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Bugs-n-Blooms's Butterfly Life

  • 'Cute As A Bug' Bedrooms

    If you're looking to design a cute and comfortable bedroom for your little girl, Bugs-n-Blooms offers decorations to fit several different themes. One of the themes our decorations are exceptionally well suited for is a “Cute As A Bug” theme. Our adorable bug decorations truly are cute, and they are a great way to start decorating a room just for your little girl.

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    Ladybug

    Perfect for a cute little girl in your life, ladybugs work well as the basis for several types of decorating schemes. Red ladybugs pair perfectly with a bold black and red or white and red color pallet, as well as with green tones. Bugs-n-Blooms also offers pink and purple ladybugs for a softer color scheme.

    Our ladybug decorations are available in mini, small and medium sizes ranging from 2 to 8 inches wide. Hanging decorations, mobiles and curtain tie-backs come in three different styles. There are also two additional styles only available as a hanging decoration. Ladybug-theme wall stickers, including alphabet letters and a growth chart, are also available.

    Bumblebee

    Bright yellow bumblebees can serve much the same purpose in a decorating theme as ladybugs. Like red ladybugs, bumblebees work well for in clean design that uses white or black with one accent color. They also pair well with green tones and outdoorsy themes. Bee decorations are available in yellow, pink and purple. These decorations range in size from 2-inch minis to 10-inch medium bees.

    Butterfly

    Butterfly decorations are available with the widest range of options in any of the bug decorations offered by Bugs-n-Blooms. There are a total of 8 different sizes available, from the 1-inch super mini to the 18-by-11-inch extra large size. Hanging decorations come in fifteen different styles, plus four more mini styles. Most of these are also available in up to 9 different colors.

    Butterfly-themed girls rooms can use just about any color you like, making butterfly decorations very versatile for a “Cute As A Bug” theme room. Since butterflies are so popular, there's also a wide range of butterfly wallpapers, bedspreads and other decorations available for using alongside Bugs-n-Blooms' hanging decorations and wall stickers.

    Dragonfly

    Sizing and styles for dragonfly decorations is similar to butterflies. There are seven sizes available, from 2-inch minis to 18-inch extra large sizes. The ten different styles, plus two mini styles, also come in a wide range of colors. They are just as versatile as the butterfly decorations, and match particularly well with themes that incorporate water since dragonflies naturally live near water sources like ponds, rivers and swamps.

  • Spring Baby Showers Decorating

    Spring seems like a perfect time of year to celebrate babies. It's also a great time for parties, since the warmer weather means you can move the party outside if you want. Spring baby shower themes vary widely, but here are a few ideas to help you get started when planning a shower in the spring to celebrate a special new baby.

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    Mommy to Bee

    This adorable yellow-and-black theme is perfect for a gender-neutral baby shower, and is a great choice when you don't know if the baby is a boy or a girl. If you do know the baby is a girl, though, Bugs-n-Blooms offers pink and purple bee styles as well as the usual yellow and black designs.

    Bee decorations from Bugs-n-Blooms all have a little painted smiles on their faces, which lends a cheerful feeling to the shower decorations. Serve honey-flavored deserts and snacks to fit with the bee-theme. Bee-patterned paper plates, napkins and other tableware are available from party supply stores, or you can simply go with clean white, yellow and black decorations for the tables.

    Garden Shower

    Play off the word “shower” and decorate as if it's raining in a garden. Cut-out pieces of paper in water-droplet shapes and hang strings of them from umbrellas and paper clouds to set the stage for a shower theme. A simple way to make paper droplets is use a heart-shaped scrapbooking punch to cut out heart shapes, then fold them in half and glue them to a nylon thread.

    Combine these shower decorations with garden items for an unique theme that perfectly fits spring baby showers. Bring in fresh flowers for decorations or use artificial flowers, and add a few ladybugs to the design. This lets you bring more color into the theme, and if you know the baby is a boy or a girl you can focus on blue or pink decorations. Otherwise, this theme works well for a gender-neutral party.

    Sweet Spring

    For an elegant shower designed just for a baby girl, a Sweet Spring theme is perfect. Choose bright or pastel colors for decorating, and serve a variety of sweet treats to create a spring-themed dessert social celebrating the expectant mother and her baby girl.

    Bugs-n-Blooms' butterfly and dragonfly decorations are a perfect fit for this theme. They come in a wide range of delicate styles and colors. Many of the butterflies and dragonflies are available in complementary styles, so you can mix-and-match different insects and colors while sticking with a unifying style. One example is the shimmer dragonflies and shimmer butterflies, which also coordinate well with shimmer flowers.

  • Green Decor for St. Patrick's Day

    Green decorations are a great place to start when you're planning a St. Patrick's Day celebration. Bugs-n-Blooms offers a wide variety of decorations that come in the color green. They work well for seasonal decorating around the house, and make a good addition to an Irish or St. Patrick's Day themed party.

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    Most of the butterfly and dragonfly decorations from Bugs-n-Blooms come in green. There's also a pink-and-green ladybug design that could work for St. Patrick's Day if you want to add a wider variety of green bugs.

    Hanging butterfly decorations include 3-D butterflies in a range of sizes from tiny to extra-large. Most of the 3-D dragonfly-decorbutterflies are available in solid green, and the ones that are not have a pink-and-green color option. Hanging mobiles are also a good choice for decorating ceilings. Most mobile designs combine five different colors, but the multi-layered spiral mobile, twinkle mobile, and butterfly garland all come in solid green.

    The hanging dragonfly decorations come in colors and styles similar to the butterfly decorations. The main difference is that none of the dragonfly mobiles are available in solid green. One dragonfly decoration that would be a great fit for St. Patrick's Day is the rainbow dragonfly. Placing this dragonfly near a chest or pot of fake gold coins is a unique take on the idea of finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

    green-flower-decorFlower Decorations

    Bugs-n-Blooms flower decorations are available in green or pink-and-green designs. Since flowers are common in decorating themes, they are probably easier to match with other St. Patrick's Day decorations than the butterflies and dragonflies.

    You can also grow your own shamrocks (Oxalis spp.) as a living decoration. These plants are available in a variety of cultivators suitable for growing indoors, including miniature plants and plants with purple foliage. They grow best when planted in well-drained potting soil and placed in a sunny south-facing window.

    Wall Letters

    These self-adhesive vinyl stickers are re-usable and easy to hang on a green-wall-letter-stickerssmooth, dry surface. They work great for spelling out a seasonal phrase on the wall, since they can be taken down after the event has passed without damaging most wall surfaces.

    Butterfly, dragonfly, ladybug, and flower wall letters are all available in green. You could add more variety to the phrase you want to write out by mixing the different designs, but still stay with a St. Patrick's Day theme by using all green letters. Butterfly, dragonfly, and flower letters feature an image of a green decoration on a green background. The ladybug letters are a pink ladybug on a green background.

  • Butterfly Birthdays

    Butterflies capture children's imaginations by transforming from a creeping caterpillar into an eye-catching winged insect. Since so many kids love butterflies, they make the perfect theme for a birthday party. What makes this even better is that planning a butterfly theme party is fairly easy, since this theme is popular enough to that decorations and planning tips are readily available.

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    Decorations

    You can start out by decorating the invitations. Let guests know to expect a fun butterfly party by sending out butterfly-themed invitations. Butterfly invitations are available for purchase or, if you want to make your own, Bugs-n-Blooms' mini butterfly decorations are perfect for embellishing a card.

    Whether the party is indoors or out, the hanging decorations from Bugs-n-Blooms work well for establishing the butterfly theme. These decorations are made of nylon fabric stretched over wire frames, and come in a wide range of sizes, styles and colors. The larger butterflies work well as wall-hangings or attached to trees, and the smaller butterflies can be used to decorate serving tables or perched among garden plants.

    Butterfly Treats

    A butterfly theme is easy to carry over into butterfly-themed party food. A butterfly-shaped birthday cake, or cupcakes arranged in a butterfly shape, is perfect for a birthday party. You can also serve food on butterfly shaped platters. This works really well with colorful fruits and vegetables, which can be arranged to mimic patterns on a butterfly's wings.

    Use butterfly cookie cutters to make cookies or cut out butterfly-shaped sandwiches. You can add little “antennae” to the butterfly sandwiches using carrot sticks or celery. Another option would be using a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make butterfly wings, then arranging them with grapes lined up to make a butterfly body on a serving platter.

    Activities

    For a birthday that falls during a time of year when flowers are in bloom, you can plan ahead and plant some butterfly-attracting flowers. Some of the best plants for attracting butterflies are phlox, butterfly weed, salvia, and zinnia. If butterflies are visiting your yard regularly, kids will enjoy watching them or catching the butterflies in nets so they can see them more closely. For another outdoor activity, play a game of butterfly tag with all the kids wearing butterfly wings.

    If you made butterfly-shaped sugar cookies, decorating them can be a fun activity to do with the kids. The finished butterflies can be eaten, or sent home as a party favor. This is a good indoor activity to do if the weather turns bad. Another indoor activity option is a variation of Pin-The-Tail-On-The-Donkey, where kids try to pin a butterfly to a large flower.

  • Flower and Butterfly Decorative Table Settings

    It seems almost impossible to plan an event without serving food. Whether it's a formal dinner, a buffet setting or some light snacks, Bugs-n-Blooms decorations are a great way to add a touch of elegance. These versatile decorations work well as table decorations, used to jazz-up table settings, or incorporated into floral centerpieces.

     

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    If you want to decorate the table for a formal dinner, Bugs-n-Blooms can be used in several ways. Mini decorations work well to decorate napkin rings, or attached  to a 1-inch metal earring hoop to make wine glass charms. These mini decorations are available in several styles and colors of butterflies, dragonflies, bees, ladybugs and flowers. They come in 1-inch, 2-inch or 3-inch sizes.

    The mini decorations also look nice scattered around the table in between other decorations, like a floral centerpiece, or along a table runner. Size small decorations, which measure 4 to 6 inches depending on the style, also work well as part of a table setting. They look lovely resting on top of a folded napkin, or sitting in the center of a plate until the meal is served.

    Serving Tables

    Bugs-n-Blooms decorations also work well for decorating a buffet or snack table. Mini decorations can be scattered across the table, and small and medium decorations look nice leaned up against serving bowls. Just make sure you keep the fabric decorations from touching dishes that are being kept warm by a heat source, especially chafers with a flame as the heat source.

    You can also attach the decorations to the wall behind a serving table,and they are all equipped with a removable hoop to allow easy hanging. If there is draped fabric on or around the table, or if it is placed near a curtained window, tying the fabric back with curtain-tie backs is a quick and easy way to decorate.

    flower-decorationsFloral Arrangements

    Floral arrangements are a key part of decorating for a nice dinner party, and Bugs-n-Blooms decorations work well for use in floral centerpieces. They can easily be attached to wire or floral picks and added to the finished design. If you attach a bug decoration to a long length of thin wire, it can appear to be hovering above the flowers.

    Another way to add bug decorations to a flower arrangement is to wire the decorations onto  twigs cut from a bush or tree. After trimming off most of the leaves, wire on butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs or bumblebees as if they are perching on the branches. The branches can be used as part of the line material when creating the basic design.

  • Handmade Bugs-n-Blooms Valentines

    Making a Valentine's Day car yourself is one way to let your loved one know how much you care about them. There are several tutorials, patterns and ideas online with instructions, or you can come up with something uniquely your own. For projects like this, Bugs-n-Blooms' mini decorations work great as embellishments. These tiny, sparkling flowers, butterflies and other bug decorations are just the right size (1 to 3 inches, depending on the style) for using on cards and gift tags. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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    Draw a flower stem and leaf on the front of a blank card, or cut a stem and leaf shape out of paper and attach it with glue. Then glue a mini daisy decoration on the card for an eye-catching flower that pops out of the design. In floral mythology, different flowers communicate different messages. Daisy flowers symbolize hope and loyal love, so they are a perfect choice for a Valentine's card.

    True Love

    Flower Arranging with Butterflies and BugsPrint or write a quote about true love on the front of the card, then embellish with glittering butterflies or dragonflies. They come in a variety of colors to coordinate with the papers and ink you choose. You can find lists of quotes that will work for this on websites like Brainy Quote. Here are a few suggestions:

    • “True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself.” – Honore de Balzac
    • “True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    • “Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.” – Thomas Merton

    Candy

    What could be sweeter than attaching chocolate to a Valentine's card? Use rubber stamps, such as a tree branch or spray of flowers, to create a background on a blank card. Then, take mini candy bars and wrap them in strips of paper that coordinate with the colors you choose for the background. Stick these custom-wrapped candies to the front of the card with glue dots, then add a few decorations. A little red or pink ladybug makes a nice addition to this design.

    Gift Tags

    If you don't plan to write an entire card to go with your Valentin's Day present, you can make a handmade gift tag. Gift tags add a personal touch to presents, but take much less time to create than a full-size card. For projects this small, the best choice from Bugs-n-Blooms is the tiny, 1-inch butterflies. These come in a package of 12, and includes 6 different colors.

  • Tips for Planning Nurseries with Bugs n' Blooms

    Before you go out and start buying baby stuff for a nursery, it's good to have a budget in mind and some idea of what you are looking for in terms of colors and styles. This will make it easier to narrow-down your furniture and decorating selections.

    When planning a nursery, one question to ask is, “Will this nursery be the baby's room in the future as they grow up?” If the answer is “yes,” you'll want to plan decorations so they are easy to update as the child grows, and make certain that you leave room for replacing the crib with a bed. If this nursery will be used for multiple children who will move to their own rooms as they grow, consider a gender-neutral decorating scheme so you'll be sure it's a good fit for future babies.

    Boy or Girl?

    Whether you are having a boy or girl helps in deciding which decorations to choose. All of Bugs-n-Blooms' decorations look lovely in a baby girl's nursery. Sparkly pink and purplered-shimmer-ladybug butterflies or flowers are perfect for a girly princess-theme, and most of the other decorations are available in these colors as well, including some ladybugs and bumblebees. Red ladybugs are perfect for a “cute as a bug” nursery for your new little lady.

    If you know you are having a baby boy, or if you want to design a gender-neutral nursery, the selection is only a little more limited. Bumblebees lend themselves very well to a gender-neutral yellow nursery. Dragonflies are adorable in a pond-themed nursery for a baby boy, and butterflies or ladybugs look nice in a green meadow or nature-them nursery.

    Decorate Safely

    When decorating for a new baby, you'll want to make sure decorations will be out of their reach when they get old enough to start toddling around the room. Bugs-n-Blooms decorations are soft and safe, but some designs do have sequins and sparkles that could be pulled off and eaten if they are hung too close to the floor.

    girls-nursery-mobileOne solution is to hang decorations from the ceiling. Mobiles are an obvious choice for this, and Bugs-n-Blooms offers several styles to match the other hanging decorations. All the other decorations can be hung from the ceiling as well, or attached to the wall out of reach of little hands. When children are older, the decorations can be placed lower and used to decorate lamps, curtains, and other areas around the room.

    Choose Paint Last

    There's a huge range of paint colors available, so it's much easier to find a paint color to match the other decorations in the room than it is to find decorations to match a specific shade of paint. You could also choose a neutral color, like off-white or a soft brown, that will match pretty much any decorations you want to use. This makes it easy to update the nursery as the child grows.

    Don't wait too long to pick out the wall color, though. You want to make sure you finish painting or wallpapering by about 8 weeks before the baby arrives. All the chemical fumes must have time to disappear by the time baby is sleeping in the room. If you're using Bugs-n-Blooms' wall decals, wait 30 days after painting before placing the vinyl stickers.

  • Creative Uses for Curtain Tie-Backs

    Bugs-n-Blooms offers 17 styles of curtain tie backs in a wide range of colors. The tie-backs all feature size-small decorations, which correspond to matching styles of hanging flowers and bugs so you can easily find complementary decorations to use with the tie-backs. The obvious use for curtain tie-backs to hold back curtains, but that's not the only way to decorate with them. The fact that curtain tie-backs have attached ribbons or wires for holding curtains also makes them easy to attach to certain furniture items or use as outdoor party decorations.

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    With Curtains

    When hanging curtain tie-backs on curtains, there are several different ways to hang them. You can simply tie the decoration around the curtain, without attaching it to the wall. This is good if you want a soft drape to the curtain, or want the tied curtain to hang in the center of the window.

    If you want to attach the curtain tie-back to the wall, position it 2/3 of the way down the window frame. Two options for hanging are attaching the bug or bloom decoration directly to the wall, or installing a hook on the window frame that you can loop the wire or ribbon over to swag the curtain toward the wall. This last option allows for more versatility, and makes it easy to switch-out curtain tiebacks if you redecorate the room.

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    Since curtain tiebacks already have ribbons or wires attached, it is easy to tie or wire them to furniture for a decorative look. Other decorations from Bugs-n-Blooms can also be used on furniture, but you would need attach wire or ribbon for hanging, or glue them directly to the furniture piece.

    Curtain tie-backs look particularly cute on chairs used in a child's bedroom, or in a classroom setting. For tie-backs with ribbons, simply position the bug or bloom decoration where you want it on the chair, and tie the ribbon in a bow. This works best on wooden chairs with side supports or spindles that you can tie the ribbons around. It's a quick, easy way to dress-up a simple furniture piece.

    For Parties

    When decorating for a party, it's nice to have some decorations that you can easily install just by tying or wiring them in place. Curtain tie-backs can be used on a serving table by tying or wrapping the wires around the table legs, depending how the legs are positioned. They can also be temporarily installed on curtains, or if you tie a bow near the ends of the ribbon hangers they can be hung from door knobs.

    For outdoor parties, it's especially nice to have a decoration that can be tied or wired in place so it won't blow away in the wind. Curtain tie-backs work very well on the supports for a pavilion or party tent, tied to chairs at an outdoor wedding ceremony, or used to decorate a large pitcher for serving drinks. With a little imagination, and you'll probably find even more creative ways to decorate with curtain tie-backs.

  • Dragonfly Decor and Decorations

    Dragonfly decorations are adorable enough to brighten up a child's room, and elegant enough to use around the whole house. Decorating with dragonflies can include fabric or wall paper with dragonfly print, swarms of mini dragonflies stuck the the walls, or a larger dragonfly used as a decorative focal point in the room. They work well as the main decorating theme, or as a complement to other decorating themes.

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    Hanging Dragonflies

    Bugs-n-Blooms' hanging dragonfly decorations come in a wide range of sizes and styles. All are equipped with a removable hoop and fishing line for easy hanging on walls and ceilings. They come in 2-by-2-inch and 3-by-3-inch minis, 5-by-4-inch and 7-by-5-inch small, 10-by-6-inch medium, 13-by-8-inch large and 18-by-11-inch extra large sizes. Available sizes vary depending on the style.

    Some dragonfly styles have a soft body, like the shimmer dragonfly, and some have a beaded body, like the glitter dragonfly. Most styles have wings made from one layer of nylon fabric stretched over a wire frame. The multi-layer and triple-layer dragonflies have two or three layered wings. Available colors include pink, purple, blue, green, yellow and multi-colored.

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    Vinyl wall stickers with dragonflies include pink and purple wall scroll stickers, a sheet of six dragonfly stickers, and an alphabet in pink, purple or green. There's also a quote sticker style with a dragonfly saying. It reads, “May you touch dragonflies & stars, dance with fairies & talk to the moon. May you grow up with love & gracious hearts & people who care. Welcome to the world little one, it's been waiting for you!"

    Bugs-n-Blooms' wall stickers are all removable and reusable, so you can re-position them as needed when re-decorating or designing a new room. They adhere best to smooth, clean surfaces in low-humidity locations. For more hanging tips, see our article “How To Apply Wall Decals.”

    Dragonfly Mobiles

    Each of the five dragonfly mobile designs measures 11 inches wide by 24 inches tall. They all have a total of five decorations hanging from them in the colors pink, purple, blue, green and yellow. All the decorations are size small, and match styles in the hanging decorations. The five dragonflies on the multi-layer and jewel mobiles measure 5-by-4-inches each. The decorations on the sparkle, swirls, and crystal mobiles each measure 7-by-5-inches.

    Curtain Tie BacksChoose the Best Curtain Tiebacks for your Daughter

    Like the mobiles, dragonfly curtain tie-backs use a size small decoration. They come in two styles: multi-layer and jewel. Both are available in the colors pink, green, purple and yellow. The multi-layer tie-backs are also available in blue and light pink. Jewel tie-backs are also available in white. Both decorations measure 5-by-4-inches, and have ribbon streamers hanging from them. They are attached to two pieces of wire or two lengths of ribbon, which are used for connecting the tie-backs to curtains.

  • Spring Wedding Ideas: Colors and Decor

    Spring is a popular time for weddings. The weather is warming up, new leaves are appearing on the trees, and fresh flowers are blooming everywhere. It's a perfect season for starting a new chapter of your life. Picking out colors and flowers and making other decorating choices are a key part of planning a spring wedding. There's a wide selection to choose from, and Bugs-n-Bloom decorations fit nicely into spring wedding style.

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    Colors

    Pastels are popular choices for spring weddings. If you don't want them to make up the entire wedding pallet, you can pair a pastel tone with a complementary darker color. Pale blue or light pink both look good with chocolate brown, coral tones complement deep greens, and a spring yellow pairs well with gray tones. You could also opt for a bright color pallet, with the vivid tones of spring flowers, or pair one bright color like hot pink with a softer tone like blush.

    Bugs-n-Blooms decorations are available in a wide range of colors, and there are shades to match most wedding color choices. The basic color options are blue, pink, purple, yellow, brown, orange and white. Different styles feature different shades of these colors, and some layer multiple colors. If you want a pale or pastel butterfly decoration, go with the multi-layered butterflies. For bolder tones, crystal hanging butterflies are a good choice. Painted butterflies have dark and light colors on the same decoration.

    Flowers

    Spring brides have a wide selection of in-season flowers to choose from. For pink tones, try roses, peonies, hyacinth, orchids or tulips. If you're looking for blues and purples, consider sweet-pea, lilac, hyacinths, hydrangea or delphinium. Reds, oranges, and yellows can be found in roses, ranunculus, lilies and Gerber daisies.

    Fillers and foliage for spring weddings include baby's breath, Queen Anne's lace, hosta leaves, and ornamental grasses. Mini decorations from Bugs-n-Blooms can also be worked into a flower bouquet by wiring them and wrapping the wire in floral tape. A few butterflies or dragonflies look adorable hovering in the arrangement.

    Décor Tips

    If you're planning an outdoor wedding in the spring, it can be a good idea to add a rain plan into your decorating ideas. Some wedding venues will supply a tent in case of rain. If not, you can rent one. Adding decorations on the tent poles, like curtain tie-backs or flowers, helps incorporate the tent into the overall feel of the wedding so it doesn't look like a last-minute change.

    Curtain tie-backs can also be used in place of ribbon bows for decorating chairs at the wedding ceremony or reception. Bugs-n-Blooms' larger hanging decorations look lovely hanging from ceilings and walls at an indoor reception location, and the smaller styles are adorable table decorations.

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