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memorial tribute

Expand your sympathy selections to meet the changing needs of today’s clients.

Design by Bill J. Harper, AIFD fellow, AAF, FAM

The landscape of the sympathy business is changing, and the types of tributes that customers request is changing with it. If you want to stay on the cutting edge, you’ll soon need more selections for memorial services, where no casket is present. Here is one option that can be customized for any season.
    It starts with a black tray selected to match the glass vessel. Inside the tray, a block of floral foam, trimmed to match the height and depth of the tray, holds a striking gathering of ruddy Anthuriums and scarlet roses. Covered with petals from the same varieties of roses, a wreath, trimmed with black velvet tubing in a Roman-braid pattern, is laid onto the vessel in tribute fashion.

‘Bentley’ roses from Esmeralda Farms; ‘Sexy Red’ roses from Virgin Farms; Anthuriums, oregonia (Buxus) and lily grass (Liriope) and glass vessel from favorites suppliers; Square Votive from Syndicate Sales; tray from AA Importing; velvet tubing from Berwick Offray; wreath ring from Floracraft Corporation; Tack 2000 spray adhesive from Design Master Color Tool.
HOW TO 1::
Spray a light coat of adhesive onto a small section of a plastic-foam wreath ring. Adhere rose petals to the sprayed area. Repeat these steps until the ring is covered with petals.
  HOW TO 2:
Wrap velvet tubing around the petal-covered wreath in Roman-braid fashion. Pin each end to secure.
  HOW TO 3:
Pin three blades of lily grass, one of which is formed into a loop, to the petal-covered wreath.

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