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Bugs-n-Blooms's Butterfly Life

  • Mother's Day Party Planning

    Mothers are among the most important people in our lives, and they deserve a special day. This year, why not plan a party for your mother and invite her closest friends and relatives? Whether it's a simple breakfast get-together or a full family reunion, a Mother's Day party is the perfect time to gather with family. And if your mother would rather relax than party, you can still make the day mothers-day-party-decorating-ideas with flowersspecial by serving her breakfast in bed and planning something for just the two of you.

    Breakfast Bash

    If you want to keep the afternoon clear for other plans, inviting people to a family breakfast is a great way to celebrate Mother's Day. Check out Foodnetwork's list of Mother's Day breakfast and brunch recipes for some ideas of what to serve. Chocolate waffles, cinnamon rolls, blueberry pancakes, cheese frittatas, and quiches are all good choices.

    For table decorations, Bugs-n-Blooms' hanging flowers look lovely set on the table. The hanging hoops and lines are easy to remove, and then the small, medium and large size flowers make great centerpieces. The tiniest flowers, like mini crystal and mini daisy flowers, work well attached to ribbons and tied around napkins, or wired to baskets used for serving bread.

    Family Reunion

    Mother's Day can also be a good time for planning family reunions. Send invitations early, to make sure you reach people before they have other Mother's Day plans. Whether you're planning a larger gathering over the weekend or a one-day get-together for close family, you can make it work well as a Mother's Day party. Bugs-n-Blooms' hanging nylon decorations can be used for indoor or outdoor gatherings, as long as it's not too windy or raining.

    Choosing a theme that has something to do with your family history is a great idea to guide your decorating. It might be a theme that matches the decade your mother was growing up, or a theme inspired by a certain location that means something to your family. Flowers and butterflies make a great addition to any of these themes, and the smaller decorations are a great accent for family photo displays. Another decorating idea is to use wall-letters on a clean, dry surface to spell out the words “Mother's Day” or your family name.

    Private Brunch

    If your mother would rather have a day to herself or spend it just with her kids, starting the day out with breakfast in bed for your mom or a small brunch for the family is a nice way to make the day special. Plan ahead and make it easy so you can spend more time with your mom than in the kitchen.

    Make this special time with your mom even more special with a few decorations on the serving tray of the breakfast table. If you're on a budget, check out our “sales” section for some great deals on beautiful flowers, butterflies and dragonflies in a variety of styles and sizes.

  • Four Decorative Vinyl Wall Sticker Styles

    Vinyl stickers and decals from Bugs-n-Blooms are a simple way to transform a room. They are also removable, which makes them a great solution for renters who can't make permanent changes to the walls or for homeowners who don't want to make big alterations.

    nautical-wall-stickersThese decals are easy to apply, and they reliably stick to smooth clean surfaces, including painted drywall (flat, satin and egg-shell finishes), glass, metal and sanded wood (without lacquer). This makes them a great choice for use on walls, doors, furniture, mirrors and windows – basically any smooth, dry surface that needs decoration.

    New Stickers

    Our newest sticker style is a nautical theme. Each sheet has six stickers: a light house, anchor, life preserver, whale and two sailboats. All of the stickers have a red, white, gray and blue color scheme. They match the new nautical alphabet stickers, and work well for a little boy's bedroom, or another nautical room. If you want to use them in a bathroom, however, make sure the  room is well-ventilated. Vinyl stickers don't adhere well in humid locations.

    Garden Murals

    When you're getting started with our garden mural stickers, Bugs-n-Blooms offers a package of stems and leaves with flower, ladybug and butterfly stickers to turn your wall into a garden. They look really cute growing out of the baseboard in a child's bedroom or playroom.

    We also offer smaller sheets of butterflies, flowers, ladybugs and clouds for customizing your own mural. These stickers make a great addition to painted murals, like adding dragonfly stickers to a pond scene or butterflies to a painted tree.

    Wall Scrolls

    wall-scroll-decorative-dragonfly-stickersThe wall scrolls stickers work perfectly for framing other design elements. If you spell out a child's name on the wall with alphabet stickers, the scrolls look nice under the letters. They also work well used as a frame around a mirror or door, or placed side-by-side as a boarder on the wall. Scroll stickers come in several different colors and five styles: flower, butterfly, ladybug, dragonfly and bumblebee.

    Sports Stickers

    The sports wall stickers are great for a child's bedroom if your son or daughter plays or watches a sport. The decals come in sheets with four ball-shaped stickers and the word “basketball,” “baseball,” “football” or “soccer.” The baseball, soccer ball, and basketball stickers each measure 4-1/2 inches diameter, and the football measures 5 inches by 3-1/2 inches.

    We also carry varsity-style number stickers. Each number measures 7-3/4 inches tall, and they are all available individually so you get exactly which numbers you want without having sheets of leftover stickers.

  • Cute Spring Costumes for Girl's Dress-Up Fun

    Little girls love playing dress-up, and Bugs-n-Blooms offers a variety of costume pieces that they can use as a party outfit or for everyday imaginative play. Our wings, tutu skirts, fairy wands and hair bands are available as costume sets, or you can mix-and-match to make your own. Since these costumes all feature flower or insect designs in bright colors, they are perfect for spring wear.

    Wings

    girls-costume-dress-up-fairy-wingsBugs-n-Blooms offers six distinct wing styles, with color variations for each design. Each wing is made of nylon fabric over a soft wire frame. They feature color-matched glitter and other accents, depending on the style, and work well for either bug or fairy costumes.

    • The Gerbera Wings come in pink, green or purple designs with a white flower, and white wings with a pink flower. They measure 16 inches high by 20 inches wide.
    • Swirls Wings are joined in the center by a jeweled heart. They come in pink, purple or green and measure 16 inches high by 17 inches wide.
    • The Layered Wings are also joined by a heart and feature an extra layer of wing on each side. They come in pink or green and measure 12 inches high by 15 inches wide.
    • Star Wings are covered in sparkling stars. The wings are joined by a feathered puff in the center, and come in purple or green. They measure 16 inches high by 17 inches wide.
    • Princess wings come in three shades of pink and purple, with a rose flower in the center of the wings. They measure 17 inches high by 24 inches wide.
    • Ladybug wings come in pink or red. They feature a color-matched flower in the center and measure 13 inches high by 14 inches wide.

    Tutu Skirts

    girls-tutu-skirt-costumeOur tutu skirts are made of layers of polyester tulle. The waist circumferences stretch from 17 to 36 inches, and each skirt is 14 inches long. They are recommended for ages 2 to 10 years. Skirts layer well over leggings or dance leotards.

    • Butterfly skirt has layers of pink, green, and purple tulle covered with tiny butterfly decorations. There is a purple bow decorating the waistband.
    • Polka dot bow skirt layers light pink and dark pink tulle, or light purple and dark purple. The bows are color-matched polka dotted fabric.
    • Gerbera flower skirt has a flower decoration on the waistband instead of a bow. It comes in two colors: pink with a white flower, or pink and purple with a pink flower.
    • Zebra print skirt is hot pink with zebra print trim on the waist and hem. It features a black bow and pink flower on the waistband.

    Accessories

    What fairy princess costume would be complete without a matching fairy wand? Bugs-n-Blooms' fairy wands come in three butterfly styles and one yellow bumblebee style. The butterfly wands match other decorations and wings and come in pink, dark pink, green and purple. Each wand has a 12-inch handle topped with a small butterfly or bee decoration measuring 5 inches by 4 inches.

    Our soft crochet headbands are highly elastic, and each have a 4-inch flower decoration that matches the Gerbera wings and skirts. They come in a variety of colors and styles to match all the other costume elements. Some of the flowers feature jeweled centers or polka dot petals. There's also a zebra-print style to match the zebra skirt.

  • 5 Easy Vinyl Sticker Projects You Can Do Right Now

    Walls aren't the only place you can use vinyl stickers. If you're in a crafting mood, there are several creative ways to use wall stickers around the house in other projects. They will stick to a wide variety of surfaces, which makes them very versatile in crafting.

    What Will They Stick To?

    The recommended surfaces for Bugs-n-Blooms vinyl stickers are drywall painted with flat, satin or egg-shell paints, glass, metal, and sanded wood without lacquer. They will not reliably stick to textured surfaces, high-gloss paints, unpainted drywall, brick or cinder blocks, porous-texture paneling, or fresh paint.

    Even with the restrictions about textured or high-gloss surfaces, vinyl decals are quite versatile. I've seen craft projects that use vinyl stickers on everything from a metal Kitchen Aid mixer to glass in picture frames. Many of these crafts use custom vinyl cut-outs, but they will also work with Bugs-n-Blooms vinyl decals.

    Project Suggestions

    easy-vinyl-sticker-project-for-boysBe creative when working with vinyl decals, and don't be afraid to try them out on different surfaces. Bugs-n-Blooms decals are not designed for outdoor use, but indoors you can let your imagination run wild. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

    • Use the sports number stickers on the glass of a photo frame with a picture of your child in their uniform. If you use a large frame with a wide mat around the photo, there will be plenty of room for the number as well as the picture.
    • Place the decals on wooden boxes to personalize a storage container with someone's initials or simply dress-up a plain box.
    • Create a unique wall hanging by covering frame backings with colored fabric or paper, then placing a decal on the glass. It will look like the decal is hovering over the colored background. This would work well for framing quote stickers or a name spelled out with wall letters.
    • Place mural stickers along the edges of a mirror. This works best for mirrors in rooms other than the bathroom, which often gets too warm and humid for the stickers to reliably adhere to the glass surface.
    • Stick a vinyl alphabet letter on a decorative dish for a personalized gift. Just remember the finished dish is not washable and is for decorative purposes only.

    ladybug-easy-vinyl-sticker-project-ideasApplication Tips

    To help make sure vinyl decals stick where you want them, clean and dry the surface before you place the stickers. Use a warm, damp cloth to wipe down the surface and let it dry for 2 to 4 hours before applying the decals. Wet the cloth with plain water, since soap and other cleaning agents can affect how well the decals stick. If you're applying decals to a newly painted surface, wait 30 days for the paint to dry completely.

    Carefully peal the stickers off the backing, being careful not to touch the sticky part of the decal. Lay the decal against the surface you're applying it to, and gently smooth from top to bottom. If it's not in the right place, re-position it now. Once the decal is where you want it, press the sticker firmly to eliminate any air bubbles. If you are placing the decals on wood or ceramic, you can spray a sealing spray over the finished craft project, but this is not required.

  • Buy The Perfect Gift From Bugs-n-Blooms

    When you need a gift for an expectant mother, a friend decorating their new home, or a little girl with a birthday coming up, look no further than Bugs-n-Blooms. We offer a wide selection of hanging decoration that are perfect for decorating the home, as well as cute costume sets that little girls will love dressing up in. If you're not sure exactly what to buy, gift cards are always a nice option.

    Gift Certificates

    This is a great gift idea for a baby shower, Mother’s Day, housewarming or a child's birthday. Bugs-n-Blooms gift certificates are available in $25 increments. That is enough for the gift recipient to pick out several decorations, such as a set of curtain tie-backs and two hanging decorations or a mobile and several mini decorations.

    butterfly-mobile-giftThe great thing about giving gift certificates is that the recipient can choose exactly what colors and styles they want. If you don't know what theme an expectant mother wants in her nursery, which decorations would fit best in someone's home, or that colors a child would prefer to decorate their room with, gift cards solve that problem.

    Mobiles

    If you want to get something specific as a baby shower gift, Bugs-n-Blooms hanging mobiles are a great option. Our mobiles each measure 11 inches wide by 24 inches high and are easily attached to a ceiling. Two butterfly styles come in a spiral design, with the decorations hanging from a hoop. The other 19 designs stagger the decorations on wire hangers so they turn and spin when touched.

    Each mobile features five or six size small decorations in matching styles. Some are all the same color, such as the red ladybug and yellow bee styles. Other butterfly, dragonfly, and flower styles feature blue, green, pink, purple and yellow decorations.  Mobiles also come in styles that use one each of the dragonfly, butterfly, flower, ladybug and bee decorations.

    Girl's Costumes

    Another great gift idea for a little girl is a costume set from Bugs-n-Blooms. The sets range in price from $32.80 to $40.80, so a $25 gift certificate would only cover part of the cost. If you want to give a complete set as a gift, it is probably better to buy the costume rather than a gift card.

    Each costume set includes butterfly wings, a tutu skirt, a headband and a fairy wand. All these items are also available separately, so you can mix-and-match to design the costume you want. Some of the tutu skirts and wings we offer are not available as part of a set, so buying the pieces separately gives you more options. In addition to the several butterfly or fairy wing styles, ladybug wings are also available.

  • 3 Garden Themed Easter Decorating Ideas

    There are so many pretty ideas to use when decorating for Easter that it's hard to know where to start. Decorative eggs are widely used, and you can make them uniquely your own with creative craft ideas. Fresh or artificial flowers are the perfect choice for an eye-catching centerpiece, and Bugs-n-Blooms decorations come in a wide range of spring colors suitable for Easter decorating.

    Decorative Eggs

    Tutorials suggesting creative ways to dye Easter eggs are widely available online. These often include covering the eggs with patterns of tape before dying to create specific designs that show up when you peel the tape off, or adding embellishments like paper cut-outs or scrapbooking stickers to the finished eggs. If you stick glitter and sequins on Easter eggs, they'll match the glittering insect and flower decorations from Bugs-n-Blooms.

    If you don't want to deal with messy dyes, there are several ways to decorate no-dye EastEaster butterfly decorating ideaser eggs. Covering the eggs with thin strips of washi tape, wrapping eggs with multi-colored yarn, drawing on the shells with permanent markers, or using craft stickers are simple ways to customize an egg. You can also stick 3-D embellishments to the eggs, such as craft feathers or mini butterfly decorations. If you are decorating hard-boiled eggs that you plan to eat, make sure you use non-toxic adhesives and colors.

    Flowering Centerpieces

    Fresh spring flowers are a beautiful addition to Easter decorations. Pots of blooming bulbs are readily available in stores, but it is also easy to force your own spring-flowering bulbs like hyacinth and daffodil. Paperwhites will bloom 3 to 5 weeks after planting and don't require chilling. Other bulbs like tulips, daffodils and hyacinths require 16 to 18 weeks of chilling before you plant them. Pre-chilled bulbs for forcing are available if you didn't plan ahead.

    You can easily add Bugs-n-Bloom decorations to potted flowers using wood picks. These picks have two pieces of thin wire at the top which wrap around the nylon decorations so you can stick them into a flower pot. Another striking centerpiece idea is to take tall branches with an interesting shape – like manzanita or corkscrew willow – and place them in a vase. Then, attach small butterfly or flower decorations to the branches.

    Pretty Pastels

    Easter-ladybug-decorating-ideasBugs-n-Blooms decorations come in a wide variety of spring colors typically used in Easter decorating. Our butterflies, dragonflies, and flowers all feature shades of pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, and white that pair perfectly with Easter colors. Even the ladybugs and bees come in pink and purple.

    These nylon decorations are very easy to hang using the included fishing line and hoop. If you need extra fishing line or a replacement hoop, that's available as well. Adhesive strips or glue dots also work well for hanging these decorations on walls. They are removable and won't damage most clean, dry surfaces like painted drywall, plaster, cardboard, wood, plastic, glass, and metal. If you're hanging decorations from the ceiling, use the fishing line and hoop instead of adhesives.

  • '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.

     green-butterfly-decorGreen Bugs

    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.

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