Every mother of a child who plays a sport knows there are traditions that go along with every game. If you want to be one of the “with it” moms, you will learn what is expected. If you deliver, you will be a hero.

At my son’s school, it’s all about the snacks and drinks. I recently talked to the mother of a boy from Texas who plays high school football, and she said homecoming mums are the big thing. Homecoming mums are chrysanthemums with ribbons on them, similar to prom corsages, only bigger. As a floral designer in Massachusetts, I haven’t had requests for homecoming mums. To learn more, I turned to a florist friend in Texas.

Photo Courtesy - Renee Carpenter, AAF, TMFA, of MC Florist in Houston.

Photo Courtesy – Renee Carpenter, AAF, TMFA, of MC Florist in Houston.

My friend Renee makes beautiful homecoming mums in the true tradition of a Texas florist. The newest thing this year she says is the 9.5-inch flower, which is 2-inches larger than the typical jumbo size. In Texas, bigger is better.

But there’s more to homecoming mums than size. In high school, there is a hierarchy and that applies to color choices. Freshmen are relegated to only a few certain color options; sophomores are treated to a few more color choices; and juniors even more. The mighty seniors are honored with silver/white or gold/white.

Photo Courtesy - Renee Carpenter, AAF, TMFA, of MC Florist in Houston.

Photo Courtesy – Renee Carpenter, AAF, TMFA, of MC Florist in Houston.

Many Texas high school students request special decorations. Animal print ribbons are popular, and neon colors are starting to catch on. Glittered chipboard letters worked into the streamers is a trend. Some homecoming mums sport themes, such as Hello Kitty, while others are outfitted with LED lights and speakers so teens can blast their favorite tunes from their iPods.

While homecoming mums are big in Texas, corsages and boutonnières are always in style for homecoming festivities. Talk to your local florist about fun floral options to wear to the big homecoming dance.

How do the schools in your area celebrate homecoming with flowers?