Genius Bar

With stylish drink dispensers, guests can mix their own raspberry lemonade and pomegranate-grapefruit vodka cocktails; not having to pay for a bartender will save money (though you will need someone to straighten up periodically). To add thrill to the chill, we froze kumquats, orchids, and rosemary sprigs inside ice balls: Not only are they pretty, the solid round spheres stay cold longer than regular ice cubes. (To make the ice balls, Cowie used a spherical ice tray set, $16; MOMA.)

Beverage dispensers, $89.95 each, Colin Cowie for HSN; "Mercer" stemless glasses, Party Rental; linen runner, $49, Pottery Barn; acrylic riser, $50, Canal Plastics Center; Oka table (to rent), Taylor Creative.

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