The New York Times reports that Americans spent $97 billion (billion!) last year on “athleisure” – play clothes you wear all day, for every event: spandex hoodies in to work; yoga pants out to dinner; sweat suits for supper at home.
America, we can do better.
Don’t get us wrong. We love leisure. But we love being grown-ups too. Can’t we do both at once?
Of course we can. And like every good habit, grown-up leisure begins at home. With a party.
If you need reminding where to start, we have ideas. First, reclaim a space where you live to be grown-up ground-zero. Maybe that’s an actual home bar, like these the Wills Company designed and built in Nashville.
Or maybe it’s a living room table you finally clear of newspapers, mail, and lost homework.
A classic bar cart can also do the trick.
And with the right spirit, furniture’s entirely optional.
Second, once you’ve claimed your spot, collect the basic party tools. With great respect, we offer this advice to everyone, novice and veteran host alike. Whether you’re starting a home new from scratch, or have been settled in for years, a fresh party set-up can inspire fresh parties. Our own essential short-list includes beautiful glasses (luxurious crystal or colorful vintage), charming cloth napkins, a handsome cocktail shaker, and sensuous trays to keep it all neat and inviting.
Third, add a festive drink. Let these two modern classics jog your imagination.
And alcohol’s never required. A tee-totaling punch rounds out any good repertoire. Click here for three chic mocktail recipes from Sean McClure, the mixologist behind Cocktail Chemistry.
Fourth, and best, invite your favorite friends to dress up and join you.
Consider it a public service: give everyone a reason to ditch the yoga pants. You never know – you might spark a trend.
Grown-up leisure? Yes, we do that.