35th Wedding Anniversary Party

Lori Longmore (Bride for 35 Years!) FRANKENMUTH, MI
I have been planning my anniversary party for four years. The Bavarian Inn Restaurant Alpine Room in Frankenmuth, Michigan, decorated with antlers and alphorns, was the perfect setting as my husband and I have enjoyed many weeks in the alpine landscapes of Germany and Switzerland. I have been looking at the FiftyFlower website for two years and changed my flower plans several times. I saw a review of agapanthus used to decorate a wedding cake and that became my final inspiration for my arrangements. I had flower recipes written but because of two mix-ups with flowers (one with another company I used as I wanted fewer numbers of some items but they sent me 40 stems of two varieties of flowers ... I didn't order and then the next day the 14 stems of a variety I did order) I ended up with more stems than I had plans to use. So I never really used the recipes but kept the original inspiration picture up on my computer during the arranging time. I had vases for 80 arrangements (plus some shot glasses for mini arrangements which we never used). My husband and I processed all the flowers ourselves. The day we received 10 boxes of flowers it took us 3 hours to process. The other two days we received flowers took us much less time. We used 17 buckets of various sizes depending upon the stem length of the flowers. I followed the flower care instructions to the letter. I did dip the stems in Quick Dip upon cutting when processing and again when cutting to put into arrangements. Since I knew I would have lots of help making arrangements I made signs to go above the buckets and arranged the buckets around the room this order greenery, focal flowers, accent flowers, filler flowers. My helpers ranged in age from 7 to 84 and included family and friends. They all had fun making beautiful masterpieces. We put 100 stems in 3" flower tubes to set around here and there in the room. At the end of the party guests were each encouraged to take an arrangement home. The rest of the flowers a friend took to the main restaurant and the street of this tourist town and gave them away in random acts of kindness. I was very pleased with my flowers and greenery. All stayed fresh and beautiful throughout the party those I took home are still beautiful today four days after the party. The guests all commented on how beautiful the flowers were and how abundant. The arrangements turned out just as I had hoped and planned. Thank You FiftyFlowers for making our party so special. Please note: I made no bridesmaids or bridal bouquets, corsages or boutonnieres but I can't get the program to let me change it from "1" for each category. Show more
Flowers by Lori Longmore

Arrangements Made

  • 51
  • 0
  • 0
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 0
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 30
  • 0
  • 21

Flowers Used for Lori Longmore's Arrangements

Lily of the Nile Agapanthus Flowers ( 6 Bunches Agapanthus )

Used for: Centerpieces

I had been advised by a professional florist not to use these as she said they were horrible to work with. I'm glad I didn't take her advice as I loved them. They, along with the delphiniums added a wonderful punch of blue in my arrangements. They do lose pieces easily but if handled carefully are fine.

Used for: Centerpieces

Stunning. The blue stood out wonderfully well. Fragile, but I knew that going in and handled them carefully.

Used for: Centerpieces

The colors in these stems did not all match the description which said nothing about the colors purple and purple and white half of which were these colors. Was disappointed. Fifty Flowers was willing to give me 1/3 credit which along with the Gerbera credit was used to get 3 bunches of roses. I used the stems which were the correct color. I frustrated to have this problem. But everything turned out okay in the end.

Dark Pink Gerbera Daisy ( 50 Gerber Daisies )

Used for: Other

I was shipped the wrong color. The box said "Intense" which should be a dark pink but they were red and poorly packed. Few were usable. Fifty Flowers offered to ship more of the proper color but I was too scared to try Gerberas again so close to the party. Instead they shipped cream fresh, light pink, and hot pink roses as a replacement. The replacement roses were as lovely as the other roses they shipped with the original order.

Used for: Centerpieces

When I unpacked these I almost wished I'd ordered more and just added a few stems of blooms to go with them. But I sorted the various types of greenery and used them individually. Not a fan of Bear Grass but my helpers were and used it in some arrangements they made.

Hot Pink Roses ( 75 Roses )

Used for: Centerpieces

Not a bad one in the group. Was hesitant to order them as I thought they might be too fragile. Were not problem at all. All opened perfectly. Few thorns. No droopy heads which I thought might be the case. I think Quick Dip helped.

Used for: Centerpieces

Fun! Fun! Fun! Can't say enough good things about these whimsical flowers. Lots of comments by guests about these goofy little balls.

Sword Fern Greens ( 10 bunches )

Used for: Centerpieces

These were beautiful. The perfect accent. They went in arrangements, under vases and table numbers. The leftovers were still fresh in the box 2 days after the party.

Used for: Centerpieces

These were truly a dark orange and were my favorite flower. I asked my helpers to be sure we used all of them. Were good for six days. Just starting to droop now after 6 days.

Used for: Centerpieces

So many flowers. I see these growing wild in the Autumn in years when I travel to Germany and Switzerland and knew they were a "must have" flower at my party. I had almost a bucket full left when I left the house rented before the party. I gave them to the cleaning crew and owner of the house.


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