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How To Build A Champagne Tower: It's Easier Than It Looks!

Your Handy Guide On Building A Champagne Tower

Through time, coupe glasses have gained immense popularity as elegant containers for holding champagne and have endured as the glass of choice particularly for those elites who enjoy a good party. The round, short stemmed glasses have a broader surface area and a well-balanced shape that has also made them sought after options for building champagne towers. You might have seen these tall towers at a celebratory cocktail evening or in movie scenes where the topmost glass is lifted off the tower to raise a toast at a party.

When you are next hosting an evening to mark an important event like a birthday or an anniversary, you can actually build a champagne tower as a majestic centrepiece adorning your party.

And these towers are far easier to build than you would imagine. All you have to do is follow some simple steps to layer the glasses and top them up with champagne to craft this masterpiece that will undoubtedly be a classic highlight at your cocktail gathering. The tower is essentially built by lining glasses one on top of the other so they rest in a tall, rising triangular shape where each layer gets smaller as the building goes higher up.

Read on below for a handy guide on building a champagne tower at the next celebratory gala you are planning to host at home:

Your Handy Guide On Building A Champagne Tower

Procure Coupe Glasses

Be extremely prudent when you are procuring coupe glasses because you need containers that are all of the identical shape and size to craft a tower that is perfectly symmetrical. For this, you can either order the glasses from one vendor in bulk to ensure that they are made out of the same material and follow the same measurement or you can rent champagne coupes from caterers for the evening if you want to avoid the hassle of storing the extra glasses after the party is over. Calculate how many of these small, wide bowls of champagne coupes you would need to build the tower such that for a 10 layered building starting with a 10 by 10 tower you would need 385 glasses.

Your Handy Guide On Building A Champagne Tower

Find A Sturdy Base

The next step you ought to pay close attention to is finding a sturdy base to rest the tower. This can either be a large, round wooden table which can stand comfortably in the middle of the room where you host the gathering as a magnificent centrepiece. And if you find this arrangement too risky a deal, you can use a rectangular dining room table and move it to a corner of the room. Whatever the surface, make sure it is made of stout stuff because a plastic or flimsy card table just won’t do.

Your Handy Guide On Building A Champagne Tower

Layer Glasses

The next step in this process is to start layering the glasses. Arrange the glasses in a row in such a way that the layers get successively smaller and smaller as the tower rises. Start with a base of either five by five or seven by seven glasses to begin with and as you become an expert, you can increase the number of layers. Continue this layering process by going upwards with four by four and then three by three coupes until you reach the last one.

Glasses Must Touch

When you start layering the glasses, ensure they touch each other. When the glasses sit snugly side by side in every layer, it will create a very tight building that retains its shape and balance through the course of the evening. When four glasses touch, they also form very clear diamond shapes, making for an exquisite view. Take some time to create this snug fit so the champagne tower exudes its signature charm which lies in this structure.

Your Handy Guide On Building A Champagne Tower

Pour The Champagne

The last step in the process is to pop the champagne! Quite literally, you will have to pop or uncork a really good quality chilled bubbly and very elaborately and diligently start pouring the drink beginning with the first glass resting at the top of the tower. The champagne that overflows from this glass will trickle down to the rest of the coupes sitting below, slowly filling all of them up. Generally, you would need one bottle for every five to seven glasses so keep champagne in stock accordingly.


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