Spring Party Accoutrements

By Karen Parr-Moody

 

Weddings, picnics, and Easter … oh my! With spring comes a vast array of occasions to be feted in vintage style. And at GasLamp, the perfect party accoutrements are waiting, including cake plates, cake pedestals, cookie plates, linen napkins, and more.

 

"I believe that to kick off the spring season, one must bake some spring sugar cookies or a light pound cake with rosemary-infused honey and fresh cream,” says designer Jason Parker Counce, whose booth currently takes inspiration from that most famous of tea parties, the Mad Hatter’s in “Alice in Wonderland.”

 

Sweets are in order in Counce’s booth, where, among the dreamy delights on display, is this enchanting cake pedestal decorated with violets and gilt swirls, at right. To keep those honey bees away from the gâteau, there’s a dramatic, bell jar cloche that makes the perfect Victorian accompaniment (cake pedestal, $18; cloche, bell jar cloche, $45; both at JPC Designs, Booth B-309).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These footed compotes, left, will breathe spring air onto any tabletop décor (each compote, $65; Booth B-134). Not being very deep, these can actually act like mini cake pedestals. A decorating idea is to use these, and others of graduating heights, to bring a sense of drama to the table. They can also be used in less traditional ways than for cakes; they’re a nice way to display cookies or set out hors d’oeuvres.

 

Cake slices, bon-bons, finger sandwiches – any of these would look elegant on the handled sandwich/cookie platters at right. Cupcakes, a popular change from sliced desserts, also look beautiful on such serving plates. What takes the look into charm heaven is layering in an eclectic mix of vintage, floral cake plates. (Left to right: Pink Depression glass cake plate, circa 1930, $45; Booth B-308. Vintage sandwich/cookie server, $37.50; Booth B-2028. Plates, l-r, hand-painted plate, one of six, $75; Booth S-115. Warwick dessert plate, $35, and Nippon hand-painted plate, $36; both at Hermitage Court Booth B-231).

 

 

 

 

 

 

An easy way to make every party feel fancy is to add some vintage napkins, like these at left. The different patterns, along with simple but distinctive details, add grace and flourish to any table. While a rarity now, such napkins were more commonplace in bygone days – and are abundant at Aunt Enid’s Attic, Booth B-110, the GasLamp go-to booth for luxurious textiles. (Linen monogrammed napkins, $10 for four. Peach-and-cream linen napkins, $10 for four. Cream and pink faille napkins, $12 for four. Rice linen napkins with embroidery, $6 for six. Napkins with cutwork and blue embroidery, $35 for eight).

 

The pièce de résistance for a posh party is this teacart with removable tray (photo, right; $212, Booth B-325). While the teacart used to be a staple in homes, it’s not so popular today. However, it makes such practical – and decadent – sense. It makes a statement when wheeled out, topped with tea (or martinis). And it is practical in a small space, being easily movable and serving as a bar, side table, or laptop workstation.

 

Whether one is seeking a party with an air of refinement, or just another excuse to buy macarons from Provence, GasLamp has the best accoutrements. And the sheer number of possible combination is enough to rattle a few teacups.

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