During college, a cupboard full of mismatched mugs, Mason jars and plastic cups might have been acceptable. But when you’re an adult, investing in high-quality cocktail glassware is an essential part of turning your house into a home. And while place settings and tableware inevitably get most of the attention when it comes to decorating the dinner table, it’s equally important to have glassware that adds a pop of pizzazz both to everyday meals and special occasions.
Whether you’re looking for a go-to set of wine glasses or searching for cocktail tumblers and shot glasses you can break out for your next party, it’s important to have durable, matching pieces that reflect your unique design aesthetic. You’ll also want to make sure you have glassware that is suitable for various occasions. For more formal occasions, you should have stemware (drinking glasses with stems between the base and bowl) such as wine glasses and champagne flutes. And if you want to create your own home bar, you’ll want barware with flat bases. Consider this your go-to guide for finding the right glassware for you.
When it comes to choosing wine glasses, the standard rule is to opt for glasses with a wide bowl for reds and a narrower bowl for whites. For champagne and sparkling wines, you’ll want to invest in tall, narrow flutes. If you’re a wine connoisseur through and through, you might want to purchase both stemmed and stemless glasses so you can mix up the look based on the occasion.
Ultra-light, delicate stemware is the hottest new trend. But if you want something more suited to everyday usage, you’ll probably want a more durable wine glass. Likewise, if you’re looking for something a bit fancier and more formal, consider crystal wine glasses that refract light. If you’re trying to stick to a tighter budget, opt for glass, since it’s more affordable. And if you rarely break out hard liquor, you might want to forgo most barware and focus instead on contrasting sets (such as colored wine glasses, for instance).
If you’re looking to add some fun to your barware collection, you’ll probably want to invest in shot glasses. Designed to hold around 2 ounces of liquid, shot glasses are the go-to glass when you want to liven up the evening. If you want a bold look to set the mood, look for a colored version, such as bright red or purple. And if you want to remember a certain occasion (like that vacation in Mexico, when you downed tequila all day long), you can create custom shot glasses with one-of-a-kind phrases and designs.
Though colored wine glasses and cocktail tumblers are fun, choosing your water glasses is equally important, since you’ll be using them at every meal. And though they may seem like the most basic form of glassware, the possibilities are endless. If you have a subtle, understated style, you can opt for a set of minimalist glasses without distinctive markings or stems. If you want something with a bit more panache, you can buy glasses with special etchings or designs. And if you have a more adventurous personality, you could even consider a set of purple, green or pink glasses. Regardless of what you decide on, you’ll want to make sure the pieces are durable, easy to store, and made for everyday use. (For the perfect summer drink to test out your new glasses, try this lemon water recipe.)
Glassware That Fits Your Lifestyle
Whether you’re looking for funky pieces to match your bohemian chic style or formal glassware that speak to your more elevated side, Cheryl Saban Designs has a wide selection of hand-blown wine glasses, water glasses, shot glasses and more to choose from. With such a wealth of options, your hardest choice may be deciding which glass to use first.
Author Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.