Here is post number one on my series of Stocking Up for Guests. I hope you take notes on how to fill your cabinets with versatile and useful items that you will be able to reach for whenever you have a planned party or a surprise guest pop in. Whether you are a seasoned hostess, a newlywed, a bride to be, or a person that wants to step out of their comfort zone and start entertaining… I hope this series helps you discover A Mind-Set For Entertaining!
One of the best investments you can make is in a set of sturdy glass water goblets. Yes! Glass! Don’t be afraid to put out glass goblets when your guests come over. Why put out plastic? Plastic is wasteful and can get costly. Glass is beautiful, sturdy, and a good, heavy glass goblet with a cold, delicious drink in it feels good in the hand!’
Besides, you can use them over and over and over again, and not just for water. I serve lemonade, tea, soft drinks, or any other drink you can imagine in them. They are lovely for sangria, beer, and generous margaritas. I’ve even served a generous portion of dessert in them. I use them for buffets, casual meals, Superbowl celebrations, cookouts, Bible studies, or any gathering where I have a crowd coming over.
They can be dressed up in the dining room or dressed down on the picnic table with a beverage dispenser and a cooler of ice next to them. If you purchase a sturdy set, they can be tossed in the dishwasher and placed back in the box for storage until your next party. Trust me. I DO NOT hand wash them. No delicate crystal here! I highly recommend you purchase all clear goblets because they will go with any color dishes, napkins, and table cloths you decide to use — you won’t be limited.
My mom always drilled in my head to have a place for everything and put everything in its place. When you take care of your things, they last longer, and she is right! As you can see … my boxes look yellowed, but I have kept my glasses in their original boxes because they are packaged in sturdy cardboard, and they are divided nicely and well protected.
I purchased my two sets of 8 all clear goblets from Walmart about 15 years ago, and I’ve only broken one in all that time. If you are great at scouring the dollar stores, you can find beautiful water goblets for $1.00 each. I recommend you purchase at least 12 goblets, and if you’re getting them at the dollar store, get them at the same time, because sometimes, they come and go quickly. You can even find restaurant and hotel buyouts on eBay for great prices!! My only suggestion with eBay is that you get all clear glasses, and make sure you’re getting sturdy stems (as opposed to very thin stems, which break easily).
Brides to be… Put them on your registry! Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want, because you just might get it! Tip: choosing more expensive brands for your registry doesn’t always mean better quality or durability. Remember: if you want your friends and family to purchase your items, be sure to make a diverse selection of items and prices on your registry! Make the selections do-able.
And, wherever you decide to purchase your goblets, you won’t regret it. You will find yourself using them over and over again as they are so versatile and neutral, and will save you money time and time again. They truly are an investment worth making!