There’s no need for a party centerpiece when you serve drinks from this translucent plastic punch bowl ($39.95 at Broadway Panhandler, 65 E. 8th St., nr. Broadway; 212-966-3434), also available in pink and blue.
Fort Standard’s sculptural balancing blocks ($85 at Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., at Washington Ave., Prospect Heights; 718-638-5000) are a fun challenge for kids and a victory for design-obsessed parents.
The Splash coatrack ($279 at Blu Dot, 140 Wooster St., nr. Houston St.; 212-780-9058) is a striking repository for hats, bags, and rain gear, but looks great naked, too.