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Festively Frozen

CandideZA
Published on December 29th 2021
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Are you planning the best New Year party to date? Why not venture out into your garden for some inspiration to WOW your guests with this stunner of an ice bucket?
Keeping Champagne and wine chilled, has never looked this good. It is a quick and easy DIY that is very festive and colourful and can basically be made with anything you fancy. We used mint, rosemary, strawberries, and blueberries. Have a look below to learn how to make your own.
A vase of flowers on a table

You will need

  • A large bucket
  • A small bucket (your drink of choice should fit into this)
  • Herbs and berries (or whatever else you would like to use)
  • Cooled, boiled water
  • A few rocks (not too big)
  • Freezer

Follow these easy steps

Step 1
Boil a full kettle and let the water cool (this will ensure that you get see-through ice in the end and not cloudy white).
Whilst waiting for the water to cool, start prepping all your other material.
Step 2
Ensure that whatever you use to decorate your ice bucket, is fresh and clean. Remove any dead or brown leaves and wash everything.
Step 3
Fill the large bucket with about 2cm of water and freeze.
Step 4
Once the larger bucket is frozen, place the smaller bucket inside of it and fill it with rocks so that it has some weight to stay down.
Step 5
Now the fun starts. Add your flower, fruit, herbs or whatever you choose to use in the circle between the two buckets. If you are doing a BIG bucket, consider repeating this step twice or three times. This will ensure that your material is dispersed throughout and has not floated to the top.
Step 6
Freeze your bucket overnight.
Step 7
To dismantle, remove the rocks from the smaller bucket and fill the container with warm water. Let it sit for a few seconds, remove the small bucket and then do the same for the outer sides of the larger bucket.
Step 8
Place your bottle of bubbles inside and you are ready for your New Year’s celebration!

Tips

  • Make use of plastic containers as glass can break.
  • Make use of the frozen-layer-method to ensure even spread of your fruit/flowers.
  • When serving, remember to add a plate underneath the ice bucket to catch the water.
  • Decide on a colour theme and stick to it.
  • Store your bucket in the freezer to use again! No need to get rid of it.

Share your festively frozen ice buckets with us by using the hashtag #FestivelyFrozen

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