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.
(812) 945-3596

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

Seattle — The Bridal Bouquet & Pricing Workshop — February 1st!!

Seattle Flower Workshop


Eye Candy and Class Announcement with Karen Tran

Have you seen the beautiful, glamorous, and captivating floral designs created by Karen Tran? Both Chuck and I have gushed over her work for a while now–it is all so perfect and gorgeous. So I have a real treat for you today! We’re featuring Karen’s lovely designs and announcing a 3-day master class she’ll be teaching this June in San Diego, California. For any of you who would like to learn large-scale design, I would highly recommend taking this class with Karen! The opportunity to learn how to create a large-scale ceremony canopy or Chuppah, not to mention the extravagant tablescapes she creates, is rare. I had the chance to meet Karen while attending the Chapel Designers Conference in NYC and watching her teach & design a large-scale piece was quite impressive. Here is the information about her master class; to register or for more information, contact Karen at

Karen Tran Master Design Class

white flower chuppah

elevated white centerpieces

white flower centerpieces

elegant gold and red wedding reception

white flower centerpieces

White Flower Canopy

elevated white flower centerpieces

all white elevated centerpieces

Flower Chuppah

lavender and white ceremony

white tall centerpieces

white chuppah

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Visiting with Francoise Weeks, Portland, Oregon

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking a three day Woodland Design Workshop with the one and only Francoise Weeks! Tomorrow I will post the designs that I got to create in her class, today I just want to tell you a bit about Francoise and why I wanted to take her class.
I’ve followed Francoise for years, her work is so intricate, natural, different and unique. I’ve considered studying with her for awhile, it was a matter of deciding which workshop would push me out of my normal designing. Her website has a few different workshops profiled, but it was the Woodland Design Workshop that caught my eye. Using branches, sticks, moss, lichens, leaves, pods, mushrooms, berries to create an arrangement is so intriguing:

flower classes portland oregon

Jamie Bosworth Photographer

So it was decided, I would take her Woodland Design Workshop, plus it just seemed so right for the Pacific Northwest! I drove up the California Coast into Oregon, feeling inspired by the towering Redwood trees, ferns growing alongside the road, and waves crashing into the coast. I arrived in Portland on a Sunday and stayed at the Bluebird Guesthouse (recommend!), awaiting the arrival of my friend, Janet of Floral Verde. I felt so lucky to be taking Francoise’s class with Janet, Janet is the Queen of designing with succulents!

succulent and rose bouquet

Designed by Janet of Floral Verde

Janet and I quite enjoyed the neighborhood we stayed in, just a few blocks from Francoise’s studio. We patronized the local small restaurants and found the shopkeepers to be so friendly and enjoyable. We’d walk to Francoise’s studio and stopped at each yard to look at the mosses, flowers and trees growing, such a pretty neighborhood.
Walking up to Francoise’s studio was awesome! I couldn’t wait to see it in person and I have decided that I want to build a studio just like her’s!

flower studio
floral design studio

Stepping inside her studio was absolutely delightful, on one wall were benches filled with buckets full of an assortment of flowers, branches, and foliages:
assortment of flowers

assortment of foliages

Plants and foliages

Little bits to use in our designs, so much to look at & so inspiring:
mushrooms and brussel sprouts

furry succulent

I thought this was really cool, Francoise’s husband created this for her – it’s a corsage design bar!
corsage bar

Francoise showing us how she starts her designs, Janet and I were enthralled watching Francoise work. Her mechanics are impressive, these arrangements are not going to shake out of place during transport!
florist at work

This was just a little tidbit of my time in Oregon and spending time with Francoise .. tomorrow I will share the arrangements that Janet and I designed!

Upcoming design classes by Francoise Weeks

The amazing & inspiring Francoise Weeks is offering a 3 Day Wedding/Event Workshop on October 24, 25, 26, 2011 at her studio in Portland, Oregon:

Wedding Workshops are intensive and inspiring, providing insights and techniques developed over many years of European floral design. Classes begin with a lecture and presentation, where your input and questions are welcomed.

After a demonstration of floral techniques and mechanics, you will design your own pieces. You will hone your artistic talents, and will be encouraged to listen to your intuition and further your own vision. Classes are limited to four students to ensure valuable individual attention.

Dates: Monday October 24, Tuesday October 25, Wednesday October 26

Time: 9am til 4pm (1 hour lunch break)

Where: At Françoise’s Studio

Cost: $900 – A 50% deposit is requested to reserve your space; the balance is due by October 10.

For more information, please call 503-236-5829 or check my website

Holiday classes – around the world

I said to Andrea the other day – I wish I could take off the next year to travel the world, visit flower shops, take classes, visit flower farms, auctions and wholesalers. Wouldn’t that just be dreamy?? Alas, I suppose I have a business to run in Denver & will have to be content traveling when I can…
Just for fun & my amusement I started searching for floral design classes (oh, there are soooo many!) and am listing some upcoming holiday classes. Perhaps there will be one near you?!

Anaheim, California
Phil Rulloda School of Floral Design
Holiday Flowers Workshop
9:00am – 4:30pm
The four (4) projects include a wreath, a door swag, a Christmas centerpiece and a holiday topiary using fresh winter foliages, flowers, ribbons and accessories.

A holiday topiary from Phil Rulloda

Visit Phil’s Website to register

Brooklyn, NY
Little Flower School
Wreath-making 101
Wednesday, December 1, 5:30-7:30 pm
For more information visit their blog

Chicago, IL
Christine Noelle Design
December 4th: A “How-To” class on Holiday Swags for the Home. Cost of this
class will be $75
December 14th: One of a Kind Trimmings Workshop- we will show you the art of
dressing up your holiday packaging with a few simple techniques. Cost of
this class will be $35
December 18th: Festive Holiday Centerpiece – beautiful to grace any
celebration during the holiday season! Cost of this class will be $125
To register call 312.475.1500 or visit

A lovely holiday Christmas display designed by Christine Noelle Design

London, England
Paula Pryke at Harvey Garden Plants, Bury St Edmunds
Friday, December 10th from 10am-3pm
Paula will be demonstrating a Christmas Wreath before helping attendees decorate their own. Places limited so book early. Lunch and refreshments included.
For tickets and further details please call: 01359 233363 or visit Paula’s website

Portland, OR
Francoise Weeks European Floral Design
Make A Scrumptious Holiday Wreath Class
Monday, December 6 or Tuesday, December 7th from 6:30-9pm
Register online:

San Francisco, California
Winter Holiday-Inspired Floral Design Class with Soulflower
Tuesday, December 14th, 6-9PM
Classes are one-time, 3-hour workshops with a 10-person limit. The cost is $175. Sign up on our website:

Seattle, WA
Fiori Floral Design
December 4 Holiday Wreath Decorating
Our 3 hour classes are taught in the evening at our Capitol Hill studio. Classes are $150 and include tax.
For more information visit their website or call Tel: 206.329.3944