If you’re serving punch for an upcoming baby shower you simply must make an ice ring to float in it! Not only does an ice ring make a sparkling accent for the punch it contains small gifts for the new baby! There are lots of different things you can use to make an ice ring or you can purchase baby-theme miniatures from a craft store.
To make the ice ring select two plastic or metal bowls. One bowl must be quite a bit smaller than the other. Consider the size of the punchbowl and attempt to make a ring that’s just a little smaller than the diameter of the bowl. Do not use any non-stick or other coatings inside the bowls.
Fill the small bowl with something to weight it. This could be a bag of dry beans, marbles, a rock – whatever you have. Set the object in the little bowl then set this bowl in the large one. Fill the large bowl with water but don’t fill it to the rim. The finished ring should be between three and four inches thick. Also remember that, as you add the decorations to the ring, it can make the water level rise in the large bowl. If it the arrangement becomes too deep simply remove a little of the water and proceed.
It’s easiest to make the ice ring if you add the large items first and then the smaller ones. Position the large pieces so that they’re evenly spaced around the small bowl. Now begin adding the other things you’ve chosen for the punchbowl ring.
Slide letter beads onto a stretchy cord to spell out “Baby” or the child’s name. add this little trinket to the ice ring. Curl long ribbons and position them around the ring. Drop in fake jewels, beads, hair ribbons, washable booties, rattles, tiny toys and similar things.
Don’t worry about the types of things you place in the ring and what they will do to the punch. The objects become frozen in the ring and the ring won’t thaw out enough to allow them to break free for many hours. All you have to consider is whether or not the items you choose can tolerate water and freezing temperatures.
The ice ring can shine with tiny pink or blue gifts, if the gender of the baby is known, or you can choose gender-neutral colors and objects. The ice ring is not only beautiful but it contains gifts and other fun things for the new mom.