It’s thoughtful and fun to base the menu for a baby shower around the mother-to-be’s cravings — when else can you serve cold cereal and still feel elegant? To round out the spread serve scones with jam and honey butter as well as these scrumptious Snickerdoodle Muffins. And below you’ll see instructions for our DIY Ice Buckets.

Baby Shower Cereal Bar #cereal #pregnancycravings #capncrunch

Cereal Bar

DIY Ice Block Buckets for Milk #tutorial

Although Captain Crunch may be the main course, you can still serve the cereal bowls on your finest crystal pedestal. These genius DIY Ice Block Buckets keep milk cold for the Cereal Bar without detracting an ounce of style.

How to Make an Ice Block Bucket for Attractively Serving Cold Things at Parties #tutorial #iceblock

TO MAKE: Rinse an empty Goldfish carton then pour in distilled water to a depth of 2 inches. Freeze overnight. Remove from freezer and place an inexpensive vase (or other cylinder that is wider than the milk carafe) onto the now-solid ice base within the carton. Weigh down the vase with a handful of marbles or rocks. Pour distilled water between the vase and the carton and fill to desired height. Freeze for 2-3 days. Once solid, remove from freezer. Pour COLD water into your vase to help loosen and remove from carton. Tear the cardboard carton away to reveal your completed Ice Block Bucket. Keep frozen until party time. CAUTION: Hot water may crack your vase. In fact, all things considered this project is probably not the place for any heirloom pieces.

Design and styling by Bettijo B. Hirschi and Aimée Lowry. Photography by Dana Broderick.


  1. That is a fabulous idea!!!

    Amy    Wednesday, August 29, 2012
  2. I always wondered how milk and such didn’t get gross at parties. How long do you think this ice bucket lasted and did it leave a big pool of water?

    Mindy    Wednesday, August 29, 2012
  3. Hi Mindy! We are SO excited about this ice bucket. How to keep perishable foods cool on a pretty party table has long been a problem that’s perplexed us and this is such an elegant solution. The ice blocks shown on the Cereal Bar in the photos towards the top of the post, were taken at the END of a 2-3 hour party, so you can see how much of the block was still left. These will last for quite a while depending on how tall/deep you make them.

    To answer your other question, Yes they do weep the entire time so you’ll want to keep them in a tray with a water-proof lip that can contain the water and be sure to check on them periodically to make sure the tray isn’t in danger of overflowing.

    Aimee & Bettijo    Wednesday, August 29, 2012
  4. Love this idea!!!! awesome.

    meg duerksen    Thursday, August 30, 2012
  5. I can’t wait to try this!! I love love love it!!!

    PamB    Tuesday, September 4, 2012
  6. This is by far the most original idea. This is the coolest way to keep drink chilled during the spring/summer. Love it!

    Caitlin    Friday, September 14, 2012
  7. I love this idea. My kids have a birthday back to back and they boy want a country western party. I have been searching the web looking for awesome and cute ideas. This by far the most inexpensive and cutest idea for their party. I cant wait to try it. Do you have any ideas for a country party with the color theme being green, yellow, and hot pink? Had to through pink in there for my little girl!

    Ashley    Tuesday, September 18, 2012
  8. So I’m attempting this for a party this weekend. However, I’m seeming to have trouble with a significant amount of water leaking out the bottom before it is frozen. Anyone else run into this or have any suggestions? Thanks & totally an awesome idea!

    Darci S    Tuesday, September 18, 2012
  9. Good question! We’ve made these ice buckets several times, and only once did our box leak. We recommend emptying the water, drying the goldfish box and duct taping the outside corners and bottom seal. This should prevent further leaking. Also, you may want to put a dishtowel under the box in the freezer to soak up any potential leaking water. Good luck!

    Aimée & Bettijo    Wednesday, September 19, 2012
  10. Hi! I absolutely love this idea! Where did you get the milk carafes from? They’re to die for! <3 Thanks! <3 :)

    Valerie    Thursday, January 24, 2013
  11. I love this idea for a sleepover party!!! All the kids would love it! If you want more help with your child’s birthday a great site is

    Erica    Saturday, March 16, 2013
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