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Design Scout: Party Cups

Dinner parties are awkward for everyone. Get the conversation flowing with six quirky cocktail glasses.

Coke Embossed Glass
Ah, college. The good old days of spiking sodas right in the can because there wasn’t a glass in sight. Mix a little rum and Coke, and head back to your freshman hall with these dishwasher-safe, clear glass cups.

$5 each at urbanoutfitters.com

Hopside Down Beer Glass
End the draft/bottle debate with this clever hybrid stein. Added bonus: Thanks to the double walls that prevent condensation buildup, you won’t have to worry about water rings on your new coffee table.

$24.95 each at redenvelope.com

Cool Shooters Ice Shot Glasses
“Shots on the rocks” takes on a whole new meaning with this ingenious little tray, perfect for entertaining at home before heading to bars.

$7.99 at thinkgeek.com

Inside Out Champagne Glasses
Celebrating something special? Try chilling these in the freezer beforehand for an especially sophisticated toast.

$60 for a set of four at charlesandmarie.com

Red Melamine Cup
Frat parties go green with a reusable version of the classic red Solo cup. We’re not saying anyone over 25 should own one, but it might be fun to bring out for backyard barbecues.

$3.95 each at bibelotshops.com

Mad Science Bartending Set
Know someone who takes her drink mixes a little too seriously? What about a chemistry geek who misses his undergrad lab days? Shake up cocktails with scientific precision—and a bit of nerdy fun—with this quirky bartending display. The set comes with a cocktail shaker, a glass beaker, a black metal carrying tray, and four “test tube” glasses—perfect shot-glass replacements.

$38.99 at homewetbar.com

Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.