NEWS FLASH! Tom is Selected for Vase-Off Challenge… (read all about it!)


The Society of American Florists Vase-Off Challenge is ON!

Tom Sebenius
Creative Director – Starbright Floral Design

Our Creative Director Tom Sebenius has been selected for the 2012 Vase-Off! Challenge.  In Tom’s own words here are some thoughts on the days ahead and the competition…

I’ve been selected!  Several times a year, the Society of American Florists sponsors a nationwide contest that tests the skills of four floral designers as they try to win public votes through social media.  Designers apply to participate and once chosen they are given a prompt which is meant to inspire their creation.  Past assignments have been to design a bridal bouquet fit for a Great Gatsby themed wedding and to create the perfect floral gift for the quintessential beach girl.  The prompt we were given for this holiday themed challenge is as follows:

Sleigh riding, tree decorating, sipping hot cider, and caroling by candlelight in the snow…Many of our favorite Christmas traditions date back to the Victorian times. As families gathered for celebratory holiday feasts, flowers at the center of the table provided delightful decor. To capture the old-fashioned spirit of the season, create a Christmas centerpiece inspired by the elegance of the Victorian Era.

I will be competing against three very talented designers and I can’t wait to see what wonderful things they come up with.  They are: Mandy Majerik from Hothouse Design Studio, Birmingham, Alabama; Suzanne Nemet from All inBloom, Columbus, Ohio; and Bryan Swann from Karin’s Florist, Vienna, Virginia.

Christmas time offers us so much inspiration and a lot of the holiday décor we recognize comes from the Victorian era.  Visions of holly and ivy, sugared fruits, garlands and velveteen ribbons float into my mind.  I’ve started to put together my creation and certainly hope it will ultimately win your vote!  If you have any ideas that you think I should include in my centerpiece, please leave a comment and share your idea.  I’d love to hear it!

Please visit The Flower Factor website to learn all about the finalists of this competition and follow all four participants in this nationwide challenge by clicking here.

Meanwhile, stay tuned and please be sure to vote once voting opens on November 29th!

Starbright Floral Design is a premium florist in New York City’s Historic Flower District.  We offer same day delivery of floral arrangements and gifts of all types in the New York City area and beyond.  You can talk to one of our floral design consultants by calling us at 800-520-8999 or by visiting us online at www.starbrightnyc.com. Starbright Floral Design is dedicated to the floral arts since 1994 by providing exquisite designs, great customer service and by supporting the advancement of our staff through training and internship programs that promote the floral industries.

One of Tom’s Amazing Designs.

Author: Starbright Floral Design of NYC

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