"There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne." Bette Davis
Champagne glasses have changed their shape over the years, and although it seems that there are as many stories about the champagne glass original form as there is styles there does seem to be only one glass shape that is durable enough to make a champagne tower.
Per Courtney Clark's blog post about the history of champagne glasses, she states that, "The Coupe shape was popular from the 1930's through the 1960's for those fabulous champagne towers with the bubbly cascading down from the top glass. This was popular in the speakeasies during the prohibition."
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Martha Stewart offers up her advice on "How to Build a Champagne Tower" with this fine 8 step article.
"Martha Stewart's Champagne Tower How-To:
1. Start with a firm, solid base for your tower (a separate table is best, with spillage tray at the base or underneath to catch any overflow.)
2. Always use coupe Champagne glasses (retro rounded saucer cups), not flutes. All of the coupe glasses in the tower should be identical. Most party rental places will have coupe glasses on hand for weddings.
3. The tower is essentially made up of successively smaller layers of squares. For example, if the bottom layer is 10 glasses by 10 glasses, the layer above that would be nine by nine, the layer above that eight by eight, and so on.
4. Make sure each glass touches the surrounding glasses. When done right, you'll see a diamond-shaped gap between each glass.
5. When building the next layer, center the stem of the glass over the diamond openings that were created by the layer below. Gingerly fill in the layer with glasses.
6. Repeat this assembly process until there is a single coupe glass on top.
7. Once fully assembled, begin slowly pouring Champagne from the the top glass and it will trickle downward. Larger-size Champagne bottles or magnums work best here.
8. If you're using the tower for decorative purposes only, assemble and fill with Champagne before the celebration. Then have trays filled with fresh Champagne at the base or passed to your guests."
Becoming educated about champagne types and glass styles can help you and your partner determine the best champagne types and champagne tower designs for your wedding and/or party. Resources like The Champagne Guide 2014-2015, Champagne: A Global History and Champagne: How the World's Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times can help you make an informative decision based on history, agriculture and taste profiles.
Q: But how do you know what type of champagne glasses to use in a champagne tower?
A: Use Coupe Champagne Glasses, the wider retro rounded saucer cups not the tall, thin champagne flutes. Keep in mind that all of the coupe glasses in the tower should be identical, i.e. the same size so the tower actually stands up.
This captivating array of champagne tower pictures reflects the endless possibilities of champagne towers. Accented with lights, smoke, carved ice, strawberries, blush colored champagne, Great Gatsby Art Deco tower stands, cherries, hearts and pearls create an endless world of design.
LED Ice Cubes add light and color to champagne towers, turning that "ok" tower into a radiant light, champagne masterpiece. Match the ice cubes colors to your wedding color scheme or make them multi-colored for a fantastic effect.
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