bottles in ice – last minute party idea

by Kristina Sloggett

in cocktails

Hosting or attending a party this New Years Eve? This is a fun and quick addition to any last minute prep you might be doing.

Start with a bottle of your favorite liquor, and a milk carton that fits the bottle (a pint bottle fits in a quart carton, a 750ml bottle fits in a half gallon carton).

Cut the top off the carton, place (full) bottle inside. Fill with whatever you like – I have used everything from citrus slices or small plastic cocktail monkeys to sequins and glitter. This time I used mandarin, lemon and lime slices. Fit them around the bottle, using a knife to push them all around the bottle.

Fill bottle with water and place in freezer – it becomes a block of ice around the bottle, and a fun centerpiece to your beverage offerings. Remember to have a plate for it to sit on as the ice melts.

Cheers!

{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) December 29, 2011 at 5:20 am

Oh super cute idea! So colorful and festive.

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2 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 29, 2011 at 5:32 am

Very cute idea!

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3 Cadry December 29, 2011 at 5:49 am

What a cool idea! That’s very fun!

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4 spabettie December 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

people always love these!

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5 Dorry December 29, 2011 at 6:09 am

genius! I have to share this post with Billy – he’ll love it.

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6 spabettie December 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

oh, good! you’ll have to make some for him – they’re so fun!

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7 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit December 29, 2011 at 6:22 am

um brilliant!

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8 spabettie December 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm
9 Cara December 29, 2011 at 7:58 am

Okay, now I *have* to stay up until midnight just so I can make this! Or at least I will stay up until it fully melts…whichever comes first :) So stinkin’ creative, my friend.

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10 spabettie December 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

it takes a while to melt… you may be up all night, granny ;)

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11 Tiff December 29, 2011 at 9:04 am

I love this post… even if it did remind me of that annoying but catchy G6 song. :) Great idea!

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12 spabettie December 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

haa HAA – dangit, now that song will be in my head all day. ;)

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13 sarah @ sarah learns December 29, 2011 at 10:56 am

wow. this is genius. i now want to have people over for no other reason than to try this…

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14 spabettie December 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I know Sarah, I am always looking for reasons to make these!

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15 janetha December 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm

wow, super cute, simple and creative!

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16 spabettie December 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm

SO easy and quick for such a fun impact! :)

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17 Char @ www.charskitchen.ca December 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Great idea!! And it looks so pretty :D

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18 spabettie December 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm

one of my favorites are the citrus slices, always looks so pretty!

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19 Shannon December 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm

LOVE this idea!

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20 spabettie December 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm

everyone loves these when I make them! :D

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21 Roz@weightingfor50 December 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Love this idea!!! I saw something similar on Martha Stewart YEARS ago…and hadn’t thought of it ’till I saw your photos. Cheers to that, and cheers to you and more great posts and pictures as we go into 2012.

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22 spabettie December 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm

hi Roz!!

you know, I have been doing this for years (I almost showed a fun photo of me from college…), and I used to want to BE Martha, so I may have gotten this from her? ;)

cheers to you too my friend, and happy new year!

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23 Christin@purplebirdblog December 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Effing brilliant!! I love the idea of one with glitter!! :D

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24 spabettie December 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

the glitter bottle is SO fun. I didn’t do it this time, I’ll have to look for a picture of an old one…

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25 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm

You’re KILLING ME! Too cute!

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26 spabettie December 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm

hee, thanks girl ;)

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27 Kath (My Funny Little Life) December 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Faaaaancy! But – do upright bottles fit into you freezer? Apparently, they do. (Duh.) Well, in mine they don’t. :( Boooooohhoooooooooooooo.

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28 green December 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Tip the bottle on an angle to freeze and then fill the ‘other side’ with something different or colored water and freeze again- it will be half/half

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29 spabettie December 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm

this is a GREAT idea – it would be fun to use different colored waters!

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30 Kath (My Funny Little Life) December 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm

This is actually very clever!

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31 spabettie December 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

do it, Kath!! :)

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32 Amy B @ Second City Randomness December 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Cute! I think liquor is a great gift to bring to any party. And making it cute? You’re setting the bar high. :)

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33 spabettie December 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

it’s just too easy this time, Amy! very little effort and some time for such a fun thing! :) happy new year to you!

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34 Shirley @ gfe December 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm

LOVE it!

xo,
Shirley

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35 spabettie December 30, 2011 at 9:04 am

thanks, Shirley! XO

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36 STUFT Mama December 30, 2011 at 1:39 am

What what what? That is an awesome idea! I’m sure mine won’t look half as good as yours, but this is magnificent! :)

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37 spabettie December 30, 2011 at 9:04 am

they are REALLY easy, Kristin, and yours WILL look this good!! I hope you make them, and take photos! :)

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38 Jenne December 30, 2011 at 11:04 am

Completely adorable idea! I think I might have to do this with some cranberries and glitter for color. Thank you for posting!

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39 spabettie December 30, 2011 at 11:18 am

you are welcome, Jenne! I’d love to see a photo of yours, it sounds like it will be pretty! happy new year!

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40 Sonnet December 30, 2011 at 11:58 am

This is such a cute idea! I love it!

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41 spabettie December 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm

thank you!!

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42 Jenne December 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Thank you and will do! Sent you a tweet. Happy New Year!

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43 bitt December 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm

this sounds like a wild party!

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44 spabettie December 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm

yee haw! ;)

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45 Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} December 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm

This has to be the best idea ever!!! I’m sure the kids would love their Martinelli’s this way. Happy New Year!

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46 spabettie December 30, 2011 at 9:25 pm

the Martinelli’s might freeze, though? you could do this with an empty bottle and then fill it with Martinelli’s! :D happy new year to you too, Krista!! here’s to fantastic 2012!

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47 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel December 31, 2011 at 7:36 am

fun tip!

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48 spabettie December 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm

:D thanks, happy new year Rachel!

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49 The Wind Attack December 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm

This is a cool idea and it looks great… but what happens when the ice starts to melt? It just seems like maybe it would get a little bit messy.

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50 spabettie December 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm

yes, it eventually does melt. it takes a while, though, and I’ve always placed it on a plate, and it’s not really too much maintenance, just get rid of the water every now and then and/or add a towel. to me, the fun people have with these is worth it :) I’ve made these filled with plastic cocktail monkeys, and those turn into fun on their own, people waiting to get them out of the ice…

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51 Jenn @therebelchick January 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm

This is a fantastic idea!

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52 Sarah January 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

It’s really the simple ideas that are the best! And this is the best!

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