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Based near the Beach in the South Bay of LA, Kit & Casey take you on a jour­ney each month to our events we cre­ate and share with you the hottest trends in flo­ral design.

As sought-after flo­ral design instruc­tors, you’ll learn the lat­est tips and tricks of the trade.

November 2015 Floral Trends

Thanksgiving Flowers

Flower Duet’s Ideas for Home Entertaining

By Flower Duet

Chocolate orchids for Thanksgiving Centerpieces.

Orchids add to an already ele­gant flo­ral design for Thanks­giv­ing. Flow­ers and pho­to by Flower Duet.

This month, we offer three dif­fer­ent Thanks­giv­ing Flo­ral Design class­es for stu­dents of all abil­i­ties to cre­ate a love­ly cen­ter­piece from suc­cu­lent-topped pump­kins to a tra­di­tion­al long flo­ral design. If you can­not make a class, here are some flower ideas for your Thanks­giv­ing Day celebration!

Gilding gourds, nuts & leaves

Gilded walnuts for Thanksgiving decoration.

Gild­ing nuts like these wal­nuts adds the trendy metal­lic look to your tra­di­tion­al Thanks­giv­ing flo­ral cen­ter­piece. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Gild­ing nuts like wal­nuts offers a great metal­lic accent to any flo­ral design!

The eas­i­est way to achieve a scratch-proof gild­ed look is to use Rub ‘n Buff Wax Metal­lic Fin­ish liq­uid. Just a lit­tle tiny dab is all you need to cov­er a wal­nut. For cov­er­ing small nuts and gourds, this offers a scratch-proof method. If you choose to use a metal­lic spray paint like Design Mas­ter 24K Gold, (Flower Duet rec­om­mends this brand since we use it all the time!) items can be eas­i­ly scratched when moved. Spray paints offer a fast way to cov­er larg­er sur­faces like leaves, wreaths and garlands.

Anoth­er way to gild is to use gold leaf but this can be a bit messy.

Choose Rich & Vibrant Colors

Deep oranges pair well with the reds and yel­lows of fall. Think of turn­ing leaves and you have your col­or palette. Many decid­u­ous trees turn from green, to red to yel­low to brown. So, that’s a per­fect com­bi­na­tion to fit into a Thanks­giv­ing cen­ter­piece as shown here.

Fall Thanksgiving Centerpiece for long tables.

Burnt oranges pair well with soft peach­es and greens in this design fea­tur­ing three types of mums, Hyper­icum berries and Cym­bid­i­um orchids. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Pumpkin flower design for Thanksgiving.

This Thanks­giv­ing arrange­ment would look great on a front stoop, porch or buf­fet table. We used orange Marigolds, red Ger­ber Daisies, Smoke Bush and Broom corn in a hol­lowed out nat­ur­al pump­kin. After hol­low­ing out the pump­kin, spray the inside with bleach to keep it fresh a bit longer. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Alternative Color Combinations for Thanksgiving Centerpieces

You could step away from tra­di­tion­al oranges and reds and try a new soft­er palette in peach­es and creams. Start with some soft-col­ored gourds and pair with peach ros­es and hyper­icum berries.

Peaches and Cream Thanksgiving

Peach Finesse ros­es pair well with gourds, bright green flow­ers and green­ery and dried pods for an alter­nate look for Thanks­giv­ing. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Green & White for Thanksgiving

For an even soft­er col­or feel­ing for an ele­gant for­mal din­ner, choose white and mut­ed greens in the form of fun geo­met­ric shapes of pump­kins and suc­cu­lent plants.

Mini white succulent pumpkin as Thanksgiving centerpieces.

A row of mini white pump­kins topped with an assort­ment of green suc­cu­lents is a per­fect fresh take on fall enter­tain­ing. Design by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Grey and siliver succulent pumpkins

This green pump­kin real­ly shows off the grey and sil­ver hues of the suc­cu­lent flo­rets on top. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Flower Duet To Appear at Club MomMe’s Fall Family Fest

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On Sun­day, Novem­ber 8, 2015 at the South Coast Botan­ic Gar­den, Flower Duet will appear at the 3rd Annu­al Club MomMe Fam­i­ly Fest.  Our flow­ers will be fea­tured through­out the fes­ti­val as well as a flo­ral hair wreath sta­tion for VIP lounge for Plat­inum and Gold Tick­et holders.

From the Club­MomMe Web­site: “Fall Fest is the biggest event of the year for Club MomMe fans includ­ing mod­ern moms, moms-to-be and fam­i­lies.  Imag­ine con­nect­ing with moms, laugh­ing, let­ting go of your every­day wor­ries.  Indulge in a fam­i­ly-friend­ly par­adise cre­at­ed just for you, the busy mod­ern mom who wants to be all things to all peo­ple, and rarely gets enough “me time.”  Con­nect with oth­er moms, moms-to-be, dads, fam­i­lies, local resources & brands.”

Floral Crowns by Flower Duet

Flower Duet will bring our pop­u­lar flower crown build­ing sta­tion to the Fam­i­ly Fest!

Moms + Dads

  • Find­ing your Inner Mom Confidence
  • Car Seat Safe­ty & FAQ by Diono
  • Sleep help by age of your child
  • How to cook health­i­er & bet­ter meals for you and your kids. Dis­cov­er new products.
  • Lac­ta­tion & Wean­ing Tips & Help
  • And of course, Gear, Prod­ucts & Toys

Moms-to-Be

  • Birth With­out Fear
  • Sleep Train­ing
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Breast­feed­ing Tips & Tricks
  • Dia­per Chang­ing Secrets & Intro to Cloth Diapering
  • Dis­cov­er the Must Haves Prod­ucts & Gear

Club MomMe Fest GiveawaysTick­et Infor­ma­tion:  Tick­et prices vary for the event based on extras that can be added to the day’s activ­i­ties. Tick­ets avail­able on the Club­Mom­Me’s website.

Event Date: Sun­day Novem­ber 8th 2015

Event Time: 10:30 am — 3 pm

Loca­tion: South Coast Botan­ic Gar­den, 26300 Cren­shaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Penin­su­la, CA 90274

Hash­tags: #Best­DayEv­er #Fam­i­lyFest

On Location Winter Holiday Styling Workshop

South Coast Botanic Garden Workshops Series Continues on December 2nd, 2015

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Flower Duet will con­tin­ue its exclu­sive on-loca­tion flo­ral styling class­es at the South Coast Botan­ic Garden.

For our win­ter hol­i­day-themed class, we will show you how cre­ate your own win­ter won­der­land indoors and out­side for hol­i­day par­ties, wed­dings and how to apply pro­fes­sion­al florist tech­niques to even your own home decorations.

Winter Holiday Floral Arranging Demos will include:

  • How-to-cre­ate a flo­ral snow­ball poman­der & how to hang it (we will make these as a team dur­ing the class)
  • Tips and tricks on flock­ing (mak­ing green­ery and branch­es look like they are cov­ered in snow)
  • 2015 Hol­i­day Trends
  • Gar­land design tech­niques includ­ing hands-on cre­ation and hanging
  • Hol­i­day Bow Mak­ing — Every­one will make a pro­fes­sion­al hol­i­day bow they can keep!
  • And more!!!!!

So make your reser­va­tion to attend. Whether you are a pro­fes­sion­al florist, flower enthu­si­ast or event plan­ner, we promise you will learn at least one new tip and prob­a­bly more to make your hol­i­day events super spe­cial and unique!

Event: Win­ter Hol­i­day Flo­ral Styling Work­shop at the South Coast Botan­ic Garden

Date: Wednes­day, Decem­ber 2, 2015

Time: 10 a.m. to Noon

Cost: $25 members/$35 non-members

Reser­va­tions: Con­tact the Gar­den’s Guest Ser­vices 310–544-1948

Garden Club Lectures, Weddings, Author Events with Flower Duet

Here is a selec­tion of images from events we did in Octo­ber. We were all over the area with wed­dings on the West Side in Bel Air and San­ta Mon­i­ca, then up to Mal­ibu at Calami­gos Ranch. We went down­town to the Los Ange­les Library for its Lit­er­ary Feasts and  enjoyed a love­ly lun­cheon lec­ture demon­stra­tion at the San Mari­no Gar­den Club.

Persian Sofreh Flowers by Flower Duet

Per­sian Sofreh in San­ta Mon­i­ca. Flow­ers and pho­to by Flower Duet.

Sofreh Flowers by Flower Duet

Sofreh Flo­rals by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

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Wed­ding flow­ers for La Ven­ta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates. White Hydrangea gets nice­ly accent­ed with pink spray ros­es, green stan­dard ros­es and fluffy Bupleu­rum. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

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Demon­stra­tion flow­ers from a lun­cheon and lec­ture by Flower Duet at the San Mari­no Gar­den Club. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

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Greet­ing table flo­ral piece by Flower Duet for a recent event for the Los Ange­les Library. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

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Bride before first look at Calami­gos Ranch in Mal­ibu. Wed­ding bou­quet by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

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Wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny at Calami­gos Ranch in Mal­ibu. Casey of Flower Duet placed all the blooms indi­vid­u­al­ly into the ivy in front of the bride and groom. Pho­to by Gary Coelho.

Settee Flowers by Flower Duet for fall wedding.

Flow­ers for recep­tion at Calami­gos Ranch. Design by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

Hotel Bel Air wedding flowers by Flower Duet

Cer­e­mo­ny design for a recent wed­ding at the Hotel Bel Air. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

Hotel Bel Air Gazebo Wedding Flowers

Detail of gaze­bo flow­ers for Hotel Bel Air wed­ding fea­tur­ing antique Hydrangea and lots of ros­es! Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

FlowerHouse

FlowerHouse Detroit

Flow­er­House was an art project com­plet­ed in Octo­ber 2015 in Detroit, MI. Florists from around the region cre­at­ed a liv­ing flo­ral art instal­la­tion inside a fore­closed home in Detroit. Pho­to by theflower.house.

Lisa Waud, flo­ral own­er of Pot & Box, is the cre­ator of Flower House. In Octo­ber 2015, along with the help from florist friends both local and from across the US and Cana­da, she filled the inte­ri­or walls and ceil­ings of an aban­doned house with Amer­i­can-grown fresh flow­ers and liv­ing plants.

Fund­ed in part by a cam­paign on Indiegogo.com, Waud pur­chased two fore­closed homes to com­plete this art instal­la­tion. After the flo­ral art instal­la­tion, her project part­ners, Reclaim Detroit, will respon­si­bly decon­struct the hous­es, divert­ing as much as 75% of the mate­ri­als in the build­ing from the landfill.

When the struc­tures are gone, she plans to con­vert the plot of land into Flower House Farm which will grow flow­ers for her flo­ral design busi­ness locat­ed in Ann Arbor and Hamtramck.

The FlowerHouse Mission is:

shar­ing the flower house expe­ri­ence root­ed in a love of art
build­ing an exhi­bi­tion that brings vis­i­tors awe and joy
cre­at­ing an oppor­tu­ni­ty for florists to par­tic­i­pate in an inno­v­a­tive flo­ral installation
pur­su­ing a pas­sion for sus­tain­abil­i­ty and respon­si­bil­i­ty to amer­i­can-grown flower farms
show­ing respect for the city of detroit’s his­to­ry through the reuse of one aban­doned house
enrich­ing as many lives as we can

See more about how the instal­la­tion turned out and learn about the part­ners involved in this inter­est­ing project that focus­es on Amer­i­can Grown Flow­ers.

Book Recommendation: The Five Biggest Wedding Planning Myths — An Event Planner Tells All: War Stories, Warnings, and Top-notch Tips for Having the Wedding of Your Dreams

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Pic­tured is Dee Gaubert of No Wor­ries Event Plan­ning and author of The Five Biggest Wed­ding Plan­ning Myths — An Event Plan­ner Tells All: War Sto­ries, Warn­ings, and Top-notch Tips for Hav­ing the Wed­ding of Your Dreams. Pho­to by Shani Barel.

Dee Gaubert, a top-notch event plan­ner based in Los Ange­les, has writ­ten a book about the biggest wed­ding plan­ning myths in an effort to help brides and grooms set the right expec­ta­tions for their wed­ding. We love work­ing with Dee and her team from No Wor­ries Event Plan­ning and want­ed to rec­om­mend this book for brides and grooms as well as an new­bie plan­ners to learn from the best!

From Amazon.com:

DIY dis­as­ters. Blown bud­gets. Cry­ing fits. Wed­ding plan­ning is more com­pli­cat­ed, more cost­ly, and more con­fus­ing than ever. With a sharp sense of humor and com­pas­sion­ate under­stand­ing, wed­ding plan­ning expert Dee Gaubert uncov­ers five top myths about the plan­ning process, pro­vid­ing straight-to-the point advice and real-world exam­ples from her years of expe­ri­ence as one of Los Ange­les’ go-to wed­ding plan­ners. As the say­ing goes, “The truth shall set you free” — and this book will free you of cost­ly and stress­ful mis­con­cep­tions about plan­ning the biggest day of your life.”

Get the book today from Amazon.com.

Flower Tool: Spray Bottles

spraybottleA plas­tic spray bot­tle seems like a log­i­cal tool…why even men­tion it? Well, because you need a lot of these around. It’s essen­tial for spray­ing cor­sages, bou­quets and oth­er wire work with Crown­ing Glo­ry. We buy Crown­ing Glo­ry in bulk, so we need spray bot­tles on hand all the time.

You’ll also need some spray bot­tles for just plain water to mist suc­cu­lent pump­kins to help them last from the end of Sep­tem­ber through Thanksgiving!

We also use spray bot­tles to mist our Tilland­sias — but you need to use min­er­al water for this type of spraying.

So, per­haps it would be good to invest in a few dif­fer­ent col­ored Sharpies so you can keep all the bot­tles straight!

Flower Duet’s Classes for 2016

We’ve been busy putting togeth­er our sched­ule for next year with wed­dings and events as well as class­es we’ll be offer­ing. We’ll be adding ways to make reser­va­tions for all of these class­es by Decem­ber 1st so mark your cal­en­dars for more fun with flow­ers next year!

  • Jan­u­ary 23 Class & Tour – Fol­low your dreams and learn how to build a show stop­ping cen­ter­piece using non-tra­di­tion­al flo­ra in play­ful col­ors and tex­tures to cre­ate an off-the-chart design. We’ll show you the basics of flo­ral design and how you can break the rules to cre­ate your own masterpieces.
  • Jan­u­ary 30 – Hunt­ing­ton Library Class Loca­tion flo­ral design inspired by the his­toric Cit­rus groves and exten­sive exot­ic orchid collection.
  • Feb­ru­ary 24 – Wed­ding Bou­quets – Learn our tried and true method for hand-tied bou­quets in our first wed­ding series class of 2016.
  • March 2 – South Coast Botan­ic Gar­den Spring Styling Class — Learn how to cre­ate flo­ral gar­lands and fresh flo­ral sprays and how to attach them to a vari­ety of struc­tures in this hands-on loca­tion work­shop in the garden!
  • March 5 – Class & Tour Flow­er­ing Branch­es – Com­bine del­i­cate flow­er­ing branch­es with light and love­ly flo­rals and greens for a fresh take on ear­ly spring.
  • March 16 – Wed­ding Cen­ter­pieces — Explore a pletho­ra of ideas for wed­ding recep­tions while learn­ing the tech­nique for an exquis­ite cen­ter­piece in on-trend flow­ers that is easy to trans­port and keep fresh!
  • April 2 – Hunt­ing­ton Library Class fea­tur­ing lus­cious hyacinth and freesia for an intox­i­cat­ing take on Spring.
  • April 16 – Sen­sa­tion­al Suc­cu­lents & Fresh Flower Class & Tour – Suc­cu­lents offer long-last­ing focal points in liv­ing flo­ral bou­quets and you’ll learn three dif­fer­ent tech­niques for incor­po­rat­ing them into bou­quets, cen­ter­pieces and gar­lands as well has tak­ing home your own creation.
  • April 27 – Wed­ding Wire Work – Get com­fort­able design­ing flow­ers for the wed­ding par­ty by learn­ing how we make flower crowns, cor­sages and bou­ton­nieres. You’ll be hands on by learn­ing how to wire flow­ers for all types of wed­ding flow­ers applications.
  • May 7 – Pot et Fleur Class & Tour for Mother’s Day – Learn the clas­sic Vic­to­ri­an flower art of com­bin­ing two or more pot­ted plants grow­ing in soil or oth­er medi­um with cut flow­ers in the same con­tain­er. Per­fect for a Mother’s Day gift!
  • June 4 – Hunt­ing­ton Paint­ing Class­es – Recre­ate a clas­sic flower still life with gar­den ros­es & Peonies.
  • June 25 – Gar­den Style Florist Bou­quet with LA Flower Mart Tour Option
  • June 29 – Wed­ding Series: Bou­quets – Learn our tried and true method for Euro­pean style hand-tied bouquets.
  • July 16 – Mediter­ranean Flow­ers Class & Tour – Escape to the shores of Italy, Spain and Greece while design­ing a cre­ation inspired by botan­i­cal ele­ments of the Mediterranean.
  • August 17 – Wed­ding Series: Cen­ter­pieces — Explore a pletho­ra of ideas for wed­ding recep­tions while learn­ing the tech­nique for an exquis­ite cen­ter­piece in on-trend flow­ers that is easy to trans­port and keep fresh!
  • Sep­tem­ber 17 – Vibrant and Dash­ing Dahlias with LA Flower Mart Tour Option
  • Octo­ber 15 – Suc­cu­lent Pump­kins with LA Flower Mart Tour Option
  • Octo­ber 19 –Wed­ding Wire Work – Get com­fort­able design­ing flow­ers for the wed­ding par­ty by learn­ing how we make flower crowns, cor­sages and bou­ton­nieres. You’ll be hands on by learn­ing how to wire flow­ers for all types of wed­ding flow­ers applications.
  • Novem­ber 19 – Fes­tive Har­vest Flo­ral Design with Berries and Branch­es with LA Flower Mart Tour Option
  • Decem­ber 10 – Hol­i­day Ever­greens with LA Flower Mart Tour Option

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Flower Duet Online Floral Design Classes

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In-Person Floral Design Classes

Class­es are usu­al­ly in per­son. Here is our 2020 Schedule*

*May’s class will be a hybrid where stu­dents will get their flow­ers for class at our curb­side pick­up, watch pre-record­ed videos for the les­son, then meet via Zoom with Kit & Casey.

Saturday Flower Arranging Classes & Optional Flower Mart Tours:

  • Jan­u­ary 11, 2020 — White Botanicals
  • Feb­ru­ary 8, 2020 — Flo­ral Gift Boxes
  • March 21, 2020 — Wav­ing Ranun­cu­lus — Can­celled (California’s #SaferAtH­ome)
  • April 18, 2020 — Tremen­dous Tulips Can­celled (California’s #SaferAtH­ome)
  • May 16, 2020 — Pock­et Full of Posies — Will be held through Video Conference
  • June 13, 2020 — Ros­es + Peonies 
  • July 18, 2020 — Trop­i­cal Flowers
  • August 22, 2020 — Hap­py Dahlias
  • Sep­tem­ber 19, 2020 — Antiqued Flowers
  • Octo­ber 17, 2020 — Pump­kin Crafts
  • Novem­ber 21, 2020 — Fall Flow­ers for Celebrating
  • Decem­ber 12, 2020 — Hol­i­day Flo­ral Wreaths

Wednesday Night Wedding Series Workshops:

  • Jan­u­ary 22, 2020 – Bou­quet & Boutonnière
  • Feb­ru­ary 26, 2020 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • May 20, 2020 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière — Will be held through Video Conference
  • June 24, 2020 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • Sep­tem­ber 23, 2020 – Bou­quet & Boutonnière
  • Octo­ber 21, 2020 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
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