My audience here is fairly small, but if you're a mom in Texas, with a teenage boy who needs to present his Homecoming date with a mum, here you go. Also, if you're trying to explain this tradition to a husband who grew up in another state, just accept that he'll never understand.
I referenced some of the fun fall traditions over here with a brief reference to mums. In short, Texas high school girls wear something huge, like this monstrosity:
A new mum bouquet can cost like $150. There's a ton of ribbons and doo-dads that go into each piece. Look closely at all the different details:
The general color theme reflects your high school. In addition, for senior girls, the mums need to have additional white ribbons or feather boa.
My recommendation is this:
- Find a friend with a college aged daughter who is cleaning out her closet and willing to sell a previous year's mum. If their daughter was in band, and your son is in band, all the better, because they'll already have the same theme going with all the decorations.
- Buy it for like $20-$30
- Customize the details. For example, the ribbons will have stickers that indicate what year, the girl's name, etc.
I went to Hobby Lobby and found more white ribbon, stickers and cute charms to add. It was probably another $20ish but overall, saved a ton of time and money. My daughter was helping me yesterday and was proud to use the glue gun all by herself. Happy Homecoming.
From my friend S: When you need another mum/garter, check out the mum kits that Melz Mumz sells. She provides you with everything you need to make a mum plus extras. Plus she has detailed instructions on how to make mums and the fancy braids and loop ribbons. She will make a custom mum/garter for you as well. Her supplies are cheaper than the stores. I wished I would have known about her four years ago.