Party Guide: Stylish & Inexpensive Glassware

Party Guide: Stylish & Inexpensive Glassware

Kim Lucian
Dec 9, 2011

I'm throwing a party at my apartment in a couple of weeks and I had everything figured out. The food and drinks I'm going to serve, the music, the decor... Then I realized I have about three times as many people coming as I have glasses.

Now in college this would have been a non-issue, plastic red cups to the rescue! Somehow at this point red cups feel a little too, well, college. Sorta like that futon that used to pass as a sofa. Likewise, plastic party supply wine glasses … feel exactly like plastic party supply wine glasses. There's just no getting around it.

So I set out to find a few options, glasses that are inexpensive enough to buy in bulk (and not worry that a few might get broken) yet pretty enough to put on display. Here are a few of the options I came up with, along with a breakdown of what it would cost to buy a dozen.

1. Rustic: Mason Jar, Fresh Preserving Store $.85 each, $10.50 for twelve
Image via Style Me Pretty

A classic with country roots, you won't find a sturdier glass for your money. (This is the option I ended up going with.)

2. Vintage: Fleur-De-Lys Glass, Anthropologie $6 each = $72 for twelve

Perfect for brunch, these glasses look like you picked them up at a Parisian flea market.

3. Utilitarian: Go Anywhere Flute, Go Vino Wine $38.50 for twelve

Shatterproof PBA free plastic glasses with an ergonomic dent for your finger.

4. Pop: Polka Dot Glasses, Fishs Eddy $6 each = $72 for twelve

Tall and slim with colorful polka dots, a great way to add a little color.

5. Modern: Reko Glass, Ikea $.25 each = $6 for twelve

Available in 6 packs these glasses are the cheapest of the bunch, have a clean profile and stack for ease of storage.

Images: As credited above.

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