VaseOff! ChallengeLast year, the Society of American Florists (SAF) started a fun series of floral design challenges to showcase the creativity and talent of florists. Each VaseOff! Challenge held a specific theme — wedding, beach, and Christmas — with four florists from across the country competing to be the fan favorite.

To kick off 2013, SAF is hosting a very special Mother’s Day VaseOff! Challenge with four more talented florists creating arrangements to delight the busy, on-the-go mom. What makes this challenge so wonderful is that SAF has partnered with four children’s hospitals across the country:

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia
  • Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa

Like past VaseOff! Challenges, the floral designs made by the florist contestants will be displayed here, and voting will be open from April 22 – May 6, 2013. Because of the charity element, four mom bloggers were chosen – myself included – to help promote the challenge and encourage readers to get family, friends and online communities involved to reach a total of 5,000 “Likes.” If this goal is achieved — and I’m confident it will be — florists and bloggers will deliver vases of flowers on behalf of SAF to patients and their moms at the partner children’s hospitals.

I’m proud to be a part of the Mother’s Day VaseOff! Challenge because, as a mom, I know the importance of flowers and how they can make even the darkest day a little bit brighter. One of the toughest jobs in the world has to be taking care of a sick child — the strength these families have is immeasurable, and I look forward to bringing smiles to these deserving moms.

Stefanie Fauquet is the owner and editor of the mom and lifestyle blog, For the past seven years, she has shared her adventures of life, food and travel — basically all of her favorite things — with readers near and far. Stefanie is mom to an 8-year-old daughter, and she resides with her family in the Tampa Bay area.