The Gibbes Museum of Art Renovation/Celebration invite read, “Colorful Casual Cocktail,” as a suggestion for dress, but we think that was a perfect description of the party as well. In keeping with the construction theme, the Gibbes shut down Meeting Street with orange cones and heavy-duty trucks. Waitstaff and volunteers donned hard hats and safety vests to direct guests around the “construction site.”

While most Gibbes parties are a celebration of the arts, this one was more a celebration of architecture, highlighting their Beaux Arts building and the potential for new renovations. And while some of the guests were studying the classic details of the building lit at night, others were taking advantage of sampling the cuisine of the featured restaurants.

FIG was shucking oysters at their table, a nod to their new endeavor on King Street. Caviar & Bananas fed us mini merguez “hot dogs,” inspired by traditional “street meat” food trucks. We had a moment of pure euphoria as we sampled the mini chocolate-caramel tarts at the Wild Flour table.

As we contemplated a second helping of dessert, Angela Mack announced on the stage that she had a surprise for the crowd. Theatre Marvelosa, an international theatre troupe, was to present a fashion show and, in keeping with the theme, the looks were constructed with materials from Lowe’s hardware store. The audience marveled at the glow-in-the-dark performers and men dressed as women strutting down the runway — who knew a Shop-Vac could be used as an accessory? The colorful party guests then got into the act as they mingled and danced throughout the evening in celebration of the Gibbes.