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Live Chat with Kristin Banta

live chat with Kristin Banta

Guys, I’m super excited about our next live chat!! You don’t even know how excited and I will admit, a little nervous! Join me as I chat live with Kristin Banta, the founder and Creative Director of Kristin Banta Events on June 13 at 4 pm EST / 1 pm PST!

If you have ever had questions for those designers you may have seen on TV or those who are behind the luxe events you see in magazines, then this is a must attend and must participate event!

KBE’s work has received many awards and has been featured on the Hallmark Channel, Bravo, Style Network, TNT, SYFY, Food Network, Fox, NBC, and in countless publications including Martha Stewart Weddings, InStyle Weddings, Los Angeles Times, Life & Style, LA Confidential, Frontiers Magazine, The Knot, Inside Weddings, Southern Living, Real Simple Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Brides, and Punk Rock Confidential. I posted a quick profile video for KBE below to get to know our speaker a little bit more.

So, what do you want to know? From branding to event design and everything in between, we want to hear what you want to watch (or if you are like me, listen to). Send us your questions for Kristin and we will try to address as many as possible in an hour!

You can use the comment box below, or send any questions you’d love to hear during our chat to

See you Tuesday June 13th @ 4 PM EST / 1 PM PST



Mornings with Mayesh Replay May 2017

Did you miss our first Mornings with Mayesh show?? If so, I have the replay for you here! I think our first show turned out amazing!! I want to thank everyone who submitted questions and who were able to join us live because, without you, Dave and I would have just been talking to ourselves.

Be sure to save your seat for our June 6th show at 10 am EST / 7 am PST! If you have questions or topics that you would like us to discuss, share them in the comments below.

Here are the topics and questions that were covered along with the links that were mentioned:

  • What is happening in the world of flowers?
  • What is the best way to keep stock from getting gummy?
  • What is the best way to order flowers at the right time so that they peak on event day?
  • Please describe the process to order and receive Mayesh product when I have events out of my local area so that they open perfectly the day of the event.
  • What is the best estimate/contract software for a small florist?
  • What is the best sources for supplies – buckets, vessels, containers, etc.
  • How do other florists mark up their flowers and goods? Also, when incorporating labor, what percentage do most use?
  • What the best method to make a garland? Any hints to ensure it stays together really well? Is is more cost effective to make yourself or order from a company that specializes in garlands?
  • What’s your favorite base to make a flower crown with?
  • For wedding florists, how do you handle clients that want to mix their DIY flowers (fresh or silk) with your designs?  We have an exclusivity “preference” but it can be hard to explain/enforce at times, especially with there being so many  DIY brides in our area of the midwest!  I would love to hear how other professionals handle this situation.
  • What are your favorite corsage and boutonniere flowers? I love using orchids and callas for their durability but they don’t seem to be very popular right now. And roses can fade quite quickly in the heat of summer wedding season.
  • How do you create “hoop” bouquets? I don’t quite know how to keep all of the flowers alive and still get a sturdy end product.
  • Marketing news: Facebook algorithm update, new features for Facebook group admins, Instagram Stories and MikMak, Pinterest’s “more like this” and Lens.

Mark your calendar and we’ll see you on June 6th for our next Mornings with Mayesh!


Introducing “Mornings with Mayesh”

Mornings with Mayesh


If you’re like me, you love to start your mornings off with a strong cup of coffee and a dose of The Today Show. Well, move over Kathy & Hoda, there’s a new morning show in town! Starting May 16th, we will be hosting a recurring Live Chat one Tuesday a month in which hosts Dave & Yvonne will be talking all things flowers! Mornings with Mayesh will loosely follow an AMA – “Ask Me Anything” – format, and we want to hear your flower questions to discuss on air! Dave is a wizard when it comes to flower “hacks” and tips & tricks pertaining to product, and both Yvonne & Dave are longtime veterans of the floral industry with plenty of knowledge to go around.

So send us your questions/comments/topic ideas, and without further ado, I’ll let the hosts introduce themselves!
Mornings with Mayesh



Hello, hello! I have had the privilege of being Mayesh’s Director of Marketing since 2012. I believe in teamwork, continuous improvement and taking risks. My team has been instrumental in developing Mayesh’s worldwide brand into what it is today – specializing in content and inbound marketing. It’s been an amazing journey, but with all stories, this is not my beginning. I won’t take you all of the way back, but I have a unique background. I graduated with a degree in operations management and business statistics, was a UX consultant for one of the largest insurance companies, along with owning my own wholesale florist with my hubby before we joined Mayesh. I like to say that I bring a great mix of nerd and sparkle to the table and I’m super excited to connect with you with our new live video series!



Mornings with Mayesh



I have had a passion for flowers and art since I was a little boy. My first dried flower arrangement was at the age of 6 foraging dried seed pods and such in the fields behind my childhood home in Indianapolis. All throughout my childhood, I was involved in various art classes including color theory, sculpting, charcoal sketching, watercolor, acrylic, oil painting. Fast forward to the 90’s and I studied floral design under Michael Prihoda at South Seattle Community College. After working briefly in a flower shop in Seattle I was introduced to the wholesale side of our industry where I have spent the last 20 plus years honing my skills. In 2001 I started my career with Mayesh Wholesale Florists. I worked at their Los Angeles flower market location for 5 years and then transferred to their national shipping department. I have made it a priority to learn every aspect of the industry and benefited greatly from those experiences. When asked to transfer to Phoenix for Mayesh I didn’t hesitate. Mayesh has been like a family and home away from home. I love my career and who I have become by being a part of such a wonderful company.


So here is one last reminder to ask us your flower questions in the comments below, and be sure to tune in…


Tuesday, May 16th at 10am EST / 7am PST



Floral Design Video: Wearable Flowers


For May, Christy Hulsey will be kicking off the wedding and prom season by showing us her techniques on making beautiful garden style floral rings, flat lay halos, and corsages. She also has great tips on pricing ribbon. Since it’s the month of Mother’s day, Christy invited her adorable daughter Beatrice to help out and get creative with these stunning Mayesh Luxe Blooms!


Featured product: Spanish moss, mood moss, light pink ranunculus, white hellebore, succulents, camellia leaf, burgundy dahlia, light pink mini gerbera, Clooney ranunculus, Japanese allium, eryngium, fritillaria, dendrobium orchids, vanda orchids, Icelandic poppies and scabiosa pods

Hardgoods: your favorite floral jewelry, Oasis cold glue, ribbon, wire and floral tape.

Videographer: Justin Peay Productions
Photographer: Ashley Broadie Photography

Floral Supplies: Oasis Floral ProductsDesign MasterAccent Decor
Ribbon: Berwick Offray
Lanterns: Pottery Barn
Studio Space: Averitt Center for the Arts


Live Chat Replay: Kelly Perry Talks Instagram


During yesterday’s Live Chat we talked all things Instagram with the lovely & talented Kelly Perry of Team Flower! Kelly is an amazing force within the industry and has created two completely separate businesses: her floral design company, Philosophy Flowers,  and Team Flower, a community of florists and flower friends who come together to learn from one another, lift each other up, and help propel the industry forward.

After struggling with social media and Instagram for some time, Kelly turned things around by changing her mindset and taking a new approach. Watch our replay to learn what that approach is, as well as tangible tips & tricks to improve your Instagram feed & presence! And if you don’t have time to jot down all of the resources we mention, they’re all listed beneath the video… we’ve got you!





Applications & Tools







*There are SO many editing apps, just do some research online and find what fits best for you & your style!




Blog Resources


TEAM FLOWER COURSES: Floral Photography & Instagram Branding

POSTING TIMES BEST PRACTICES: Hootsuite & CoSchedule blog posts

Team Flower’s Upcoming Industry Conference! 



And remember, we are always looking for content ideas & want to produce Live Chats that help YOU! So if you want to see more like this, or have another topic you’re dying to learn more about, let us know in the comments below!

Mayesh Design Star: Tropical Garden Style Design

Mayesh Design Star: Tropical Garden Style Design

This month, Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers demonstrates the softer side of tropical flowers by incorporating them into her signature garden style design. The video begins by Christy showing you a completed compote design and then uses the same color scheme and flowers designed in a woodland planter.

It doesn’t have to be perfect, to be beautiful. Happy designing!

White clooney ranunculus
Burgunday Ranunculus
Light pink ranunculus
Sea Star Fern
Ti Leaves Stock – ti tops
Brown Cymbidium Orchids
White Mini Cymbidium Orchids
White Hellebores
Anthuriums – choco, terra, pistache, white
Charity Garden Roses
Green eryngium – Sirius questar
White Hyacinths
Blush Tulips standard
Quicksand Roses
Ornithogalum Star of Bethlehem
Ornithogalum arabicum
Lotus Pods
Burgundy dahlia
Black knight scabiosa
Icelandic poppy – white

Oasis Floral Products: Florist Netting
Design Master: Petal Proofer, Fresh Flower Sealant
Accent Decor: gold compote, woodland planter

Videographer: Justin Peay Productions
Photographer: Katrina Barrow Photography


Mayesh Design Star Flower Workshop Tour Video & Pictures

Mayesh Design Star Flower Workshop in Los Angeles
Come join us at a Mayesh Design Star Flower Workshop featuring Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers! We have 2 stops in the bag and will be hitting 7 more cities throughout this next year!

I can’t even tell you how incredibly excited I am to be able to share with you the stunning pictures and video from Jeremy Chou Photography and Talewind Visuals. The media below tells the story of Mayesh’s inaugural workshop, which was held in Los Angeles at FD Photo Studio, where it all started.

Keep on scrolling down to view the magic created by our LA Mayesh Design Star team!

A special thank you to our workshop sponsors below – please be sure to visit their website and check out what they have to offer!
Accent Decor
Oasis Floral Products
Design Master
Cameron Hughes Wine

Videography: Talewind Visuals
Photography: Jeremy Chou Photography
Styling: Tristan Needham Design

Get more information and RSVP for a workshop near you here.


Setting Up

Maybe you feel like this when working on wedding flowers, but the planning and styling of the workshop was half the fun of having a workshop! Seeing all of the little details coming together was pure magic. The students had access to some of the best Japanese, Dutch and local floral product in the industry for their arrangements, and the end product just couldn’t have been more dreamy.

Part of the planning was putting together a special thank you gift. The students were treated to a private selection of Cameron Hughes wine, and a beautifully styled gift box by Salt and Pepper Co., full of items from: Sugar Paper, HomArt, Cameron Hughes, TOCCA, and Accent Decor.

Workshop Action

Christy instructed the students on how to create their Oasis Floral florist netting structure to insert into their Accent Decor vessel. Once the vessels were prepped and ready to go, Christy shared how to utilize branches, where to place vines a.k.a. “dancers”, what to do with large “real estate” blooms, how she utilizes her Design Master color tools, where to put unexpected pops of foraged blooms, and many other invaluable techniques that she has picked up over the course of her career. Also, the students were given a few tips and tricks on utilizing Mayesh’s beautiful garland as either a swag, or a bride and groom chair backer.

The End Results

After the students were finished, they headed over to the photography station where they had their arrangement photographed on a fully styled table to use in their professional portfolio. Then, Jeremy Chou and Tristan Needham both gave a tutorial on photography and styling – how to always put your best foot forward with your images, and what tools have been most helpful to them in elevating their brands.

Mayesh Design Star: Spring Door Wreath

Mayesh Design Star: Door Wreath

In the March edition of the Mayesh Design Star series for 2017, Christy Hulsey shows us how to make a monochromatic spring door dressing using a custom pre-made wreath.

Mayesh offers customizable pre-made wreaths as well as pre-made garlands. You call out the size and product and we can ship it to your door or have it available for pick up at your local Mayesh branch.

Featured product: custom pre-made wreath, snow berries, white Japanese sweetpeas, feverfew, Tillandsia air plant and a custom garland.

Materials used: water tubes, wire, Design Master spray in Olive Bright.

Videographer: Justin Peay Productions
Photographer: The Happy Bloom

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Video Chat: Streamline Your Proposal Process

live video: streamline your proposal process

Yesterday’s live video chat with Cristina Barragan of Posh Peony was really great and full of amazing content! If you missed it, be sure to set some time aside to learn how to cut your client management time in half through the use of templates and automation features using systems like HoneyBook by watching the replay below. Cristina walks you through her streamlined process from lead capture to completion – letting you in on her many tips & tricks that she has accumulated over the years! You will learn how to save time, create beautiful proposals that convert, and maintain an elevated client experience from the get-go! Setting up your systems will take some investment, especially of your time, but I think you will find it truly worth your while.


If you are interested in learning more about the available apps for florists that are mentioned during our chat – HoneyBook, StemCounter, Details & more – check out our comparison blog post here.


Don’t forget to take advantage of Cristina’s FREE Nurture Email Series Templates by texting using the information below and save 20% off your HoneyBook membership by visiting

TO: 44222


A few other resources were mentioned during the chat and you will find the links to those below.



Design graphics – for freebies and more:

CRM & amazing marketing/sales blog:


I’d love to hear your thoughts about how you plan on improving your process or what steps that you have taken already that has worked for you in the comments below!


Mayesh Minute: Dutch Orchid Nursery

Mayesh Minute: Dutch Phalaenopsis Nursery

Did you ever want to see where our exquisite phalaenopsis orchids are grown? David is hanging out at one of our orchid vendors, Walter Grootscholten, showing off their beautiful orchids, the epitome of our Mayesh Luxe Blooms product line! You all have seen the standard sized stem, but if you order from your Mayesh rep with advanced notice, we will be able to source 15+ or 20+ bloom stems! Lead times are generally 7-10 days and 1 month respectively.

Also, we posted a quick video that our Mayesh Las Vegas branch created showing off a couple of stems of the 15+ bloom stems of white phalaenopsis orchids. Stunning!!

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