Lindsey Reynolds and Cameron Cooper are the Goodetime Gals, two ladies collaborating on a bartending and party planning service that’s reviving the lost art of home entertaining. Even though it was long before their time, the Gals are nostalgic for the good old days when intimate yet elaborate gatherings were held at home. “We both really wondered why people don’t have dinner parties anymore,” says Lindsey. With the Goodetime Gals they’re joining their giant personalities to bring fun and creativity back into hosting.
After meeting as volunteers at SXSW, they bonded over their shared love of classic cocktails and vintage dresses. The outfits Lindsey and Cameron put together are a fabulous part of the Goodetime Gals experience. Almost always seen with a bold lip and a bright frock, their preferred look has a 1950’s housewife vibe. But they’ve recently been clad in everything from a Fly Girls outfit for a 90s hip hop party to beaded, dropwaist dresses for a Prohibition-themed event.
Even though they have a retro aesthetic, they don’t believe in using the pre-made mixes and convenience foods of that time. “What makes a good drink is fresh ingredients and premium spirits,” says Cameron. Whenever possible they shop at farmer’s markets and use local liquors like Genius Gin and White Hat Rum.
As I’m talking to them I can see why they make such a good team. They have a fabulous rapport, but when it comes to drinks they have very different preferences. Cameron likes a strong scotch, while Lindsey prefers a champagne cocktail or white wine spritzer. The combination of their tastes produces ingenious concoctions like the Ann Richards, a summery drink perfect for unwinding. After trying one at Cameron’s house I was inspired to make my own at home, and the Gals generously offered to share the recipe with our readers.
“We’re not classically trained bartenders, so we really try to keep it simple and accessible,” explains Cameron. “It’s really about home entertaining and things that anyone can do.”
What started as a weekend gig working parties for friends and family has turned into a thriving creative business. You may have seen them at some of Austin’s premiere food events, like Edible Austin’s Sipping Social and the Austin Food and Wine Festival. Their work has even attracted national attention from The Knot’s wedding blog.
They dream of selling the simple syrups they make and aspire to someday open a bar of their own. In the meantime, they’ve hired a few more gals to help handle the growing business. This fall Lindsey will be moving to Oxford, Mississippi to begin a Master’s degree in Southern Studies at Ole Miss. The Goodetime Gals will then officially become a two-state operation.
They’re strategizing now on how their collaboration will change, but it will definitely continue. “You can’t do it alone,” says Lindsey. “And it’s just more fun to do it together!” adds Cameron. “The funny thing is that it was just supposed to be a hobby.”