ISSUE 48  |  Handmade in California

Shopper’s Diary: Acme Party Box Store in Palo Alto

November 29, 2011 4:23 PM

BY Lydia Lee

We're liking the Slow Party Movement, as espoused by Cathy Keyani and Lisa Fulker, co-owners of Acme Party Box Company in Palo Alto. Their mantra? "Party. Rinse. Repeat." Scandalized by the amount of trash generated at kids' parties, the two mothers decided to start a company offering reusable and recyclable party supplies for thoughtful as well as attractive gatherings.

The retail shop has an Etsy-come-to-life vibe, with artful table settings on display and a drop-in craft table. In the back room, they host kids' parties centered around a craft activity; a group of four-year-olds recently learned how to measure ingredients to create their own cookie-mix-in-a-jar. For more information go to Acme Party Box Company.

Photography by Lydia Lee for Remodelista.

Above: Co-owner Lisa Fulker at the counter, dispensing advice on gifts and ideas for kids' craft activities. On the bureau is a selection of furoshiki, traditional Japanese gift-wrapping textiles (the store is holding a Modern Furoshiki Workshop on Dec. 10).

Above: A smart alternative to juice boxes, Acme's Glass Drinking Jars come with perforated metal lids and paper straws; $42 for a set of 12.

Above: Acme Organic Cotton Market Bag; $7.

Above: Acme carries a selection of wooden serving pieces, including the Teak Cheese Knife Set; $40.

Above: Goods are displayed in casual settings: A tray on the sofa is filled with loose lavender and lavender sachets, and tea canisters are arranged in a china cabinet. The store is draped with Acme's own reusable cotton Bunting, $36 for a 9-foot length.