How to: Ice Bowl Centerpiece

An ice cooler centerpiece is beautiful, easy to make and requires no special equipment
An ice cooler centerpiece is beautiful, easy to make and requires no special equipment


Snowbird Style Entertaining

Ice Bucket Cooler Centerpiece

Ice bowl coolers are a festive way to make a big impact for your snowbird style entertaining. Not only are they unique and beautiful, they're easy to make with items you already have. Consider an ice bucket cooler for New Year's Eve as a standout centerpiece. They're also ideal for a cocktail party, brunch, holiday or celebration of any kind. Allow at least six hours for the ice to freeze, preferably overnight. Make an ice bucket days or even weeks ahead of time to reduce the last-minute time crunch.

You'll Need:

Ring in the New Year with a festive ice bowl cooler as the centerpiece of your party

  • A bottle that is fairly skinny
  • A bowl, container or waterproof carton that is larger than the bottle
  • Items to put into the ice bucket, such as flowers, greens, fruit
  • Water
  • Space in your freezer
  • A large flat bowl or plate to display the ice bucket
  • A towel or cloth napkin to line the display

How to Make an Ice Bucket Cooler

-If you are freezing a bottle filled with alcohol, the alcohol will not freeze. If you are serving another type of beverage such as water or juice, use a clean empty bottle and don't fill it until just prior to displaying the ice bucket.

-Select your choice of items to freeze. Sliced citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes work well. Cranberries are colorful and freeze nicely, but they will float to the top during the freezing process. Hearty leaves, greens, evergreens and garden flowers are also excellent choices.

-Arrange your items in a bowl, container or orange juice carton with the top cut off, then add your clean bottle. There should be plenty of space between the bottle and the container. Smaller, flat items work better for lining the bottom of the bowl.

-Add water to the bowl, leaving at least an inch from the top of the container

-Place entire ensemble into the freezer.

-Allow at least 6 hours to freeze solid, preferably overnight.

-When ready to display, remove the container from the ice cooler by letting it sit out a few minutes. If you use water to loosen it up, be cautious you don't crack your ice bowl.

-Display on a flat bowl or plate with a cloth napkin or small towel underneath the ice bowl to catch the melting ice.

"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance"

--Coco Chanel, French fashion designer, Businesswoman

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