So, what exactly is the deal with Texas homecoming mums? I mean, what are they? Huge corsages? And why?? In the immortal words of Lyle Lovett, "that's right, you're not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway." Welcome to Texas and welcome to the fun, spirited, often over the top world of Texas Homecoming mums!
Basically, as far as we can tell, the homecoming mum originated in the 1940's as a spirited corsage given to a homecoming football game date, probably at a university, maybe Baylor. Also it could have been the 1930's. Really, no one knows for sure. By the time I was in high school, (way back in the latter half of the 20th century) mums were starting to get big. Streamers swirled around the knee and the more trinkets and bells that could be hung, the better. At the time, they were still in the domain of a florist. That's right, they were gluing stuff on a big, fresh, chrysanthemum flower!
A homecoming mum celebrates a moment in time, school spirit and the personality of the wearers.
What about all the choices? It can seem overwhelming. I have written a guide to ordering a homecoming mum. Traditionally, one flower per grade is ordered. School colors for underclassmen and white for seniors. The "rules" are not written in stone and they may vary from school to school. If you want your favorite color, get your favorite color. If you're a senior and you want a single flower, get a single flower. The only guideline I encourage is to save the huge mum for senior year as something to look forward to.
Visit my mum and garter page to see all of my listings.
I'll be running my annual early bird sale from July 1-30, order as early as possible!