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Here's to . . .

December 27, 2007|David A. Keeps and Craig Nakano

Toasting the new year? These designs make a statement of their own, whether you're serving Champagne from a magnum or Coors from a keg. Here's a range of styles to suit any occasion.

-- David A. Keeps and Craig Nakano

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BAND OF GOLD

Last year West Elm made a splash with an affordable set of platinum-colored banded barware. This year the store's metal of the moment is gold. Large and small tumblers, Champagne flutes and wine and martini glasses, top row, left, are sold in sets of four ($24 to $29 per set). West Elm, Santa Monica, (310) 576-7270, www.westelm.com

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GETTING HAMMERED

When the wine is of a certain vintage, why not drink it from something equally distinguished -- a 1960s hammered silver goblet, top row, far right, with a lapis base ($145) by the Los Castillos factory in Taxco, Mexico. It's part of a collection of goblets at Hacienda in Ojai,

(805) 640-3778.

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PARTY IN DISGUISE

Silly, yes, but hard to resist: The Pick Your Nose paper cups ($9.69 for a pack of 24), center row, left, come with photographic images to alter your party's profile. They're the inspiration of Fred & Friends, www.worldwidefred.com, and were spotted at the ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood gift store, (323) 464-1478, among other places.

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SMALL WONDERS

Silver Lake shop owner Maria Neuman found these handy offbeat beauties, center row, far right, from Hetta in Sweden. A black leather cozy with handle wraps around petite glasses good for tea or a hot toddy ($32 for a set of two). Yolk in Los Angeles,

(323) 660-4315.

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WEST COASTERS

All four are exactly alike: Blizzard snowflake felt coasters ($8 for four), bottom row, left, from Yolk in Los Angeles, (323) 660-4315.

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SPELL IT OUT

First, there were wine charms, those precious baubles that identified which glasses were ours. Now comes scripted stemware, bottom row, center, to remind us what we're sipping. The Jus juice glass ($10) is at Lost & Found, Etc., Los Angeles, (323) 856-5872. The Vino wine tumbler ($2.50) is at Crate & Barrel. The "Cheers" flute is part of a six-piece set ($88) featuring multilingual toasts; it's from Zero Minus Plus at Fred Segal in Santa Monica, (310) 395-5718.

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INNER BEAUTY

You may have seen the InsideOut Champagne glasses, a playful riff on the traditional flute. Now there are InsideOut liqueur and martini glasses, bottom row, far right, which again camouflage the vessels' design until the cocktail is poured. The glasses come in sets of four ($48 to $55) and can be purchased at www.charlesandmarie.com.

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