Mix things up at the cocktail hour by offering a drink from a punch bowl or a pitcher. Candy sticks as stirrers and bold printed napkins can add to the fun feel. And pretty bottles of fruit soda, or other nonalcoholic options, are often appreciated by guests.
At left: Raspberry Lemonade
Recipe: In a saucepot over low heat, combine 16 ounces raspberries and 24 ounces raw sugar in 16 ounces water until sugar has dissolved, crushing berries as you stir. Pass through a fine-meshed strainer into a pitcher. Add 16 ounces fresh-squeezed lemon juice and 32 ounces water; chill. Add a handful of fresh raspberries before serving.