December 20th, 2010
Two weeks ago I had the pleasure to spend an evening with flowers, wine and the lovely Patrice Milley of Patrice R. Milley Florals. I thought that it may be good to know some tricks of the trade in case I ever have to throw together an emergency centerpiece or boutineer! So I reached out to Patrice and she was willing to teach me some of her secrets!
After opening the wine and catching up a bit about our past weddings, she jumped right in and showed me how to make a boutineer. After mastering the complicated floral tape, I completed task #1 with great success. Unfortunately no photo proof of this one, but it was a beautiful pink rose, which we then turned into a corsage. Lucky me, I got to try my luck with the floral tape again!!
Then it was on to the centerpiece. Patrice had me all set-up with a white basket, lined with a plastic container, water and foam. She was also prepared with greens and flowers of the season (as she knew I was going to be taking this home to a jewelry party I was holding that weekend!). Patrice demonstrated a couple of techniques for placement into the foam, and then I was off. With only a couple minor corrections from Patrice, I think I came up with a beautiful product!! Granted I don't think I will be quitting my day job quite yet!
Patrice also sent me home with my own "Emergency Flower Kit" - with everything from the tricky green tape, floral wire, a knife for trimming flowers and a couple floral sticks for the off chance that any boutineer should get beheaded!
A huge thank you to Patrice for a fun evening! Next I hope to join her in action when she is actually preparing for a wedding next month! That should be a blast - as long as she doesn't put me on boutineer duty!!
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