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Candle Decorating Ideas for Every Room to Keep You Cozy All Winter

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

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So, you’ve already decked out your house for fall, now it’s time to warm it up for winter.

What is it about candles that bring us such joy?

Their soft light warms our hearts while making even the coldest winter evening cozy and calm. The rhythmic cadence of their burning provides a whimsical note to the atmosphere, providing an ambiance so intimate and familiar.

 

Whether you prefer scented candles for the ambiance…

…beeswax candles for their air purifying qualities or tea lights for decorative luminescence, there’s nothing quite like the flickering of a candle. They are versatile and can add a warm touch for both home and event decorating.

With quite a bit of winter left, let’s take a look at some simple ways to add that lovely touch to your winter decorating that only candles can provide.

 

Lighten up the Short Winter Days

Adding scented candles to any room is a simple way to lighten up these short winter days and set a soothing mood. When decorating with scented ones, look for containers that match the colors and theme of the room you’re decorating. (Plus, you can re-use the containers for planters, pen holders or your own DIY candles once they’ve burnt out).

 

Best Places to Display Candles

Start by displaying candles in areas that get the least natural light, like reading nooks or the study. Complement scented candles with flowers, candy bowls featuring seasonal snacks or other sensory elements. Together they create a decorative delight to the senses.

 

candles as bathroom decoration with towelsIn The Bathroom

During the winter months, finding soothing ways to warm up takes precedence. We curl up by the fire, bundle up in soft blankets, and we definitely take more baths to heat up those bones after cold days in the rain or snow.

Decorating the bathroom with scented candles can transform your ordinary bathroom into an intimate space for relaxing in a hot bubble bath. Choose a neutralizing scented candle for the bathroom, like ocean, linen or citrus.

Line your bath tub with scented candles or tea lights to create a soothing place to wind down in the evenings. You can also use floating tea lights in the bath tub to create a soft, intimate mood.

 

In The Dining Room

 As your warm your spirit with seasonal comfort foods, enhance the dining room center pieces and decorative spreads with candles too. The subtle lighting offers a relaxing mood for dining and entertaining.

Coordinate the scent of the candles with the flavors of the dinner menu. Taper candles also look formal yet comforting when arranged into floral centerpieces. You can use flameless candles if you’re creating centerpieces with flammable elements.

 

outdoor lantern with tea lightIn The Bedroom

Nothing says romance quite like candles in the bedroom. Turn off those harsh fluorescent lights and swap them for decorative pillar candles on the dresser.

Line tea lights on the bed side table and complement them with scented lotions or perfumes for added sensual notes and intimacy.

Lanterns are another neat way to surround yourself in candlelight. Hang one on both sides of the bed for an extra touch of romance.

 

In The Living Room

The main gathering area for entertaining friends and family should be the warmest room in the home. Get a little liberal with candles in this area, placing one or many on the coffee table, tea lights or a row of taper candles on the mantle, and some decorative pillar candles on end tables or on the entertainment center.

One unique way to use pillar candles is to arrange them in the fireplace during the winter. This is perfect if you have a fireplace that doesn’t work but you still want to create that feeling of warmth you can only get by sitting around a fire with friends and family.

 

led candles in paper bags outdoorsIn The Entryway or Outside Walkway

The entrance of your home is a brilliant place to decorate, as it creates a more welcoming atmosphere.

In the walkway just outside your door, use flameless candles, luminaries or LEDs, since all these options give a welcoming feel to the front of your home. Placing flameless candles in paper bags can also enhance the warmth of the light.

In the entryway, scented candles are great for lighting the area up. Candelabras add a neat touch to entry tables also!

Stay warm this winter, and come on down to Paper Plus at 1629 San Pablo Ave in Berkeley with your decorating ideas.

We have lots to choose from to keep you cozy this winter! Open Monday – Saturday 9am – 7pm and
Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Give the Gift of Organization: 2017 Calendars 50% Off!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Wall calendars, day planners, inspirational calendars 50% off on display

In our increasingly chaotic world staying organized is more important than ever. We know a calendar isn’t just the days in the month or year, it’s an opportunity to enjoy photography, recipes, art, daily inspiration or historical dates each month. While clearly being functional, calendars also offer pleasant reminder of hobbies, favorite locales or humorous characters. Come on in and one of our knowledgeable associates will help you pick out the right calendar for everyone in your family.

All 2017 Calendars are 50% Off as show in rotating rack

Wall Calendars for Family Memories

From birthdays to anniversaries, keep careful track with an inspirational wall calendar. When each month rolls around, you’ll see clearly which events are coming and have enough time to do something special. Thanks to digital photography, these calendars explode with awesome images that make keeping a schedule a pleasant activity.

Pocket Calendars for Easy Use

These mini planners are perfect for anyone on the go. With this handy calendar at your fingertips, you’ll never forget another appointment!

Page-a-Day Calendars for Inspiration

These inspiring gems sit happily on a desktop or counter and offer tidbits of wisdom alongside the date. Each day as you flip to the next page, an inspirational quote, funny quip or heart-warming recipe await. There’s a theme to fit everyone. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Engagement Calendars for Daily Organization

Keep track of your daily appointments with a portable spiral bound or hardcover calendar.

Monthly Planners for Goal Setting

Planners are wonderful for looking at the entire month or week. Great for people with a busy schedule or a family with lots of activities.

Big Letters/Big Numbers Planners for Easy Viewing

These best-selling calendars are great for seniors or anyone visually challenged. While they don’t have photographs, their large fonts make them a wonderful asset to your organized life.

Your Guide to Ordering Balloons

Monday, October 31st, 2016

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At Paper Plus we take pride in delivering festive and creative balloon solutions for any and all celebrations under the sun. Our balloon artists are here to help make sure your occasion is one to remember! We’ve compiled a few helpful tips to help you plan your next shindig!

Things to Consider Before You Order

 

  1. Budget – We are happy to work with any budget! From a few large statement balloons to arches and numbers and rainbows, oh my! We strive to make every experience with us special for you. Let us know what works within your budget and we’ll do our best to get creative.
  2. Theme – What’s the occasion? From a 25th wedding anniversary to a 1st birthday, we can find the perfect personalized décor from our stock or customize a bouquet especially for the big day.
  3. Color Scheme – We can create pretty much anything you have your heart set on.
    Bring in a few photos of ideas you love and we’ll brainstorm together how we can make it work for you!
  4. Weather – This is an important factor that’s easy to overlook. Balloons don’t do well in the rain or the heat, so consider their fragility when placing your order. For balloons that will be displayed indoors, make sure they are kept away from heating vents and properly weighted down so they don’t bump against the ceiling.
  5. Delivery – If you won’t have time to pick up your balloons before the festivities, we offer delivery for an extra charge. We recommend ordering at least a week in advance.

  

3 Ways to Order

 

  1. In person (Day Of) – We’d always prefer that you come into the store! One of our experts will guide you through your decorating needs, help you plan a color scheme and theme that are just right for your high-flying needs. Please allow a couple of hours for larger orders.
  2. In person (Advance Order) – Great for those busy times, especially the holidays or for those who may not have time right before an event to go through the process of choosing balloons. Come on in a few days before you need your balloons, assuring one of our associates has plenty of time to spend with you to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
  3. On the Phone – This is a time saving option for customers who know exactly what they want and are familiar with our inventory of balloons and our custom options. For those who are new to ordering balloons, we’d prefer you come into the store and let us help you get creative. Plus, we always love to see your faces!

  

Our Selection*

 

  1. Latex – We offer the highest quality, eco-friendly latex balloons available. dscn0119All of our latex balloons are completely biodegradable – meaning they cause absolutely no harm to the environment. We offer 64 basic colors and hundreds of novelty designs for you to choose from. These balloons float for 8-10 hours and should be picked up the day of your event.**
  2. Mylar – Mylars are a crowd pleaser because of their festive, shiny designs and their long-lasting properties. Mylar balloons will float for up to 10 days making them a great solution for customers that need to pick them up a couple of days before a big event and have them still look great. We have hundreds of styles to choose from including letters and numbers.
  3. Bubble Balloons – These exciting see-through, plastic balloons are the newest and hottest product in the balloon market today. They offer increased float time and an ability to get super creative and custom. Lasting for weeks, these balloons can be inflated ahead of time for displays as well as bouquets.

Learn more about our balloon types here.

 

*We follow all eco-friendly, balloon safety practices by making sure our balloons are properly weighted so as not to blow away into the atmosphere.

** For customers wanting to pick up latex balloons more than 8 hours in advance of an event, we recommend Hi-Float. Hi-Float is a non-toxic substance that coats the inside of the porous latex so the helium doesn’t escape as quickly. The balloons will now float for up to 4 days. Additional cost of $0.25 per balloon.

Five Ways to ACE Your Gift-giving This Year With Calendars!

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Make someone happy this year and next with one of our unique 2016 calendars.

1. Save Money

All of our 2016 calendars are 50% off the marked price. That’s HALF off, just for coming into the store.

2. Be choosy.

We have literally thousands of calendar titles of high-quality print calendars with an extensive range of imagery, including:

  • calendars on display at Paper PlusDog breed calendars
  • Famous artist calendars
  • Celebrities, A- to C-list
  • Food photography calendars
  • Travel calendars
  • Countries, Cities calendars
  • Landmarks calendars
  • National Parks calendars
  • Animal calendars
  • Flowers calendars
  • Cars calendars
  • Motorcycles calendars
  • Vintage image calendars
  • and so many more!

3. Get them something they need.

Our calendar selection isn’t limited to large wall calendars. We also carry quick glance mini-wall calendars, engagement calendars for appointments, assignments and more, and pocket calendars for a purse, backpack or desk drawer.

4. Get them something that suits their tastes.

Whether it is a classic engagement book for the teacher in your life, or a sweet kids’ calendar for a new student, calendars are perfect end-of-year gifts. They make great stocking stuffers, and with Paper Plus’ 50% thousands of calendars on the shelves at paper plusoff pricing, you can afford to buy one for every friend and family member.

5. Start the tradition.

Calendar-giving is a friendly way to look forward to the new year together. Unlike digital calendars that stretch on into infinity, paper calendars can be individualized to the hobbies and interests of the receiver and mark the passage of time. Not only are they attractive, they’re actually useful! What better way to show someone you care?

Come to the Paper Plus 50% Off Calendar sale, while supplies last! These titles go fast!

Stroll through the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s at Paper Plus

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The decades of the past are alive at Paper Plus!

MI0001745283With a section each dedicated to the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s (not to mention a fun Wigs section), Paper Plus is your go-to party supply store in the East Bay for decade-themed parties.

Rockabillies can rock around the clock with 50s party goods. Guys, get your facial hair tuned up with packs of assorted mustaches, record centerpieces, and other 50s wearables and accessories. Add some pomade and a pack of cards tucked in your sleeve, and you’re a dead ringer for Danny Zuko. Your Jello fruit salad will look great on our 50s-inspired servingware.70s

Party people, dress up your swinging 60s party with groovy buttons, psychedelic confetti, glasses and beads. Or put on your outrageously large collared shirt and find your disco beat with 70s photo props and 70s memorabilia.

Reaganites, find that old leotard and your Culture Club cassettes and kick back with food and drink served in our 80s serving ware. Or recreate your John Hughes Prom days with colorful balloons from Paper Plus’ balloon section and a ridiculously frilly dress. With our great prices, you can afford that extra scrunchy for your hair.

Whatever decade you’re in the mood for, Paper Plus Outlet in Berkeley is a wonderland of throwback party goods and accessories.

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Don’t forget one of these!

Looking for something specific for your blast from the past? Paper Plus probably has it. Call (510) 525-1799 to ask one of our staff members, or browse our Berkeley store.

Celebrate Mexican culture and heritage on Cinco de Mayo at Paper Plus

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Founded after an unlikely victory by Mexican troops against the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican and U.S. holiday honoring Mexican culture, food and heritage. It is often mistaken for the day of Mexican Independence, which is actually celebrated on September 16.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in all sorts of ways: parades, parties, nights out on the town, music festivals and folk dances, or bailes folkloricos.

Paper Plus loves the fiesta! Our permanent Fiesta section of Mexican party goods grows in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo.

You’ll find beautiful paper cutout strands, or papel picado, which come in a variety of colors and designs, including fruit, birthday, flower and traditional. These colorful strands of paper make beautiful decorations in windows, doorways, and as frieze borders.

Throwing a Cinco de Mayo party? We have plates and napkins in bright Mexican designs. Serve that delicious Mexican food and drink in style! Or choose serving ware by color; we have every color in the rainbow, plus silver and gold. Mix and match green, white and red to honor the Mexican flag!

We also carry props for photo booths, like mustaches on sticks, hats, and more gear to dress up your photos. Our huge selection of pinatas is also available year-round.

Cinco de Mayo is a time for bright colors and music-filled celebrations honoring Mexican culture and the historical battle that took place on that day. Some cities go so far as to reenact the Battle of Puebla in full Mexican and French soldier regalia. Others just want to have fun – in Vancouver, Canada, it’s celebrated with an annual Cinco de Mayo skydiving event; people in the Cayman Islands gather to celebrate the holiday with an air guitar competition.

Visit the store in Berkeley to check out our Fiesta section and get in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo.

Hop over to Paper Plus for Easter Supplies

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

For Christians and secular communities alike, Easter is a joyous celebration of new life. It is celebrated by attending Church services, gathering for a special meal, and hunting for Easter eggs. On the calendar, Easter marks the beginnings of warmer weather, the blossoming of bulb flowers, and longer days.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Easter, Paper Plus has your Easter supplies ready.

Easter Egg Hunts

For egg hunts, we carry plastic eggs, chicks, wearable headboppers with eggs, egg bags and baskets, fuzzy bunnies — all the materials you may need for creating Easter egg baskets and putting on the perfect Easter egg hunt. The children will love searching for brightly colored eggs filled with candy, coins, stickers or toys!

Make Easter Dinner Special

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For Easter dinner feasts and lunch gatherings after church services, Paper Plus carries a huge selection of beautiful dishware, including paper plates, napkins, utensils and serving ware. Our Easter dishware comes in religious and secular Easter patterns. We also have an entire aisle devoted to solid-color dishwares to fit any color scheme. Mix and match for a beautiful pastel table.

Decorate Your Home for Easter

Looking for Easter decorations for your home? Paper Plus has a huge selection of window hangings, Easter bunny balloons, streamers and other party decorations for your Easter party. We also carry Spring-themed centerpieces, cookie tins, and other festive decor items for annual use.

*Cotton Candy Machines* and More!

If you really want to sweeten your Easter party, rent a cotton candy machine from Paper Plus Rentals! Our quality machines are easy to operate and carry reasonable rates. We also have popcorn carts, nacho cheese dispensers, and sno cone makers! Just give us a call (510) 525-1799!

Paper Plus is proud to serve the East Bay and San Francisco Bay Area communities in making their Easter celebrations colorful and fun. For Berkeley, Oakland, Albany, El Cerrito, and Berkeley Hills residents, Paper Plus offers the best party supplies at discount prices.

Visit us at our store on San Pablo Avenue, or call (510) 525-1799 to speak with one of our staff members.

Celebrate Passover with stories, games and seder dinner

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Passover is a special time for many in the Bay Area Jewish community. A celebration of the story of Exodus, Passover is a time to gather, eat seder dinner, tell stories and play games.

Passover dinner, or Seder, usually involves a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Friends and family gather together to read from the Haggadah, the narrative of the exodus from Egypt which includes special blessings and rituals and Passover songs. Eating matza, drinking wine, and partaking of the Passover Seder plate’s symbolic foods are all part of this special holiday celebrating freedom. In some families, children are offered prizes for finding the afikoman, a piece of matzo set aside to be eaten as dessert, which is hidden somewhere in the house.

PesahplateFor those hosting a seder, or for those who wish to contribute to the festivities, Paper Plus now carries a wide selection of Passover party supplies, including Passover decorations, festive Seder plates, Passover placemats and Seder dishware. We also carry a Design Your Own seder plate, to help children understand the meaning of those symbolic foods.

Paper Plus also offers Haggadah storybooks, afikoman matza covers, and kits which represent the Plagues as told in the Exodus story. Guide the children through the story with frogs, locusts and other props!

And of course, we have plenty of fun Passover games for after the meal, including Passover stickers, Matza playing cards, and jumping matzo balls.

So whether it’s your first Passover or your fiftieth, Paper Plus is your Bay Area party store for Passover party supplies.

Looking for something specific? Ask one of our helpful staff members at (510) 525-1799. Or visit our store, conveniently located on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley.

Paper Plus is proud to help East Bay communities celebrate the holidays with style and fun!

Get your Prank on: it’s April Fool’s Day at Paper Plus

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Ah, April First. The day we get to play tricks on our loved ones, friends, and co-workers and face no consequence — unless, of course, we get pranked as well.

There are many ways to fool your fellows — and Paper Plus Party Store in Berkeley has just the right accessories for the job. From fake blood to whoopee cushions, our April Fool’s joke kit section provides you with the ammunition you’ll need to prank your friends and seek revenge.

Classic favorite April Fool’s day jokes include:

● snapping gum
● bug in the soap
● fake poo…and other bodily fluids
● whoopee cushions
● false teeth
● false wounds
● Glue, tape, Spirit Gum…all the adhesives
● spandex body suits
wigs…for fashionable fools
balloons…for filling your boss’ office with

But the mischief doesn’t have to end there! Whether you’re going for festive and elaborate (pinata stuffed with packing peanuts for your kids) or understated and frustrating (gluing down a co-worker’s desk supplies), Paper Plus carries what you need.

Still looking for April Fool’s Day ideas? Why not cover your boyfriend’s laptop in My Little Pony stickers from our huge sticker selection? Or give your spouse the gift of toilet paper, beautifully wrapped in artisanal paper from our gift wrap section? Shock everyone with a new (temporary) neck tattoo…see how long they believe it’s real!

In addition to April Fool’s day jokes, Paper Plus also carries a wide selection of supplies to ring in Spring — including Spring-themed dish and serving ware, festive centerpieces and party goods for Easter, Passover, and Cinco de Mayo. There’s always something fun, useful, pretty, or downright playful to find!

Find us on San Pablo Avenue between Cedar Street and Virginia Street. Looking for something specific? Ask one of our helpful staff members at (510) 525-1799.

Dancing on Day of the Dead | Dia De Los Muertos

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Dia de los Muertos (‘Day of the Dead’) is a Mexican holiday which focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

Traditionally, private altars called ofrendas are built in the home or sidewalk to honor the deceased. Sugar skulls, marigold flowers, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed are placed together, and relatives will often visit graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated not only in homes, with colorful ofrendas filled with a variety of objects, but on the streets, with large street festivals held in the Mission District of San Francisco and in the Fruitvale District in Oakland.

Paper Plus Outlet has a large selection Day of the Dead items, including objects to decorate your ofrenda and to wear to the street parades! We have Day of the Dead decorations including:

A beautiful display of Mexican papel picado

A beautiful display of Mexican papel picado

  • ceramic skulls
  • papel picados (colorful perforated paper cuts)
  • hanging glitter skulls
  • tissue flowers
  • Dia de los Muertos balloons
  • colorful table covers
  • garlands

Wear your skulls proudly with:

  • quality makeup and face paint
  • bracelets and necklaces
  • Day of the Dead stickers
  • erasers and notepads for school

 

Skull makeup

 

 

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