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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

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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 is 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

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!

How to Get Jolly for San Francisco Santacon

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Set of red Santa Claus hats for SantaconSantacon — the annual flashmob parade of slightly sober Bay Area people dressed in Santa suits – has officially entrenched itself in the past couple years as a San Francisco public tradition.

Also known as “Santarchy” and “The Red Tide,” the city-wide pub crawl starts with toy donations in Union Square this Saturday, December 12 at noon and proceeds to pretty much cover the city’s landmarks, bars and dance clubs until well into the night.

What do you need to participate in Santacon? A Santa suit, of course!

But that’s hardly a simple answer, because there’s so much you can do with a Santa costume. Paper Plus has everything to outfit the budding Santa within you, including not only the tradition soft red-and-white Santa suits, but also the largest selection of Santa hats.

Authentic Sinterklaus’ will appreciate our selection of white beards, gloves, and suspenders.

Feeling like going dressy this year? Classy Saint Nicks might prefer our miniature Santa hats or Santa hat clips, which pair well with a cute flannel dress and ho-ho-ho boots.

Give your Santa costume some California sunshine love with our Santa sunglasses. We even have Santa themed tutus!

Watching the fun from afar? Throw on one of Paper Plus’ twenty-some Santa headbands. They’re easy to put on and take off when the Christmas mood suits you (or when the bar you want to patronize has a No Santa policy).

Get over to Paper Plus in North Berkeley before this Saturday and stand out in a sea of Santas.

Looking for something in particular? We’re friendly! Call us at (510) 525-1799.

6 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited for Hanukkah (that Don’t Have to Do with Presents)

Monday, November 30th, 2015

 

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Hanukkah is a special holiday for Jewish children, and not solely for the eight presents they may receive. Hanukkah is also a holiday of games, rituals, and learning experiences.

1. Lighting the Menorah

There are many different styles of menorahs and candles out there, but the mitzvah of the lighting remains the same. Paper Plus carries different lengths of good quality candles at varying lengths, sizes and colors, all with sure, steady flames. We also have menorahs.

2. Give gelt

The tradition of giving gelt (gold coin) harkens back to the Maccabee coin and its significance as a symbol of Jewish freedom. Nowadays, parents give chocolate gelt to their children as gifts and reminders of the importance of charity, which is also given as part of Hanukkah festivities. We carry milk chocolate gelt and dark chocolate gelt – and if you’re not a fan of chocolate, why not put a spin on tradition and give them Hebrew Bazooka bubble gum instead!

3. Play the dreidel game

The spinning top game is a fun way for kids to feel pride in the Hebrew heritage (the symbols on the dreidel spell ‘A great miracle happened there’). We have a huge assortment of dreidels with varying sizes, colors, and materials.

4. Gather for dinner

Bring the kids together for latkes, donuts and cheese — all symbolic foods which celebrate victories of the Jewish people. Decorate the table with Hanukkah centerpieces and placemats. For dessert, make cookies with our Hanukkah cookie cutters or let the kids try our Hanukkah-themed cupcake kits.

5. Get creative

We have so many great activities for Hanukkah, including beadmaking kits, stamp kits, make-your-own banners, stickers, and books for kids. These games and crafty items offer new ways to get excited about Hanukkah while still teaching children the important symbols of the holiday.

6. Give gifts

And finally, there are the much-anticipated eight presents, one for each day of Hanukkah. For those, Paper Plus has plenty of Hanukkah-themed gift wrap, gift bags, ribbon, and gift boxes!

 

Visit our store in North Berkeley for great Hanukkah party goods. Looking for something in particular? Call us at (510) 525-1799.

How to Set the Ultimate Thanksgiving Table

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Here at Paper Plus, we love to see our customers browse our shelves and light up with joy for some party favor or decorative item that they either didn’t remember or know existed until it was there in front of them. There are so many fun party ideas just waiting for a host or enthusiastic partygoer with a vision!

Thanksgiving paper goods - plates, napkinsFor Thanksgiving this year, why not gather some fresh ideas and mix it up?

  • Honeycomb turkeys make great centerpieces. These foldout paper turkeys are well made, easy to assemble and totally charming. For a more elaborate look, surround your proud turkey with an assortment of fruit, decorative gourds and fall leaves.
  • The cornucopia or ‘horn of plenty’ is the classical symbol for good harvests and feast times and is usually filled to overflowing with fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers.
  • Candles are an excellent way to bring natural, glittering light to your Thanksgiving table. Use formal candle holders at regular intervals or disperse tea lights randomly. When the meal is winding down, dim the lights and allow family and guests to enjoy each other’s company by simple candlelight.
  • Thanksgiving-themed invitations are a festive way to bring friends and family together.
  • Thanksgiving banners in different styles transform a bare, blank spaces like office meeting rooms or event halls into warm rooms ready for food and friendship.
  • We carry fun wearable items like turkey headpieces, decorative top hats with turkey feathers, and pilgim hats. Come to dinner with a few of these and enjoy your moment as the life of the party!
  • Get crafty with our large assortment of decorative papers, including handmade paper, tissue paper and gift wrap.
  • Games build an appetite! We have Pin the Tail on the Turkey, playing cards and lots of other party games for kids and adults.

More Thanksgiving table tips are here!

Visit our store in North Berkeley for the best Thanksgiving party goods.

Looking for something in particular? Call us at (510) 525-1799.

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