Our phone is ringing off the hook! Why? Because it’s sorority initiation time! Parents want to send their initiates flowers that say, “We’re so proud of you!” If you find yourself in the same position but you’re not quite sure where to begin, here are a few ideas.
During Rush Week, sorority sisters want coordinating flowers, but during initiation, it’s all about personalization. Just as no two people are alike, no two arrangements are alike either. The arrangement above, in a rectangle vase, contains roses, Gerbera daisies, carnations, kermits/button mums, and solidago.
Below, a cylinder contains hydrangea, mini calla lilies, hypericum berries, lily grass, and variegated pittosporum.
Another serene all-white arrangement, this time in a cube: hydrangea, Gerbera daisies, stock, and calla lilies. Two ribbons incorporate black-and-gold Hawkeye pride in an understated way.
Other arrangements, like this low & lush dozen yellow roses, are more flamboyant in their Hawkeye enthusiasm.
If multicolored is more your daughter’s style, you might like these mixed bouquets:
all Gerbera daisies with lily grassmini calla lilies, green hydrangea, hypericum berries, birch twigs
Gerbera daisies, roses, mini calla lilies, stock, iris, celosia, ruscus
Gerbera daisies, stock, mini calla lilies, spray roses, leucadendron, copper beech, iris
Let’s go back for just a second and look at some of the textures. Here’s a closer view of the celosia, which we buy from a grower in Kalona, just a few miles up the road.
And here’s a close-up with leucadendron, its blushy green leaves upturned on a sturdy stalk. The jagged outline of a copper beech leaf shows in the background.
In keeping with those textural fall elements, here are a few more seasonally-themed pieces.
stock, sunflowers, hypericum berries, mini calla lilies, leucadendron, copper beech, variegated pitt (in a bubble bowl)
mango mini calla lilies, green hydrangea, boxwood, lily grass,
variegated pitt, and birch twigs
mango mini calla lilies, spray roses, Gerbera daisies,
hypericum berries, variegated pitt
Choosing a colored vase is another way to make your daughter’s arrangement unique. Here a green cube holds Gerbera daisies, mini calla lilies, hypericum berries, stock, variegated pitt, and birch twigs.
And here we have a pink cube full of pink blossoms: Gerbera daisies, roses, spray roses, and stock.
Here’s a three-quarter view that shows the balance of the arrangement more clearly.
And here’s a close-up that shows a creative element that’s difficult to see in the first couple photos: curled wire in bright pink…
…and silver adds playful flair to each side of the arrangement.
The bottom line? Feel free to be creative! Your daughter will love to receive a design that shows you know her personality, whether she’s more drawn to energetic brights or understated monochromatics. You can’t go wrong. If you’re inspired to be the next one to make our phone ring, call us at 866-351-7242 or, for local calls, 319-351-7242. We love our sorority girls and are happy to help you create something your daughter will enjoy!
~Every Bloomin’ Thing