5 Advantages to Using Plastic Champagne Flutes

Kate Miller-Wilson
Reviewed by California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) Karen Frazier
heart stems on plastic champagne flutes

Whether you need disposable glasses for a special event or just want to have a worry-free evening on the patio, plastic champagne flutes expand your options for drinking sparkling wine. Plastic champagne flutes are especially great for outdoor use or poolside because they won't shatter when you drop them, and they have other advantages as well.

5 Advantages of Plastic Champagne Flutes

Have you ever thought that an event would be perfect if only you could bring a bottle of Champagne to celebrate? Glass champagne flutes are impractical for many situations, but plastic wine glasses and champagne flutes have several advantages over traditional glassware.

1. You Can Take the Champagne Outdoors

Plastic glasses are perfect outside. Many people have concerns about bringing fine crystal or glassware out on the patio or deck. It's too easy for a glass to get broken when you're on hard surfaces and dealing with wind and crowds. Plastic stemware is the ideal solution to this problem. Unlike your grandma's fine crystal, if someone bumps a plastic glass, it will bounce.

2. They're Perfect for Big Parties

If you're having a large get-together, such an informal wedding or family reunion, you may want to have a Champagne toast. However, the idea of washing dozens of glass champagne flutes might make it a little harder for you to celebrate. Plastic flutes are a great alternative. When the party is over, you can pitch the dirty glasses, making cleanup a snap.

3. Plastic Is Kid-Safe

While your children shouldn't be sipping alcoholic beverages, they might want to get involved in the celebration with a sparkling grape juice or special fruity soda. No hostess in her right mind would allow the kids to run off with her crystal, but plastic is about as kid-friendly as it gets. When you can give plastic flutes to the younger members of your group, you include them in the fun.

4. There Are Recyclable Options

As with any disposable dishware, plastic wine glasses and champagne flutes can prompt environmental concerns. Unfortunately, biodegradable plastic isn't strong enough to produce a long-stemmed glass like a champagne flute. However, many manufacturers produce plastic glassware that is recyclable. If possible, look for plastic flutes that can be easily recycled in your area. Call your recycling company or household garbage management service if you are unsure about which types of plastic they will accept.

5. You Can Make Them More Decorative

If you are looking for fun, one-of-a-kind items for parties or as favors, then you can easily decorate plastic Champagne flutes without spending a fortune. Use paint, glitter, decals, and more to create fabulous glasses your guests will love to have as keepsakes.

Where to Buy Plastic Flutes for Sparkling Wine

You can find plastic champagne flutes at many housewares stores, but if you're looking for a good deal, the internet may be your best bet. By shopping online, you can find the design that's perfect for your gathering, and you can compare prices to get the best per-glass cost.

Cost Per Flute

If you're comparing the cost of plastic champagne glasses against traditional glass flutes, you can expect to pay about 60 cents for each plastic flute. You may pay less if you buy in bulk. Simple, traditional champagne flutes retail for about $6 apiece, so you would have to use a glass ten times to make glassware a better deal.

Online Options

You can buy plastic stemware, such as champagne flutes, at the following internet retailers:

  • Party Plastics - This UK company has eco-friendly plastic champagne glasses. You can find both reusable flutes and disposable flutes.
  • Papermart - You'll find plastic champagne flutes at this online retailer for about 60 cents per flute.
  • Party City - This retailer has bulk disposable flutes that cost around 60 cents each.
  • Boxed - Here you'll find Tossware champagne flutes - stemless plastic flutes made from recycled plastic. With hand-washing, you can reuse these or toss them away.

Types of Champagne Glasses

Traditionally, Champagne was served in a glass called a "coupe," which had a wide saucer-shaped bowl on top of a narrow stem. Champagne coupes were popular until the 1960s, when they gave way to the champagne flute. Flutes have a narrow trumpet shape, and they allow the wine to retain its carbonation for a longer period. Because of their narrow shape, it's also easy to carry several champagne flutes on a tray.

Using Plastic Champagne Glasses

Whether you're throwing a party or just looking for a shatterproof champagne glass option, plastic champagne flutes will suit any situation. Enjoy the convenience, safety and cost savings of plastic champagne flutes at your next party.

5 Advantages to Using Plastic Champagne Flutes