When I reflect on my childhood, there is one constant in my 18 years at home and that is parties! My parents had the “party gene” in spades. Yet my earliest party-going recollection is from a hallway vantage point, in footie pajamas, in the 1950s at my grandparents … the ones who started this party legacy. Now a cocktail soiree choreographed by my “Nanny” was straight out of House Beautiful, with sets of gold-rimmed barware, pitchers and shakers and a spiked punch bowl surrounded by fancy finger foods and her best snack plates with color coordinated napkins.
Their chic, cultured guests would cozy into the drapery-lined living room, while drink orders were taken and appetizers were passed out. Meanwhile, masters of the party laugh and the one-liner filled the air, along with Stan Kenton, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Once the libations began to flow, these true party pros would strike a pose, balancing a cigarette in one hand and a gently rocking martini in the other and, in a cloud of smoke, a business deal would close without spilling a drop. Very cosmopolitan!
This post-prohibition drinking didn’t stop after a party in the 50s and 60s. This same urbane crowd of drinkers had societal permission to do so all day long, at lunch, cocktail hour, before dinner and after! Since drinking was such a common social opener, easy access to the hooch was necessary, so the bar cart was born.
Parked in the living room, with ice in the bucket, the hostess never leaves the area and the conversation is seamless…”Have a seat Harry, what are you drinking?” …and the ice clinks…
As we all know, the cool, stylish mid-century esthetic is the current, hot influence in home design and the bar cart is an icon of the era. Swank, sexy, adorable, the bar cart is ready to transform any room into an entertaining space.
Now maybe the LUXE look of a “classic” cart, full of beautiful glassware and cut crystal decanters storing your moonshine is too hardcore…no problem, feel free to make it your own.
With so many options available it’s easy to find a cart that suits you, but don’t forget to dress up this eminently stylish accessory!
While we are on the subject… once the trolley has passed and you are sipping your Sidecar, where do you set it down? On the drink table of course! In a supporting role, the drink table is “at the ready” to be moved around as needed. Small scale, portable and sculptural, the drink table can add a dash of style to any room, with a surprising amount of presence.