Take a few moments to evaluate your needs before purchasing margarita glasses for that upcoming special event. Many times, event planners spend a large portion of their party budget on alcohol and, to offset this large expense, opt for cheap barware. But, depending on what type of event you are planning and the number of guests attending, purchasing cheap barware may not be in your best interest.
A large, outdoor gathering, for instance an outdoor luau or block party, may only require cheap, disposable plastic glasses. Using disposables offers easy cleanup and no significant investment. Disposables are available in bulk at most partyware stores and generally come in many colors.
If you are hosting a relatively large casual gathering in your house, you should consider purchasing barware made of inexpensive glass. Using a slightly sturdier plastic or glass could prevent breakage and, inevitably, messy spills on your upholstery and carpets.
Dinner parties and other small, formal affairs inside your home might justify the purchase of a crystal glass set. Crystal is durable, so the glasses can be used for years. It is ideal for etching or engraving as well. Crystal also sparkles and is, therefore, more visually appealing.
Lastly, when choosing a margarita glass, recognize that the bowl size varies. Traditional margarita glasses have a deep and generous bowl. Keep in mind that using a bigger bowl might require an increase in your alcoholic beverage budget, but a bigger bowl also provides more room for fruit garnishes, straws and festive stirrers.
Make sure, when using any type of barware in your home, you provide cocktail napkins to protect your furniture. Many party planners also opt to provide guests with drink markers, which are widely available in houseware stores. The markers usually come in box with six to eight different designs per set. Once a marker is placed on the barware, there is no confusion on which drink belongs to which guest.
Above all, make sure to stock up on tequila, margarita mix, salt and lime. Your guests may not think twice about your choice in barware, but they will definitely notice if you run out of beverages.
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