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Cups and Glassware

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Your table is set, and now it’s time for the glasses. After all, isn’t what you drink arguably one of the most important components of a meal? Whether buying for everyday use or only for special occasions, glasses can be an opportunity to make your place setting stand out or simply an indulgent vessel out of which to enjoy a glass of plonk at the end of the day. While materials and overall form don’t often vary too much between styles and applications, that is where the similarities between different glassware types end.

How do I pick glasses and mugs for everyday use?

When choosing glassware that will be for everyday use, durability is key. Choosing glass tumblers or mugs that are thick-walled and dishwasher safe are great for drinks of all types. Whether it's for a glass of juice or a cup of tea, sturdy and simple drinkware gets the job done. For early mornings or late nights that require a hot beverage to warm you up, ceramic mugs and cups insulate heat as well as regulate the temperature of the cup. For regular use, strong, dish-washer safe wine glasses, or even stemless wine glasses, will prove most durable and versatile.

What should I look for in formal glassware?

For more special occasions, there are endless options to choose from when it comes to formal glassware. From cocktail glasses to champagne glasses, crystal to hand blown glass, there’s a lot to navigate through in the glassware field. For wine, stemware is a treat. While there are specific glass shapes per wine type, one classic set for red and one set for white will do just fine. For mixed drinks, a clean and simple set of highball glasses and a set of tumblers, at most, should suffice. For celebratory occasions and holidays, champagne flutes, martini glasses, and other festive glassware will add flare to your decor. Glasses can be easily broken, especially at parties and other events with alcohol, so if this seems likely then it may be worth thinking about carefully before investing in crystalware!
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