Are you looking for a simple but stunning idea for your reception? Try a glamorous Champagne tower! It’s a gorgeous idea not only for a New Year’s Eve wedding but for art deco and many other weddings, too, and it’s sure to impress your guests. If your caterer can’t make a champagne tower or you don’t have caterers at all, you may still build a champagne tower yourself. Here is a step by step tutorial!
As much as we love a beautiful Champagne flute and even just plain old white wine glasses, neither should be used in the construction of your tower. The coupe glass, an essential of any champagne tower, was designed specifically for sparkling wine and champagne in England in 1663. Legend has it that the shape of the coupe was modelled on the breast of Marie Antoinette. Also, it’s important that all the glasses be identical. Many party supply companies have these glasses available to rent if you don’t want to have leftover coupe glasses lying around after completing your epic tower display.
A Super Solid Base
This is essential. A large, heavy table is ideal and a spillage tray will avoid excess mess as there will be unavoidable spillage unfortunately! A flimsy card table covered with a tablecloth just won’t do – unless you want Champagne and broken glass all over the floor.
The tower is built by creating squares that get successively smaller as the tower rises. Try four glasses by four glasses, the next level is three by three, then two by two and finally one glass sits at the top. If you’d like to go bigger, perhaps by starting with a base that is ten glasses by ten glasses, then your next layer would be nine by nine, then eight by eight and so on. As you build the tower make sure each glass is snuggly touching the other glasses. If you do this correctly, four glasses touching will create a diamond shape in the middle.
Here are the number of glasses required for each size champagne tower: 4-tier / 30 glasses, 5-tier / 55 glasses, 6-tier / 91 glasses, 7-tier / 140 glasses, 8-tier / 204 glasses, 9-tier / 285 glasses, 10-tier / 385 glasses.
Now it’s time to pour your Champagne, Prosecco, Cava and even sparkling Cider – they will all work here. Slowly begin pouring the chilled Champagne into the glass at the top of the tower, allowing the Champagne to overflow. The overflowing Champagne will then trickle into the glasses on the level below, filling until they overflow and fill the glasses below them and so on. Simply continue pouring Champagne into the top glass until all the other glasses are filled.