Kit and Casey of Flower Duet on the set of the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family Show. We appeared on TV on August 28, 2017.
We were delighted to be contacted by the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family Show to make an appearance on the show! We were asked to create a step-by-step design to demonstrate for the hosts and the viewers of the show how to make something they could do at home.
We had lots of great emails and phone conversations with our excellent producer, Bob, before we had a fun day of taping on the set. We agreed to make a Show-Stopping large scale design that folks can recreate for special events at home, for the holidays or for big celebrations like a DIY Wedding.
The Home and Family set is a real house on the backlot of Universal Studios. It’s even part of the theme park’s famous studio tour and it was a funny feeling being part of the show for the tourists on the tram! Casey hammed it up and waved at a few full trams who went by our set!
We chose flowers that people could purchase throughout the year in the United States.
You can learn how to create this design and adapt it for any theme. The key is to use tall line flowers.
The design we made cost about $40 for the flowers and $30 for the vase. This would retail at a florist for $220. If you want to make it yourself, do it on site so you don’t have to move it. Large scale designs like this one are hard to transport. So, bring your vase and flowers separately and then design close to where it will be set up for your event.
Our recipe on the show consisted of pinks, yellows, and whites for a bright summer feel design. To make it look more for fall, use darker yellow and orange Gladioli and add in some dark blue Delphinium for depth. For Winter holidays, go either all white for all the flowers or punch up the color with red accents in the form of the Gladiolus and Alstroemeria.
10-15 Stems Structured Line Flowers, Such As Gladiolus In Various Shades Of Pink, Yellow And White
2 Bunches (20 Stems) Pink And White Larkspur (we also used white Hybrid Delphinium)
1 Bunch (10 Stems) Alstroemeria – Yellow Or Pink
1 Bunch (5 Stems ) Mini Eucalyptus (Flowing Greenery)
1 Bunch (10 Stems) Greenery (Fern Or Ruscus)
2 Bricks Of Floral Foam
Large Footed Container
Good Pair Of Stem Cutters
1. Pre-soak flower foam in Floral Food water
2. Cut the foam to fit in the container. It should sit up a bit over the lip so that you are able to place some of the stems into the side, not just the top.
3. Add some water to the container, but do not fill it. The foam is already soaked and once stems are placed in the foam the water will be displaced.
4. Start your design from the back of the container with your tallest Gladiolus. Your tallest stem can be 2-3x the height of the vase. It should be tall and slim.
5. Fill in between with the Larkspur and add a bit of greenery to fill in the back.
6. Continue to build the arrangement coming towards the front, cutting stems shorter so that the design is tallest in the back. Like a layer cake, but on its side. Add another layer of Gladiolus with Larkspur shorter than the first set.
7. Finish the front with the Alstroemeria and fill in any “holes” with greenery (like Ferns or Ruscus or Mini Eucalyptus) towards the bottom.
Enjoy the Video from the Show:
How to Create A Show-Stopping Floral Design by Flower Duet - Vimeo
Kit took these photos of each step in the design at our studio for the large arrangement we brought to the set as our example.
Use one brick of foam as the main centerpiece of foam architecture.
One entire soaked brick of foam goes into the middle of the vase.
Shape another brick of foam in wedge shapes and a lift for the bottom of the vase.
Kit cut another brick of soaked floral foam into wedges and a small rectangle to fit into the container.
Add Foam and Wedge in place.
Here are two of the wedges along with the main brick in the container. Kit added the other two wedges and trimmed about a 1/2 inch off the top. Foam needs to be above the container for this design.
Add the first layer of Gladiolus – near the back of the design.
Kit started with a layer of alternating color Gladilous stems. The fan is tallest in the middle and then is gradually shorter out to the sides.
Here is a closeup look at the stems in the foam
Add greenery to finish the back and add dimension to the design.
Since this is a one-sided design, Kit added greenery to the back to finish the look.
Add next layer of Delphinium/Larkspur that is a little shorter than the first layer of Gladiolus.
Add two more layers of Glads and Larkspur that step down in height
Kit has added a few layers at this step. She added a layer of Larkspur that is a little shorter and in front of the first back layer of Gladiolus. Then added some greenery and more Gladiolus. The next step will be adding more larkspur before finishing with flowing greenery and Alstroemeria.
Finish with flowing greenery branches and Alstroemeria.
Here is the complete show-stopper! Ready for an appearance on the Home and Family show! Photo by Kit Wertz.
Terranea Resort at Cielo Point for our WEHEROES event for 2017. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
Our group, Wedding & Event Heroes, believes in sharing best-in-class ideas about how to work together, plan and create a perfect event with our vendor colleagues.
Yellow tropical floral design for our #cabanaboss celebration at Terranea Resort in May. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography. Flowers by Flower Duet.
A Leadership Summit by the Pool
This year’s theme was the #CabanaBoss Leadership Summit where we all shared our experiences and expertise in regard to being a leader of our own organizations.
As business owners, we have employees and contractors we must keep motivated, educated and enthusiastic. As leaders, we need the same things and we shared how we accomplish these feats for ourselves and our workers.
VIPS Entertainment floated in the pool serenading the guests during the Cielo Piont. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
We were fortunate to hold our event next to the ocean at the Cielo Point Pool. Our live music vendor, Alistair Tober of The VIPs Entertainment put his band members in the pool to float around and perform wonderful live songs during our networking and brunch hour.
Avocado toast costal style at Terranea Resort for our #cabanaboss event in May. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
We created a sign for the hashtag #CabanaBoss out of Galax leaves to make it an easy way for our guests to blog and post about the day. In addition to the greenery sign, we made a number of orange and yellow tropical-themed florals for the poolside cocktail and coffee tables.
We attached wooden letters to a frame and then added Galax leaves to create a botanical hashtag! Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography
Casey designed a cute way to float flowers in the pool using inflatable drink cozies!
Floats for flowers! We created a way to float some demure florals in the pool at Cielo Point (after the band got out!). Photo by Kit Wertz. Flowers by Flower Duet.
It was a beautiful spring day at the coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean and we were delighted to be part of a wonderful group of vendors presenting to a top notch group of wedding planners and catering managers from Los Angeles and Orange County.
Guests enjoy eating a scrumptious brunch provided by Terranea while networking. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography. Flowers by Flower Duet.
Gabby Norton of Cause We Can Events, right, chats with Jackie Hanson from Design Visage at #CabanaBoss. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
Eggs Benedict in a easy to eat from mason jar. It was as good as it looks! Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
Casey (at left) and Kit (right) talk to guests at our event for wedding and event industry planners at Terranea. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
During the brunch, our guests dined on delicious food prepared by Terranea’s excellent chef and catering staff. My favorite was a version of Eggs Benedict in a clear class you could eat with a spoon!
Servers were passing a champagne cocktail and creating fresh mozzarella served with heirloom tomatoes and served with artisanal sea salt made from the ocean just below the resort.
For the Leadership Summit, we held three panel discussions where we answered questions that are often posed to leaders in today’s digital age.
Kit speaks about the importance of an up-to-date website during the Branding panel at #CabanaBoss on May 15, 2017. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
You, The Leader
The first panel discussion covered what “You, The Leader” needs to keep you motivated, guide you on how to motivate others and how to keep the work/life balance as a business owner.
Amy Berman of Vanilla Bake Shop, spoke about how Winston Churchill’s quotes inspire her.
KC Campbell of VOX DJs, spoke about the conferences he attends to make sure he is executing the best practices for the DJ industry and Meg Walker of Made by Meg, spoke about how she balances work and home life so she can be an effective leader.
Guests at the Leadership Summit event on May 15, 2017, at Terranea listen to our panelists.
I was part of the second panel discussion which covered “Branding In The Digital Age.” Casey and I founded Flower Duet in 1999 as a side business when we still worked in IT jobs. I have a background in eCommerce and interactive marketing with expertise in Search. I have a good understanding of how people search for information on the Internet and know how to get people to land on our website to find our services and I helped others do that for their companies.
I spoke about the importance of maintaining a good website for your business and that over 70% of consumers access a website from mobile devices. Websites need to look great and work well on all types of mobile devices or consumers will take their business somewhere else.
Lisa Oler from Smile Lounge Photo Booth spoke about the best way to use social media for your business. She expressed how important it is to be genuine and real when promoting yourself as a brand.
Laura Clausen of Dish Wish has a background in branding and talked about the necessity to evolve your brand. As your company grows, it’s important to keep adjusting your brand to reflect the clients you want to attract for your business.
Vox Djs was on hand to MC the event and provide entry music for each panelist. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
The third panel covered topics on how to keep your workers and contractors happy. Jackie Hanson of Design Visage talked about an annual trip her designers are treated to as a reward for meeting goals in the year.
Jeremy Berman of Vanilla Bake Shop spoke about how to keep everyone excited to come to work daily and treat people well and with respect. Leora Mauck of Copper Will Paper Studio talked about incentives for workers that were in the form of gift cards for work that is exceptional to help keep her employees motivated.
Each guest went home with lots of information on how to be a good leader and a lot of cabana-themed gifts to kick off a successful summer season. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
Learn more about our #WEHEROES members and their wedding & event businesses:
Flower Duet is a finalist for the Best Florist in Los Angeles by California Wedding Day Magazine!
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Flower Duet will appear on Facebook Live on the American Grown Flowers Page to celebrate Women’s Day. Kit and Casey will share who are the most influential women in their lives. (Hint..one of them is our Mom!).
So…watch with us and send us a comment while we are on! It will be super fun and special. In case you miss it, don’t worry, you can go to the American Grown Flowers page at any time to see the posted video
Mini Green Hydrangea works well with white Hydrangea, white roses and white Phalaenopsis orchids to show off Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery. Floral Design by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Green Echeverias offer lots of “Greenery” options for 2017.
At the end of 2015, I predicted to Casey and many of our floral design students that Pantone would choose a shade of green for 2016’s color of the year, however, the world color authority surprised us with dual colors in light blue and light pink.
While we enjoyed a year of light pastels throughout 2016 in the form of blush pink bouquets and baby blue linens, we also created a large number of custom weddings and events which featured lots of greenery. From 40-foot table garlands to large tropical greenery arrangements atop tall vases, we’ve designed a variety of “all-green” florals in 2016.
Casey and I are delighted to feature more greenery designs for 2017 with Pantone’s choice suitably named “Greenery!”
Bells of Ireland – Great choice for the 2017 Color of the Year
Here are three Greenery colored flowers for 2017 in one flower design by Flower Duet. Bells of Ireland, Berzillia and Green Ranunculus make up the balance of this springtime design. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Green Roses for Greenery-Colored Flowers
Wimbledon Green Rose Photo: Sierra Flower Finder
Green Rose Flower Arrangement for Greenery 2017 Color of the Year Flowers – Super Green Roses. Flowers by Flower Duet
Green Sword Fern – 2017 Color of the Year
Green Sword Fern
Pink and green were preppy partners in the 80s. Now it just looks fresh for 2017’s Color of the Year! Pair Green Sword Fern with Mini Green Hydrangea along with pink Lisianthus. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Green Ranunculus – 2107 Color of the Year
Green Ranunculus are the perfect interpretation of the color Greenery.
Green Ranunculus flowers secure top billing in this small cocktail-sized floral design perfect to show off the 2017 Color of the Year – Greenery. Flowers by Flower Duet
Garlands for 2017 Color of the Year Weddings
Garlands were super popular for weddings throughout 2016 and with Greenery as the Color of the Year for 2017, we’re sure to see more! Flower Duet Garlands.
Garlands can adorn tables as well as arches and Chuppahs. Last summer we provided a multitude of garlands for this wedding at Catalina View Gardens. Flowers by Flower Duet.
Orchids – Cymbidiums for 2017 Color of the Year
Green Cymbidiums with red tongues show a great color combination idea for the 2017 Color of the Year. Greenery looks great with dark red.
From Pantone’s press release and website:
“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.
Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.
A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”