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Table Decorations to Spruce up Any Celebration

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Nothing makes a celebration festive quite like finger food, friends and family, and fun party table decorations. Take a look at our favorite table decorations for home holiday festivities for Super Bowl, Award Shows, Valentine’s Day, and Mardi Gras.

Super Bowl

superbowl balloonsOn Super Bowl Sunday, there are snacks galore, tons of hungry fans and plenty of opportunity to decorate that snack spread. Create a football field table spread with football-shaped cookies and touchdown centerpieces. With a green table cloth and some white duct tape and paint, you can create a football field table cloth, so every snacker is a player!

For the table cloth:

  1. Cover the table surface with the green table cloth and tape it down to secure it.
  2. Mark where you want the yard lines and use white duct tape to create the lines.
  3. Use paint or white paint markers to write numbers on the field.

Read more about what you’ll need to complete your Super Bowl party.

And keep your guests and the kids entertained on Super Bowl Sunday!

Award Shows

red carpet and streamer for oscarsAwards shows like the Oscars and Grammys are all about the glamour. Using silver and gold table decorations like stars and confetti is a great start. Use a black or red table cloth as your base. If you’re preparing appetizers, decorate finger food toothpicks with black tie attire: bow ties, top hats, mustaches, etc. In the spirit of the movies, decorate a popcorn station and label different spices based on the movies that are nominated this year.

 

What You’ll Need for Award Show Table Decorations

  • Toothpicks
  • Construction paper
  • Table cloth
  • Stars
  • Confetti or ticket stubs

 

Valentine’s Day

homemade-valentines-day-crafts-for-schoolBring on the love! Whether you’re throwing a dinner for two, a cute Valentine’s Day party with the kids or a Galentine’s Day party with all your girlfriends, this is the holiday for pink and red table decorations, candles, flowers and balloons! Get out the construction paper and cut pink and red hearts to decorate the table. An excellent addition to a Valentine’s Day table spread is paper mache letters. You can buy them at the store or make your own with newspaper, paint and glue.

 

Mardi Gras

The signature colors of Mardi Gras are green, purple, gold and silver. You can use bead necklaces, confetti, pompoms and feathers in these colors. You can make simple table decorations by filling martini glasses with beads and attaching masks to them. Take some feathers and stick them in the beads for a festive centerpiece. You can also place beads in candle holders and place tea lights inside for a smaller centerpiece.

 

Colorful Mardi Gras beadsDecorations Needed for Mardi Gras

  • Beads and bead necklaces
  • Masks
  • Fleur de lis design
  • Top hats
  • Feathers
  • Confetti and glitter

 

Come on down to Paper Plus at 1629 San Pablo Ave in Berkeley to get everything you need to decorate your table!

We’re open Monday – Saturday 9am – 7pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Happy Celebrating!

Ideas For Homemade Father’s Day Cards

Monday, June 5th, 2017

handmade idea fathers day cardStore-bought Father’s Day cards always seem to look the same: golf clubs, fishing rods, and tools. But your dad is special, and on Father’s Day he deserves a handmade Father’s Day card that really captures your special bond.

Maybe you have a favorite board game you like to play together, or you enjoy the same sport (maybe that sport is golf!). Whatever it is, using these details to create a homemade Father’s Day card (or even Father’s Day cards for grandpa or uncle) will make a memorable gift. After all, handmade gifts always come straight from the heart, so why settle for anything less for your dad? Here are some card crafting tips and ideas for all ages:

Choose a unique Father’s Day card theme.

Think about what you really want to say, and how you want to make your dad (or grandpa, or uncle) feel. Maybe you want to remind him of your favorite day together when you were a kid, or express all the reasons he has helped you as you’ve grown. Some possible themes could be:

  • Happy fathers day superhero card theme ideaSkiing
  • Hiking
  • Watersports
  • Road trips
  • Movies
  • Books
  • Travel
  • Historic events
  • Your favorite place
  • Camping
  • Music and instruments
  • Superhero
  • Dad-to-be theme

The possibilities don’t stop there! Any theme that comes from your heart will speak volumes. Plus, choosing an original theme will make choosing colors, folds and embellishments much more focused.

Opt for a unique fold.

While it’s easy to fold a piece of construction paper in half and call it a card, there are so many unique and interesting ways to set up your card. For example, you can cut it in the shape of something relevant to your relationship, like a football, a video game console, or something from his favorite movie.

Get To Decorating Your Homemade Father’s Day Card!

This is the best part, so get out your crafting supplies: tissue paper, craft paper, ribbon, embellishments, glitter … whatever you think will make your Father’s Day card one-of-a-kind!

Tip: We suggest adding interactive elements to your card.

  • Make a pocket for a gift card.
  • Add extra pages for a longer message.
  • Create a pop-up scene that matches your theme, like splashing water and a boat, or a skier jumping toward him when he opens it! You will just need a little more time and construction paper for this idea.

Don’t Forget The Final Touches!

Write a poem, draw a picture, and add a gift card or candy. A little something extra always makes a card feel that much more thoughtful.

Tips For Helping Young Kids Make A Father’s Day Card:

  • If you’re helping a child create a card, ask them what they love about their dad to get an idea established.
  • Cut the shape of the card out for them. If they are old enough to use scissors, trace the shape so they can use it as a guide.
  • Help them choose the right adhesives (tape, liquid glue, or glue stick).

Now your card is ready to sign!

Ready to get started?

Head down to Paper Plus for Father’s Day card making supplies, balloons and more to celebrate.

And, if it’s last minute and you haven’t had time to make a card…we have plenty 🙂

Clever Leprechaun Trap Ideas

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

top-hat-gold-and-st-patricks-day-balloonsThe exciting day when green starts popping up everywhere —  in our milk, on our clothing and even in the toilets — attracting the leprechauns once again. Even though it’s been centuries since anyone has caught one, they snatch up our gold every year, leaving only tracks and footprints as evidence. But this year we have some clever leprechaun trap ideas that we want to share with you! Not sure how to make a leprechaun trap? Not to fear, we have the information you need right here!

 

How To Make A Basic Leprechaun Trap

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Empty cardboard box
  • Green construction paper
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • St. Patrick’s Day garland
  • St. Patrick’s Day embellishments
  • Rainbow paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Pot of gold

Just 6 Steps for Your Leprechaun Trap

Step 1: Cut out the door and cover the box with green construction paper

Step 2: Decorate with the garland

Step 3: Decorate the box with St. Patrick’s Day embellishments (we have lots in the store!)

Step 4: Cover the trap door with another piece of paper-covered cardboard

Step 5: Make a rainbow to lure the leprechaun across the trap door

Step 6: Add your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for a final touch!

 

And there you have it, your first leprechaun trap! Ready to step up your game with one of our tricks? Check them out below!

4-leaf-clovers-and-pot-of-gold-to-decorate-leprechaun-trapMake Your Leprechaun Trap Even Better

 

Add a Fun Sign

Leprechauns aren’t just tempted by gold; they also love a witty sign! Get crafty and make a sign to welcome the leprechaun — or offer up a little reverse psychology with a sign that says “Danger, don’t walk on the lawn!”

Dress Up Like a Leprechaun

The one thing a leprechaun won’t be expecting is a larger leprechaun saying hello as he arrives! Dress up with fun festive wearables like hats, necklaces and suspenders. You’ll catch him so off guard, he might faint with surprise!

Create A Maze Trap

This is so elaborate, it just might work! Map out a 3-D cardboard box maze, with construction paper walls. Be sure to include dead ends! Decorate the walls with embellishments and make a trap at the exit. The maze will give you more time to catch him, especially if he takes a nap from all that running around!

Invite Him To His Own Party!

Leprechauns are known for their arrogance, and that could be just the thing to trap him! Create a handmade invitation to a pretend party where he is the guest of honor. He’ll be so flattered, he might be blinded to the trap and walk right in!

 

There you have it! We wish you the best in capturing a leprechaun this year. If you want to find out more about our St. Patrick’s Day supplies, give us a call at 510-525-1799 or come on down to our Berkeley, CA store.

 

Easy And Fun Purim Crafts For Kids

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Purim homemade masks and hamantaschen

The Jewish holiday of Purim is an exciting festival full of costumes and traditions. Purim is based on the story of Esther and is all about disguising your identity, and Purim crafts are an important tradition cherished by children and adults alike. What will you make this year?

Enchanting Masks

To make a beautiful Purim mask, you will need:

  • Construction paper
  • Leather cord or a sturdy jewelers cord.
  • Glitter glue and embellishments
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glitter pens

Making a mask is the simple part, the fun part is decorating it! To make your mask, first measure the cord to fit around your head. Then mark the length on your construction paper with a pencil. Draw the lower part of the mask with an arch in the middle for your nose. Next, start drawing the upper part of the mask – this is your chance to get creative! Cut out the mask, draw and cut out the eyes, and now it’s time to decorate with pens, glitter glue and embellishments. After letting your mask dry, attach the cord by punching holes on either side of the mask. And there you go, now you have an enchanting mask for the festival!

Graggers

Graggers make the Purim stories more interactive for kids. When the story of Meglliah is told, kids shake their graggers at the name of Haman. Here’s how to make a simple gragger with a small plastic container, dried beans, glue and crafts:

  1. Decorate the container however you’d like!
  2. Fill the container with dried beans (just a little bit for the shaking sound.)
  3. Glue the lid on, and wrap a rubber band around the container if you don’t have time for the glue to dry.
  4. Shake shake shake!

Crowns

Crowns and tiaras are perfect for commemorating the story of Esther. For a simple crown, all you need is some construction paper, tape, markers and scissors.

  1. Cut a strip of paper about 5 inches high and wrap the paper around the child’s head for size.
  2. Cut rectangles or triangles out of the top to make the shape of the crown.
  3. Color embellishments or glue them on. And there you have your very own crown!

Fake Beards

Fake beards are simple, fun and add a little more disguise to Purim costumes:

  1. Cut out a piece of cardboard in the shape of a beard (don’t forget to cut out a place for the mouth!)
  2. Poke two holes at the top of each side of the piece of cardboard.
  3. Loop string through the holes to create a band to go around the head.
  4. Glue on strips of construction paper, yarn, or whatever you want to use for the “hair”.

Still looking for Purim craft or costume ideas? Come on into the store and we’ll help you pick out the perfect costume.

Unique Valentine’s Day Ideas For School

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

 homemade-valentines-day-crafts-for-school

 

In school, Valentine’s day is one of the most memorable school days, especially for teens. There are lovestruck couples and hopeful hearts, candy kisses and crafts galore. Whether you’re a teacher, coach, a student or even a parent, check out these fun and unique high school Valentine’s Day ideas to keep the spirit of love afloat!

Random Crafts Of Kindness

Everyone deserves a Valentine, but sadly not everyone receives one. Make your Valentine’s Day an opportunity to make everyone feel loved with random crafts of kindness! Decorate little Valentines and hand them out to students, coworkers and friends.

Make Personalized Cards

While store bought cards are easy and fun, a handmade card comes from the heart. Check out our extensive valentine crafts selection and show some love to the whole class.

Get Festive With Curriculum

Have a little fun with the lesson plan! Start class off by handing out fun Valentine’s wearables! In English class, students can read classic love poems. In History, learn about historical love stories. Maybe make a borax crystal heart in Chemistry!

Dress Up

Heart necklaces, hats, temporary tattoos … we have it all! Check out our large selection of costumes and other festive wearables!

Valentines-day-red-balloon-heart-arrangementHold A Secret Valentine Gift Exchange

In class, hold a gift exchange for students. This is a simple solution to making everyone feel cared for, while also switching up the tired “Everyone gives everyone else a card from a store-bought set.” Here’s how it works:

  1. Hand out a list of items and details each gift should include. (Maybe include a $5-10 limit).
  2. Have everyone draw a name from a hat, that will be the person they make a gift for.
  3. Exchange gifts on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is such a special day, no matter what your age! If you’re thinking about giving a handmade Valentine this year,

If you’re thinking about giving a handmade Valentine this year, balloons and all, come on in and we’ll help you put together something completely unique.  We have plenty more Valentine’s day ideas to share with you, for school, kids parties, dates and more!

Want to learn more about our Valentine’s supplies? Give us a call at 510-525-1799.

New Year’s Eve Decor Ideas That Will Make Your Party Sparkle

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

New Years Eve celebration champagne bottle and numbers

New Year’s Eve: The Last Party Night of the Year!

New Year’s Eve is the last and biggest party night of a year so what better time to go all out! Whether you’re planning a small, family get-together or a blowout New Year’s Eve party for all the gang, the one thing you need to remember is: SPARKLE. Glittering table settings, star garland, metallic balloons, silver and black party hats, 2017 glasses…let your decor add glamour and glitz!

Making it Easy: Our Favors Match our New Year’s Table Decoration Kits!

Our New Year’s decorations for the table, New Year’s Eve wall decorations, balloon decorations, and New Yellow and white Happy New Year table place setting.Year’s party favors are carefully selected to match our New Year’s party kits and tableware packs, making it a breeze to co-ordinate your party theme. For your dessert or drink stations, decorate the tables with easy-clean-up, paper table clothes and sprinkle confetti or glitter to make it look like the party just finished! Fringed garland is always a festive addition. Invest in some cardboard letters or a banner to spell Happy New Year, and you have a theme-based decor piece that can be reused for many NYE celebrations to come.

Going Elegant and Romantic?

If you’re having a romantic evening and want a more elegant evening, choose classic black and gold mixed with solid color plates, napkins, and cups. Using some glittered wrapping paper, make a quick runner to be used on top of a plain-colored, paper cloth.
Dramatic, and affordable! Plus, you don’t have to worry about washing up! Round ornaments displayed in glass flutes mimic new years eve party decorations and favorsrising champagne bubbles, perfect for a celebration. Gather flutes in varying styles, and arrange them together on a metallic-colored charger for a truly effervescent centerpiece. Wind garland around the glasses to add even more festivity!

New Year’s Noise Makers and More!

For the ultimate New Year’s shindig, accessorize with our fun, black top hats, beaded necklaces and light-up tiaras. Spruce up your drink and appetizer trays by lining them with metallic paper or left over Christmas wrapping. Hand out New Year’s Eve noise makers, and ring in 2017 in style!

5 Tips for a Stunning Thanksgiving Table

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

 

Thanksgiving dinner. Seasonal table setting with autumn leaves, candles and pumpkins.

The countdown in on— Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Don’t get us wrong we’re looking forward to turkey, football and time with friends and family, but what always gets us in the holiday spirit is planning a wonderful meal for our loved ones. Pulling together a perfect Thanksgiving table can be challenging but with a little guidance, you can put together a table that’s inviting while providing a bit of whimsy to impress your family and friends.

1. Layer. Layer. Layer.

 The beauty of a truly stunning Thanksgiving table is due to the variety of textures and heights coming from a carefully layered table. For a classic look start with a with a neutral color table cloth then choose a complimentary, paper table runner. Look for something festive and on theme. Next, add in layers of natural elements like branches, pumpkins and gourds. Experiment with different sizes and shapes and play with incorporating a shiny leaf garland or strings of deep red cranberries for a pop of color.

2. A Place for Everyone

Place cards add a nice formal touch to the table and can also Happy Thanksgiving table place settingserve as a whimsical souvenir your guests will want to take home with them after the meal. You can purchase some thematic paper and print out cards at home, decorate pre-made cards with markers and stickers or let your creativity run wild by getting crafty with ribbon, leaves and twigs!

3. Think Up

Add some height to each place setting by giving each guest a charger, a plate, a cloth napkin and a dessert or bread plate all stacked together. It’s fun to mix and match heirloom dishes with festive and colorful paper plates and napkins. For the final touch, add in something small that guests can enjoy at the very top, such as a tiny pumpkin, a tree ornament or a personalized greeting card.

4. Let it Glow!

Fire is a primal element providing warmth and coziness. Add this most basic of decorations in the form of varying candles. Molded candles help enhance your theme and can be used all over the home. Taper candles are wonderful for a more formal table, while votive candles provide just the right amount of light when used in groups. Careful not to choose scented candles as you’ll want the delicious scent of the food to be the star of the show.

5. Don’t Forget About the Little Ones

Thanksgiving decorations.Look for fun wearables – feathered headbands and pilgrim hats add an extra bit of whimsy. To add interest, turn the kids’ table into a dinner/craft station. Start by using plain white butcher paper as a table cloth and supply the table with plenty of crayons for your young guests to put their personal spin on. Instead of a formal centerpiece, provide a basket with inexpensive craft supplies; scissors, toilet paper rolls, construction paper, scotch tape, etc… They’ll be occupied for hours and allow the adults to linger over a longer dinner. For family fun after dinner, we offer a “pin the hat on the turkey” game which is always a crowd pleaser.

Once your perfect table is pulled together, give some thought to the rest of the house! Leaf garlands, ribbons, paper wall hangings, window decals and molded candles will spread holiday spirit throughout your entire home. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

Why Everyone Should Be Celebrating Mardi Gras in 2016

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Colorful Mardi Gras beadsFirst, a little word-history lesson: Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday and refers to the tradition of eating richer foods before the ritual fasting of Lent, which begins the next day, a.k.a. Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is also called Shrove Tuesday, from the English word shrive, which means ‘to confess’ — referring to the penitence given before the start of Lent. This year, Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 9th.

So, what makes the holiday so great?

It’s a huge PARTY!

Mardi gras masksPeople all over the world celebrate Mardi Gras by wearing masks and costumes and dancing in the streets to live, uptempo music. Other popular ways to celebrate include overturning social conventions (dressing up lavishly and taking to the streets), dancing, engaging in sports competitions, parading, and generally being debaucherous.

Mardi Gras isn’t just a day; it’s a way to celebrate life.

Paper Plus has so many great Mardi Gras accessories, including:

 

Masks

We have beautiful feather masks, ornate jeweled masks, simple masks, masks ready for a DIY design, headbands, and butterfly masks.

Beads and Coins

Our selection of Mardi Gras beads is HUGE, with everything from the cheaper throwing beads to beautiful costume strands. We also carry bead earrings and Mardi Gras ‘doubloons’, which are coins to be thrown out into the crowds!

Mardi gras beads and masksCostumery

We carry all the Mardi Gras costume accessories, including glasses, mustaches, and tiaras. Don’t forget your hat — we have top hats, crowns, and many more!

Party Supplies

A Mardi Gras party cannot be complete without some colorful gold, purple and green decorations. Think balloons (we carry latex and mylar balloons in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes), colorful plates and napkins, door hangings, and banners.

We at Paper Plus think it’s time to join together and embrace Mardi Gras, the holiday for the people! Come visit our North Berkeley store and get your own ideas for a great Fat Tuesday celebration.

 

Looking for something special or out of the ordinary? Our friendly staff are ready to help you find it at (510) 525-1799.

How to Throw a Fabulous Chinese New Year Party Your Kids Will Love

Friday, January 29th, 2016

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Chinese New Year is February 8th this year and marks the start of Spring according to the Chinese lunar calendar. So say goodbye to the Goat and hello to the Monkey!

Because it is a time of renewal and spirited celebration, Chinese New Year is a great holiday for a gathering. There are some traditional activities that go along with a CNY celebration, making it especially fun for families to celebrate.

 

  • Chopsticks for Chinese new yearDecorate your house with lanterns. Paper lanterns are sweet and festive reminders of the round, glowing moon.

 

  • Give red envelopes. Brightly decorated red envelopes are traditionally filled with a bit of ‘good-luck’ money and given to the youngest generation to wish them prosperity. (Red envelopes are also great for enclosing any kind of cash tip, whether its given at Chinese New Year or not.)

 

  • In lieu of giving money, kids will be delighted to receive something from our stock of Chinese New Year kids’ items, whether it’s a notebook, pencils, dragon puppet on a stick, or CNY-themed stickers!

 

  • Eat long-life noodles with a set of our festive chopsticks!

 

  • Chinese new year displayBring financial prosperity to your home or business by placing our good luck coins in lucky places, like in your wallet, in or on a cash register (if you own a business) or with your financial papers!

 

  • Wear one of our Chinese hats and ring in the new year or attend a dragon dance with a Chinese drum! We also carry dragon masks on sticks, which make excellent Chinese New Year party favors!

 

  • Decorate your Chinese New Year feast with themed centerpieces, cutouts, and tissue dragons!

 

  • We have supplies to make your own Chinese New Year cards, including red and gold paper and decorative supplies, and monkey stickers!

 

Visit our North Berkeley store on San Pablo Avenue and get ready for a bright and cheery start of the lunar new year!

Looking for something special or out of the ordinary? Our friendly staff are ready to help you find it at (510) 525-1799.

6 Ideas for Spectacular Gift-Giving this Christmas

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

6 Ideas for Spectacular Gift-Giving this ChristmasIt is never too early to start thinking about the presentation of your Christmas gifts, and at Paper Plus, we are stocked full of awesome ideas to make your presents especially memorable.

1. Half-off Christmas Gift Wrap, Ribbon and More!

You will love our selection of Christmas gift wrap, ribbon (from curling to satin to printed to totally unique), hundreds of styles of gift tags to suit every occasion, fifty colors of tissue, and mylar sheeting for that lovely metallic sheen. Whether you’re wrapping two gifts or two hundred, Paper Plus’ friendly discount prices allow for great gifts and lovely wrapping.

2. Giving an irregular-sized or delicate gift? We have a box for that!

With the advent of online shipping, many goods no longer come with their appropriate gift boxes. Don’t give your sweetheart jewelry from a drawstring bag — find a box! Paper Plus has boxes for jewelry, folding boxes of all shapes and sizes, apparel boxes, cake boxes for baked goods, craft boxes to personalize, and shipping boxes.

We also carry bubble wrap, mailers, tape and other essential post office goods.

3. Make ornaments together!

We love crafting. This year, get the kids involved (or don’t) for Christmas tree ornament making. These are special crafts that reappear every year when you (or whoever you’ve given them to) decorate the tree — a truly meaningful way to live the Christmas spirit.

Our shelves are stocked with ready-to-decorate ornaments, wire hangers, tinsel, beads, stickers, beautiful decorative papers, felt, glue, tape and so much more. We also carry a line of antique wooden Christmas ornaments for just 25 cents apiece.

4. Add to your Christmas card list and check it twice!

Paper Plus is the affordable Christmas card seller in the Bay area. We carry single and boxes Christmas cards in a huge variety:

  • silly Christmas cards
  • animals Christmas cards
  • Japanese print Christmas cards
  • religious Christmas cards
  • secular Seasons’ Greetings / Happy Holidays cards
  • New Years’ cards (these boxed cards are HALF price!)
  • Make your own cards with handmade paper, envelopes in different colors and sheens, stickers and more

5. Make it the Office Holiday Party to remember!

Office managers, we carry all the party goods you’ll need to make your company’s holiday party stylish and festive! You’ll find table rolls, placemats, “sturdy style” colored plates and matching cups and utensils (or mix and match colors), plus decorations to fit any holiday or office situation.

6. Festive odds and ends make the season bright.

At Paper Plus, you’ll find perfect party goods you didn’t even know you wanted, like a set of patterned poinsettia or snowflake plates to complete your Christmas table setting, or some mylar Christmas balloons to brighten up a party setting. Speaking of keeping things bright, did you know we have Christmas lights and candles at a discount? Look for our candles, pillar candles, LED candles and colorful Christmas candles.

Whew, that’s a lot of Christmas spirit! Paper Plus is ready to help you find what you need (or what you just want) this Christmas season. Call us at (510) 525-1799 to ask if we carry something specific, or visit our North Berkeley store before December 25th!

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