Since we are mostly talking children's parties you need to think about the little ones but also the adults that are coming with their kids.
Here I used my punch bowl (finally able to use a wedding present) and wine glasses for an extra touch. Think about what you are serving, I chose orange cream soda and root beer because it went with my color scheme.
I also picked up this great glass dispenser at Homegoods (yes I have a small obsession with that place). I know they are also at Bed Bath and Beyond. Just pay attention to how much liquid it holds.
I like a clear glass container because you can use the color of the drink to go with your party theme. Great way to add a little detail. Bed Bath and Beyond also has this great red bucket dispenser. Picture this with a barnyard theme or a BBQ.
check out this cute idea from Simply Creative Insanity for kids AND grownups!
Great display for drinks from The TomKat Studio
So don't forget the drinks at your party - they need the love too!