Ways to Identify Wine Glasses at a Party

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Ways to Identify Wine Glasses at a Party
Devise a creative way to identify wine glasses at your next party. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

When guests at a party are all using the same kind of glass, it is easy for their drinks to get mixed up. It's only normal for glasses to be put down and get mixed up with others. Finding a way to mark each guest's glass helps to distinguish one from another. There are several different ways to tell glasses apart from fun charms to name tags to using different glasses.

Glass Markers

Glass markers, also known as wine charms or tags, are available in a multitude of styles from flowers and plain circles to animal shapes and holiday designs. Each set contains several different markers that are easily attached to the stem of the wine glass. Each party guest receives a different marker to affix to their glass so that for the duration of the party they can easily locate and identify their glass. Since glass markers are reusable, they are removed from the glasses at the end of the party and stored for the next gathering.

Name Tags

You can easily create your own disposable name tags for the wine glasses. Using card stock, trace the bottom of the wine glass onto the paper, fitting as many on each page as you can. Cut out each circle. Make one cut from the outer edge to the centre of the circle. At the centre, cut a small circle large enough to fit around the stems of the wine glasses. To attach to the glass, slide the stem through the cut to the centre circle. Write each guest's name on the paper tag attached to their glass. At the end of the party, remove and discard the tags.


Cut a small length of ribbon, approximately 4 to 6 inches long. Each glass will need a different colour or style of ribbon. Tie each length of ribbon to the wine glass stem and tie into a bow. You can use scraps of ribbon or cut material into ribbon pieces. Material ribbon, curling ribbon or printed ribbon will work so long as each glass has a different ribbon tied to it. Ribbon can be removed at the end of the party and discarded.

Painted Glasses

Another way to make each glass different is by painting them. You can paint an entire set of glasses with a similar design, changing one aspect of each glass to distinguish it from the rest. Rather than painting the entire glass, you can paint only a small pattern on the base of the glass, for instance painting hearts on one glass and stars on another.

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