A stroll turned into a jog on the wide, pedestrian-packed Champs Elysees in Paris as my high school French language students and I realized we needed to hustle and descend into the closest metro station to get to our next destination on time. Then, something with contemporary appeal caught my eye in the bright window display of a chichi shop along the avenue. An array of expensive crystal champagne glasses were anchored by classic Matchbox cars!
The combo of crystal and colorful toy cars, like those I recalled from my brother’s childhood collection, was whimsical and magical. Having no time to snap a photo, I quickly herded my students down the metro steps and onto the train.
Thankfully, 10 years later, when hosting a family-style New Year’s party for neighbors, that window display image somehow resurfaced in my brain, and I went to work to create an inexpensive, kid-friendly version of what I now refer to as “glassware on wheels.”
I purchased reusable plastic tumblers and champagne glasses with detachable bases at a discount store and attached the stem, minus the base, to the tops of die-cast toy cars and other small toy vehicles with big globs of glue.
Filled with bubbly beverages (we combine sparkling water with juice) and/or with popcorn, candy and nuts, we give them a gentle shove and watch them cruise down the table to entertain guests. Festive conversation starters, they can be a New Year’s Eve memory for your family, too.
When the wheels stop in front of you, raise your glass for a toast to 2020!
PARTY BEVERAGE AND SNACK GLASSES ON WHEELS
Here’s the stuff you need:
— clear plastic reusable cups with detachable bases such as champagne coupes with stems and/or small juice style tumblers (available at some discount stores and party supply stores)
— die-cast toy car or small vehicle for each glass
— glue gun
Here’s the fun:
1. Wash and dry plastic glassware. (You won’t need the detachable bases.)
2. An adult should apply a big blob of glue to the top of a vehicle, set glassware stem in glue and hold until completely set. Add more glue around the sides of the stem. Let set, and repeat.
3. Place on a serving tray, always lifting from the vehicle. When ready to use, fill half-full with juice, sparkling water, cider and/or snack foods. Handle with care as you let them roll on a smooth table or counter.
Notes: Glue may damage the paint on cars if you try to remove them from the plastic cups. Hand wash.