How To Make An Ice Bowl

see how easy it is to make an ice bowl here

I’m excited to share this tutorial with you today as it’s something I’ve been meaning to get to for the longest time, and I think you’re gonna love it. I’m showing you how to make an ice bowl for any special occasion, OR to make any occasion special!

A couple of years ago I showed you how to make this fabulous ice bottle cooler, which has been very popular {thanks to Pinterest}. This ice bowl is just as easy to create and makes a wonderful presentation on a buffet of at individual place settings. Here are the steps to make it, and some ideas of how to use it…

how to make an ice bowl

How to Make an Ice Bowl

What you’ll need:

  • 2 nesting bowls
  • Duct tape
  • Distilled water
  • 2 lemons

Pour some water into the larger bowl and place the smaller bowl inside. Use the duct tape to hold the smaller bowl in place, so it doesn’t rise with the water. The two bowls should be level at the top.

Place bowls in the freezer for several hours so water creates a base layer of ice.

Once frozen, remove bowls from freezer, and cut lemons into slices. Place lemon slices around the perimeter of the large bowl, and fill with water. Put back into the freezer and freeze over night.

When ready to remove ice bowl, set it out at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes until bowl slides out easily. To keep for future use, cover with plastic wrap and place back into the freezer.

  • My favorite use for the ice bowl is to serve shrimp cocktail at a party. It keeps the shrimp nice and chilled, and you can line the bowl with lettuce leaves to keep moisture away from the shrimp if it will be sitting out for a long time.
  • Make sure to place the ice bowl in a shallow dish to catch melting water. Line the dish with a napkin or towel {as in the photos} to keep it from sliding and to also absorb some of the moisture.
  • Experiment with size. If you have larger nesting bowls, make one large ice bowl for a buffet. Use smaller nesting bowls like I’ve done, to make individual servings. Since you can make these ahead of time, you can make several as long as you give yourself about 24 hours per bowl.
  • These also make great bowls for serving ice cream scoops {see below}!

What do you think?  Is this something you’d like to try?  I guarantee your guests will be impressed!


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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. This is one of the most amazing trick I’ve ever seen!

  2. What a great idea! Will definitely use this one. Thanks for sharing.

  3. LOVE! Had to share on my FB page. Everyone should see this!

  4. That is genius!!!

  5. Definitely going to use this idea for my next party! What a great way to surprise the guests and it is so practical too! Thanks so much…

    Rosana Santos Calambichis, President


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