The past couple of years I have had the pleasure to work with Brennan Davis, English II teacher  and Junior Board Sponsor at Irmo High School, Columbia, SC. Each year Brennan guides the students through the process of planning and organizing a fabulous prom night to remember.

One year the theme was, “A Night in Paradise”.  The students selected tropical Birds of paradise, dendrobium orchids, roses, bear grass, tropical foliages, Bells of Ireland, trachelium, statice, Asiatic Lilies, and curly willow fresh floral designs.

Round fresh flower table design

Round fresh flower table design


The location for the prom was held at the beautiful Columbia Conference Center, www.columbiameetings.com

The staff at the Columbia Conference Center are friendly, helpful and professional. They look forward to the proms held at their venue each year.

A Grand Welcome entrance awaited students as they walked down a red-rope lined aisle with stately columns topped with beautiful tropical fresh floral designs.

Irmo Prom Red Rope Grand Entrance


Guest tables in the conference center were draped with black linens. The fresh tropical floral designs looked colorful and festive on the tables.

Cymbidium orchid & red rose vase design


Fresh floral cube design

Fresh floral cube design


After a night of great music, conversation and enjoying sodas and snacks the flowers were transferred from the prom to Irmo High School. The floral designs were placed throughout the school for the students and staff to enjoy the rest of the week.

Tropical fresh floral designs

Tropical fresh floral designs

Working with the students and staff at Irmo High School is a great honor and pleasure. Helping the students create memories that will last for many years is so rewarding!


Do your floral thing and be creative. We don’t care what flowers or colors you use, what containers you select,  just have fun and wow us. The Carolinian Society is my dream customer. I have worked with them for two years now designing floral centerpieces for their annual ball and it is a phone call I look forward to receiving.

This year their table linens were white with a black overlay. The chair covers were white with a black sash tie. Black and white is an elegant, classic color scheme. In addition, tThis year the Carolinian Society was celebrating their silver anniversary so silver accents  were added to the floral designs.

To begin, I created three  flower recipes for the designs. I like variety and a “AHA” moment when guests enter a ball room.

Recipe one begins with a mirror/silver pedestal with blooming quince branches, fresh hydrangeas, fragrant purple and white stock, ‘Sweet Unique’ pink roses, Ti leaf loops, Dutch and parrot tulips, fuschia colored heather, seeded eucalyptus, pittosporum and miniature callas and silver accent bear grass.

Pedestal designs save space on a table and add a “Wow!” factor when guests enter a ball room. Recipe two is designed in a silver bowl with fresh hydrangea’s, pittosporum, seeded eucalyptus, parrot tulips, heather and “Sweet Unique” roses. This design is a low centerpiece that can easily been viewed across the table.

Fresh flowers look fabulous against black linens.

An 8″ square, crystal glass cube is the foundation for our third floral recipe. The glass cube was lined with Ti leaves (some people pronounce this foliage as “tie”  and some pronounce it as “tea” leaves. I pronounce them as “tea” leaves).  Fresh quince blooming branches add height and drama as well as offer a structure to arrange flexible silver colored wire to swirl and wiggle throughout the design. Spring tulips, heather, stock, roses and seeded eucalyptus were arranged in the glass cube with a final flourish of silver accent bear grass.

 A view of the Embassy Suites ballroom ready for the party.