Jay Gatsby’s parties were decked out in overflowing Champagne towers for a reason: They’re impressive as heck. But you don’t have to be a mysterious billionaire to have one at your wedding, black tie affair or particularly turnt up Sunday brunch. Building a Champagne tower is actually super easy, requiring only patience, enough glassware and a whole lot of bubbly.
Theoretically, you could use our method of stacking Champagne glasses to build a tower that touches the sky, but we prefer a more modest structure that won’t turn into a tragic game of Jenga. This tower calls for 30 glasses and six bottles of Champagne, but if you would like to tempt fate and make an even more show-stopping pyramid, simply add on additional base layers (five-by-five, six-by-six, etc.). Just make sure that the table upon which you’re building is real steady.
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30 coupe glasses
6 bottles Champagne
Sturdy, level table
Build a four-by-four square of empty glasses (16 glasses in total), making sure that the edges of the glasses touch, creating diamonds of space between the glasses.
Construct a three-by-three square of glasses (nine glasses in total) on top of the first layer. Use the diamonds as a guide, and place the glasses on top of the empty spaces. Repeat the process with a two-by-two square of glasses to build the third tier.
Add the final glass to the top. Be mindful not to knock the structure over with any loose clothing or flailing arms.
Open Champagne bottles and very slowly begin pouring into the top glass (use a step-stool if needed), allowing it to overflow. Continue pouring the Champagne into the top glass, bottle after bottle; the overflowing Champagne will trickle down into the glasses on the levels below, until all of the glasses are filled.
Serve the glasses of Champagne from the the top of the pyramid. Keep an eye out for “that guy” who will try to grab a drink from the bottom and send your masterpiece crashing.