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Bugs-n-Blooms's Butterfly Life

  • Fall Bridal Showers

    Fall is a great time to be planning a bridal shower. There are plenty of seasonal colors and themes to use, which helps make party-planning easier, and going with tasty fall treats simplifies menu options. Start planning a couple months early, and you'll be all ready in time for the party day.

    Shower Tips

    Set a date about 2 to 8 weeks before the wedding for your shower, depending on when family and friends can come in. Send “save the date,” notices online 2 months in advance of the shower date, then paper invitations 3 to 4 weeks before the party. Make sure all the guest you invite are also invited to the wedding.

    Themes help focus the design process for the party, and provide a guide when selecting invitations and decorating the location. Choose a theme, then stick with it to make planning easier. Try to have all the menu planning finished and any decorations, flowers or other supplies ordered not later than 2 weeks before the party.

    Fall Themes

    Pumpkins are a popular basis for decorating an autumn shower. This could work for a harvest theme, a rustic theme, or just a general fall theme. For a more elegant look, consider using white pumpkins instead of the traditional orange colored varieties.

    Take advantage of the colorful autumn foliage to organize a “Falling In Love” themed shower. Use the colors of fall to decorate, bringing in real fall leaves or cutting leaves out of colored paper and gluing them to strings for hanging as banners.

    Whatever theme you go with, you can add fall flavor by choosing traditional foods for the season. Pumpkin-flavored deserts and bread pair well with drinks like apple cider. Offer seasonal fruits, like apples, and sandwiches or cheese trays to round out the snacks.

    Decorating Suggestions

    If your location allows, start decorating the day before the shower so you don't have to set everything up in the morning. Get table clothes and large decorations in place first, then fill in with smaller decorative elements. If you're hosting a party outdoors, get decorations ready the night before but don't place them until morning.

    For fall showers, ladybug and bumblebee decorations from Bugs-n-Bloom make an attractive addition to pumpkins and other harvest-theme elements. The larger decorations are designed for hanging from walls and ceilings and work well for decorating those parts of the location. Medium and small decorations are sized better for use in centerpieces and on tables though they also work well on walls and ceilings. Use mini decorations as cute additions to other decorations, such as perching a ladybug on fresh flowers or wiring a bumblebee to the stem of a wine glass.

  • Back-to-School Decorating

    End of summer means back-to-school, and back-to-school means plenty of opportunities to use your creative side. Bugs-n-Blooms decorations are the perfect option for elementary school teachers planning to decorate classrooms and doors, and also for use in craft projects to welcome kids back to school. The colorful decorations are easy to put up, and also easy to take down when you're ready to switch over to a new decorating theme.

    Classroom Decor

    When you're decorating the classroom for a new school year, it's nice to have reusable decorations that are easy to set up and take down when the school year is over. Bugs-n-Blooms 3-dimensional nylon decorations are designed for hanging with fishing line, and the vinyl wall decals are self-adhesive for easy hanging.

    Decorating ceilings, walls, and furniture like shelves, chairs and cabinets can all be done with Bugs-n-Blooms decorations. The vinyl decals will stick to most clean, flat surfaces like metal, wood and painted drywall. The nylon flowers and bug decorations can be tied, wired or glued to many surfaces throughout the classroom.

    Decorating Doors

    Classroom door decorations are a fun way to welcome students back to school. If the door is made of a smooth material that's not too glossy, you could use removable vinyl decals directly on the door. If you want to use other decorations, covering the door with butcher paper makes the design easy to remove. Decals can stick to certain kinds of paper, but you'll have to test them to make sure they'll work on the papers you're using.

    The nylon decorations also work on doors, quickly adding a 3-dimensional touch to the design. Flower, butterfly, dragonfly, bee and ladybug decorations come in sizes ranging from 1-inch mini decorations to extra-large 18-inch styles. They can all work on doors, but the smaller sizes are lighter-weight and less likely to fall if they're glued onto paper.

    Craft Projects

    Gets kids excited for the first days back at school with fun crafts. Bugs-n-Blooms mini decorations are particularly well suited for this since they are small, colorful and easy to glue onto finished crafts.

    • Perch a dragonfly on top of a hollowed out chestnut for a cute pencil topper.
    • Use mini butterflies to frame each child's name and hang it on the wall.
    • Make desk organizers out of cardboard covered with patterned paper, then decorate them with tiny bugs or flowers.

    Bugs-n-Blooms decorations can also be used on other school craft projects in much the same way as scrapbooking embellishments. Keep in mind that some of these decorations contain small parts, and should only be used by children with adult supervision.

  • Nautical Boys Room Decorating Ideas

    There's a huge variety of options when you're decorating a room for young boys. A nautical room works well for boys who like the water, sailing ships, and navigation. To make the room more versatile as your son grows, paint the walls in neutral colors so you can easily switch to a different decorating scheme in the future.

    Choosing Colors

    Nautical themes lend themselves well to blue or neutral color schemes with hints of red. Bugs-n-Blooms' nautical stickers all follow a navy blue, red, white and light gray colo scheme. You can use these colors throughout the room as well.

    Using a neutral light gray or brown tone on the walls in a nautical boy's room works with pretty much every type of nautical decoration. Neutral colors allow a wide variety of decorations and works well when you're decorating for a shared room and each child wants slightly different decorations. Blue also goes well with just about everything, and you can use a light gray-blue as a neutral. White is also an option, though you might not want such a light color in rooms where children could draw on the walls or spill something.

    Another fun idea is to use darker red or blue colors as an accent wall in a neutral color scheme. Stripes or chevrons in contrasting colors are another great idea for creating a statement with the walls. This might not work as well if you plan to redecorate the room in the future, but could always be painted over if necessary.

    Decorating Ideas

    Using nautical print fabrics in pillows and bedclothes is one of the simplest ways to instantly add a nautical flair to the room. For great wall decorations, use nautical items like life preservers, boat paddles, ship's wheels, surfboards, and ropes holding up shelves using nautical knots.

    Personalize the room by adding your child's name using vinyl letter stickers. These stickers also work well for labeling storage boxes or shelves. Each of our nautical alphabet stickers is a round shape with a red and white life preserver background for each letter. They'll stick to just about any smooth, clean surface – including painted drywall (except for glossy paints), sanded wood, glass and metal.

    It's nice to include a growth chart to track how fast your child is growing, and our nautical chart makes a practical as well as attractive decoration. Bugs-n-Blooms' other wall decorations include a “Row, row, row your boat” quote sticker and a collection of six wall decals.  This sheet includes two sailboat stickers, a life preserver, a blue whale, a light house and a red anchor. All our nautical stickers are designed to coordinate so they'll look good when used in a room together.

  • Decorating with Pink

    Color psychologists and decorators describe pink as a color that can be tranquil or soothing in light shades, or energizing and warm in darker shades. Most decorators advise using the brighter pink colors in small does, like an accent wall or in decorations. Lighter pinks can work as a wall color.

    Where To Use Pink

    A light pink with some gray in it is a great alternative to using neutral paint colors on a wall. This works particularly well in a 7dining room and areas where you entertain since light pink is a color backdrop that makes people look good in any lighting.

    Brighter pink colors work well for spaces where you want to bring an energetic feel. An entry way that you don't spend much time in with an intense pink accent wall adds a welcoming warmth without becoming overpowering. Pink can also work as an accent in bathrooms, home offices or kitchens.

    Bedrooms are another great place to decorate with pink. Little girls who love pink may enjoy an entire room with a light princess pink color scheme or a bolder pink tone like raspberry or bubble gum. Dusty pinks can also work for guest rooms and other bedrooms.

    Color Combinations

    Pink pairs well with a variety of colors, and the colors you choose can dramatically change how the color pink looks in your room. Pairing pink with green shades can give the room a spring-time look or a tropical feel, depending on the exact colors you pick. Putting pink next to white or neutral colors like lighter grays and browns can make pink look more sophisticated. Pink with dark browns and blacks is a bolder decorating move.

    Using pink can give rooms a romantic or girly feel. This is great if that's the look you're going for, as in a little girl's bedroom, but if you want a different look make sure not to overdo it when adding pink to a room. Keep the addition of pink subtle by using clean decorating lines, sophisticated fabric, and complementary colors with a more subdued feel.

    Pink Decorations

    A large portion of Bugs-n-Blooms' decorations are available in shades of pink. In wall stickers, the butterfly, flower, ladybug, bee, dragonfly and ballet alphabet styles all come in pink. Several decals, 5 growth charts, and 5 quote stickers either feature pink as the dominant color, or include pink along with other colors in the design.

    For room decorating, most of the curtain tie-backs, mobiles and wall or ceiling decorations come in light pink or dark pink. This includes butterfly, dragonfly and flower styles, as well as a few ladybugs and bumblebees. Many of the different styles are designed to coordinate, so you can use several different types and sizes of decorations without making the room look disorganized.

  • Creative Ways to Use Wall Stickers

    We call them wall stickers, but Bugs-n-Blooms' vinyl decals are far more versatile than you might expect from that name. Of course, they work great on walls, and on top of that you can use them on a variety of smooth surfaces in many different rooms.

    Dragonfly Decorations

    Take Your Child's Room up a Notch

    A child's room is perhaps the most obvious place to add wall stickers. The alphabet decals work well for spelling out a child's name on the wall. These stickers come in a variety of garden, sport and nautical styles to fit most decorating schemes. You can also use them to spell out words or short phrases throughout the home.

    Growth charts make a great addition to a child's bedroom or playroom. They also work in living areas like the entry or kitchen if you want to keep track of your child's growth in a busier part of the house that visitors will see.

    Our mural decals and quote stickers all fit right in with nurseries, bedrooms and playrooms for children. Some of the styles also make great additions to the decorations in other parts of the house if you're going with a garden, nautical or sports theme. Just remember that the stickers might not work very well in bathrooms because high humidity can make them peel away from the walls.

    Focal Points on other Surfaces

    The best surfaces for applying wall decals are smooth, clean and flat. To help the stickers last longer, keep them out of direct sunlight and away from air conditioning or heating vents. Choosing low-humidity locations also helps the stickers adhere strongly.

    Vinyl decals will reliably stick to smooth walls, drywall with flat, satin or egg-shell paint, glass, metal and sanded wood. They do not stick well to shiny paints like semi-gloss or high gloss, wood lacquer, textured surfaces or in outdoor locations. Wait 30 days after painting before applying stickers to newly a painted surfaces.

    Since they adhere well to a variety of materials, vinyl stickers can be used in craft projects as well as on walls. Feeling crafty? Try using alphabet letters to add your child's initials to wooden storage boxes. You can also place a decal on the glass of a shadow box to make it “float” above the box's contents, or add flower stickers around the edges of a mirror for a custom look.

    Hanging Tips to get You Started

    Use a warm, damp cloth without soap or cleaning agents to clean the surface where you want to apply wall stickers. Let the surface dry completely, which takes about 2 to 4 hours, before hanging stickers.

    Peel the stickers gently from the backing and smooth the decal onto the wall. If you get the decal in the wrong place, gently peel it off and re-position it. Our decals are reusable, but try to limit the number of times you move them because the more dust the adhesive part picks up, the less sticky they will be.

    For growth charts, which come as sets of three stickers, start hanging them by positioning the lowest sticker exactly 23 inches from the floor. Doing so will make the first mark on the growth chart 24 inches off the ground so the chart will accurately measure your child's height. Place the second sticker directly above this one with no overlap, and place the final sticker at the top. As always, if you want more help decorating simply send us a photo of your room and we'll send you our free decorating suggestions.

  • Decorating With Pink

    Color psychologists and decorators describe pink as a color that can be tranquil or soothing in light shades, or energizing and warm in darker shades. Most decorators advise using the brighter pink colors in small doses, like an accent wall or in decorations. Lighter pink shades can work as a wall color.

    decorative-pink-flowers-home-decor

    Where To Use Pink

    A light pink with some gray in it is an excellent alternative to using neutral paint colors on a wall. This works particularly well in a dining room and areas where you entertain since light pink is a color backdrop that makes people look good in any lighting.

    Brighter pink colors work well for spaces where you want to bring an energetic feel. An entry way that you don't spend much time in with an intense pink accent wall adds a welcoming warmth without becoming overpowering. Pink can also work as an accent in bathrooms, home offices or kitchens.

    Bedrooms are another great place to decorate with pink. Little girls who love pink may enjoy an entire room with a light princess-pink color scheme or a bolder pink tone like raspberry or bubble gum. Dusty pinks can also work for guest rooms and other bedrooms.

    Color Combinations

    Pink pairs well with a variety of colors, and the colors you choose can dramatically change how the color pink looks in your room. Pairing pink with green shades can give the room a spring-time look or a tropical feel, depending on the exact colors you pick. Putting pink next to white or neutral colors like lighter grays and browns can make pink look more sophisticated. Pink with dark browns and blacks is a bolder decorating move.

    Using pink can give rooms a romantic or girly feel. When using pink to create your new room theme, make sure not to overdo it if you are looking for a softer grown up feel. Keep the addition of pink subtle by using clean decorating lines, sophisticated fabric, and complementary colors with a more subdued feel.

    Pink Decorations

    Bugs-n-Blooms carries a wide variety of decorations that are available in shades of pink. In wall-stickers, the butterfly, flower, ladybug, bee, dragonfly and ballet alphabet styles all come in pink. Several decals, five growth charts, and five quote stickers either feature pink as the dominant color, or include pink along with other colors in the design.

    Many of the curtain tie-backs, mobiles, and wall or ceiling decorations come in light pink or dark pink, including butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, and even a few ladybugs and bumblebees, too. Many of the different styles are designed to coordinate, so you can use several different types and sizes of decorations without making the room look disorganized.

  • Nautical Boy's Room Themes

    There's an enormous variety of options when you're decorating a room for young boys. A nautical room works well for boys who like the water, sailing ships, and navigation. To make the room more versatile as your son grows, paint the walls in neutral colors so you can quickly switch to a different decorating scheme in the future.

    nautical-wall-stickers

    Choosing Colors

    Nautical themes lend themselves well to blue or neutral color schemes with hints of red. Bugs-n-Blooms' nautical stickers all follow a navy blue, red, white and light gray color scheme. You can use these colors throughout the room as well.

    Using a neutral light gray or brown tone on the walls in a nautical boy's room works with virtually every type of nautical decoration. Neutral colors allow a wide variety of decorations and work well when you're decorating for a shared room, and each child wants slightly different decorations. Blue also goes well with just about everything, and you can use a light gray-blue as a neutral. White is also an option though you might not want such a light color in rooms where children could draw on the walls or spill something.

    Another fun idea is to use darker red or blue colors as an accent wall in a neutral color scheme. Stripes or chevrons in contrasting colors are other great ideas for creating a statement with the walls. Keep in mind that bold patterns might not work as well if you plan to redecorate the room in the future. However, a fresh coat of paint would do the trick!

    Decorating Ideas

    Using nautical print fabrics in pillows and bedclothes is one of the simplest ways to instantly add a nautical flair to the room. For great wall decorations, use nautical items like life preservers, boat paddles, ship's wheels, surfboards, and ropes holding up shelves using nautical knots.

    Personalize the room by adding your child's name using vinyl letter stickers. These stickers also work well for labeling storage boxes or shelves. Each of our nautical alphabet stickers is a round shape with a red and white life preserver background for each letter. They'll stick to just about any smooth, clean surface – including painted drywall (except for glossy paints), sanded wood, glass, and metal.

    It's nice to include a growth chart to track how fast your child is growing, and our nautical chart makes a practical, as well as attractive, decoration. Bugs-n-Blooms' other wall decorations include a “Row, row, row your boat” quote sticker and a collection of six wall decals.  This sheet includes two sailboat stickers, a life preserver, a blue whale, a lighthouse and a red anchor. All our nautical stickers are designed to coordinate so they'll look good when used in a room together.

  • Colors For Fall Weddings

    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.

    wedding-decor-nylon-butterflies

    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.

    Traditional Fall

    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.

    Something Different

    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.

  • Sports Themed Bedrooms : Stickers and Wall Decor

    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.

    Letters and Numbers  basketball-varsity-number-wall-decals

    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.

     

    football-wall-stickersDecals

    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.

     

     

    Growth Chart decorative-boys-sports-growth-chart.

    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.

    soccer-ball-quote-sticker-saying-wall-decalQuote Stickers

    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.

  • A Bug of a Time Party : Birthday Bug Themes

    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.

    Dragonflies and Butterflies mini-pink-wall-dragonfly-decor

    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.

    bumblebee-decorationsLadybugs and Bees

    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.

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