With Christmas just a few days away and the prospect of entertaining a crowd of family and friends looming ever nearer, now is the ideal time to take a look at your collection of glassware and give it an overhaul.
While a complete matching set of champagne flutes, wine glasses, and tumblers is a joy to behold, it's not necessary to have a perfectly coordinated array of glassware to cater for everyone's drink requests—or to create a stylish tabletop display. The trend for vintage and cut-glass means that a combination of different sizes, shapes and styles can be an advantage. Here are tips to make a mix-and-match approach work beautifully:
1. Make sure you have enough of each type of glass for the occasion – white wine, red wine, champagne flutes, cocktail, tumblers, and hi-ball glasses.
2. Unless you are going for a multi-colored rainbow scheme, limit the number of differently colored glasses in your collection. Three or four will be enough.
3. Keep to the same tone of color, so avoid mi pastel tints with bold shades.
4. When it comes to cut-glass, the more patterns the better to give a distinctive and eclectic effect.
5. To prevent accidents, avoid overly delicate vintage glass for anything other than display purposes.