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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.

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!

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.

 

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

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

Four Ways to Bring Autumn Home in the Bay Area

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Sure, the foliage may not be as colorful as it is in New England, but when those first rains soak the ground, you know Autumn has arrived in the Bay Area. Can you feel the cold snap in the air? Suddenly have a craving for pumpkin spice and persimmon bread?

Don’t just put on a sweater and sigh…celebrate the sights and smells of this unique season with delicious and crafty Fall treats.

Thanksgiving paper goods - plates, napkins1. Leaves!

We may not have the most stunning foliage in the United States, but at Paper Plus, you can have your pretty leaves and admire them, too, with our collection of fall leaf garlands and leaf cutouts. Wrap your bannister or patio railings with leaf garlands and show the world you’re ready for winter.

2. Lights!

As we fall back an hour, night falls earlier and earlier. Light up your home with Paper Plus’ huge assortment of paper lanterns, candles and candle holders. Give your backyard a festive glow with string lights.

3. Feasts!

Autumn marks the beginning of the feast months, starting with Octoberfest and Halloween through to Thanksgiving. Serve your best eats on our fall-themed plates, napkins and utensils, or keep your party table simple and classic with our solid color serving ware in colors like gold, yellow, and orange. We have fall centerpieces for the table, confetti, and even the classic cornucopia or ‘horn of plenty’ to fill and display.

4. Baked treats!

It’s harvest season, which means that pumpkins, persimmons, and apples are everywhere in abundance. It’s the perfect time for a fall baking frenzy! Baked treats make great gifts and party contributions. Paper Plus makes your goods look good with decorative cupcake baking cups, baking tins for cookies and brownies, and plenty of tissue paper, ribbon and gift bags to complete the look.

 

Come to Paper Plus in North Berkeley and gather your own unique ideas on how to celebrate Autumn’s arrival. We have lots of DIY craft supplies for kids and adults and as always, balloons for all occasions!

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

How to Make a Day of the Dead Altar or Ofrenda

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

dia de los muertos decorationDay of the Dead is marked all over the world with parades, music, food and ofrendas – special altars dedicated to loved ones who have passed away. These altars are colorful, eclectic sites that honor the spiritual journey of the deceased, who are remembered with photographs and small personal items. They’re usually displayed within the home or on the sidewalk at parades with eye-catching decorations. Paper Plus has everything you need to decorate your own Day of the Dead altar, including:

Flowers

An ofrenda must have lots of color, and flowers are a wonderful, fresh way to decorate. If you don’t want to get cut flowers (marigolds are traditionally used), why not make some Mexican paper flowers from our selection of crepe paper sheets? Remember – more is more!

Skulls

On Day of the Dead, the skull is no longer a fearful symbol, but a reminder of life and unity! Paper Plus has multicolor skull garlands and lots of little grinning ceramic sugar skulls to decorate your ofrenda.

Candles

Paper Plus has a wide selection of tea light holders, including sugar skull tealight holders. Light at least one candle for each person being honored.

Papel Picado

day of the dead garlands and decorationsThe traditional Mexican paper cutouts are used to brighten the altar table and background. Paper Plus has a beautiful selection of papel picado with varying imagery.

 

Other items you might include: fruits and vegetables, a glass of water, incense sticks.

Enjoy the altar with family! Making an ofrenda is a wonderful way for families to remember loved ones and for children to build a positive understanding of death and dying.

We offer a great selection and friendly prices for Day of the Dead items. Looking for something specific? Call us at (510) 525-1799 and we’ll check our shelves.

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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.

Celebrate with Disney’s FROZEN!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

frozenPaper Plus now has a GREAT selection of merchandise from Disney’s smash hit animated film Frozen! With its great songs and fun girl-forward message, the sisters Elsa and Anna have become the new favorite characters for theme parties, costumes, and imaginative play.

Visit our Berkeley store and let yourself go with these fun gift and party items:

    • Frozen posters
    • Stickers
    • Frozen wands and medallions
    • Snowglobes (do you want to build a Snowman??)
    • Party plates, napkins and tablecloths for a Frozen themed party
    • Window clings / Decals with Frozen Characters
    • Temporary Tattoos
    • Blowouts for parties
    • Balloons

IMG_0972Celebrate your child’s birthday with Disney’s Frozen at Paper Plus Outlet, conveniently located on San Pablo Ave in Berkeley. Your two-to-ten year old will love it.

Looking for other themed party goods? Paper Plus has everything from Hello Kitty to sharks to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with balloons and pinatas to match! Our selection is truly incredible.

 

 

 

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