America. In 1936 Edward showed his Delphiniums at a show at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the one and only flower show ever at the MoMA.

Old black and white photograph of Edward Steichens Delphiniums

Edward Steichen Delphiniums

And say Delphinium to people in the fashion industry and I’m pretty sure the first thing that would pop into their minds is the – Delphinium Mountain created for the DIOR fashion show.

Dior's blue delphinium mountain

DIOR outside the Louvre in Paris.

Such a beautiful setting of Delphiniums in front of DIOR in London-

Delphinium surrounding Dior shop in London

Blue Delphiniums outline the DIOR shop on New Bond Street in London.

And how about this, wings of delphinium.
Wings made of delphinium blossoms

A fantastic art design utilizing delphinium blooms.

The Ring by HIVE Interior Design - a Blue Delphinium Ring

The Ring by HIVE Interior Design

And, of course, they are a beautiful statement flower to use in floral designs.
long dining table decorated with vases filled with blue and lavender delphinium

Nikki Tibbles, Wild At Heart

Nikki Tibbles, Wild At Heart

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Designed by Christin Geall of Cultivated

As of late I have found myself quite enamored with the design work of Christin Geall. Christin is the owner of Cultivated, an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada.

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

Cultivated by Christin Geall is an urban flower farm and design studio in Victoria, Canada

A look at Branding for Floral Design Businesses

floral designer website, Betsey Brooks

Betsey Brooks website

Stationary of Florescence Flowers in North Carolina

Stationary of Florescence Flowers in North Carolina

Stationary of Florescence Flowers in North Carolina

Stationary of Florescence Flowers in North Carolina

Julia Testa floral design logo

Julia Testa floral design logo

Passion Flowers Design & Forage Florals - marketing artwork for design class series

Passion Flowers Design & Forage Florals – marketing artwork for design class series

Pink Garden Rose Study with Alexandra Farms

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms - Princess Kishi, Romantic Antike, Mariatheresia, David Austin Carey, Pink O'hara, David Austin Capability, Mayra's Rose, Ashely, David Austin Miranda

The Roses on Day 5
Princess Kishi, Romantic Antike, Mariatheresia, Carey, Pink O’hara
Capability, Mayra’s Rose, Ashley, Miranda

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms - Princess Kishi, Romantic Antike, Mariatheresia, David Austin Carey, Pink O'hara, David Austin Capability, Mayra's Rose, Ashely, David Austin Miranda

Day 6
The 6 Medium Pink Roses
Ashley, Carey, Miranda
Mayra’s Rose, Mariatheresia, and Pink O’hara

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms - Princess Kishi, Romantic Antike, Mariatheresia, David Austin Carey, Pink O'hara, David Austin Capability, Mayra's Rose, Ashely, David Austin Miranda

Day 6
Princess Kishi, Romantic Antike, Ashley, Carey, Capability, Mayra’s Rose, Mariatheresia, Pink O’hara, Miranda

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms - Princess Kishi, Romantic Antike, Mariatheresia, David Austin Carey, Pink O'hara, David Austin Capability, Mayra's Rose, Ashely, David Austin Miranda

The Roses on Day 6

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms - Princess Kishi, Romantic Antike, Mariatheresia, David Austin Carey, Pink O'hara, David Austin Capability, Mayra's Rose, Ashely, David Austin Miranda

The Roses on Day 12

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms -  Ashley Pink Garden Rose

Ashley
On Day 3


Ashley Garden Rose
Vase Life: 12 Days
Details: The owner of Alexandra Roses, Jose “Joey” Azout, mentioned to me that I’d love this rose – Ashley, and he sure was right!! I’m absolutely enamored with this beautiful rose, it’s large bloom of 4-5″ in diameter and it’s super ruffly petals. It opens up perfectly and would make a beautiful statement in a centerpiece. Ashley is a true medium pink in color and offers an amazing fragrance – a rose that smells like a rose! I would say its prime day was right around day 4, so be sure to let this one open fully before you start designing with it.
She get’s 5 gold stars in my book!

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms -  David Austin Capability Hot Pink Magenta Garden Rose

David Austin Capability
On Day 5


Capability
Vase Life: 12+ Days
Details: The new for 2017 release from David Austin Roses is Capability. It offers an impressive vase life, I had a vase of these on my desk for two weeks! Yes, by the end of two weeks they were done, but still very impressive. A rich, sultry magenta color that this rose offers and it smells heavenly. Capability offers a large bloom of about 5″ wide in a rosette shape with many petals. If you are looking for a rose that’ll make a statement in an arrangement and cause recipients to “stop and smell the roses” this is the rose you are looking for!

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms -  David Austin Carey Pink Garden Rose

David Austin Carey
On Day 5


Carey
Vase Life: 12+ Days
Details: Another very long lasting garden rose, this one also sat on my desk for two weeks. Like Capability it was probably done around day 12, but I kept the last few for a full two weeks. Carey is a David Austin Rose which offers its signature rosette cupped shape, packed full of petals. The bloom did take awhile to open and seemed to be at its prime around Day 5. I photographed it here on day 5 and did manipulate some of the petals to open up a bit into a fuller bloom. The bloom is about 3.5″ wide, lots of petals with a very light scent. I did find the 12 blooms to all be very consistent in color.

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms -  Mariatheresia pink garden rose

Mariatheresia
On Day 3


Mariatheresia
Vase Life: 9 Days
Details: Mariatheresia offers a petite bloom of about 3″ wide, the smallest out of the 9 in this study. She would be a great rose to use in bridal bouquet work. This rose does open quickly, all 12 roses were open fully by day 3 and I found that to be its prime day. The roses did last 9 days in the vase, but the color does change from the medium pink and starts to fade. It is lightly scented.

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms -  Mayra's Rose, pink garden rose

Mayra’s Rose
On Day 3


Mayra’s Rose
Vase Life: 12 Days
Details: This was my first time ever seeing Mayra’s Rose and I have just recently used Mayra’s Bridal Pink – also, really a very fantastic rose. Mayra’s rose is a bright medium pink rose, super rounded and full of petals- I like the ruffled tips of the petals. A good size rose, about a medium size around 3/5-4″ wide.

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms -  David Austin Miranda Pink Garden Rose

David Austin Miranda
On Day 3


Miranda
Vase Life: 9 Days
Details:
A lovely offering from David Austin Roses is Miranda. She offers a completely different shape than the other garden roses – super ruffly, and opens up fully – a very unique shape. A great one to be mixed with the other roses so that your arrangements can have a variety of textures. A large bloom of about 4″ in diameter, a medium pink rose which offers a light scent. I found the prime day to be day 3 for designing and it does offer a good vase life.

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms -  Pink O'hara garden rose

Pink O’Hara
On Day 5


Pink O’Hara
Vase Life: 10 Days
Details: A very pretty softer pink, but more color than a blush pink. The color is very consistent on all 12 blooms. The rose bloom itself was at its prime around day 5, but all the leaves had turned brittle and needed to be removed. Once I cleaned up the stems the rose continued on for a full 10+ days. I found that the bloom didn’t open easily on its own and I did need to manipulate the petals on day 5 to take its photo. I feel I have found that to be true when I use them in event work, they are worth the work though because they are long lasting and a good size so they make a nice statement in arrangements. The bloom is about 3.5″ wide, has very strong stems and offers a light scent.

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms - Princess Kishi Magenta Garden Rose

Princess Kishi
On Day 5


Princess Kishi
Vase Life: 12+ Days
Details: Princess Kishi is a magenta rose with a very long vase life of 12+ Days. I kept Kish and Capability on my desk for 2 weeks – something about these magenta roses, they are so long lasting! Super healthy, large blooms on sturdy stems. Another good size, hearty bloom at about 4-5″ wide and when it opens it show the center. I do like it mixed with Capability so the arrangement has variety in texture. Princess Kishi does take a little longer to open, I find this to be true of all the darker colored garden roses – at it’s prime around day 5 which is shown in the photo above.

Flirty Fleurs Pink Garden Roses Study with Alexandra Farms - Romantic Antike garden rose

Romantic Antike
On Day 3


Romantic Antike
Vase Life: 9 Days
Details: This rose is special, it is a delicate rose that requires a gentle hand and a touch of patience, and a cooler, yet it is so unique and beautiful that it is worth the work! I do find that Romantic Antike needs to almost always have the outer petals removed. The bloom is about 3″ wide and packed full of petals. The outer petals are a dusty, rosy pink which fades into a peach center. So I do mention this one has a vase life of 9 days, but it really is probably closer to 7 days and then it fades rapidly so by day 9 it is done. Also, as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I did not place any of these roses in the cooler – but in real life, if I were using this rose in design work I would place it in cooler soon after it is received and processed as it does open quickly.

Details about all the roses in this study:
-The Roses were never placed in the cooler once I received them!
-The Roses were set out in the house for the course of the rose study.
-I did not use quick dip, flower food or crowning glory, or any other “helpers”. Just freshly cut stems placed in clear water.

A HUGE Thank You to Alexandra Farms for providing the roses for this Rose Study! Alexandra Roses are available thru your local wholesalers.

Online Social Media Class Starts January 16th!!

flirty fleurs online class - social media class for floral designers starts january 2017

I’m excited to announce our next class specifically for Floral Designers looking to increase the online presence of their Floral Design Business. This e-course will be held online via a private, password protected forum. Class assignments will be posted weekly with hints, tricks and feedback from myself and other class participants. The class lasts for 3 weeks, and the forum will remain active for an additional 4 weeks should you need to access any of the information while working on your newly implemented marketing plans and to connect with other class participants.

Class Starts: January 16, 2017
Class Ends: February 3, 2017
Investment: $299
Sign Up Here

What we will cover in class:
*Week 1 – Critique of your current website and blog with suggestions on how to improve
*Week 2 – All about Instagram!!
*Week 3 – In-depth look at using Facebook for your business. We’ll also cover Pinterest & Twitter this week.

FAQs:
*There will be no refunds or transfers once you have registered & paid for this class.
*Information from this class will not be shared with others outside of this class. Immediate cancellation of your membership will be enforced if you are caught distributing information.
*As the saying goes “what you put into it, is what you get out of it”, full participation is the best way to gain the most success possible.

2016 Annual Review for YOU!

2016-reflections
Hello flower friends!
Well, it is that time of year, that inevitable time when we reflect on the previous year and set goals for the upcoming year. So here we go – print this out or save a copy of it to your computer, do some pondering and jot down some thoughts about 2016 and set your goals for 2017:

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Upon Reflection, if I could re-do 3 things from 2016, what would they be?
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When I think of 2017 the 3 words that come to mind are…?:

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Simply Georgeous Occasions of Australia

How cool is this display by Simply Georgeous Occasions of Australia?!

Simply Georgeous Occasions of Australia

Simply Georgeous Occasions of Australia

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