Glassware

Selecting everyday drinkware

Drinking glasses can really complete a table, even if you're only serving a casual meal. Many people think glassware has to be fancy or delicate, but that's simply not the case. There is a wide range between plastic and crystal, and which you choose will depend on your taste and your lifestyle. After all, antique glassware is beautiful, but it's certainly not appropriate for young families.

Here are some things to look for if you want to get the best in mugs and glassware.

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Glassware

Glass is the best material for basic drinking vessels. It's easy to clean, and it can last a long time. It's even affordable. Barware (wine glasses, shot glasses, beer glasses, etc.) is often made of glass, and tableware should be as well. If you shop around, you should be able to find a set of casual glassware that's perfectly suited to your personal tastes.

Coffee Mugs

Ceramic is the best material for a mug. A ceramic mug offers all the advantages of glassware, and it will be easier to find colors or patterns you like, whether you're looking for a coffee mug that's simple and elegant or a crazy personalized mug with bright colors to wake you up in the morning. You could even find a pottery studio that allows you to glaze your own coffee cups and make a mug that is truly original. This can be a great way to spend an afternoon, and personalized mugs make great gifts no matter who you're shopping for.

Fine China

China, the material that is traditionally used for fancy tea cups, is a type of ceramic that is typically fragile, but very easy to sculpt and fire. This makes china the ideal material for ornate cups with highly detailed designs, and it is a highly sought-after material among collectors and antique lovers alike.

Travel Mugs

If you find you don't have time to sit and enjoy a mug of coffee in the morning, a travel coffee mug may be the solution to your problem. A good travel mug will probably be made of a variety of materials for protection and insulation. Stainless steel is often a good choice for the outer shell of the mug because it looks good and is easy to clean. Good durable plastic is an ideal choice for the inside of a travel mug because it will help keep your coffee hot.

When shopping for a travel mug, it's worth looking for something that is easy to clean. Not all travel mugs are dishwasher safe; some designs may require special care when washing.