Throwing a party at home always inspires me to discover ways to incorporate what I have and to find new vision for objects beyond their intended uses. The holiday season is a perfect time to start training your creative eye to experiment with ways to make your celebrations memorable – and ones that your RSVPs are responded to with a resounding YES!
None of my champagne flutes match, and I like it that way. Matchy-matchy is boring, whereas a whimsical assortment invites intrigue. Because of the clear, luminescent qualities of my glasses, they always look good together, whether they are crystal-cut Waterford or Pier-One bargain, especially when the champagne sparkles within their shimmering confines.
I always stay away from paper or plastic cups, not just because it’s not ecological, but because it doesn’t seem worthy of a fine champagne. But even when my glasses don’t match, guests can never seem to remember which one they started drinking from, especially as the evening progresses.
So to avoid confusion, I found paper tags that I had purchased at Staples, wrote each person’s name on them, affixed a fanciful sticker from John Derian’s Target collection and tied them to each glass. And yes, this time I added a martini glass to the mix, especially for my fabulous friend Mark Ciolli who would prefer a good, stiff one over the bubbly.
In May 2009, Clarkson Potter will publish my book, The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details.