Ice Rings: The Pinterest-Worthy Summer Drink Hack That Will Make Your Life Easier
No matter what time of year it is, punch recipes are a party must-have. The only problem is that it’s hard to keep such a large amount of liquid chilled until the last guest leaves. The solution to this is a Pinterest-worthy hack you’ll be devastated you didn’t discover sooner… the ice ring. The method is simple enough: You fill a Bundt pan with freezable liquid and any flavorings or garnish of your choosing, then put it in the freezer until solid. It takes forever to melt since it’s *so* big, and you’re left with perfectly cold punch all night long. Keep reading for six versions of this amazing DIY that will totally make your summer tablescapes.
1. Pineapple Cranberry Ice Ring: The holidays are full of family, fun and, of course, booze. To enhance grandma’s classic punch recipe, make a festive ice ring using cranberries, mint and pineapple juice. (via A Family Feast)
2. Donut Pan Ice Rings: If you have several different punch recipes you need to chill (or you just want to fill them with different ingredients), try using a donut pan or mini Bundt pan. You’ll end up with several smaller ice rings that are *almost* too adorable to serve. (via That’s So Michelle)
3. DIY Ice Ring: You’re always looking for ways to spice up the non-alcoholic baby shower punch. For a light and fresh spring ice ring, add sliced lemons, blueberries and sage. Don’t be afraid to pack the garnishes in the Bundt pan, because the fuller it is, the prettier it looks! (via Lavin Label)
4. DIY Ice Rings for Party Punch: The trick to making the perfect ice ring is choosing an edible garnish that echoes the ingredients of your punch. For a fall-inspired punch ring, reach for dried apples, star anise and herbs. (via Sugar and Charm)
5. Peach and Thyme Ice Ring: Your backyard summer BBQ is the perfect opportunity to debut this ice ring. It’s speckled with fresh seasonal peaches and thyme that look beautiful and flavor your punch even more once it melts. (via Camille Styles)
6. Pomegranate Mojito Punch Ring: Loading your Bundt pan with the arils of a whole pomegranate makes for a gorgeous ice ring when inverted into your punch. Try this one out on Thanksgiving for maximum appreciation. (via Katie at the Kitchen Door)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)