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Bugs-n-Blooms's Butterfly Life
Orange and brown are probably the first colors that come to mind when thinking of fall weddings. Those colors can be gorgeous, but fall brides aren't limited to traditional shades when planning a wedding. There's a wide range of color pallets to choose from, whether you want warm autumn tones or something a little bit different.
No matter which colors you pick, there are a variety of Bugs-n-Blooms decorations that work well for fall weddings. Bees and ladybugs fit a color pallet with red or yellow, and our flowers, butterflies and dragonflies come in most other colors you might choose.
If you want to match colors to a fall theme, oranges, browns, reds and yellows are a great choice. They mix-and-match well, too. Chocolate bridesmaid's dresses, for example, provide a dark contrast for bright orange blooms like calla lilies. Red ladybugs look adorable with orange and yellow fall foliage tones.
Going with a warm color pallet for fall lets you incorporate traditional fall decorations like autumn leaves, pumpkins and seed pods into the decorations. Many of our flower, butterfly and dragonfly decorations come in shades of orange, brown and yellow to match this decorating scheme. We also carry green or white decorations that would work well as a contrast.
Bold, Rich Hues
Adding bold colors to the more traditional fall color scheme works well to mix things up a bit. Cranberry reds, deep greens and shades of purple pair well with other fall-colors for a mixed pallet. For example, purple and yellow are contrasting colors, so pairing a rich purple with light yellow, like our bumblebees, really makes both colors pop.
Blues can also form part of the color pallet for a fall wedding. Dark blues pair well with golden tones, since blue and orange are contrasting colors, or with complementary shades of a lighter blue, green or purple. Blues – like many other colors – also go well with brown. Adding a neutral tone like white, ivory or cream also provides a nice contrast with the darker colors.
Bright colors are often used for summer weddings, but they can also work well for fall if you're feeling adventurous. Pair bright colors like hot pink or lime green with a darker fall shade like chocolate brown to bring some traditional colors in, or go with a whole pallet of bright tones like red and pink berry shades.
Though pastels are often associated with spring weddings, you can also make these shades work for a fall wedding. Colors like light yellow, peach pink, or mint green are just paler shades of colors that we've already talked about for fall, and they can be used much the same way. Neutrals like blush, gold and campaign are another great way to lighten-up the color pallet for your fall wedding.
Bugs-n-Blooms carries more than just insect and flower decorations. We also offer several sports-theme styles of vinyl wall sticker. These are great for a little boy's bedroom, a child's playroom or a game room decorated with a sports-theme.
We offer letter and number stickers in basketball, baseball, soccer and football designs. The round letter stickers measure 5-1/2 inches, and the footballs measure 6 inches. Each letter sticker is a image of the ball with a letter printed on it. The number stickers are varsity-style, with a gray background and a ball image at the bottom of each sticker.
All these stickers are available individually, so you get exactly which letters and numbers you need. They work well for writing out a child's name on the wall above their bed, placing their initials on the smooth surface of a storage chest, or adding their jersey number to a wall collage.
Sports wall decals are similar to the backgrounds of the wall letters, but slightly smaller. Each sticker sheet includes four ball stickers, and a banner-style sticker with the word “basketball,” “baseball,” “soccer” or “football” written on a background that looks like rustic tin.
These decals are perfect accents for a sports-theme bedroom or game room. They are designed to match all styles of Bugs-n-Blooms sport-theme walls stickers, and also go great with other sport decorations.
The sports-theme growth chart has images of a basketball baseball, football and soccer ball on a background that looks like rustic tin. Each growth chart decal comes as a set of three stickers, and the actual size when assembled is 8-1/4 inches wide by 38 inches high. The chart measures children from 2 to 5 feet tall. Hang it 23 inches up from the floor to ensure the chart accurately measures your child's height.
This growth chart matches our other sports-theme stickers, and is a practical as well as attractive addition to the decorations in a child's bedroom or playroom. You can use a marker or pen to write on the vinyl sticker to keep a record of how fast your child is growing.
The sports versions of our quote stickers are a little different than other styles. Instead of featuring a quote or phrase, they have the word “basketball,” “baseball,” “soccer” or “football” written on a background that looks like rustic tin. Each sticker also pictures a basketball, baseball, soccer ball or football.
These stickers measure 14 inches wide by 7 inches high. Like our other sports-theme stickers, they work great in bedrooms, playrooms and game rooms with a sport-based decorating scheme.
If your child loves insects or nature, then a bug-theme party will be a perfect way to celebrate their birthday. Ask your child what type of party they would like best, and if they mention butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs or bees then Bugs-n-Blooms is the place to shop for decorations.
The Real Simple Child’s At-Home Birthday Party Checklist recommends deciding on a theme 1 to 3 months before the party, so you have plenty of time to plan and get decorations. This also gives you time to pick out or make invitations that match the theme and send them in plenty of time for guests to respond.
Butterflies and dragonflies are both brightly colored insects that can be used individually or together to create an adorable birthday party for a little girl. They also work well with nature or fairy-tale themes, and dragonflies work well with a frogs and pond theme for a little boy.
Bugs-n-Blooms's dragonfly decorations and butterfly decorations offer similar color, size and style options. They range in size from the 1-inch mini butterflies, which can be used to decorate hand-made invitations or “Thank You” cards after the party, to the extra-large 18-by-11-inch designs. Color options include light and dark shades of purple, pink, blue, green, yellow and many more colors, including multi-color or rainbow designs.
This is a popular theme, so it's easy to find paper and plastic ware with butterfly or dragonfly patterns to use when serving food. For the food, you can use butterfly or dragonfly shaped cookie-cutters when baking cookies or to cut-out sandwiches. Bakeries can add butterflies and dragonflies to your cake, or if you're baking a cake yourself you can make or purchase candy or fondant butterflies to add.
With bold red or yellow paired with black, ladybugs and bumblebees make a great theme for kids who don't want the pastel or jewel-tones that come with butterflies and dragonflies. If yellow and black bees or red and black ladybugs seems too dark for you, pair them with a bright green tone like the insects have a leafy background.
Our ladybug decorations come in the standard red color, as well as pink and purple options. Sizes range from the 2-inch mini to the 8-by-6-inch size medium. For the bee decorations, we offer yellow, pink, purple and brown. They come in sizes from the 2-inch mini to the 10-by-6-inch size medium.
Like with butterflies and dragonflies, you can use ladybugs or bees as inspiration when making snacks for the party. Since both are round-bodied insects, they make cute cupcakes or cake pops when decorated with red and black or yellow, black and white frosting. Slice strawberries in half and decorate with chocolate to make little ladybug bites. For bee-theme parties, serve honey-flavored deserts.
Independence Day is fast approaching. Many of us will be decorating our homes and spreading red, white and blue patriotic cheer around the house. If you're looking to try something a little different this year as part of your July 4th decorating, look no farther than Bugs-n-Blooms' nautical and nature decorations.
Our nautical wall stickers all have a red, white and blue color scheme. The 6 piece mural set includes a red, white and blue lighthouse and life preserver; a red anchor; a blue whale; and two red, blue and gray sailboats. Like our other vinyl wall stickers, they'll adhere to most smooth, clean surfaces in a dry indoor location.
The nautical growth chart and “Row Row Row Your Boat" stickers are designed to match the mural decals. Both incorporate the same colors and nautical images into the design, so you can match decorations easily. They work well for year-round decorating, and also fit with other patriotic decorations.
If you want to spell out “Happy Fourth of July” or a patriotic phrase like “Let Freedom Ring,” Bugs-n-Blooms wall stickers can provide a unique way to do just that. Our nautical letters are a red, white and blue design which features a white letter with nautical accents on a life preserver background.
Our garden wall letters don't come in white or blue, but we do offer red ladybug letters. These lower-case letters all have a nice, bright red color and they are decorated with ladybug images. They match other ladybug wall stickers like the red scroll stickers and mural decals, as well as the 3-D nylon decorations.
Most of our hanging 3-D nylon decorations come in red, white and/or blue colors. Our butterflies, flowers and dragonflies come in white and blue colors, and ladybugs provide a lovely red color. These designs range in size from the 2-inch mini decorations to the 18-by-11-inch extra large dragonflies and butterflies. They'll fit just about anywhere in the home, and also work as temporary outdoor decorations for parties and events.
Hanging these decorations is easy with the attached hanging hoop and fishing line. The hangers are also removable, if you want to use a different hanging method such as wiring the decorations onto a support post for an outdoor tent or gluing them to a craft project. For hanging on walls, you can use tacks, wire brads, upholstery nails, glue dots, small nails, a staple gun, or double sided tape.
It seems like there's a holiday for everything, and here in the United States June is National Iced Tea month. What a perfect time for bringing friends together at a summer tea party! Rumor has it iced tea was popularized at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, and it's been a great treat for cooling off in the summer every since.
Step 1: Bring the Guests
Parties need guests, so start by inviting your friends to while away a hot summer day sipping iced tea with you. Themed invitations are always cute, and you can make them yourself using tea party printables. There's a wide range of free templates out there that you can customize with date, time and location of your party.
Once printed, you can add scrapbooking embellishments to the invitations for a more personalized look. Bugs-n-Blooms petite butterflies are small enough to glue on handmade invitations, and the colors work well for a summer party. They come in a set of 12 so you can use them to make several invitations.
Step 2: Set the Table
Iced tea is more often served in a tall glass than tea cups, but if you want to preserve an old-fashioned tea party feel you can use pretty cups and tea pots as decorations. Use an old tea pot as a container for a flower arrangement, or nestle pretty little tea cups among the decorations on the table. Bugs-n-Blooms mini decorations can be attached to wires and used as part of the floral arrangement, or perched on the handles of tea cups and pots.
You can also use tea cups to serve tiny cookies, and matching saucers to display sandwiches and mini desserts. Nestle fresh flowers and small Bugs-n-Blooms decorations around the serving table as decorations. If you're placing flower right next to the food, make sure the blooms are non-toxic. Food-safe flowers include lavender, daylily, nasturtium, violet and rose. You can also float edible flower in the tea to add a subtle flavor.
Step 3: Serve The Tea
You can't have a tea party without tea, and in the summer iced tea is the way to go. For a basic iced-tea recipe, bring 2 cups of water to a boil and pour over 6 tea bags. Let steep for 15 minutes, then remove the tea bags. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When you're ready to serve, mix the concentrated tea with 6 cups cold water and desired sweetener. Serve over ice.
If you're feeling adventurous, you can try out a more exotic iced tea recipe, like mint-ginger iced tea or hibiscus-honey iced tea. Any tea can be turned into iced tea, including green tea, black tea, oolong, rooibos and herbal. There's really no end to the customization options you have when throwing a tea party, and you can give your guests several choices in terms of tea flavors and sweeteners. For non-tea drinkers, consider offering lemonade as an alternative.
Our versatile wall quote stickers are a great way to add instant charm to a room, without worrying about making permanent changes to the walls. Like our other stickers, they are all removable and if you're careful not to get too much dust on the sticky side, reusable.
These stickers will adhere to most clean, smooth surfaces. They don't stick well to walls painted with glossy paints, but other smooth wall surfaces are good. They'll also work on glass, metal, and wood that hasn't been lacquered. Use a warm, damp cloth without cleaning products (just water) to wipe down the surface about 2 to 4 hours before hanging so it has time to dry.
These quote stickers look adorable placed above a crib in the nursery, or on the wall or headboard near a child's bed. Most quote sticker designs work best for a little girl's room, but the nautical sticker and sports stickers are great for a boy's room as well. These stickers are also a good choice for playrooms or classrooms.
Our quote stickers measure about 14 inches wide and 7 inches high. They are designed to match other vinyl wall stickers, as well as the nylon hanging decorations.
- “With a butterfly kiss, and a ladybug hug, sleep tight little one, like a bug in a rug!” is a design on a white background decorated with a pink scroll-edge frame and images of a pink-and-green butterfly and ladybug.
- “Butterfly Kisses And Flower Petal Wishes” is another pink and white design. This one has three butterflies and two flower images in pink, green and purple colors.
- “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly” is a pink and white design with two caterpillars and two butterfly images.
- “Ladybugs all dressed in red, waltzing through the flower beds ... If I were little just like you, I'd dance among the flowers too!” is a red and white design, decorated with three ladybugs.
- “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!” is a pink and white design decorated with three dragonflies in pink, green and purple.
- “I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee ... Won't my mommy be so proud of me!” is a yellow and white design with four bumblebee images.
- “Dance like no one with watching” is a design with a pink background, decorated with darker pink images of ballet shoes and a pink and purple tutu.
- “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” sticker has a white background, a rope-like border, and nautical decorations and letters in red, gray and blue colors.
- Sports stickers are available for soccer, football, baseball, and basketball. They each have a gray background, an image of the ball and the sport's name.
If you have a child graduating from high school or college this year, now's a good time to start planning the graduation party. Choosing a theme is a great first step, since that will affect the type of decorations you buy, the style of invitations you send out, and what kind of food you serve.
Hawaiian luau is a casual, upbeat theme that's perfect for a summer party – especially if you have a pool or can get a venue on the water. Bright colors and tropical decorations are key to setting the stage. Since it's such a popular choice for parties, you'll have no trouble finding decorations and tableware to fit the theme.
The more colorful flowers the better for a Hawaiian luau. Bugs-n-Blooms' flower decorations come in purple, pink, blue, green, orange, yellow and multi-colored designs. They can be used indoors or out. Other decorating ideas include scattering sea shells around the food tables for a quick, beachy decoration and setting up tiki torches around the party area. Also, make sure you pick up some leis for the guests to wear.
Take Flight, Butterfly
Butterflies are well-known for their metamorphosis from a caterpillar to a butterfly, and make a perfect theme for graduates embarking on a new stage in their lives. We even offer caterpillar stickers, so you can add a few of them to the decorations as well as butterflies.
When decorating for a butterfly theme party, Bugs-n-Blooms' nylon fabric decorations work well both indoors and out. They range in size from mini decorations that measure only 1 inch, to extra-large designs with an 18-inch wingspan. There are so many styles available that they're really the only decorations you need for a butterfly party, other than color-matched table clothes, napkins, and cutlery.
A nautical theme is great for launching your graduate on their future endeavors. Spell out their name with our nautical letter stickers, and use the nautical wall decals to decorate smooth, clean surfaces. The decal's sizes range from 3 inches to 6 ¾ inches, so they are large enough to notice and small enough to embellish food labels on the serving table or decorate signs pointing the way to locations like food tables, a picture slideshow or the bathroom.
Nautical graduation parties lend themselves well to simple, DIY decorations. Use striped paper to cut out flag shapes, then glue them to toothpicks for cupcake toppers or along twine to use as a decorative banner. Another idea is to cut port-hole shapes out of card stock and use them as photo frames on the walls to highlight pictures of the graduate. Other decorating ideas include using toy ships as decorations or decorating with life preservers, anchors, ships lanterns, and paddles. Choose a nautical color like navy blue for the table cloths, napkins, and cutlery.
Garden-theme bridal showers are a great idea when you're planning a shower in nice weather. You can take this theme a variety of directions – including a casual backyard picnic, a rustic old-fashioned gathering, or an elegant garden party. It's easily personalized for the bride's unique interests and is works well if you're on a budget.
Venue and Invites
You can plan a garden theme party for outdoor or indoor venues. Outdoor locations are great for enjoying the natural beauty of gardens, restaurant rooftops, and other open-air venues. If the weather's really hot, though, it might be better to plan for an indoor party where there's air conditioning. Choosing a room with large windows, preferably with a view, lets you take advantage of the summer sunlight.
Summon your guests using invitations that match the theme you chose for the shower. If you're making DIY invitations, Bugs-n-Blooms' mini decorations work well as scrapbooking embellishments and match the summer garden theme.
Bugs-n-Bloom decorations are well suited to both indoor and outdoor parties. Our hanging 3-D decorations are made of nylon fabric stretched over wire frames. We offer butterfly, dragonfly, ladybug, flower and bee decorations in a huge range of colors. They are sturdy enough to stand up to a little wind on a nice day and attach easily to plants, furniture, and other outdoor structures. Indoors and out, use them on walls and ceilings to add instant color.
If you're using any of our vinyl letter stickers, make sure they're on a smooth, dry surface. They look cute stuck on a wall to spell out a phrase like “Bride To Be” or “Happily Ever After.” If your chairs have a smooth back, you can also use them to place the bride's initials on the back of her chair.
Setting The Table
Use mini or size small decorations on the tables to stick with the theme. Most of our decorations come in several different sizes and colors, and co-ordinate well with other styles. For serving tables, you could scatter the decorations around the table, glue them to the tablecloth, or attach mini decorations to the handles of serving spoons. For dining tables, our mini decorations work well as accents in floral centerpieces, or you could use a larger decoration by itself as a centerpiece.
Fun bridal shower ideas for summer include using foods that match the theme. For a garden theme party, you could decorate the cake and/or cupcakes with fondant butterflies that match the decorations. Other dessert ideas include cookies cut with a flower, butterfly or dragonfly cookie-cutter. Fresh fruits make a great choice for summer parties, and you can use them in drinks or serve them by themselves. You could also go for foods that match a color theme. For example, if you choose a pink theme you might serve pink beverages, use pink frosting on the cake and cookies, and make edible party favors out of pink-tinted white chocolate.
Keep track of your child's growth and add stylish decoration to a room with Bugs-n-Blooms' growth chart wall decals. We offer 8 different styles of growth charts that complement our other decorations and look great in a child's bedroom or playroom.
Each growth chart decal comes as a set of three stickers and the actual size, when assembled, is 8-1/4 inches wide by 38 inches high. The charts measure children from 2 to 5 feet tall. You can use a marker or pen to write on the vinyl sticker to keep a record of how fast your child is growing.
The butterfly, flower and ladybug wall chart style is covered with pink insects and scrollwork trim on either a light pink or a pale green background. If you want to use matching decorations throughout the room, the pictures on these charts match our triple-layer butterfly, Hailey flower and Hailey ladybug hanging decorations.
The butterfly garden and picket fence growth charts both have blue backgrounds and a white border. The butterfly garden chart matches our hanging twinkle butterfly decorations, and the picket fence design matches the multi-layer dragonfly and flower decorations. Similarly, the white and red ladybug growth chart matches our glitter hanging ladybugs.
For rooms that don't use a nature-based decorating theme, we offer three wall charts that don't feature our signature bugs or blooms. The sports-theme growth chart has images of a basketball baseball, football and soccer ball on a gray background. For a girl who enjoys dancing, we offer a pink and purple ballet-theme growth chart. Our newest nautical-theme growth chart is great for gender-neutral decorating.
Growth Chart Hanging Tips
Picking a hanging location is the first step in placing your growth chart. You want to choose a wall with a smooth surface in a location where it will be easy for you and your child to stand and measure their height without furniture or doors getting in the way. Once you've chosen a place to hang the stickers, wipe the wall down with a soft, damp cloth (just water – no cleaning agents) and let it dry for 2 to 4 hours.
Make a small mark on the wall 23 inches up from the floor. Our wall decals start counting at 24 inches, with a 1-inch border on the bottom. Hanging them 23 inches up from the floor ensures they'll accurately measure your child's height. Carefully peel the first sticker off the sheet, and line the bottom edge up with the mark. Smooth the sticker from top to bottom, then press firmly once you have it in the right spot. Repeat with the middle and top stickers until the growth chart is fully assembled.
With the weather warming up for spring, more and more parties and events are moving outside. Birthdays, graduations, weddings – all these events are often held out of doors in good weather, and it's nice to have decorations that you don't have to worry about being torn apart in a little breeze.
Bugs-n-Blooms decorations are designed for indoor use, but they also make a nice temporary addition to outdoor decorations for a party. As long as it's not pouring rain or extremely windy, our nylon and wire decorations hold up well in outdoor conditions. If you need any extra supplies to keep them in place, add some of our hanging hoops or adhesive tabs to your order.
Our hanging decorations have wire frame wings for the insects and petals for the flowers covered with nylon fabric. We offer butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, bees and ladybugs, and there's something for everyone in terms of color and style. Pink, purple, green, blue, yellow, orange, red, brown, gray, white and black colors are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
We offer 12 different mini decorations that range in size from 1 to 4 inches. They work well as embellishments for other decorations, such as part of a floral arrangement or wired onto a basket used to hold cards. Most of our hanging decorations come in small and medium sizes, which fall between 5 and 10 inches wide. These are good all-purpose decorations for attaching to serving tables, walls, ceilings and garden décor. Large and extra-large designs, up to 24 inches wide, are great for drawing attention or filling a large area.
Outdoors, curtain tie-backs can serve their intended purpose by holding back fabric walls of a tent. They're also useful for a variety of other decorating tasks. Since they come with wires or ribbon to tie them on to things, it is easy to secure curtain tie-backs to chairs, tent poles, and table legs.
All our curtain tiebacks feature a size small decorations between 5 and 7 inches wide. The styles and colors match our hanging decorations, so you can keep the theme consistent. They are hung with two lengths of either wire or ribbon. Each style has ribbon streamers hanging from the decoration as well.
Mobiles don't have to stay in the nursery. They look lovely hanging outdoors and moving in a gentle breeze. Each mobile is 24 inches long, so make sure you hang it where people won't bump their heads against it. The corners of a porch or the center of a tall tent work perfectly.
We have 23 different styles of mobile, and each comes in several different colors. They all have five decorations hanging from the mobile. Some feature decorations that are all the same color, others have decorations that are the same style with five different colors. Some combine complementary butterfly, dragonfly, flower, bee and ladybug decorations. All match the styles and colors of tie-backs and hanging decorations.