Around here we're big on simple, classy entertaining, with fresh flowers, good music, and a relaxed but elegant table. But there's a time and place for another kind of party, one with loads of streamers and umbrella drinks and mylar table skirts. And when you're throwing that kind of party in the Bay Area, Fantastico is the place to go for supplies…
If you've never been down to Angray Fantastico (known simply as "Fantastico" by devotees), a warehouse party and floral supply store behind the flower market, we suggest you try and fit in a trip before Halloween. Fantastico is our favorite spot for kitschy party décor; for a friend's recent birthday taco party, we scored a cardboard mariachi with dancing legs, a sombrero centerpiece and miniature donkey piñata, all for less than $20.
The place is gloriously disorganized, with shelves upon shelves of tulle-and-pearl-laden wedding gear, plastic trinket party favors, a dizzying array of paper garlands, and the like. You'll find supplies for dozens of different party themes; if you're looking to throw a pirate luau for a bunch of cowboys, Fantastico is your one-stop shop. Oh, and of course, there are piñatas galore, from your basic multi-colored burro to a nice little white wedding cake.
It's worth noting, too, that Fantastico also stocks floral and decorative supplies like silk flowers, candles in every color, basic glass vases and ceramic pottery, and a selection of kitschy garden statuary like you wouldn't believe. For the holidays, it's a great place to find basic, inexpensive ornaments (pretty glass balls, for example) and hard-to-find decorations like battery-operated Christmas lights.
(Images: Susie Nadler for Apartment Therapy)