One element that almost always finds its way onto a party table is a jar or bucket filled with something yummy. Here’s where a stash of metal scoops in various sizes comes in handy.
THRIFTY BASIC: The three aluminum scoops at left come in a set from World Market for only $5! CHARMING SPLURGE: The shiny scoops to the right are about $12 each at Gygi’s, but the quality difference is clear — made of stainless steel they are sure to last through loads of parties. REMEMBER: It’s best to handwash scoops since the dishwasher may dull their finish.