Are you ready to set your table for the holidays?
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Since it’s kind of the start of October, it’s just about time to be talking about Halloween! I’ve already been posting some of my favorite Halloween looks up on Instagram (come check me out if you haven’t already), and although I haven’t been posting much on my site, I thought this holiday would be the best time to start again!
It goes without saying but I love Halloween! While it really isn’t considered an official holiday, for me it totally begins the holiday season. Plus everything about it is just so much fun! I may not be a kid anymore, but something about Halloween brings me back to the days of dressing up and gorging on candy. Also, since it’s decidedly less formal than the rest of the incoming holidays, I have free reign to dress my table any way I like!
This year I’m planning to throw a little Halloween/Día de Muertos gathering for my family and friends. And the first thing on my “to buy” list? Halloween glassware! I was doing an inventory the other week and I realized that out of all my glasses, I’m missing Halloween-appropriate ones. Quelle horreur! Cue me frantically searching for the perfect glassware to add to my collection—after all, I am a certified table lady, and not having glasses that fit the bill for a gathering fills me with a certain dread.
But why not use any of my other glasses? Well for starters, Halloween seems to be the only time where themed glassware seems appropriate (not counting the Superbowl and all other sports related events). While I’m sure I could find something in my collection that would do the trick, to be completely honest my glassware collection leans towards generic. Nothing about it screams “Halloween is here!”, and I think that’s a shame considering how fun creating a tablescape for Halloween can be!
FYI, I’ve written a very basic glassware post here just in case you need a little refresher on what kinds of glasses to pick in adding to your collection, although for the purpose of this article I’ve also included drinking glasses made out of plastic.
In choosing the best Halloween glassware, I personally prefer to stick with glass or plastic. More often than not, quality crystal is a hefty investment to make for one day of fun, plus having children around (which is a possibility on Halloween) means that I’ll need something durable, inexpensive, and easily replaceable.
In fact, the only time I’d go with crystal for Halloween is if I find a very cheap option online (although trust me, there are a few out there). Crystal, or crystal lookalike, is perfect for a spooky, elegant, and classic Halloween tablescape. My other favorites for the season include novelty glasses—because when else can you set a kitschy scape without looking too crazy?—, black glassware (understated, classy, and normal enough to be used for a variety of scapes outside of Halloween), and goblets!
Okay, I’ve rambled on long enough, so with all these in consideration and without further ado here is my personal list of the absolute best glassware to spend your money on this Halloween season (in no particular order)!
I’m crushing hard on this set of 12 glasses—and so should you! Not only is it made out of durable plastic (so basically perfect for a Halloween pool party or if your invitees include kids), but it’s also pretty darn cheap! I can definitely picture this on a glam, Addams Family-esque tablescape if that’s the look you’re going for this Halloween.
Okay, so this is kind of cheating considering these are four different glasses, but I just had to include all of them in my list because they’re just so gorgeous and elegant! A few years ago, Pottery Barn stocked skeleton martini glasses which I loved but unfortunately I never did get my hands on a set. You can bet I won’t be making the same mistake twice, and this Halloween I plan on buying a few of these glasses to appease my inner tablescaping goddess!
These stemless wine glasses with gold details are just too cute! I would love to see these on a gold and white glam Halloween table, especially one with a white skeleton centerpiece. If skulls aren’t really your thing, Cathy’s Concepts also stocks other Halloween glassware styles like glasses with novelty sayings so make sure to go and take a look! Edit: I found these glasses on Amazon for a slightly cheaper price. See here.
If you’re angling for more of an “investment” set—AKA glasses you can use outside of Halloween—then these crystal Old Fashioned glasses get my vote! And judging by the amount of good reviews on Amazon, I’m not the only one who feels this way. Although they’re definitely not the best quality crystal you can buy (Marquis by Waterford does have great crystal available for a heftier price), these glasses will get you through most of the basics of tablescaping without breaking the bank.
For a sillier take on the skeleton hand goblet, here is a plastic option that comes in different colors like red and purple! These are perfect if you just want to sit back, relax, and sip a spook-tacular Halloween cocktail for the night without worrying about knocking over a glass or two.
This is a gorgeous set that would make an excellent gift for any whiskey or vodka drinker, or just a beautiful talking point for any Halloween tablescape and bar setup. The decanter itself is 750mL—which fits an entire standard whiskey bottle—making it perfect for a fun night of drinking with your friends.
In case you just want the look of a skull glass without the decanter, this is a great option from Amscan—it’s made out of durable plastic, which is great for a rowdier ‘do. Getting a black option, like this glass, also adds to the spooky skull effect, which is definitely a plus for Halloween!
For a non-themed and very elegant option, here’s a smokey black crystal goblet from Godinger that would look excellent for a Halloween sit-down dinner, or even a Halloween wedding! It won’t break the bank either (at the time of my writing, it’s $34.98 for a set of 4), but it honestly looks so much more expensive, especially with that gorgeous bubble design on the glass!
In sticking with the non-themed theme, here’s a gorgeous all-black option from Big Betty. These are jumbo wine glasses too, meaning each glass can hold one whole bottle of wine. If this isn’t the perfect glass for your Gal-loween celebration, then I don’t know what is!
I’m ending this list with a bang, which is exactly what these wine glasses from Enesco are. If you want your drinks to be the focal point of your tablescape, then look no further! They may not be the most practical glass to buy—the manufacturer states that they’re hand wash only—but each glass is a hand painted work of art that would look fabulous on any Halloween table!
Have you thought about your Halloween tablescape yet? Which glass would you buy from this list, or do you have any in mind that I didn’t include? I’d love to know your suggestions and what you think of my picks, so tell me in the comments below!
Did you know that I have a Pinterest board dedicated to tablescapes? Check it out and make sure to follow Scaping By on Pinterest right here.