by Edited by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 30, 2012

Ball jars on iceFor casual outdoor cocktail events, ask your F&B contact to prepare simple concoctions (think sangria, spiked punch or lemonade) in mason jars kept cool in tubs filled with ice. Guests can help themselves to the beverages, cutting down on server costs. Cost: one-dozen 16 oz. Ball jars with lids, about $10, available at many grocery and hardware stores.