7 Tools to Host the Ultimate Iced Tea Party

Prepare a garden tea party—minus the white gloves and doilies—with these clever and casual picks.


Gallon Drink Dispenser


This oversized jar with colorful accents will add a pretty pop to your table. Use it to prepare iced tea or even fruit-infused water.

To buy: $20, urbanoutfitters.com.

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Threshold Decorative Tray


Nothing says summer like white and wicker. Use this tray to serve hors d'oeuvres and petit fours, or to arrange cups and straws. With the glass-topped wicker, there’s no need to worry about crumbs or spills—it easily wipes clean.

To buy: $30, target.com.

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Brite Cool Double Old-Fashioned Glass


The classic double old fashioned glass gets a summertime update with colorful, cheery stripes. Whether you're using them for your tablescape or home bar, these will brighten any space.

To buy: $7, cb2.com.

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Endurance Stainless Steel Straws


Disposable straws can sometimes feel wasteful and the paper versions usually start to disintegrate after a couple of sips. These shimmery crowd-pleasers offer the solution: minimize waste with a set of stainless steel, machine washable ones.

To buy: $10, broadwaypanhandler.com.

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Bucket Stand Beverage Dispenser


This classic dispenser sits on a double-duty galvanized steel stand to add some height. The best part: The base can be flipped over and used as an ice bucket on an especially warm summer day.

To buy: $68, terrain.com.

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Acrylic Iced Tea Spoons


In six festive colors, this set of scratch resistant acrylic spoons are good for obvious reasons (stirring) as well as keeping track of which cup belongs to each guest. You can use them for other summertime treats like milkshakes or root beer floats, too.

To buy: $8, stashtea.com.

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Hamilton Beach 2-Quart Iced Coffee/Tea Maker


This handy pitcher allows you to brew your favorite iced beverages in under 10 minutes, so when drinks start running low, a new batch can be made in a flash. It's also big enough to make beverages for a group, but still compact enough to store in the refrigerator.

To buy: $27, walmart.com.

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