Frequently Asked Questions

MUMS BY PAMELA HOMECOMING FAQ PAGE

 

What is a Homecoming Mum or Garter?
A Homecoming Mum/Garter is a tradition in Texas. Students give them to each other and parents can give them to their child. Girls wear them pinned to their chest or on a ribbon around their necks and boys wear them on their arms. The actually Mum/Garter is a silk flower with ribbons hanging down from it and are worn to the Homecoming football game and at some schools to classes the day of the game.

When I went to Memorial High School in the 80’s mums were real chrysanthemum flowers with a few ribbons hanging from it given by a boy to his homecoming date, just like a corsage for prom. It was something simple. Nothing compared to the “go big or go home” mums we have today! Today mums are silk, though a few people request the flower be left off and add their own Chrysanthemum from a florist.

Can a girl receive more than one Homecoming Mum?
Yes (see next question)

Who gives Homecoming Mums?
Homecoming Dates give them to each other
Parents give them to their child (girl and boy)
Friends give them to each other
Drill Team members can give them to their Big/Little Sisters
School Bands can give a Sweet Heart Mum to the band sweetheart
Girls can make or buy their own
Moms wear them on the back of their cowboy hats

Do the students wear their Mum/Garter to school?
All of the schools I make them for promote that the students wear their Homecoming Mum/Garter to school the day of the Homecoming Football game. It is really up to each student as to if they would like to wear it to school and the game or just the HOCO football game. Honestly, Mums are expensive and should be worn and displayed with pride.

What do I do if my child asks a date that attends another school?
This happens all of the time. The product will be the color of the school’s homecoming your child is attending. The student who attends another school will have a name ribbon the color of their own school.

Can I order a MUM/Garter for a school not on your list?
The answer to this depends on if I work with your school’s colors and what the date is of the school you are requesting an order for.

I have no idea where to start or what to order, where do I start?
The first thing you do is speak to your child to ask how they feel about Homecoming and will they attend. If so, you need to find out if they will ask a date? go in a group? Most freshman and seniors attend this event and partake in both the football game festivities and the dance. Sophomores and Juniors may choose not to go or may choose to go without a date or without obtaining a Mum. A lot of students go all four years and participate in everything.

If your child would like to order a Mum/Garter they can order one from their school as a fundraiser or they can order a custom Mum/Garter from MUMSBYPAMELA.COM . What makes a MUM/Garter custom is that items are added to make the MUM/Garter all about the person wearing it and their date, if they have one.

Have your son or daughter answer the questions on my ordering sheet and provide me with as much information as you can so that your MUM/Garter is fabulous. For many couples going this is the first time they are getting to know each other and the questions can help them start the process of having a wonderful time by getting to know each other a little better before the event. Some students are shy or super busy and the moms handle obtaining the information.

What is the difference between Underclass, Super, Specialty and Senior Mums and Garters?

Traditional Mums: come with a custom mum topper with a 7.5” silk flower and quality ribbons attached to a full base that ribbons measure 30 inches/15 inches in length. The base will be filled with a variety of high end and floral ribbons in different designs and widths. Each mum will have ribbons with your school name, homecoming and year, student’s names and many trinkets, mascots, bells, bubbles, toys, games, 3D items and candy. In addition, to these items there will be items chosen to represent the activities and interests of the students involved. Mums will come with an adjustable neck strap and a pinning option.

Super Mums: come with a XL custom mum topper with a 9.5” silk flower and quality ribbons attached to a larger fuller base that ribbons measure 30 inches in length. The base will be filled with a variety of high end and floral ribbons in different designs and widths. Each mum will have ribbons with your school name, homecoming and year, student’s names and many trinkets, mascots, 1 XL or sport cowbell, small cowbells, bubbles, toys, 3D items and candy. In addition, to these items there will be items chosen to represent the activities and interests of the students involved. Mums will come with an adjustable neck strap and a pinning option. This mum is a statement mum due to it’s larger size, but still very tasteful. If adding lights to a Super Mum you must order 2 sets to light the mum correctly.

Specialty Mums: come in Traditional and Super Size and a Senior mum can be custom colored. These mums have all the same items as the regular mums, but you choose the color. Some of the colors I have done in the past are: hot pink, light pink, neon and lime green. The silk mum is white ( though we can always change that color if requested). Cost Various do to the availability of ribbons and items in the color requested. You have the option of buying the items and bringing them to me or allowing me to purchase them for you. Each mum will have ribbons with your school name, homecoming and year, student’s names and many trinkets, mascots, 1 XL or sport cowbell (if a super mum), small cowbells, bubbles, toys, games, 3D items and candy. In addition, to these items there will be items chosen to represent the activities and interests of the students involved. Mums will come with an adjustable neck strap and a pinning option.

Senior Mums: come in both Traditional and Super Size and follow the colors set by each school. Some schools have this tradition, while others do not.
HCHS – White, Black & Silver
Memorial – no senior mum colors.
St. Thomas – allows their seniors to choose either : White & Gold or White & Silver
Strake – White & Silver
Stratford – White & Gold

For additional cost, all mum sizes can have the addition of lights, boas, XL Cowbells or sports bells and Personal Special Request Items.

Garters: Typically come in one traditional size, but in the past few years Super Garters have been requested with more frequency. All garters come with a custom garter topper that includes a 6.5” silk flower. The ribbons measure 15 inches in length. The base will be filled with a variety of high end and floral ribbons in different designs and widths. Each garter will have ribbons with your school name, homecoming and year, student’s names and many trinkets, mascots, bells, bubbles, toys, and candy. In addition, to these items there will be items chosen to represent the activities and interests of the students involved. Garters will come with either an adjustable arm strap or an elastic garter and a pinning option.

Specialty Garters: come in Traditional and Senior garter can be custom colored or have specialty toppers. These garters have all the same items as the regular garter, but you choose the color or unique item for the center of the mum. Some of the colors I have done in the past are: college themed, hunting (green, brown and camo, professional sports team and patriotic along with solid colored ones. The silk garter is white ( though we can always change that color if requested). Cost Various do to the availability of ribbons and items in the color requested. You have the option of buying the items and bringing them to me or allowing me to purchase them for you. Each garter will have ribbons with your school name, homecoming and year, student’s names and many trinkets, mascots, 1 XL or sport cowbell (if a super garter), small cowbells, bubbles, toys, games, 3D items and candy. In addition, to these items there will be items chosen to represent the activities and interests of the students involved. Garters will come with either an adjustable arm strap or an elastic garter and a pinning option.
For an additional cost, lights, XL or sport cowbells, picture, monogram and Personal Special Request Items can be added to garters.

Is it cheaper to make my own mum?
It is expensive to buy all of the supplies for a mum or garter for only one year. If you want to invest and buy the supplies and make them for all 4 years or for multiple children in your home for 4 years and enjoy crafts then it can be less expensive to make yourself.

What makes Mums by Pamela unique?
I have been making Mums for over a decade for local schools and am well versed on each schools traditions and trends. My Mums represent both children attending Homecoming by including each of their sports and activities on their Mum/Garter. I use not only floral ribbon, but a variety of high end ribbons with many designs. Each Mum/Garter includes traditional trinkets along with a lot of fun items like games and candy to help the dates break the ice through out the Homecoming game. I am known for how detailed my MUMS/Garters are. Unless you know exactly what you want, I will create a one of a kind Mum/Garter for you from the information you provide.

Do you charge extra for sports and activities trinkets? No, the more you tell me about each student the more trinkets and decorative items you get. The only items that I charge more for are on the order form as extras with the prices displayed next to them.

Where do the students exchange their Mums and Garters?
Many students exchange their MUMS/Garters at an arranged time before the Homecoming game either the night before, so they can be worn to school or before the actual game if they do not want to wear them to school. Varsity football players typically exchange them with their dates the night before because they will be playing in the game. Parents you go to the exchange to take pictures.

Why are Senior Mums/Garters more expensive?
Due to the color change more ribbons of the same color are used and to get the variety needed and to add the finishing touches in only the required colors the cost is more than underclass MUMS/Garters. Seniors deserve the recognition for their accomplishments and Mums by Pamela does all that we can to give them a fabulous product.

Can I ask for a custom design, specific items or themes or submit my ideas?
Yes! I want to make sure that your student really likes their MUM/Garter and know that the parents are the ones who know their kids the best. If I do not have what you want I will try to purchase it for you and pass the cost on to you. Please use the last box on the order form to share with me your ideas. I will contact you directly if I have questions.

I don’t have a date yet or what if my date changes? What do I do?
You can send me the information on your child and pay for the base MUM/Garter you want to hold your spot. Check the parent box after you fill in your student’s information. In the last box on the order form let me know you want to hold this order until you know if you will need a MUM or a Garter. You can contact me if your child decides to ask a date or gets asked. If your date changes after you have placed your order and I have started production there may be an additional cost to you to change out the name and activity information.

Do you have pictures I can look at?
Yes, please go look at my photo gallery. There is a variety of mum/garter pictures from the last decade for you to see. I have hundreds of pictures and I have tried to give you a good overview of my work.

Can I send my child or the HOCO couple over to pick out what they want on their mum?
You can make an appointment to do this, but I don’t recommend it. Most of the students I have done this for do not really know why their parents have arranged this and just wait for me to direct them. It is best to let the students fill out the forms together.

When is the deadline for ordering a mum or garter?
I typically sell out at some point and I cut off orders then. If I have not sold out for a particular school I will take orders up until the Wednesday night before the event, but pick up for the late order will most likely be delayed.

How do I pay for my order? Do I need to put down a deposit?
After you have submitted your order you will receive an email from me with the total for your order along with several options for payment. Payment must be received with in 24 hours of the email I send you to hold your spot. If you make changes to your order after payment you can pay the additional amount online or in cash or check upon pick up. I do not accept credit or debit cards. Payments of cash or check may be made delivered to me in person or online by PayPal, Venmo or Zella.

What if I add items to my order after I have paid?
If you make changes to your order after payment you can pay the additional amount online or in cash or check upon pick up.

What are my payment options?
Payments of cash or check may be made delivered to me in person or online by PayPal, Venmo or Zella.

When can I pick up my order?
All orders are guaranteed to be ready for pick up the Wednesday afternoon before Homecoming. If your order is ready earlier than that I will contact you directly. If you would like to request an earlier pick up date and time, please contact me and I will try to accommodate your request.

Can I make changes to my order after I submit it?
Yes, if you contact me before I have completed your order I will work with you to change or add items to your order. costs for the addition can be paid in cash or with a check at pick up.

Can I cancel my order or get a refund?
Due to the custom nature of these products we are unable to issue refunds or exchanges. If you find you no longer need your order and it has not been started you can try to find someone to take your order over and handle reimbursement between the two of you. If that does not work and I have not started the order you can have me complete the order with out information and we can customize it the following year. YOU MUST CONTACT ME TO FIND OUT IF YOUR ORDER IS IN PRODUCTION TO FIND OUT IF YOUR ORDER CAN BE CHANGED.

Can I bring you items I would like included on my order?
Absolutely! People bring me items they have found at Hobby Lobby or online all of the time. Please let me know as early as you can that you will be bringing me items so that I can include them in the construction of your MUM/Garter.

Will you give me a discount if I bring my own items, trinkets or ribbons to you?

While Mums by Pamela does accommodate anyone bringing specialty items that they would like added to their mum, we do not offer a discount off the mum price for these items.

Can you take apart my old mums/garters and create a new one?
Unfortunately not. Mums are constructed to be very durable and taking them apart ruins a lot of the items used.

What do you do with the mums after Homecoming?
Most students hang them on their walls in their bedrooms until they graduate.

Can I give you my mums when my student graduates from High School?
Yes I love getting them! People drop MUMS/Garters off often for me to look at and pick off items that are reusable on future orders. The MUMS/Garters are just to nice to throw away.

If you have more questions, please email me at Mumsbypamela@gmail.com