With only two days left before the ball drops, New Year's Eve party hosts may want to replace their tired old champagne glasses. Now is the time to do it. Stores are bursting with all kinds of variations on the traditional long-stemmed flutes, from cheap, fun glasses to top-of-the-line crystals. Ikea offers colorful ones for less than $10 a glass. Pier 1 Imports has a vast selection of tinted, beaded, frosted and painted flutes for between $4 and $7.
More expensive -- and more creative -- versions include the $22 flutes by Dary Rees at Nouveau Contemporary Goods on North Charles Street. These have colored rocks hanging from silver wires attached to the glass.
Macy's has gold-lined Gorham flutes for $38; Lenox "Firelights," with light-catching etches designed to showcase champagne bubbles for $39.50; and flutes with glass textured in long, vertical waves from Mikasa Parklane for $17 each. The department store also has less expensive flutes by Luminarc with gold, blue, red or green beads -- $25 for a four-piece set.
Drexel Heritage weighs in with the most extravagant of the new PTC designs that we found. The store sells a $224 set of four lead crystal flutes by Crystal Clear. They have red, green and purple etchings that are bound to brighten up every sip of champagne.
Pub Date: 12/29/96