• Thursday, March 15, 2018

    4:30pm-9:30pm Illinois Certified Professional Florist (ICPF) Comprehensive Assessment (click here for more information) REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT

    4:30pm-9:30pm Illinois Certified Designer Assessment (ICD) Assessment (click here for more information) REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT

    Friday, March 16, 2018

    8:00am-4:00pm Advanced Hands-On Workshop:

    A Day in the Life of ISFA Bootcamp Presented by 

    Judi Borah AIFD, CFD, ICPF, Certified AIFD Judge, Rae Roberts-Griffin AIFD, CFD, ICPF,  Trisha Locke AIFD, CFD, ICPF, Certified AIFD Judge, Julia Marie P. Schmitt AIFD, CFD, ICPF, EMC, Jonathan Reiman AIFD, CFD, ICPF

    Explore the four weekend ISFA Bootcamps in a one day advanced workshop.  Following the current trends pertaining to the four Bootcamp themes of “Everyday Love Potions”, “Consoling Creations”, “Wedding Dreams Fulfilled”, and “Creative Celebrations”. You will learning from 4 instructors and creating four different designs for everyday, wedding, sympathy and holiday!   

    3:00-6:00pm Registration Open

    4:00-6:00pm Tablescape Contest (click here for more information)

    4:30-6:30pm Land of Lincoln Contest (click here for more information)

    5:30-7:00pm Past President's & Hall of Fame Recipients Dinner

    6:00-8:00pm MarketPlace Cocktail Reception

    Sponsored by SKP Accounting 

    8:00-9:00pm Stage Presentation:

    Through the Years presented by Katy Selmi AIFD, CFD, ICPF

    Katy Selmi will open our Annual Floral Design Show “Start With Color”

    this year with a presentation that will take you “through the years.”  Katy will take you on a little girl’s journey through life and the impact flowers and color can have on each occasion that she attends.  We will start with Dance Recital flowers and ideas that will hook your “little girls” from day 1 to get them to come back for more.  We will then take the girls through homecoming/prom, displaying some new ideas for flowers to wear that will make your client’s stand out among the rest!  Finally, we will take you to their wedding day- displaying bridal bouquets and the color impact that they have.  Katy will take you through some tips and trends along the journey that may increase sales and visibility with your business. 

    So sit back…. Relax…. And Watch as we bring you “Through the Years” 

    Sponsored by Bonnett Wholesale

    9:15-11:30pm Hospitality Suite Open

    Saturday, March 17, 2018

    8:00-5:00pm Registration Open

    8:30-5:00pm MarketPlace Open

    8:30-10:00am Hands-On Workshop:  

    Prom Trends, 2018 presented by Patience Pickner AIFD & Ace Berry AIFD​

    Using color, unique flowers and unusual armatures and placement for swoonworthy prom flowers. 

    Sponsored by Design Master, Fitz and Oasis

    9:30-11:30am Designer of the Year Contest (click here for more information)

    10:00-11:00am Stage Presentation: 

    No More Guessing…an in-depth look at the Floral Purchase Tracking Study and what it means for your business presented by Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CFD, CF, PFCI ​

    Join Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CFD, CF, PFCI as she walks you through the Floral Purchase Tracking Study, a comprehensive 12-month study and analysis of real floral purchases.  Released by the American Floral Endowment in fall 2017, Suzie will reveal key findings and will demonstrate how you can put this valuable data to work in your daily business practices.  Walk away with creative ideas, and the tools you need to put the study results to work and increase your sales.

    Sponsored by American Floral Endowment

    11:00-12:30pm Open Seating Luncheon

    12:00-1:30pm Hands-On Workshop: SOLD OUT

    All About the Garland  presented by Sheryl Timmermann AIFD, CFD, ICPF 

    Join Sheryl as she techniques cost effective ways on how to create decorative garlands for your weddings & events!

    Sponsored by AIFD North Central 

    12:30-1:30pm Student Design Competition (click here for more information)

    12:30-1:30pm Stage Presentation:

    Let’s Talk Flowers panel discussion with Recognized Industry Growers, Buyers, Designers

    Join us for a panel discussion regarding trends, tips, and tricks on how to have a successful floral business. 

    12:30-2:00pm Hands-On Workshop:

    Foliage Manipulation presented by Helen Miller AIFD  

    Foliage is the newest exciting trend! Give your designs high visual impact and a modern day twist.

    Learn many creative techniques that can be used as decorative, functional, or architectural elements that will make you stand out from your competition! 

    Sponsored by Kennicott Brothers

    1:00-4:30pm Corsage Bar Open

    1:00-4:00pm Body Flower Contest Sign In & Pick Up @ ICPF Booth (click here for more information)

    2:00-3:30pm Stage Presentation: 

    Love & Passion...Wedding Floral Design presented by Gerard Toh AIFD, CFD, CCF

    Floral design for weddings can be so fun and creative but can also be taxing on your store's labor and financial resources.

    Come with Gerry on his exploration of the many facets of style, creativity, cost and logistics involved in the events business as he unfolds a couple of wedding styles from start to finish.

    He will teach you how to keep the fun in flowers! 

    Sponsored by Teleflora 

    4:00-5:00pm Hands-On Workshop:  SOLD OUT

    Designing With Succulents presented by Candice Hart CFD, ICPF

    Come see what all the fuss is about with our Floral Food & Fun class! Succulents are still popular with our customers, but do you know how to properly secure them into a design or keep them living for the long term? ISFA Secretary, Candice Hart, CFD, ICPF will show you the mechanics behind how to create various succulent products that consumers love, like wreaths, container gardens, and bouquets with succulents incorporated in. Students will create their own hand-tied bouquet featuring succulents. 

    5:00pm MarketPlace Closes

    6:00-7:00pm Board Photos

    6:00-7:00pm Cocktail Reception

    7:00-8:30pm Presidential Ball/ Awards Ceremony

    8:30-11:00pm Celebration

    Sunday, March 18, 2018

    8:30-12:00pm Registration Open

    8:30-3:00pm MarketPlace Open (complimentary coffee and tea until 11:00)

    8:30-9:30am Hands-On Workshop:  

    Madness with Midalino  a Bridal/Prom Bokay & Boutonniere That Rocks presented by Patience Pickner AIFD & Ace Berry AIFD​



    Sponsored by Design Master and Oasis

    9:00-10:15am Hands-On Workshop:  

    Crystal Lace presented by Helen Miller AIFD 

    Let your creativity flow! Here’s a brand-new technique using your glue gun. Create custom body flower forms, armatures, and decorative accents. Learn to make delicate transparency that will give your designs an organic look while only spending pennies to create!

    So, dust off your glue gun and let’s have some fun!

    (please bring your glue gun)

    Sponsored by Kennicott Brothers

    10:30-12:00pm Stage Presentation:

    Color.....An Element of Design presented by FTD Education Consultant Ann Jordan AIFD, AAF, mmfd 

    Color is the most important element of design. Customers are drawn to your work by choice of color, but do you understand why? As designers, merchandisers, advertisers, buyers, and sales people, you must understand the importance of the proper use of color to know the appeal it has to your customers and how it influences their buying decisions. In this program, Ann will teach you how to incorporate the color trends into your everyday and holiday designs.

    Sponsored by FTD and Bonnett Wholesale

    12:15-1:15pm Luncheon/Annual Meeting

    Sponsored by Country Financial  

    1:30-3:00pm Stage Presentation:                       

    Sympathy, Making an Impact with Color presented by Patience Pickner AIFD & Ace Berry AIFD​

    Showing the importance of color selection for maximum effect,  and how to achieve it both naturally with flower and container selection and with the use of color enhancers by Design Master.

    Sponsored by Design Master and Oasis



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