How to Make an Ice Bowl

Ice Bowl Instructions

Use this bowl for ice cream, shrimp, fruit salad, anything that you want to stay cool during a buffet meal.  I love making this for baby or bridal showers.  They are a beautiful accent to every festive table.

2 metal bowls, one that nests nicely in the other
24 ice cubes (or more as needed)
cold water
edible flowers

Edible flower options:

Dianthus         Nasturtiums      Roses
Daylilies          Pansies            Borage
Geraniums       Violets

Cover bottom of large bowl with ice cubes.  Arrange flowers between chunks of ice.  Place smaller bowl inside and put a heavy, freezable object inside small bowl to use as a weight.  I like to use a bag of frozen vegetables.  Fill the sides with remaining ice cubes and arrange more flowers between them.  Fill bottom bowl with water an inch from the top.  Put in freezer until solid.

To remove the metal bowls, fill small bowl with warm water, then gently lift out.  Dip the larger bowl in a sink full of warm water, then turn bowl upside down to release.  Put back in freezer immediately.

Before the guests arrive, fill ice bowl with large scoops of strawberry ice cream and put back in freezer until ready to serve.  Then place bowl on plate that has a serving napkin on top to absorb the bowl as it melts.

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It is just as festive to use fruit slices in the bowl as well.