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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.

The Essential Burning Man Costume Checklist

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Black rock desert burning man

It’s that time of year again! Mutant vehicles are popping up on the highway, Burning Man costumes are for sale in department and thrift stores, and the Black Rock Desert is requesting our attendance to the biggest art and culture festival in the world: Burning Man.

Radical Expressionism At Burning Man

The iconic festival, called “life-changing” by the majority of attendees, was built on 10 principles. Today we’re going to talk about the principle of “radical expressionism.” Burning Man invites individuals from all over the world to express themselves in all different ways. Clothing is one of the most popular outlets for expressing personality in ways that might be deemed strange in regular society.

It’s All About How You Put it Together

When it comes to radical expression, buying a ready-made Burning Man outfit doesn’t always illustrate a person’s authenticity – but if you’re not a master sewer, ready-made wearables make an excellent base to your handmade costume. It’s all about how you put them together!

Bandanas, for example, are used to keep dust out of your face during dust storms. There are so many bandanas and face masks to choose from based on your personal style and preference. In fact, you can choose a different bandana to match your costumes throughout the week. Each year there are different theme days through the week. Some are honored every year, like Tu-Tu Tuesday, while others change based on the year’s theme.

bike riding on the playa at burning manSelf-Reliance at Burning Man

While this festival is rooted in radical expressionism, another principle of Burning Man is radical self-reliance. In order to really get something from this festival, there are a few essentials to pack that will help you fulfill the 10 principles and make this festival all the more enjoyable.

Your Burning Man Costume Checklist: Clothing, Costume & Misc. Necessities

Suspenders, bandanas, hats and goggles for Burning Man are among the most essential costume/clothing pieces, and they are also a good starting point for packing a wardrobe that expresses your individuality. Here are some other essentials for fashion, expression and function:

  1. Craft and Expression Kit

    Put together a craft or expression kit as your gift to other Burners. To make your kit, fill a box or some form of container with enough crafts for a person to make cards, a personal journal, a puzzle, or whatever else you can think of!

  2. Lights

    You are in charge of your own light out there, so use lights to express your individuality at night, and be seen by art cars and bike riders!

  3. Glow sticks

    These are perfect for lighting yourself up too.

  4. Costumes

    Wings, suspenders, dresses, anything you want! Keep the theme of the festival in mind so you can be sure to participate with props and accessories.

  5. Bandanas

    Your bandana will be your best friend. Those dust storms plus the sweltering heat can be unbearable without the help of your bandana.

  6. Helium

    Fill up a tank for various activities on the playa (come on by to pick one up!)

  7. Fur Coats and cloaks

    The temperature drops quickly when the sun goes down).

  8. Keep a clean set of clothing in a plastic bag for the ride home.

  9. Hats

    The more the merrier: decorative, protection from the sun, and at night for warmth.

  10. Sunglasses

    A couple of pairs, in case one breaks

  11. Goggles

    Decorate them with embellishments to make them your own!

  12. Skirts, sarongs

  13. Fishnets, hose, bodysuits

  14. Comfortable shoes/boots

    Be sure to bring a selection of shoes for camp, day time and night time.

  15. Funky shoes

    But avoid stiletto heels!

  16. Make-up

    Body paints, glitter gels – no loose glitter!

  17. Rain gear/poncho

    You never know what the weather will bring out there.

  18. Gloves

    Decorative and for warmth.

  19. Blinking lights

    Battery operated to wear at night.

 

That should do it for costumes and clothing!  Whether this is your first time at the festival or your twenty-first, we wish you a once-in-a-lifetime experience and good luck!

Come on into the store for your costumes, crafts and other wearables today! If you’re in need of helium for your camp, come down to Paper Plus, we have helium tanks for rent!

Why Everyone Should Be Celebrating Mardi Gras in 2016

Friday, January 29th, 2016

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

So, what makes the holiday so great?

It’s a huge PARTY!

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

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

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

 

Masks

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

Beads and Coins

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

Mardi gras beads and masksCostumery

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

Party Supplies

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

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

 

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