It’s summer! And time to get ready for our next VaseOff! Challenge. In April, we kicked off our first VaseOff! Challenge as part of a series of floral design challenges that give you the chance to see the artistry and talent that is in this great industry and vote for your favorite flower designs based on specific themes. We had tons of fun in April as we challenged our selected award-winning designers to create a 1920s Great Gatsby-inspired bridal bouquet. Check out all the great interpretations here!

Our next challenge embodies summer and the spirit of gift giving. We’ve challenged our florist VaseOff! contestants (different from the original contestants from Challenge #1) to design an arrangement sure to delight a friend who loves the beach and can’t get enough of the sun, surf and sand. Whether it’s for her birthday, a hostess gift or to express appreciation for being a supportive friend, the designs will showcase how professional florists can create the perfect gift custom fit for any personality — in this case, a quintessential summer girl.

We’ll post their designs on our blog and invite you to cast your vote to help select the winning design. Voting will be open July 9 – 23, 2012.

To make sure you don’t miss out on our first challenge, Like us on Facebook to stay updated. In the meantime, keep checking back on the blog for fun summer-inspired floral advice and trends, as well as our Aboutflowers Pinterest page.