When I threw my first-ever holiday party four years ago, a last-minute, stress-induced shopping trip led me into CB2. There, I bought dozens of disposable napkins, uncountable glittery-tipped hors d'oeuvre skewers, and three of their beaker glass pitchers—lab-inspired, beautifully minimalist, shockingly inexpensive at $5.95—along with three of the matching long-handled cocktail spoons. The napkins and skewers have long disappeared, but the pitchers live on: They make regular appearances at dinner parties and soirees, filled with all sorts of drinks, from pre-mixed Manhattans to homemade bloody mary mix. Even when company's not around, I keep them in rotation, mixing up batches of fresh iced tea, or infusing water with fresh jalapeño and lime. It's not entirely clear to me how I ever drank without them.
Beaker Glass Pitcher, $5.95, and Stainless Steel Cocktail Stirrer, $3.95, at CB2.com