Hi, I’m Kevin Ylvisaker with Smithers-Oasis, on the IDEA Channel, here to present another color palette for 2013. The palette I am presenting today is Empire. Empire is one of our more sophisticated color palettes, in the group of four that we have for you. This is really city life, but it’s a little softer city life. It’s not what we think of as urban or harder city life. It’s high style, but not snooty high style. It’s really quite elegant with a little bit of playfulness to it.
The first arrangement I am going to show you is a centerpiece that fits in with Empire, it’s done in one of our tall flair vases. Inside, I have got Midollino, our 1″ black Flat Wire, and then I have wrapped all of them in the silver Beaded Wire. I have just done coils of that in there to give a little more of that black/silver look for the Empire palette. On the top is one of our Lily Bowls. The Lily Bowls have OASIS Floral Foam Maxlife in it, so I know that these flowers are going to hold up for quite a long time, I can make this arrangement well in advance of my event. I have taken something exciting and new from Smithers-Oasis, the Chain. The chain you are going to see here in black, but it comes in silver and gold. I have taken it and suspended the little Decanter Vases on wood picks from the main structure so that it gives that almost wind chime look. I filled the decanter vase with water, and added flowers that repeat the look that is going on on top of the arrangement. It’s a very very different look for a centerpiece, where we want to get something high off the table but we still have a little bit of activity and interest down below.
From there we go to a wedding bouquet. This wedding bouquet is done in one of our round European Bouquet Holders, that allows me to do a nice pavéd arrangement, keeping it real low and tight, but then just doing that wasn’t enough excitement for this palette. For Empire, I really want to give that a great sophisticated look, so I have taken a collar, now this is just cardboard wrapped in black fabric, but then I have taken OASIS products like the purple 1″ Flat Wire and the regular beaded wire in apple green and wrapped them around the collar as well. This all is UGlued to the edge of that Round European Bouquet Holder. If you haven’t used the European Holder, try it, with it you can get these great different looks. We have to show them so the bride knows we are capable of making them. Try these different looks, they are going to be very exciting for you.
Let’s move on to a quick little centerpiece up front. This centerpiece is done in our Perception Hurricane Vase. Now, with the vase, I wanted to upgrade that lip quite a bit so I took the continuous roll of UGlu and wrapped it around the lip of the vase, and then I took the Silver Dollar Eucalyptus and folded that right on over the UGlu, and you can see how beautiful that looks. It really creates a nice, elegant touch to a glass vase. I added a few blossoms in the bottom, using the black one inch Flat Wire in the bottom. That’s all I need to do, but then if you want to take it a step further and you really want to finish off your design, then inside the lip I have taken the one inch Flat Wire to make a collar, using UGlu once more. That’s the finishing touch that shows that you are a professional florist.
Moving on to this piece in the center, it’s a little something different for that engagement party, for that special dinner when you want to present the engagement ring. What we have done here is taking the 11″ long LOMEY Designer Dish in clear, there’s a small piece of OASIS Floral Foam Maxlife in the dish, and then I have just added a few flowers, and put our wedding ring in its box at the top of the foam. This is a little trick I will show you, it is just accordion folding the one inch black Flat Wire and the silver and folding them over under over under, and that makes the accordion. Pull it out, and look at how nicely that really matches with that ring box. Again, that adds the sophistication I need for the Empire palette.
In front of that are the boutonnieres. We have been doing a lot of boutonnieres in different ways. We know that we are not just doing a big single rose, we are doing something more jewelry, more interesting and exciting. This one is done on gold 1″ Flat Wire, and I have wrapped it with the Beaded Wire, and then UGlued a little piece of chain on. There’s a little piece of UGlu on the back, the UGlu Dash, and when we peel that off, we are able to put it onto the tuxedo or onto the vest for the event. That is going to hold throughout your event, and look at how great that looks, it matches our palette. I have got some other examples, this one is a fun one done with the gold and the black Chain, everything is UGlued together, can’t be quicker.
Moving onto our next bouquet, this one is done again in our Round European Bouquet Holder. These new bouquet holders just work great in this look. I have taken some magnolia leaves and UGlued them to the outer edge of the bouquet holder. The magnolia leaves are also taken and pushed into the foam to create a swirl effect. In between each gap I have inserted dendrobium blossoms and green anthurium. What a great look that’s going to be when she goes down the aisle. This is really going to stand out and give her the flowers that she is really looking for.
Our next bouquet over here is done in another exciting new product from Smithers-Oasis. These are our bouquet collars, and this is it in black. The bouquet collars come in three different sizes, and this is the larger black one that I have used. It fits onto the bouquet holder and then once your arrangement is done, I have come in with the black Midollino and the silver Mega Beaded Wire, and you can see what a great look that gives. Again, it’s not a little round hand tie, this look, this group does not call for hand ties, it calls for something that’s a little more elegant.
Now on the last bouquet on the palette I’m going to show you is a lot more fun. This is made taking full pieces of equisetum and using OASIS Floral Adhesive I have glued one of our bouquet holders into the equisetum bunch, and then just taken and bent the equisetum all around to create this great structure. Once I did that, I came in with the flowers, the sedum, all the little fillers in here to create my design, and then I took some natural Midollino and bent it to kind of duplicate what the equisetum is doing. I then finished off the handle, there’s actually rubber bands under here that’s holding everything together, but I used black one inch flat wire to hide my mechanics and to act as a decorative accessory. You can see that any bride in this palette is going to be proud to carry this, and it will also show off what you can do as the florist.
Check out our website for other great palettes and products. I hope you have enjoyed seeing Empire, I’m Kevin Ylvisaker with Smithers-Oasis, on the IDEA Channel.