Little Miss M has just had a ‘Frozen’ birthday party for which my daughter made her a fabulous cake – yes that is the cake disguised as ‘Elsa’s dress.
and Granny and the children made a frozen ice-bowl using flowers and raspberries from the garden and filled with watermelon and strawberries.
I have done a few of these over the years for different parties, sometimes filling with a fruit punch, sometimes with a fresh fruit cocktail.
This one started on the 28th May with a layer of primroses, thyme and Sweet Cicely laid on top of about a centimetre of ice in the bottom of a large plastic bowl
I only add edible flowers.
The children then gathered some mint leaves, marigold flowers and wild strawberry flowers
We put the pink bowl in the middle and weighted it down then poured more water round the sides, about another centimetre. The flowers were added and it went back in the freezer.
As I was a bit low on flowers from the garden (borage, nasturtiums and rose petals look great) I added raspberries in layers and when it was full removed the pink bowl from the centre and we used the bowl for a picnic in the garden.
Then back in the freezer so that I could use again for Little miss M’s party
I experimented with using a layer of pomegranate juice and added edible glitter.
Now out of the large plastic bowl, it sat out for about 4 hours and hardly melted at all, so it has gone back in the freezer to use again later in the summer.
You can see loads of other examples of other peoples ice-bowls on Pinterest. It seems the ice stays clearer if the water is boiled first, and maybe it would have looked better set on an ice plinth……. next time.