Dressing the Table: 3 Uses for Vintage Cocktail Glasses

These glasses were without a doubt one of the best finds ever. A set of eight of them were unearthed from the dusty recesses of a high cupboard in a former apartment. With no way to track them back to the original owners, they have graced our table ever since and proven surprisingly versatile.

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I'm fairly certain that these were originally cocktail glasses of the 3-Martini-Lunch variety. I certainly use them as such, and find that serving chilled manhattans in these glasses makes a party feel instantly classy

These glasses are also a nice shape for serving scoops of sorbet or little pot de crèmes. They hold just enough that no one can say they're too full for dessert.

And flipped upside down, these vintage glasses become miniature bell jars for table centerpieces. I like to gather a few bits from around the yard - fallen acorns, pretty stones, or snips of flowers - and arrange them under the dome. They're not so large that they block anyone's view and add a bit of whimsy and elegance to the table.

Do you own any vintage tableware?

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(Image: Emma Christensen)