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There’s an ongoing joke in my family that I celebrate my birthday like Hanukkah. Well, it’s kind of true. Having a birthday in the summer is a blessing and a curse. Many of my friends and family go away on vacation, but then I get a make up party/dinner. Before one of my dinners at my house, I was asked what I wanted. I’m very sarcastic, so I said “I WANT AN ICE SCULPTURE”. After my irrational request, I truly had my heart set on an ice piece.
My Sparkly Ice Bucket tutorial isn’t exactly an ice sculpture but it’s adorable, will blow minds and is incredibly easy to do. You can do this the night before a party. Since summer block parties are happening almost every weekend, I figured I’d share this with you all so you can wow your guests.
First, I stocked up on Sauvignon Blanc. This time around I bought Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.
A cake stand
Large cup, tupperware or thermos
5 lb weight
Distilled water that has been boiled and cooled
Glitter, sparkles, confetti
This cute little cake stand is perfect because it holds the water when the ice melts.
Go all out!
Put your plastic cup inside of the sand bucket. Make sure that your wine bottle fits inside of the cup before freezing.
Place the 5 lb weight inside of the cup.
You’re going to freeze in layers because if you don’t, all of the confetti will float to the top. You want confetti throughout the ice bucket.
The reason why you boil distilled water is so you get clear ice. It’s not exactly perfect but it looks way better than straight up water. Trust me, my first bucket was very cloudy.
Save some sparkle to add to the top and bottom of the ice bucket.
I also decided to use a thermos last minute because I figured it would keep cooler longer. This worked out well.
Everyone was impressed. Shoot, I impressed myself!
Most of us enjoyed Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi on it’s own but I also like to try to make something special for others.
Sauvignon Blanc Spritzers are refreshing and low calorie. DO THIS NOW.
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi’s Sauvignon Blanc
2 limes (chopped)
2 oranges (chopped)
Fill glasses halfway with Sauvignon Blanc
Fill the rest of the glass with seltzer, splash of fresh orange juice, add citrus fruit.
This was such a hit. I really want you all to do this and share your pictures with me. For more block party ideas, check out Simple Entertaining Social Hub.
What’s your secret weapon at a summer block party?