When it comes to New Year, only Champagne will do.
With the clock rapidly closing on yet another mixed-bag of a year, it’s all the more reason to end it with a taste of something bubbly and bright, if only to encourage the same for the next 12 months.
While Prosecco will always have a place in our hearts, for occasions like this, France’s Champagne feels fitting. While we have a guide to the best bottles around, nothing will ruin the vibe than sloshing the precious liquid into mismatched cups and the odd pint glass. The short of it is, presentation matters.
To give your party that luxe edge, proper Champagne glasses are crucial. They’ve changed a lot over the decades, from saucers to flutes and back again. Each offers unique benefits - for instance, tulip-shaped flutes allow the perfume of the liquid to breathe, while tall flutes means the bubbles will last for longer - but when it comes down to it, it’s really a matter of personal taste.
So, we’ve rounded up some of the finest options around to help your New Year celebrations kick off with a bang.
See our favourites below
Ferm Living Ripple Glassware Clear
Looking like something Jay Gatsby might pour his party elixir into, this set of mouthblown glasses look contemporary yet vintage all the same time.
Buy now £39.00, Heal’s
Waterford Crystal Lismore Diamond Cut Glass Champagne Flute, Set of 2
As one of the finest crystal houses around, Waterford needs no introduction. If you're planning to invest in new pieces, or looking for an elegant wedding present for upcoming nuptials, this set certainly cuts it. Each holding 125ml, the clear flutes feature the studded cuts of the Lismore Diamond pattern and wedge cuts from the Lismore collection's signature pattern. A thing of beauty.
Buy now £120.00, John Lewis
Cath Kidston Roses and Hearts Set of Two Champagne Coupes
Not quite rose-tinted glasses but with a lovely heart and roses pattern, this set of two glasses aren't your typical vessels for champagne, and is all the better for it. Finished with a metallic gold-hued lip, they're a fun piece for newlyweds.
Buy now £17.60, Cath Kidston
LSA International Verso champagne tulip glass 370ml clear-cut x 2
Tulip-shaped glasses produce the best flavour when only filled to the widest point: this helps to trap the aromas inside the bowl, helping you to savour the taste of your champagne. This two-piece from glassware specialists LSA International is perfect for mightnight toasting, each holding 370ml of liquid. But, to really unleash the flavour of your pour, fill only halfway.
Buy now £55.00, Harvey Nichols
Pasabahce Elysia Glass Champagne Cups
Looking far more expensive than the price tag would suggest, this set of four champagne glasses are the perfect vessels for the big countdown. They may look fragile but they're perfectly dishwasher-safe, making clean-up the morning after a doddle.
Buy now £17.95, Amazon
Vera Wang Infinity toasting flute set
Make a toast to your other half with this delicate flute designed by Vera Wang. The base is silver plated with intricate detailing and etched around the flute are braids that represent eternal love. This is a great special occasion glass that would make a perfect wedding present.
Buy now £80.00, Selfridges
Anthropologie Set of 4 Jaki Flutes
Enhance those tiny golden bubbles with gilded flutes, like this set available from Anthropologie. Made in the Czech Republic, the handpainted glasses look their finest when raised in a toast.
Buy now £56.00, Anthropologie