• Spring Trends in Bloom

    POSTED March 5, 2015

    We asked Michigan’s experts in all things floral for their 2015 decor tips. Here’s what they told us.

Popular Flowers:

Derek Woodruff, Floral Underground:
Last season, we saw a strong combination of locally grown, cut flowers with lavish, lush flowers, such as hydrangea, peonies, garden roses and Lisianthus, and these combinations are not going anywhere.

Bill Hamilton, Bill Hamilton Designs:
The romantic look is still huge, as is that lush look of high flower content and tons of textures. Obviously, there is a nice sticker price that comes with that look, although if you have an open mind, it can totally be scaled down to fit into your budget. Also, the freshly picked garden approach with a bit more whimsical nature, and the farm-to-table look with the use of fresh herbs, vegetables and other elements such as stone and moss for a very natural and understated elegance. [Popular] flowers for 2015 are garden roses, hydrangeas, peonies and ranunculus.

David McKnight, Emerald City Designs:
More organic floral, or floral that is more unique in shape. Trending are peonies, ranunculus and different types of orchids.

Hot Colors:

DW: Last year, it was all about champagne gold and blush pink. This year, the hot trend seems to be the latter with the addition of a sherbet orange.

BH: Soft monochromatic colors such as ivory and white, or champagnes, blush pinks and even soft greens are huge for 2015. And the twist is to add a pop of color into the mix such as black, or even red or hot pink. The second color trend is still those bright tropical colors:  hot pink, bright green and orange.

Flower Arrangement and Use:

DW: Everyone likes to know that none of their resources are wasted, so the more elements that can be given away or reused, the better.

BH: Consciousness about being wasteful. People want to be certain that the flowers will not be thrown away after their event, but rather will serve another purpose. We assist them by giving flower centerpieces to the guests as they leave the party. We also have taken leftover flowers to nursing homes the next day for others to enjoy.

DM: Creating designs that are cohesive; truly creating mirror images of each table to define a more sophisticated design.

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And a record year it was—but not for good reasons. Layoffs and furloughs, major losses in sales, and too many cancellations and postponed events to count made 2020 a year that catering companies will never forget.


Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.


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