Your pursuit of the perfect party has you running from bounce-house megaplex to acro gym. But we think the new crafting parties at Acme Party Box will have you turning cartwheels.
The company has taken the same no-fuss, ecofriendly philosophy behind its celebration-in-a-box party kits and applied it to customized showers and bashes in its Palo Alto storefront. All you have to do is choose a DIY project — from felting wool sweaters to fairy-house-making with reusable and sustainable materials.
Bright decorations, fancy favors (twig pencils, finger puppets, and feed tins filled with seeds), and festive eats are coordinated by the staff. After the celebration, you can buy the party linens (a cloth runner and bunting) and repurpose them.
After all, everything from Acme is designed to be upcycled. And that’s no running gag.
Available at Acme Party Box Company, Town and Country Shopping Center, 855 El Camino Real, at Embarcadero Road, suite 201, Palo Alto (650-618-4682 or acmepartybox.com), starting at $38 per person.
Free Saturday Family Concert Series: Mariposa Express
What: Music from the Latin band, plus self-guided walking tours, lawn games, carriage rides, and a catch-and-release koi pond.
Why: You can do wine country with kids.
When: Ongoing. Sat., 1-4 p.m.
Where: Landmark Vineyards, 101 Adobe Canyon Rd., nr. Hwy. 12, Kenwood (707-833-0053).
Munchkin Kids Run
What: Les petits and the fleet of feet can participate by completing one-mile, half-mile, or 100-yard dashes to benefit the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center.
Why: Everybody wins.
When: Sun., 9 a.m.
Where: The Embarcadero, at Mission St. (888-862-0640). Register online at registration.thesfmarathon.com. Cost is $25.
My True Nature Launches Ollie’s Hand Soap
What: The local bath line debuts a just-for-tots cleaner that foams without chemicals.
Why: Bubbles for their troubles.
When: After digging up worms.
Where: Thom’s Natural Foods, 5843 Geary Blvd., b/t 22nd & 23rd Aves. (415-387-6367); GetzWell Pediatrics, 1701 Church St., at 29th St. (415-826-1701); online at mytruenature.net, $14.
Photo: Courtesy of Acme Party Box Company