15 Colorful Cocktail Glasses, Plates, and More to Level Up Your Serveware

published Dec 4, 2023
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Vintage colored glassware collection
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When you finally get a break from the big holiday dinners, all you want to do is curl up on the couch and not cook a thing. But a night spent chilling on your couch and eating your favorite takeout can still be festive. You just need the right accoutrements. 

One way to elevate your meals: colored glass! The material instantly evokes the spirit of the holidays with its elegant and whimsical look. From pastel plates to embellished Champagne flutes, you can find so many options to brighten up any blah dinner. Check out these 15 colored glassware ideas to add a little vibrancy to any meal.      

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Estelle Colored Glass

This set of six hand-blown stemware pieces comes in a variety of vivid and muted hues, from rich fuchsia to cobalt blue to pastel peach. Just pick your favorite color and pour in your go-to wine, and you’ll instantly elevate your meal.

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These blush-hued glasses, available in a set of four, make a pretty statement. They feature a sumptuous, curvy silhouette with a slightly pink tinge. The effect is tasteful and refined — perfect for a holiday Instagram. Another bonus? These glasses are dishwasher-safe.

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A more modern take on drinking glasses, these beauties have a gold rim along with ribbed detailing and a geometric base. The tall silhouette can serve up a cocktail or even water. Feeling really fancy? Pair it with brass cutlery (to match the rim) for a more regal holiday spread.

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The ultra-saturated colors of this coupe add instant drama to your meal. You can choose from a deep emerald green or rich plum hue, which both feature a tri-tone of colors as they transition to the base. The retro coupe is imagined by fashion designer Azeeza, so you can be sure that style comes in equal measure to substance.

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Crate & Barrel

This rocks glass is a classic. The design is molded in a diamond pattern to resemble cut crystal — offering up a glamorous, dreamy texture. You can choose from green or red colorways, or mix and match, for a seasonal color scheme that never fails. Plus, the glasses ring in at under $6 a pop.

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Wavy design has been the rage for a while, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. If you’re a fan of the aesthetic, these ripple cups will be right up your alley. Hailing from French-American designer Sophie Lou Jacobsen, the pieces are made from colorful borosilicate glass — allowing them to be thin yet durable. The fun shape is satisfying to hold and sip from, bringing a playful touch to holiday meals.

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Nothing sets the mood quite like candlelight. These candle holders are beautifully bulbous, emanating a romantic feel that's perfect for the season. They fit tapers or tealights and come in four colors, including a festive, rich green.

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For a more subtle take on candlelight, votives are a great option. This set of six features a fluted design for a bit of textural interest, and comes in a variety of earthy tones for a more grounding palette. Group some together to create a centerpiece, or scatter them around the table to form conversation circles.

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West Elm

Cups and candle holders are great, but you can’t forget about the vessel that holds it all: the dinner plate. This set of four has a scalloped edge, softening the tablescape for a charming setting. The design is inspired by Gothic architecture, which is where the ribbed texture comes in. Choose from sage or pink hues.

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Il Buco Vita

Napkin rings are an oft-overlooked part of a tablescape — but it’s the details that make a spread stand out. Need proof? Look no further than these sea-glass sculptural pieces. Each ring is free-blown by an artist in Italy’s Maremma countryside, so it carries a story along with its beauty. The pieces come as a set of four and are made from recycled glass.

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Another wavy option, this bowl features scalloped-edge curves to form an almost floral-like silhouette. Its shape is instantly smile-inducing, while the teal hue soothes the senses. Use it for your favorite dip or go super casual with a cereal-for-dinner vibe. The silhouette and size make it that versatile.

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House of Nomad

Want dinnerware that doubles as decor? This sculptural carafe does the trick. A delicate pink washes over the pyramidal jug, while an amber sphere sits pretty at the mouth. However, the sphere can also cleverly sit inside the base when not in use.

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An ornate hollow stem gives way to a lightly scalloped foot in these sophisticated Champagne flutes. The glass itself narrows and billows out for an easy sipping experience. Plus, they are handpainted in pretty jewel tones, offering a welcome pop of color to your bottle of bubbly.

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Neiman Marcus

No holiday is complete without desserts, and this cake stand is the ideal spot to showcase them all. Designed in a baroque-inspired style, it has a milky pink hue with gold tapered edges, emulating the look of a rose petal and offering up soft romance. In other words? It’s the perfect stage for your sweets.

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These dainty bubble vases offer playful shapes and tones to zhuzh up your dining or coffee table. The slim profile and lofty height help prevent a tablescape from feeling one-dimensional. Simply stick in some branches and flowers — or opt for dried florals — to create an organic, earthy ambiance.

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy as part of Holiday Night Off, presented by DoorDash. See it there: 15 Colorful Pieces of Glass Tableware to Level Up Your Meals