Right now, it’s hard to believe that we’ll ever be able to go out again…. That the pandemic will end… And that we’ll even WANT to be at a crowded party… That sounds terrifying…
But New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams believes the new normal is coming. To that end, she asked a local caterer what he thinks the future holds for high-end party-going:
“The new world isn’t crowds…. No more big buffets. No standing in long lines. No food stations. No serve yourself. No touching anything. No five deep at a bar. Now it’s all pre-done, prepackaged. Food is individual prearranged portions. And catering via home delivery.
Which sounds kind of dreary. Like being served airplane food at a party… Ugh.
She then asked Southampton/Palm Beach/Park Avenue philanthropist and socialite Audrey Gruss who said:
“More casual. Less entertaining. Open spaces. Six people at home at a table for 12. Smaller groups. At most 10. Masks everywhere. Summertime seating outdoors can be at 50 percent the normal capacity. And galas are via Zoom. That way you stick on a little makeup and everyone does the effort. Listen, I’ve done my best by just pulling my hair back.
“I’m on Lincoln Center’s board. Our recent special evening was 16 people, eight couples. Cocktails at home then virtual entertainment. We all tuned in and Kelli O’Hara sang two songs from her basement. Crowded cocktail parties are over.
“Wardrobe will be rethought. Fewer ballgowns in future, but we’ll get out of sweatsuits. Bloomie’s, Bergdorfs, Saks are figuring how to dry-clean clothes after they’re tried on in dressing rooms. A new process is an aerial spray disinfectant.
“None of us have worn anything. We’re dying to put clothes on. The charity set loves to dress up. Look, we want social activity. We’re social creatures. We’re struggling. Social life, not isolation, is healthy for us. One-third of America is suffering from anxiety and depression.
“It’s a subject I know about. My Hope for Depression Research Foundation just pledged $30 million to fund new treatments. This year, we proposed a 3.1-mile race and asked them to send videos. A virtual race for charity.
So there you have it. The future of fancy parties. No crowded bars, but we will get out of sweatsuits.
What do you think?