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The big chill

A beverage dispenser comes in handy when the gang arrives. Filled with iced tea, lemonade or another favorite beverage, the dispenser allows guests to help themselves.

They're available in a nice choice of materials and designs for any setting, indoors or out.

Once it's filled, you won't have to lift a finger. Your guests will -- but only to work the spigot.

Full tank: Ceramic drink dispenser with glass lid comes in blue and several other colors. Regularly price at $50 at Macy's.

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Clearly, a classic: This square drink dispenser is made from recycled glass and features a handy cork top. At Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com, $79.

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Flip for florals: The hand-painted beverage dispenser is part of the Brittany collection from Pier 1, pier1.com. Originally priced at $99.95.

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Block party: This 1.5-gallon, BPA-free beverage dispenser by Creative Ware is stackable, so you can offer guests a choice of drinks in one tower. Arriving now at local Wegmans stores for $9.99 each.