By Karen Parr-Moody
With the warm weather percolating, we’ve begun to daydream about chilling out at home in style. Whether it’s a small fête or a tiny tête-à-tête, a small get-together is made fashionable by mid-century modern design.
Americans are limiting their social interactions amid coronavirus concerns, but we are social beings, after all. And nothing is quite as cozy as a gathering with a few close friends. This can be a Saturday cocktail hour for two or a Friday night card game with a couple of neighbors.
To find the chicest aesthetic in which to entertain, look to the mid-century modern era of the 1950s and 1960s, a time known for its cocktail parties in sleek ranch homes. GasLamp currently features an array of mid-century modern items suited for intimate socializing in one’s home.
This chic patio set is a fabulous foundation for small get-togethers ($695; B-115). It’s an ode to several mid-century modern trends: “acid green” as a color, bamboo-print fabric and rattan. This five-piece set includes a sofa, two chairs and a glass-top table. It would look divine in a sunroom or on a covered porch.
The cocktail party is the perfect event for smaller spaces and a few friends. When one doesn’t have the luxury of a separate wet bar in one’s home, a stylish bar cart is the ticket. We love this mid-century modern bar cart made of faux bamboo brass ($145; B-389). It features two glass shelves and three bottle holders. It’s the perfect place to display wine bottles and liquor decanters, as well as cards and poker chips. And since it’s on wheels, it’s easy to pull it out for a party and offer a round of martinis. Don’t forget to stock it with sparkling water and mixers!
Even if you’re at home relaxing with family or friends, it’s a nice touch to serve drinks in their correct glasses. Try this mid-century modern set of eight small round cocktail glasses with an acorn pattern printed in metallic gold ($49 for the set; B-115). We love that these glasses come in a caddy for the ultimate in convenience.
Here’s a handsome set of six mid-century glasses that display an appreciation for antique pocket watches ($42; B-357). Each is printed with a design that features famous time pieces from around the world, dating from the time period of 1690 to 1830. There’s also a sleek vintage ice bucket made of Lucite to keep those cocktails cool ($40; B-357).
While fancy mid-century modern parties featured hors d’oeuvres passed by the hostess or hired staff, a simple “home alone” fête is the setting for a scrumptious casserole. Such a dish is best served hot in this Georges Briard server on teak trivet handles ($36; B-357). Briard was an American designer of the mid-century era who sold his signature collection at high-end department stores, such as Neiman Marcus and Bonwit Teller. His designs are picture perfect for a retro-style gathering.
While the world is in a tenuous spot tinged with coronavirus fears, we must make do with what fate has handed us. It’s time to keep the gatherings small, the cocktails strong and the music big. Put on Stan Getz, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker on your Pandora and get this party started!
Product photos by Karen Parr-Moody. Featured photo by Scott Warman on Unsplash.