Beautiful Glasses and Stemware just make a Party more fun!
It’s the holiday season and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or another holiday, beautiful glasses and stemware are a must!
Every major celebration generally involves food and drink. Christmas and the holidays in December are no exceptions. Sometimes, though, we don’t have all the necessary party glasses available at our disposal. Let me help you with that. Above you will see a choice of glasses that would be very useful for any party. Being prepared is easy when you have what you need.
Good Party Practices
The best crystal may not be what you want to use for a house party or Christmas party. Not to worry, I have you covered. Depending on how many guest you have and their personal drinking preferences you may find that you need more than one of the choices. Being an advocate for reducing waste, I love using reusable items. I don’t like filling the landfills with more plastic, so I am sticking to the washable kind of party glasses. Most people will appreciate your efforts.
My Christmas parties are usually a BYOB (bring your own booze) because I really don’t know everyone’s drink preferences. So because I don’t know what they will bring, I have to make sure that my wine glasses will work for either red or white wine. Most of my friends don’t really care if it’s the right shape, so long as it holds a bit of cheer easily. Along with suggestions for party glasses, I have included washable glass markers for your pleasure and ease of use. Quite often someone will put down their glass, and then not be able to find it again! That becomes a moot point when their names are on their glasses. It saves a lot of searching around for your missing glass and it’s easier to use than wine charms.
Other types of Party Glasses
You may also want to have some plain glasses for those who are not drinking wine, beer or other spirits. Hopefully, there are a few designated drivers that will stick to ginger ale or colas and non-alcoholic punches. They will want some beautiful glasses as well. I love the party pack of glasses for that purpose. Party packs are a great way to get a nice mix of glasses that can be used for more than one purpose.
This set of goblets can be used for a number of different drinks. If you are serving a punch, sangria or eggnog, these glasses will fit the bill perfectly. I don’t know too many of my friends who have ever had too many glasses, especially at the Holiday Season. When you have them you can also lend them to others in their time of need.
Christmas Season and New Years too!
The beauty of investing in some party-ware now is that you will have them do double duty. Right behind the Christmas season we can be assured there will be a New Year’s Party as well. Time to get the glasses all ready for yet another get together with friends and/or family. One thing is certain, those party glasses will be used many times over the next two months. After that, you have a reason to party some more. Your glasses are sure to get a great work out and you will have the enjoyment of seeing friends and family many times over the years to come.
Just for your enjoyment!
With all this talk of party glasses, I’m getting thirsty! For your enjoyment I am including two recipes that are easy to prepare and your guests will surely enjoy.
Two wonderfully drinkable cocktails for your Guests
The Fire Side
1 1/2 oz gin
1 oz white port
1 oz vermouth
Ice to fill glass
Garnish with a twist of orange zest and grate some Dark Chocolate on top.
The Getaway Cocktail
This requires a little more preparation time, but it’s well worth the effort.
100 gms good quality dark chocolate
3 1/2 tablespoons 2% milk
1 Bottle of Rum (your choice)
In a double boiler over medium-low heat, combine chocolate and milk, stirring until the chocolate has melted. Remove from heat and transfer to a 6 cup glass container with a lid. Pour in rum and refrigerate overnight. Before adding to a cocktail, strain this mixture through cheesecloth. (this can be made up to a week before needed)
Simple Rich Syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
Combine these two over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in a glass container.
The Getaway Cocktail:
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons pineapple juice
Save this for the next step.
Add 1/4 cup rum infusion, 1 tablespoon rich syrup, add the lemon/pineapple mixture to an ice-filled shaker. Shake until very cold. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with shaved chocolate a mint leaf or two and a few drops of angostura bitters.
I have tried both of these cocktails and I can tell you that they are both really good. I got the recipes from my local chocolatier( Lindt) in their publication “The Season”.
Just one more note: Remember to drink responsibly, have a Designated Driver or take a cab. We want you to enjoy more parties at a later date!