I’m Deco Chair for the LaCanada Rose Parade float but I live in Northern California. Pictures and email explanations are good but there’s nothing like seeing the float in person.
In person, you find out things like:
The pond grew! Which means I need to increase my iris order. The waterfalls continue around the side of the float, which means, ummmm . . . we’ve got nothing to cover that with! Sweet rice! We’re going to need a lot more sweet rice.
The lily pads also grew but thankfully there’s only two, instead of three. So, we should be o.k. on our camellia leaves.
The tree got bigger . . . are you sensing a theme here? Which means . . . more melaleuca bark!
Each material has a conversion factor. For example, it takes 36 roses to cover one square foot. It takes 0.3 pounds of crushed sweet rice per square foot. We place an initial flower order before the float is actually built. So now, when we see the float in person, is when we find out if things grew or got smaller and therefore, adjust the order. Of course, we need enough materials to cover everything but the trick is to not have stuff left over!
Then there was the whole issue of the bottom edge of the float. We thought the “cliff” would come pretty much straight down and then have a 90 degree angle to a flat edge. Our plan was to stick bamboo, cattails, and other stuff in on the edge to add interest and texture to the cliff. But . . . the straight “cliff” wasn’t straight! Which means we have no where to stick our bamboo!
It took a day but things got solved. More iris, sweet rice and melaleuca bark can be ordered. We’ll have people re-check square footage. Construction will keep building. We’ll re-check again and readjust orders.
One more check on Saturday and then we’ll see it in December!