The Best Inexpensive Party Glasses
Best Traditional Champagne
Crystal stemware at a terrific price. Delicate bowl, solid base, timeless profile. Dishwasher-safe.
To buy: $33 for six, oneida.com.
Best Stemless Champagne
Vina Stemless Flute
The new wave of flutes sits flat on the table. Urbane, modern, and easy to handle while you navigate a crowded room. Dishwasher-safe.
To buy: $13 for four, libbey.com.
Retro, glamorous, and petite, it fits perfectly in a smallish hand. Guests will feel fabulous sipping their punch. Dishwasher-safe.
To buy: $4, fishseddy.com.
At eight ounces, this classic V-shaped glass holds a generous drink, but it’s not so big that guests (or your carpet) will get sloshed. Hand wash.
To buy: $3, crateandbarrel.com.
Sagaform SOS Schnapps
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a set for intimate gatherings? After-dinner amaretto by the fireplace, anyone? Hand wash.
To buy: $20 for four, store.minimal.com.
Best Red Wine
Mouth-blown glass (which makes the price even more startling) with angular, understated grace. Dishwasher-safe.
To buy: $3, ikea.com for stores.
Best White Wine
Real crystal, it is sparkly and capacious and has a thin rim that feels nice on the lips. Dishwasher-safe.
To buy: $12 for two, amazon.com.
It looks like glass but is actually a special crystal-clear reusable plastic, with a thumb notch that makes it easy to hold. Virtually indestructible, it’s great for rowdy crowds. Hand wash.
To buy: $12 for four, cooperhewittshop.org.
Best Double Old-Fashioned
Bormioli Rocco Sorgente
Nooks and crannies offer a comfy grip in this Flintstones-meets–Mad Men option. Dishwasher-safe.
To buy: $18 for four, amazon.com.
With a refined top and a weighted, hefty base below, this glass is large enough to hold a full bottle of beer. Dishwasher-safe.
To buy: $4, crateandbarrel.com.