An Ice Bucket Isn’t Just for Ice - 5 Creative Ways to Use Ice Buckets
A Display of Roses in a Crystal Ice Bucket
Just about everybody knows that an ice bucket is for keeping ice cubes in their cubed state over time or for chilling champagne, wine, beer, and other beverages. An ice bucket is a classic barware necessity. You also know that ice buckets can be timelessly elegant, rustic, new or antique, and coming in styles that complement any décor and any way of life. But, if you like to re-purpose the everyday objects in your home, as I do, then ice buckets can take on creative uses and also fill unexpected needs. Here’s your fun guide for putting ice buckets to unconventional uses in five clever ways.
1 • The Power Is Out - Load Up the Ice Bucket!
I don’t know why the electric power goes out so often in this modern community where I live. But the instant it does, I unload ice from my freezer into an insulated, lidded ice bucket that keeps the ice in good condition for about six hours. To do this while minimizing cold air loss from the freezer, I get the ice bucket ready on the countertop closest to the freezer, quickly open the freezer door and yank out the ice bin, close the door, dump half the contents of the bin into the ice bucket without caring if some of the ice falls on the counter or floor, open the freezer door again, insert the bin into its holder, and shut the door. The power may be out, but I’m not going to miss my cocktail hour!
Insulated Ice Buckets for Keeping Ice and Potato Salad
2 • Yes, that Potato Salad Is Cold - It's in the Ice Bucket.
Our family gets together a lot, and when we do, food is always involved. As my mother is our family’s reigning queen of potato salad, she is almost always asked to bring her special recipe for the occasion. Rather than search in the storage room for a cooler, she refrigerates the insulated, lidded ice bucket within easy reach in her kitchen cabinet while her homemade potato salad chills. Then she loads the chilled potato salad into a plastic bag, seals it, pops the bag in the cold bucket, and puts on the lid. Her mini cooler is ready to go and will keep the salad cold for up to two hours. An extra benefit of using an ice bucket to keep the potato salad cold is that the host of the event has an extra ice bucket to use to keep thirsty, ice-loving guests happy without having to constantly open and close the freezer door.
3 • Out of Flower Vases? Fill the Ice Bucket.
Ice buckets are particularly suited to doubling as flower vases for large flowers such as peonies, hydrangeas, full-bodied roses, zinnias, football mums, and sunflowers. To anchor the flower stems, pour in clear or colored glass marbles or pebbles as far up in the ice bucket as you need to support your desired arrangement. Add water and create your display. Crystal ice buckets let you add an additional design element when the marbles or pebbles you use accent a color in the flower arrangement. Be sure to strip the leaves from the stems before inserting the stems into the filled ice bucket.
Elegant Crystal Ice Buckets for Sale Online
4 • Can't Find a Large Candle Holder? Use a Crystal Ice Bucket.
Cut and pressed glass reflect light beautifully, making spectacular light shows in a darkened room. If you have more pillar candles than pillar candle holders, use a cut or pressed glass ice bucket for both beauty and safety. There are so many ways to arrange candles in an ice bucket. You can place the candle directly on the bottom of the bucket. You can add glass pebbles or marbles, or colored sand, and then place a candle securely nestled in. Or add water and floating flower blossoms around a large and heavy candle, or even fill the ice bucket three-quarters of the way up with water and add floating candles.
5 • Where Are the Washcloths? In the Ice Bucket, of Course.
We often have overnight guests, especially around the holidays. It's always a challenge to put out extra towels and washcloths in the bathrooms, since the bathrooms are small and the towel racks are few. Our ice buckets come to the rescue when we fill them with rolled washcloths and place them on the vanity tops or even on the floors. Fold a washcloth in half and then roll it tightly so that the folded edge is at the bottom and the open edges are at the top. Pack the rolled washcloths into the ice bucket. It’s quite amazing how many cloths can fit into an ice bucket while making an attractive display.
A Different Meaning for the Term “Ice Bucket”
An Ice Bucket Is a Practical and Thoughtful Gift
As you probably figured out by now, I have several ice buckets to put into service as occasions demand. Still, I’d be happy to be gifted with yet one more, because ice buckets can be so gosh-darned practical.
When thinking of gifting another with an ice bucket, base your decision on what you know of the other’s life style. Are they formal and traditional, more modern, or more retro in their tastes? Do they enjoy traveling and camping? There is an ice bucket on the market to complement anyone’s life style preferences.
Now that you know the clever uses an ice bucket can be put to, your gift can be accompanied by a selection of glass marbles, flowers, candles…or it can be, instead, a block of ice and an ice drill.
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