We thought we would take this opportunity to give everyone a “behind the scenes” look at a “day in the life” of your personal florist. This week we had the privilege of designing the centerpieces for the JDRF Gala. This annual black tie event helps to fund the research that is conducted by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to find a cure for diabetes.
The theme for this years event was “Night on Broadway”. We chose a mono-botanical (one type of flower) design using white Dendrobium orchids, using one type of flower in mass makes a more dramatic statement in a large space with lots of tables. Orchids are very classy, elegant and graceful and the white flowers with the black linens fit the overall theme nicely. As part of the design technique using the Eiffel Tower vases we used a bouquet holder typically used in weddings to help give the design more height and drama! The bouquet holder also provided a water source for the orchids.
Wednesday, March 4th
Approximately 10AM – 600 stems of white dendrobium orchids arrived via FedEx direct from our supplier in Thailand. The orchids are shipped in water tubes, so they already have a water source and they are stored in our cooler in the boxes until it is time to use them. This keeps the orchids protected so that none of the delicate blooms are damaged. Also, the box keeps the temperature warmer as they don’t need to be kept as cool as the other flowers stored in our cooler.
Wednesday, March 4th
Approximately 12noon – The boxes of greenery (tree fern, bear grass and salal) arrived via UPS from our supplier in Florida. Florida has the best climate for greenery and it is always beautiful and lush! These boxes are immediately stored in the cooler along with the orchids.
Because the floral product is so fresh and will last, we have it delivered mid-week so that if any shipping issues arise we have time to correct them. This is especially important with international shipments as they have to clear customs and may be held up for inspection.
Friday March 6th
We checked over all of the inventory and prepared everything for transport and delivery Saturday morning. The centerpieces were all made onsite at the venue but a couple of the centerpieces were made ahead of time to run through the process and make sure that we had everything we needed for the next day.
Saturday, March 7th
We arrived at the Medallion Center (a new facility that just recently opened off Garners Ferry Rd.) at 9AM to begin our work. We unloaded the van and were able to use a workroom that the venue had set up for us. We also had assistance from a couple JDRF volunteers, which we really appreciated! We made centerpieces for 38 guest tables and then 12 additional centerpieces that were placed in the lobby, silent auction area and the bars. Everything was completed and in place by 2PM and the ballroom was ready for the evening!
We were very proud to support this event by donating our time and labor to this very worthy cause. As a type 1 diabetic, living with this disease for almost 24 years I am extremely grateful for the work that JDRF does!
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