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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!

Host Your Oktoberfest Party: Traditions And Decoration Ideas

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

beer pretzel pumpkin candle oktoberfest tableHappy Oktoberfest! If you’re wondering when Oktoberfest is, it actually isn’t in October: It starts on the second Saturday of September.  That means it’s finally time to get gussied up with traditional Oktoberfest clothing and celebrate life, love and family with Oktoberfest games. Get ready for elaborate costumes, games and, of course, Oktoberfest beer.

Why Is Oktoberfest Celebrated?

On October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Everyone in Bavaria was invited to take part in the festivities. At the close of the event, horse races took place, and it was decided that the races would happen again the following year. Sure enough in 1811, horse races were put on, along with an agricultural show. After a few decades, beer stands were replaced with the popular beer tents of today. Now there is an entire fun faire, with carousels and games.

If you can’t make it all the way to Germany, but the thought of missing all the fun has you hankering for a stein, make your own Oktoberfest party at home! Here are some simple and fun ways to host your very own Oktoberfest party this year!

decorated pretzels oktoberfest tableSet The Oktoberfest Table

At Oktoberfest, there are game booths, rides, and tents lined with long picnic tables. All around, there are people sitting along tables with sausages, beers and belly laughs. Recreate this feel with centerpieces, stamped tablecloths and seasonal gourds. Some other ideas include:

  • Create a cupcake carousel for the dessert table
  • Fill steins with treats at the kids’ table
  • Make a fondue table for a unique way to snack on all the traditional foods!

Hold Traditional Activities

Hold a beer tasting of specialty German beers, or just with beers you’ve wanted to try! Nowadays there are plenty of Oktoberfest style beers on the market. If you want to stick to tradition, import beer from the classic 6 breweries: Augustiner, Hofbräu Münchner, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, Löwenbräu, and Spaten-Franziskaner. For kids, use chilled steins to make big root beer floats!

Set The Scene

Set up a photo booth with handmade props, using construction paper, cardstock, glue and embellishments. Make hats, mustaches, speech bubbles and more!

Turn up the music

Play an Oktoberfest playlist! Make your own or use one from online. There are few good ones on Spotify and Pandora. Folk music works just fine, too.

pretzels and oktoberfest cloth on wooden tableGet Your Costumes On!

Build your own pair of lederhosen with suspenders, shorts and a simple white peasant blouse! For kiddos, you can also make a pair with construction paper and the right adhesives. For ladies, dirndl skirts, peasant blouses, corsets and aprons are perfect for this celebration. Come on down to our craft and costume departments for all your Oktoberfest supplies.

Craft Festive Decorations

Draw a classic beer stein, then cut it out and use it as a stencil to make dozens of them. Next, string them up to create the look of a wall lined with beers. Like a classic Oktoberfest scene.

Prepare a Traditional Oktoberfest Spread

Set the table with hearty, traditional munchies like soft pretzels and mustards, bratwurst sausages and sauerkraut.

How To Make A Pinata For A Classic Party Game!

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Handmade party games and activities really bring life to any celebration. One craft we really enjoy making for birthdays, Sunday BBQs and summer park days is a pinata! No matter what your age or the occasion, there’s something about whacking a homemade pinata and releasing that prize that brings about a pure sense of joy and celebration.

Cardboard or Paper Mache Pinata?

There are two different ways to make a pinata, depending on your craft level, how strong you want it, and the amount of time you have. To make a pinata for, say, a baby’s 1st birthday, or if you want to use more complex shapes for an animal pinata, you will want to go with the first tutorial. For more classic homemade pinatas, go with the second tutorial.

number 5 homemade cardboard pinataHow To Make A Pinata With Cardboard

Time Needed: 20 Minutes

When you need to make a fun activity fast, go with the tape-it-up cardboard pinata.

What You’ll Need:

  • Masking Tape
  • String
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Ruler/Straight Edge
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper
  • Cardstock/Cardboard
  • Pen
  • Candy or other small prizes
  1. Cut Out Your Shapes. Using your pen, cardstock or cardboard and scissors, cut out the shapes you will need for your pinata. Depending on your 3-D crafting knowledge, you can make whatever shape pinata you’d like!
  2. Construct the Pinata. Tape your pieces together to construct the shape. Be sure to use masking tape!
  3. Fill’er Up! Before taping the top on, fill the pinata with your treats.
  4. Add String! Tie a knot in your piece of hanging string and feed the string through the top of the pinata. Tape it set.
  5. Cut The Tissue Paper. Fold your tissue paper over and over, then use the scissors to cut strips about 1.5 inches wide. This will start the desired fringe paper. Be careful not to cut too close to the
    top and sever your fringe. Add the fringe to your pinata with glue, and there you have it!

 

How To Make A Paper Mache Pinata

Time Needed: 45-60 minutes

 heart-shaped-ballon-for-pinataFor this classic pinata tutorial, be sure to lay out lots of extra newspaper to keep paper mache paste or paint from staining anything.

What You’ll Need:

  • Large balloon
  • Newspaper
  • Large bowl
  • Paper mache paste
  • Paint
  • Crepe paper
  • String/Yarn
  • Masking Tape
  • Candy/ Prizes
  1. homemade-heart-shaped-balloon-pinataBlow up your balloon really big!
  2. Grab your bowl, cover it in plastic wrap and set the balloon on top of it.
  3. Tear up your newspaper into strips. Don’t be shy, you’ll need quite a bit! Make sure they are at least 1 inch wide and about 6 inches long.
  4. Set your paste in a bowl, and dip the strips in. Remove extra paste with your fingers
  5. Lay your strips onto the balloon, alternating directions until the whole thing is covered. Leave a hole at the balloon tie. Let it dry.
  6. Once dried, add at least 2, but preferably 3 additional paper mache layers to your balloon, waiting for each layer to dry before adding the next one.
  7. When dry, pop the balloon and remove it through the hole you left.
  8. Paint your pinata in bright colors, or decorate with tissue paper (like the tutorial above!) and then fill it with candy and prizes.

Now you have a pinata to liven up your party!

Need a few things to get started? Come on down to Paper Plus for balloons, tissue paper, and other crafting supplies today!

Simple and Creative High School Graduation Party Ideas

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

high school graduation caps being thrown
High school graduation day is a big milestone. Caps are tossed, speeches are shared and plenty of photos are taken. On such an important day, your grad deserves to be celebrated in a BIG way!

After all, this day is going to be one your grad looks back on through their lifetime. So choose a unique graduation party theme and grab your crafting supplies, it’s time to celebrate!

For their big milestone, throw a high school graduation party that really captures their personality. From handmade graduation party favors and decorations to games and activities based on their personality, there is so much opportunity to make the grad in your life feel extra special.

 

Graduation Party Decoration Ideas That Delight

Create a photo collage of all the beautiful memories that led to this special day! We are particularly liking photo wreaths this year. They are simple to put together, and you can decorate them in any assortment of colors. Feeling ambitious? Make a photo wreath for every year of your grad’s life. You can even make a graduation party game out of it and ask guests to try and put them in the right order. Whoever gets them in order wins a prize.

 

high school graduation party capKeep Track Of Those Graduation Cards!

With all the excitement on graduation day, it can be a bit difficult keeping track of all the graduation cards. Make the graduation cards even more exciting and decorate a box for them. Paint it with the grad’s favorite colors or school colors, add embellishments and set it on a gift table for guests to fill as they arrive.

 

Make An Entrance!

Make their entrance to the party a moment to remember with a balloon arch! This will also make for a great photo area.

 

Graduation Party Decoration Ideas: Year Signs

Sometimes the cleverest crafts are also the simplest. That goes for graduation party centerpieces, too! Create a tissue paper graduation year sign centerpiece with this simple tutorial:

  1. Select enough tissue paper for your desired sign size. Consider buying the grad’s school colors.
  2. Cut out the shape of the number of the graduation year from cardstock or something sturdy.
  3. Glue the tissue paper to the numbers. The fluffier the better!
  4. berkeley school color balloons red yellowWhile your numbers dry, decorate 4 glass bottles to match the tissue paper
  5. Attach a wooden dowel to the back of each number, and place them in the bottles
  6. There you have a simply spectacular graduation year sign!

 

Capture All The Fun!

Set up a photo booth with fun and festive wearables, photo props and more! Create your own props with popsicle sticks or dowels, construction paper and pens.

 
Stop by the store today to talk about a balloon arch (remember they are a great photo background), centerpiece making supplies and everything you need to decorate for your graduation party!

 

Creative Oscar Viewing Party Decorations and Ideas For 2017

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

red carpet and streamer for oscarsThe Oscars are a celebration of exceptional talent and spectacular film … but that doesn’t mean we just have to sit and watch all the excitement! This year, host a festive Oscar viewing party with decorations, games and fun details! We thought about what would make a spectacular party, and we’re excited to share these ideas with you! And the winners are …

Decorate For A Glamorous Evening

Host a Hollywood glam Oscar viewing party with glittering decorations, trophies, and even reserved seating. Make the event extra special with handmade name cards and tables with Oscar-themed center pieces. Come on in and we can set you up with seating and craft inspiration! Some of our favorite craft decorations are:

  • Star garlands
  • Admit one tickets
  • Photo both props

Make Your Guests’ Entrance Magical

Make every guest feel special and greet them with a red carpet, a photo, and a special “Oscar” award for being a great friend and guest. Give out awards for anything you appreciate them for, like being the best cook, funniest friend, or best-dressed guest! This is a perfect way to start off the evening!

Dress Up Like Your Favorite Nominee

We’ve got wigs and costumes to help you transform into your favorite Oscar nominee! Choose an actor or actress from this year’s awards or a classy Hollywood star like Marilyn or Robert Redford.

clapperboardSet Up A Photo Booth

Make your own Hollywood photo booth or red carpet area:

  1. Simply hang a curtain or sheet for a backdrop.
  2. Get crafty and make your own Oscar photo props like masks, top hats, popcorn, red lips, glasses, bow ties and more!
  3. Provide a list of suggested iconic and silly poses.

Make Your Own Awards Game

Hold a game of Academy Awards Charades using only this year’s nominated films. The winning team gets their own Oscar trophy!

Need extra seating for your Oscar viewing party? Rent your table and chairs at Paper Plus today!

 

4 Super Fun Super Bowl Party Tips

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Superbowl party supplies - plate napkin cutlery decorations

 

Super Bowl L1 is February 5th, 2017 and everyone is gearing up for the face-off between the Falcons and the Patriots! Even though the main event is on the big screen, Super Bowl Sunday is about so much more than who wins and who loses. It’s about coming together with friends and family over good food, great fun and lasting traditions. Whether you’re a die-hard football fan or you’re in it for the half-time show, Super Bowl is a blast, and we want to help you celebrate in style!

Do you have everything you need to celebrate the biggest game of the year? Check out our Super Bowl party tips for making your Super Bowl party super fun!

 

1. Show Me That Team Spirit

Make the most of being the host and help your guests show their team spirit! When people arrive, hand out football themed costumes and other wearables! We’ve got temporary tattoos, boppers, football themed decorations and more! Come on in and we’ll help you find the perfect fan costumes.

2. For The Snack Table

What’s a Super Bowl Party without a decked out table of wings and snacks? Display all those delicious chips, dips and wings on our football themed party trays. Feeling extra festive? Decorate the food table like a football field!

Football helmets balloon beer wings pizza for superbowl party3. Get Your Game On

When the big game is over, play your own games! Our favorite game is the football edition of pop the balloon! It’s simple:

  1. Pick the Super Bowl team colors for balloons.
  2. Write words like “penalty” or “personal foul” on slips of paper. On one slip, write the score of the winning team.
  3. Place a slip of paper in each balloon.
  4. Ask your guests to pop the balloons.
  5. The guest who gets the winning score slip is the winner!

This game is lots of fun, especially if you have silly gifts for the winners and participants! Check out our football themed necklaces, hats and other fun wearables for gifts.

4. Football Fun For The Kids

If you have little kids attending the party, set out some football themed crafts so they can participate in all the festive fun. If the kids are a bit older, set up a mini football toss with streamers and, of course, a football!

Maybe you’re hosting your big annual Super Bowl party for hundreds of people, or maybe you’re gathering in the living room for a more intimate gathering. Whatever your plans are this Sunday, we wish you a wonderful day full of good laughs and lasting memories! Go Team!

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!

4 Items to COMPLETE Your Super Bowl Party

Friday, January 29th, 2016

As the San Francisco Bay Area prepares to host Super Bowl 50, party people across the land are gearing up for their February 7 viewing parties. It’s time to buy that gallon-tub of nacho cheese, dust off the flatscreen TV and pull the spare chairs out of the closet. It’s also time to visit Paper Plus Outlet, where you can find Super Bowl party goods to delight your guests and kick up the charm.

Here are a few ideas to take your Super Bowl party to the next level of NFL fan-dom:

1. Balloons

BALLOONS are perfect for sports events! The balloon artists at Paper Plus have come up with some awesome balloon designs for Super Bowl 50, including the “50” logo, doorway arches with team colors, pom poms, and so many more. Have an idea? Pitch it to one of our talented balloon artists, or browse the catalog. There is no party without balloons – they’re fun for the whole family!

 

2. Serving Ware

superbowl balloonsNo Super Bowl party is complete without a spread of delicious food, and our Super Bowl-themed SERVING WARE provides the finishing touch to any table or countertop. We have plates, cups and napkins in the competing teams’ colors and logos. We also carry a great selection of utensils, including sturdy/reusable, compostable, bamboo/sustainable and standard plastic. Need frill picks (those tufted toothpicks) for your finger foods? We have them in an assortment of colors and sizes!

3. Flags

Show your guests (and everyone else) who you’re rooting for with our assortment of FLAGS! We have colorful pennant flags in various sizes and colors. Decorate the table, tack them to the wall, display them in your car, or wave them around while your team scores a touchdown! These flags make great gifts for the football fan in your life.

4. Party Supplies

Paper Plus also carries PARTY SUPPLIES  like platters, including sectional platters, disposable chafing dishes with sterno for keeping foods warm, ice buckets and much more. These reasonably priced party goods are high quality items that will serve you and your guests well!

 

The Super Bowl 50 festivities all start with a visit to Paper Plus Outlet, conveniently located on San Pablo Avenue in North Berkeley.

Looking for something special or out of the ordinary? Call our friendly staff 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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