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Curtains are among the most popular window coverings. Even windows with blinds often have curtains as well for a more finished, decorative look. You don't always want the curtains blocking light, though. You might want to keep curtains swagged to the side all the time and just use them to frame the windows, or have the option to have the curtains open or closed depending on the time of day.
There are several ways to move curtains out of the way. One of the most common is curtain tiebacks. Bugs-n-Blooms carries several styles of curtain tiebacks that work in a wide variety of rooms and with many different decorating themes.
Where To Use Tiebacks
The bright colors and cute designs of Bugs-n-Blooms curtain tiebacks are perfect for a child's room and also work throughout the home. Here are just a few ideas:
- Use tiebacks in the bathroom to swag shower curtains out of the way.
- Tie-back kitchen curtains with cheerful smiling bumblebees.
- Let light into a little girl's princess room with butterfly or flower tiebacks.
- Some ladybug and dragonfly tiebacks work well in a garden or pond theme boy's room.
- Decorate a nursery with Bugs-n-Blooms decorations and matching tiebacks.
Curtain Styles That Work
In order to use curtain tiebacks, you need curtains hung in such a way that you can swag them to the sides or tie them in the middle. Any style of curtains hanging from a standard rod, double rod, or tension rod will work. Curtain tracks, also called a traverse rod, that are designed to make curtains easy to open and close are not meant for use with tiebacks.
Any type of curtain fabric will work with tiebacks. The different fabrics will, however, influence how you hang tiebacks. With heavier fabrics, the tiebacks can either be tied to the curtains or fastened to the wall. With light-weight fabrics, you should fasten tiebacks to the wall. If you don't attach the tiebacks to the wall, they may slide down thin/sheer curtains.
If you're going to hang your tiebacks to the wall, place them about two-thirds of the way down the window on either side of the window frame. You can use small nail(s), staples, Velcro, or Command Strips to attach the tiebacks to the wall. You want to attach the bug or bloom decorating the tieback to the wall rather than using the ribbons or wire – those are for wrapping around the curtains.
For those who want to switch between having the tieback attached to the wall and hanging free, you can simply use a small hook. Attach a decorative hook, or one that's small enough for the curtain to hide, to the wall or window frame about two-thirds of the way down the window. Then, you can loop the wire or ribbons on the tie-back over this hook when you want to swag the curtains back.
You don't need chilly weather to throw a tea party. June is National Iced Tea month, and summer tea parties are a perfect way to celebrate. Gather your friends for a laid-back summer party with cool drinks and fun times in a setting beautifully decorated with Bugs-n-Blooms.
Iced tea has a rich history in the United States. The market really took off after the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, when the weather got too warm for hot tea served at the East Indian Pavilion so they ran the tea through iced pipes to chill it. Iced tea existed well before this, however, and historic cookbooks show recipes for cooled teas dating back to the early 18th Century.
Iced Tea Tips
You can use any sort of tea to make iced tea. Bagged, instant, loose leaf – they'll all work. Iced tea is usually made from black tea, but green tea is also a popular choice and you can choose from more exotic tea blends or herb and flower teas as well. Just brew the tea at double-strength and store in the refrigerator until you're ready to use. The double-strength tea allows for dilution as the ice cubes melt, so the tea won't taste watered-down.
For your party, offer several different types of iced tea and garnishes so guests can customize their flavor. Mint sprigs and lemon slices are common garnishes. You might also offer orange and lime slices, other fresh fruit, and edible flowers. Don't forget to provide several sweetener options as well.
Choose light summery snacks for your iced tea party. Tea sandwiches are a great basis for your snack offerings, and there's a huge variety of recipes you can try out. Just a few examples include tomato-cheddar, cucumber-butter, smoked turkey, olive-focaccia, and salmon salad. Choose a handful of different recipes so your guests have options.
Fresh fruit is always a popular choice for summer parties, as are tasty summer deserts. Bite-size desserts like petite-fours, meringues, and tiny tarts make a good choice. Other options include decorated cookies shaped like tea bags, teapots, or tea cups. Cakes are also a good choice.
Let's be honest – we don't all have the time to make those adorable hand-made decorations we see on Pinterest. The last thing many of us need is another project on our hands. Parties should be fun, not filled with pre-party stress about how you're going to get everything done before your friends show up.
Bugs-n-Blooms decorations are very easy to hang and look great with minimal fuss. All you have to do is unpack the decorations, fluff the wings or petals up a little, and hang them using the included fishing line or other supplies like adhesive strips and glue dots. There's a huge variety to choose from. You could choose a specific color theme for your party, throw a butterfly or flower theme party, or mix-and-match your favorite decorations for summer.
Every wedding has flowers, but we don't often think about planning the entire theme around them. Spring weddings are a perfect time for planning a floral theme wedding, and Bugs-n-Blooms offers a wide selection of flower decorations to help with that. You probably won't want to use our nylon flowers for your bouquet, but they'll work well as decorations at the ceremony and reception location.
Why Use Bugs-n-Bloom Decorations
Fresh flowers are lovely, of course, but they're not practical for every situation. Flowers wilt if they don't have enough water or if they get too much sun. If you want an outdoor wedding, and there's bright sunlight and wind most flowers won't hold up very well. For a flower-covered backdrop or flowers decorating the chairs, it's hard to supply enough water to keep the flowers looking good. That's where beautiful artificial flower decorations come in.
Our flower decorations don't look like “real flowers,” instead, they are a fun twist on your favorite blooms with bright colors and many have shimmer and shine to kick it up a notch! The other cool thing? They also won't wilt or dry out in the open air. Since they won't be in vases that can tip over and spill water on your guests, and they won't drip water or sap like cut stems can if you want to use flower on the table settings. You also don't have to worry about picking them up fresh on the morning of the wedding or having them delivered.
If you dream of having a beautiful floral backdrop or archway for your wedding ceremony, Bugs-n-Bloom decorations can be a simpler alternative to fresh flowers. The smaller mini flower decorations would work well for attaching to a green background to create a flower wall-backdrop, or strung on fishing line to create a romantic curtain of twirling blooms. An assortment of the small, medium and large sizes would be perfect for attaching to a wedding arch or chuppah.
Our nylon flower decorations are also useful for decorating the aisle and seating area. If you want decorations on the chairs, Bugs-n-Bloom flowers are easy to wire in place. For decorations along the aisle, artificial flowers are sturdier than fresh flowers. Unlike live arrangements along the aisle, you won't have to worry about a container cracking or the arrangement falling apart if a guest bumps into the flowers.
Our flower decorations are designed for hanging on the walls and ceilings, and they're an excellent way to decorate an indoor reception area. If you're holding an outdoor reception, they're sturdy enough to stand up to intense sunlight, some wind, and even a little rain if an unexpected shower shows up.
To dress-up each table setting, attach one of our mini decorations to napkin rings or the stem of a wine glass. You could also just place a decoration on top of each folded napkin, and make sure guests know they can take the little flowers home as wedding favors. Our flowers also work well as decorative centerpieces, and can be mixed with fresh foliage. For example, if you have a table runner of evergreen foliage some cute flower decorations will add color.
Jungle themes make for a fun and easy-to-plan party, and many of the ideas will also work for a Lion King or safari theme. The theme works equally well for a kids birthday party, a baby shower, or a get-together for grownups. When decorating a jungle theme party, don't forget to order some of Bugs-n-Blooms' bright flowers and colorful butterflies that look so good paired with jungle green decorations.
Set the tone for the party immediately with themed invitations. For a children's birthday party, you could use an invitation that looks like a Passport and invite the young guests on a jungle adventure. If your party is geared more toward older children or adults, you might opt for a simple invitation with green accents that tells guests they're invited to a jungle party or go wild with animal print invitations.
Let guests know if they're expected to dress a certain way. You might invite everyone to wear animal print or, for a children's party, dress-up as their favorite animal. If a child wants to dress up as a butterfly or other creature with wings, Bugs-n-Blooms offers comfortable, quality costume wings and accessories.
Real jungles are packed full of vibrant greenery, colorful flowers, insects and wild animals. Set the stage for your party by filling the room with as many vines, leaves, and green decorations as you can. If you have houseplants, bring them into the party room for decorations. If you're having the party outside, drape artificial vines or green paper streamers from tree branches, fences, porch railings, tent poles, or patio umbrellas.
Pair the green decorations with flowers and butterflies from Bugs-n-Blooms. All our hanging nylon decorations can be hung from walls, ceilings, or other structures, and the smaller decorations can be attached directly to vines and streamers. These decorations are sturdy enough to use for an outdoor party and come in the wide variety of colors you'll want in a jungle theme.
Pick up a grass table skirt (the kind sold for Hawaiian luaus) and pair it with a green tablecloth to make a jungle-theme serving table. You can also take small Bugs-n-Blooms decorations and attach them to the table skirt or scatter them on the table among the serving trays. Don't forget to fill the table with jungle-theme the party foods as well!
For the tables where guests will eat, you can opt for a casual setting with animal-print paper plates or go for a more elegant look with regular plates and add jungle theme in the decorations. An animal-print table runner and fresh flowers would make a nice centerpiece, or you could pick up some toy jungle animals and use them as the centerpieces. If you have enough toys for each guest, your table decorations can double as take-home party favors for kids.
Planning a shower this spring before your friend's wedding? If she enjoys feminine style and girly-girl decorations, go pink-happy with your theme. Pink themed parties are perfect for an elegant spring shower fit for a princess. Both bright and pale pinks look lovely in the spring sunshine, and there are plenty of seasonal flowers available in the right colors. It's also an easy theme to plan and decorate for.
Take advantage of the spring sunlight when you're planning your party. Natural sunlight will brighten the setting, and also means you're tied to a morning or afternoon shower. Opt for a brunch menu or offer a light lunch paired with refreshing non-alcoholic drinks. The day-time setting would also work well with a tea-party themed shower.
If it's late enough in the spring for warm weather, you can plan on hosting the party outdoors. Just make sure you have a backup plan in case of rain showers. Bugs-n-Blooms decorations work just as well outdoors as they do inside. The nylon flowers and bugs hold up well in a light breeze or even a sprinkle of rain. Just bring them inside if the weather turns nasty.
Don't be shy with the color when planning a spring bridal shower. The pink theme can show up on the invitations, as decorations, on the tablecloths, and even with the food when you chose pink frosting for deserts. If you're worried about pink over-powering your party space, pair it with white for a fresh, elegant look.
Start shopping by browsing Bugs-n-Blooms pink decorations. We offer a wide selection of hanging flower, butterfly, dragonfly and ladybug decorations in various styles and shades of pink. The larger decorations work well as eye-catching wall and ceiling decorations, and the smaller decorations are great for decorating the tables as well. Matching curtain tie-backs are easy to tie on to the backs of chairs or around fences, tent poles and deck railings outside.
As the weather starts to warm, you'll have more access to fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables. Take advantage of this fact when planning your party. You'll be able to decorate with fresh flowers, which pair well with Bugs-n-Blooms decorations. Our mini decorations look adorable when attached to wire and placed in fresh floral arrangements, making them look as though a the little butterfly or bug is hovering over the flowers.
Using fresh fruits and vegetables on your menu makes the spring shower food healthy as well as delicious – important for pre-wedding events! Fresh fruits also work well in deserts, and choosing red berries and pink fruits like grapefruit, guava and papaya make the food match the pink theme as well.
What's your favorite animal? is a question we're often asked as kids, and even as adults when we're taking the ever-popular online personality quizzes. We assume the type of animal we like best says something about who we are – people who like bears are strong, people who like squirrels are jumpy, and people who like dolphins are social.
What about those who like butterflies? You're obsessed with butterflies' color and beauty, you have butterfly decorations throughout our homes, maybe you've even taken a “What Kind of Butterfly Are You?” quiz (I'm a Skipper Butterfly, by the way). What does this say about your personality?
The term “social butterfly” usually refers to an outgoing, extroverted personality who is comfortable in social situations. Social butterflies flit around a party talking with people and making them feel welcome, like a butterfly flits around a garden visiting different flowers. Wherever they go, they bring a smile with their innate friendliness and social grace.
If you're a social butterfly who enjoys hosting, you can decorate for your parties with a butterfly theme. Tea parties, birthdays, baby or bridal showers – they all work well with a butterfly theme. Bugs-n-Blooms carries a large selection of butterfly decorations – more than any of our other styles – and you're sure to find something perfect for your next party.
Many cultures think the butterfly is a symbol of the human soul. Butterflies look fragile, but they're surprisingly strong. They have a relatively sturdy exoskeleton, and they are well-adapted to a variety of different climates. Many species of butterflies also have beautiful wing patterns that let them conceal themselves from predators or bright colors that warn predators they don't taste good.
People who love butterflies have an inner strength that helps them adapt to life as it changes. Instead of fearing change, butterfly people embrace it with hope. They know that even if it feels like the world is ending, there's a chance that tomorrow will be better. As the saying on our quote sticker goes, “Just when the Caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a Butterfly.”
Butterflies live at one with the earth and play a vital role in the ecosystem. They pollinate flowers, provide natural pest control, and hold an important place in the food chain. Recognizing this, many advertisers use butterflies when they're trying to demonstrate that a product is environmentally friendly.
Those who love butterflies often see them as a symbol of beauty in the natural world, and a key reason for conservation. Decorating your house with butterflies is a lovely way to welcome the outdoors inside, show your love for the earth, and surround yourself with the beauty of these very special insects.
Red is a bold color, one that can be used in modern or traditional interior design. It's a shade that instantly brightens a room, but also easily overwhelm the space. Most designers advise using red sparingly in accents rather than on large areas of the room though there are some shades of red that work well as wall colors.
Color psychologists describe red as a color that can increase heart rate. It's connected with passion and authority, and when used in interior design can encourage connection between people. Bright red colors are energizing while more subdued shades like burgundy are cozy.
Attractive and interesting ways to use red are virtually limitless. In kitchens, red accents or floors can add a playful feel and increase the appetite. In living areas, red tones reflected off furnishings and decorations, or filtering through red curtains, makes the room feel warm and inviting. In dining rooms or a study, dark reds look elegant on the walls or in furnishings.
A cute way to add red to any room is using ladybug decorations. We offer hanging wall and ceiling decorations in small, medium and larger sizes, with three different styles of ladybug. Shimmer ladybugs have classic red wings with black spots. Glitter ladybugs have solid red wings. Hayley styles have layered red and black wings.
Ladybugs pair well with nature themes in living areas, sunrooms, kitchens, and children's rooms. The red colors look good with green or neutral tone paint colors. For a bolder approach, you can paint one wall red as an accent and then mirror the color through the rest of the room with ladybug decorations. For a child's bedroom or playroom, you might even paint black ladybug spots on the red wall. If you're trying to match paint to the color of our ladybug decorations, take one of the decorations with you when you go paint shopping.
Red is a common accent color in nautical themes. If you want to incorporate small amounts of red in a theme with an over-all color that's neutral or blue, then nautical themes will be a great choice for your room. Bugs-n-Blooms offers nautical-theme wall stickers in several styles. Alphabet letters are white on a round life-preserver background. Wall decals come in a sheet of six stickers: two sailboats, a whale, lighthouse, anchor, and life-preserver. There's also a growth chart and a “Row, row, row your boat” quote sticker.
A neutral tone like light brown or gray on the walls pairs well with most nautical decorations. Natural wood furniture and trim also go well with the nautical theme. If you're looking for a bolder decorating scheme, you can add an accent wall painted red or one decorated with stripes or a chevron pattern.
The short days and chilly weather make winter a perfect time for cozy parties. When hosting a baby shower for a mom-to-be in the winter, warm your guests hearts with tasty treats that make the season seem warm and inviting in spite of the chilly weather. Choosing a theme centered around winter flavors gives your party a unifying theme and helps narrow down desert options. It also gives you ideas for favors and a color scheme for decorating.
A flavor nearly synonymous with winter, peppermint treats offer a compelling basis for a baby shower theme. The white and red color combination makes for a striking color pallet with a holiday flare, and there's a broad range of peppermint-flavored treats to choose from. Mint cookies, candies, taffy and ice cream work on the desert table and peppermint tea matches the theme and warms up guests. Use candy canes as part of your favors to stick with the theme.
Bugs-n-Blooms offers bright red ladybug decorations and white butterflies, flowers and dragonflies to match a peppermint theme. They pair very nicely with other decorations as well. For example, you could use red ladybugs to decorate a table with a white tablecloth, or add white butterflies to wall hangings with red crepe paper streamers. For showers you're hosting after the Christmas season, save money by waiting to buy other decorations until holiday décor goes on sale.
Make a chocolate theme winter-appropriate by adding a hot chocolate bar. Offer guests their choice of mix-ins to turn heated milk into smooth, creamy hot cocoa. Make sure to provide plenty of dark, milk and white chocolate chips, as well as other mix-ins like flavored marshmallows, caramel, and mint or orange flavors. You can keep with this theme for your favors as well, by putting hot cocoa mix in baby bottles for each guest to take home.
When decorating, choose warm tones like golds, creams, and browns. Holiday lights make a lovely backdrop for other decorations like Bugs-n-Blooms' chocolate-brown butterfly, flower, ladybug, and dragonfly decorations. Full-size decorations work well as wall or ceiling decorations, and smaller mini decorations fit right in on table settings.
Not only is gingerbread a favorite flavor this time of year, but you can also turn it into a gingerbread baby party by decorating gingerbread men cookies with icing diapers. For a fun activity, you can have guests decorate their gingerbread cookies or build gingerbread houses to take home as favors.
This is a great theme to choose if you want to use holiday decorations. If you're hosting a party right before or right after the holidays, you might already have decorations up that you can repurpose for the party. Bugs-n-Blooms work here, too. Our small hanging our decorations can double as holiday ornaments, and you can use wall letters to spell out phrases welcoming the baby or related to the gingerbread theme.
Each holiday that falls during the winter months has its signature colors. You can branch out from that basic pallet, but not too much if you want to keep with a recognizable, traditional theme. Whatever holiday you're decorating for this winter, Bugs-n-Blooms has decorations in the right colors.
Blue and white are the main colors used when decorating for Hanukkah. They're the same colors used on the Israeli flag, and in traditional prayer shawls. If you want more sparkle in your Hanukkah decorations and crafts, many who keep this holiday also incorporate silver decorations that match silver-wrapped gelt and silver menorah.
Our butterfly, flower, and dragonfly decorations come in multi-layered options that combine blue and white on the same decoration. They're also available in solid blue and all white designs. Most styles include crystals and/or sequins on the wings or petals, which makes an excellent complement to sparkling silver.
Red and Green
Red and green are the traditional colors for both Christmas and Kwanzaa. For Christmas, the color tradition may come from stage decorations used in medieval mystery plays, or from the colors of evergreen leaves and red berries available in the winter. For Kwanzaa, green is symbolic of Africa and hope for its peoples' future, while red stands for the shed blood of past generations.
Bugs-n-Blooms doesn't carry the dark pine green typically associated with these winter holidays, but we do have ladybug decorations with the traditionally vivid red color. They look great used as decorations on an evergreen wreath, or even hung on a tree as ornaments. Larger ladybugs make eye-catching wall decorations, and you could use alphabet decals to spell out the holiday's name or a seasonal greeting.
There are a variety of ways to incorporate non-traditional shades of green, red and many other colors to create an attractive holiday color pallet. For example, you could change the red and green pallet slightly by opting for a lighter shade of green like the cool mint and apple green colors available with Bugs-n-Blooms' butterflies, flowers, and dragonflies.
Other holiday color pallets can incorporate shades of brown and orange to evoke holiday flavors like chocolate, spice, and gingerbread. Mini butterflies and flowers could even be used to decorate gingerbread houses, so long as you remind kids not to try and eat them. You could also pair berry-colors like purples and reds with green, or even gray tones, for a winter look.
Spread holiday cheer this year with hand-made gifts and cards decorated with Bugs-n-Blooms. Handmaking your cards and gifts is a perfect way to demonstrate how much you value your family and friends by pouring time and love into your holiday greetings. Everyone is busy around the holidays, and a hand-made card, a gift you put together yourself, or just a little extra care with the gift wrapping stands-out.
Handmade cards can be simple or elaborate, time-consuming or a quick project. Whatever style you go with, when people recognize that you made the cards yourself, the note inside seems even more special than usual. You can buy pre-folded cards to give you a jump-start at any craft store, and they're usually packaged with matching envelopes.
Christmas card ideas pull colors and motifs from winter and holiday decorations. Check your local craft store for holiday-theme papers and embellishments, or get online and look for some festive green, red and white decorations. Our red ladybugs pop against a white card background, and our white or green butterflies, flowers, and dragonflies are cute embellishments for cards with colored papers. Remember to take cards made with 3-D embellishments to the post office when you're ready to mail them and ask that the cards be hand-canceled.
Gifts In A Jar
One of the most versatile gift ideas involves packaging your gift in a mason jar. They're a compact gift that's easy to transport and give, and which you can personalize however you want. Gift in a jar ideas often include foods, like baking mixes or powdered drinks, or spa items like a peppermint sugar scrub or mini-spa gift set.
Whatever you choose to put in the jar, you can jazz up the packaging using ribbons and Bugs-n-Blooms decorations. All our mini decorations work great for adorning small gifts like mason jars. Wrap a decorative ribbon around the jar and attach tiny insects and flowers, perch one on the lid of the jar, or glue a 1-inch butterfly to the name label.
When you're packaging larger gifts, you can still add customization on the gift tag or the wrapping. One cute idea is to use a size-small decoration in place of a gift bow on larger packages. Make sure the recipient knows the decoration is part of the gift since it can be re-used as a tree ornament or wall decoration in the home year-round.
You can make gift tags using much the same method as card making. If you cut the tags out of cardstock and decorate them yourself, you can get tags exactly the size and shape you want. For something easier, download gift tag templates and then all you'll have to do is print the tags, cut them out and add embellishments like glittery crystals or mini butterflies.