Of course, you want to keep the bowl on a summery platter or plate to catch water as it melts, and you don't want to display it in full sun. If you put any moist food items inside, you want to put a pretty lettuce lining inside so the food doesn't stick to the bowl as it is dished (think of the "tongue on a frozen pole" effect).
Here are the easy steps to make your own:
You need to get stacking bowls. Your ice bowl will be the size of the larger stacking bowl.
Fill the larger bowl with water (about 2/3 full)
Place the smaller bowl inside and weigh it down so it sits inside and displaces the water--I used more water in the small bowl to weigh it down.
Place in your freezer until the water is starting to freeze and get thick.
Pick an edible or safe decoration to sit inside the ice. Ideas: Fruit slices, edible plants or flowers, thematic decorations.
Stick the decor down the sides between the bowls and spread them all around in the icy water.
After 24 hours, take the bowls out of the freezer and remove the smaller bowl from the top (it usually twists right out, but you might use warm water for a SECOND to loosen it).
Twist the ice bowl out of the larger bowl (again, if needed, QUICKLY run warm water on the bottom of the bowl to loosen the ice).
Ready for a summer food table!
So summery and fresh! Have fun!
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