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Use a Potting Bench as All-In-One Party Station

Rather polish your tools than your silverware? Then check out this fir potting bench-turned-entertaining center

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Rather polish your tools than your silverware? Then check out this fir potting bench-turned-entertaining center. Made from an off-duty piece of gardening furniture ($189; and stocked with practical servingware that boasts a playful DIY twist, it makes a natural gather-round spot for your next get-together.

Nonbreakable Tumblers

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Keep track of who's drinking what with Zak Designs' brightly hued melamine glasses that won't break—no matter how rowdy the action gets.

$25 for six;

All-Weather Music Player

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Thanks to a splash-proof rubber case, this iPod-compatible clock radio delivers hi-fi sound, rain or shine.


Ice-Cream Keeper

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Prevent your favorite pint from melting to mush by bringing it outdoors in an insulated melamine tub that features a lid with a freezable gel pack.


Repurposed-Tile Cheese Board

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Transform a leftover slate roof or floor tile into a rustic server: Clean the surface with warm soapy water; rinse and let dry. Before serving, use chalk to label each cheese. Then add a set of wood-handled stainless-steel cheese knives for cutting everything from Monterey Jack to Muenster.

$43 for a set of five;

Plastic Cake Saw

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Show off sharp carving skills with this 11-inch-long replica of a serrated handsaw, designed for use on baked goods.


Toolbox-Style Flatware Holder

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Keep napkins and utensils at your fingertips in a metal caddy covered with a woodgrain-backed print of the very items it contains.


Hardware Bottle Stoppers

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Crafted from porcelain faucet handles and vintage doorknobs, these plugs make sealing a bottle almost as exciting as popping the cork.

From $22;

Blueprint Platter

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This 12-by-16-inch porcelain plate, adorned with a detailed floor plan, lets the house-obsessed serve in style.


Space Saver

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If you don't have room for an ice chest, keep drinks chilled in the potting bench's watertight plastic soil bin.