By Mark Ellingson
Chula Vista, California
I’ll have to be perfectly honest. I had never heard of a homecoming mum until about two weeks ago when I was having a phone conversation with Sue Clayton, a customer from Houston, Texas. She asked if I had ever considered incorporating Sports Roses into homecoming mums.
"Homecoming Mums? What are those?"
After I hung up the phone, I still had no clue what a homecoming mum was. So I hopped onto my computer and typed “homecoming mums” into Google. I quickly realized that pictures speak much louder than words when it comes to this annual Texas high school tradition. I couldn’t believe the gigantic size of the mums that students would adorn themselves with at their homecoming football game.
For anyone that has not lived in Texas during the months of August-October, you will probably be just as clueless as I was. I also found researching the history of homecoming mums to be a very difficult task. There is no entry for "homecoming mums" in Wikipedia.
A 2011 Rueters news article by Marice Richter, briefly explained that it all began as a much simpler tradition of a boy giving his date a live Chrysanthemum corsage with some ribbon when they went to the homecoming football game.
Through the years, silk mums replaced the live Chyrsanthemum. Embellishments were added, and “the bigger the better” became the name of the game (this is Texas after all). The modern homecoming mum will include 3 to 5 mums (or more) arranged into a huge corsage with several pounds of ribbon and trinkets dangling all the way to the ground. A Google image search will confirm that, in many cases, girls posing with their homecoming mums will be completely covered from neck to toe.
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Richter's article reported that a do-it-yourself mum will typically cost the mother of a boy, attempting to impress his date, around $20-$50 in supplies. Professionally made homecoming mums (yes, this has become a seasonal profession in Texas) can range from $60-$500 depending on how many mums, stuffed bears, ribbon chains, and accessories are desired in the mum. Some people even goes so far as to add in LED lights and speakers to give an audio and visual boost.
During the process of sifting through hoards of online photos, I began to pin my favorites on the Sports Roses Pinterest Homecoming Mums Board. I started to become more fascinated with the whole tradition. I also discovered that just like the guy will give a girl a homecoming mum, the girl will return the favor with a smaller homecoming garter for the guy that he can wear on his arm sleeve.
My fascination became an obsession, so I contacted Shakisha Crooks, the lead designer and owner of Divine Kreationz with over 10 years of experience designing homecoming mums and garters in Texas.
I asked if she could create a custom homecoming mum for me that would incorporate Sports Roses into the design. She said she would love to help. I explained that the design should be themed for sports and that our local Chula Vista High School colors should be represented. I sent her some sample Sports Roses and Crooks incorporated Baseball Roses and Football Roses into the mum. She was fast too. My homecoming mum was finished within within 3 business days and I was absolutely amazed when I pulled it out of the box.
For our Texas readers that are looking for a new way to make your homecoming mum stand out this year, consider purchasing Sports Roses to accessorize your mum. Sports Roses are only available online, so others at your school are not going to easily find them on the homecoming aisles of Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Sports Roses create a striking display that can further theme your mum to the sports that your son or daughter (or their dates) are involved in. Best of all, just like the silk mums, Sports Roses will last forever—creating a keepsake that will be cherished for years to come.
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Are you a homecoming mum newbie like me? Have you made a homecoming mum yourself? Share your thoughts about homecoming mums in the comments below.