Party Punch. What’s So Special About That?

As the weather warms and the heart of wedding season looms there’s one constant connector between the two. And that’s the appearance of punch at the party! Now we all know there’s a range in punch from the non-alcohol to the spiked imbibing with a kick!

We think this Art Deco punch bowl and these vintage coupes from Audrey Would! are the perfect party punch mix!

A 1940s vintage punch bowl in pretty purple. Made of blown glass and perfect for a special gathering of friends!

But did you know…

Punch pre-dates the cocktail? Why yes, it’s true! And in fact it’s so true that it goes back three centuries prior to the cocktail debut! Punch was first created in the 16th Century by British Soldiers stationed in India, while the first evidence of a cocktail albeit sans alcohol made its entrance in the early 19th Century. Who knew?

What’s so special about punch? I mean, we all grew up with it and have seen it at different occasions and gatherings, and with almost any combination of ingredients you can imagine.

This vintage Indiana Glass punch set from Audrey Would! has lived through one or two!

A vintage punch set with modern lines, perfect for today's lifestyle!

Well… here’s what’s really going on in that bowl.

Punch (and I am now referring to spiked punch) is all about communal drinking and fun! It’s about sharing the same drink with your friends, and if you’re the host it’s like a one-stop-shop. You basically mix one drink large enough to hydrate more than just a few, and then you get to join the party too!

This special edition punch set from Audrey Would! has got that all squared away. It comes with 16 cups!

A special edition Mid Century punch set , 'Golden Anniversary' by Champion.

So what’s really going on in that bowl?

Punch is more than just pouring a bunch of ingredients into a bowl and giving it a stir. In fact, that’s exactly what not to do! Here are the classic punch take-aways for the ‘right’ things to do.

  • Classic punch always contains 5 elements: spirits, sugar, citrus, water and spice. Did you know tea can be considered a spice? See how it’s used in the recipe at the end!
  • Punch is always stirred, but not the way you think. There are two ways to stir punch,
    • Over ice in a pitcher, but never in the punch bowl
    • Poured back and forth between two pitchers with ice (this is called rolling)
    • And then… you strain the punch into the bowl leaving the ice behind

Whaat? No ice??

  • Punch is served over a large block of ice rather than immersed with cubes.
    • This keeps the punch cold, but slows down dilution
    • And this is where the ice ring can substitute for the block of ice
  • Club Soda or sparkling wine are used for effervescence in punch.
    • That’s just what you do!
  • Definitely do add edible garnishes in the punch bowl.
    • They are the floating touch to your punchy presentation
    • And, guests can add to their drinks as they choose

But most importantly…

  • Pay tribute to the punch!
    • That’s right, serve your punch in a vintage bowl. That’s called serving it right, and at Audrey Would! we just happen to have a few. 😉

To wrap all this up, we recommend you try Death & Co’s recipe for classic Mother’s Ruin Punch. The name says it all, doesn’t it?

Cheers to fun with friends! Do you have any punch tips, vintage bowls or recipes to share?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller for Audrey Would. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

Cheers! Bittersweet, but I’m So Okay!

When sourcing pieces for Audrey Would! my eye is typically taken to items I like. In retail that’s not always best practice, but with this vintage niche I find it generally works for me.

Awhile ago I featured this pretty amazing statement piece.

Towle SP Punch Bowl 650

It’s a silver plated punch bowl by Towle, and I know not everyone is in the market for a piece like this, but I thought it would be fun to share a few different ways this punch bowl can be put to use.

After all, we do have the wedding season coming up! That means stagettes, bridal showers… you know how it goes!

Some of you might remember, I sourced this bowl along with another option for a customer by request. In the end the other piece was chosen, so this punch bowl became part of the Audrey Would! collection.

At our Holiday Shopping Event I featured the Towle punch bowl with a mix-and-match selection of silver plated goblets and coupes.

Silver Plate Punch Bowl

This bowl as a punch set originally came with little handled cups. Sweet, but I have to say, I do like the mix-and-match approach. It turns ‘sweet’ into ‘fun’!

And…

When we were in San Francisco I fell in love with the way Bix Restaurant put a similiar silver punch bowl to use.

Silver Punch Bowl, Martini Glasses on Ice

Don’t mind the grainy phone pic. I just wanted you to see the martini glasses chillin’ on finely crushed ice! Isn’t this great?

And then…

On New Years Eve the Towle bowl was test-run for a similar use, but to chill Prosecco on cubed ice instead!

New Years Eve

You see, we opted in on a Jamie Oliver suggestion. He-hem… as Jamies toutes it, ‘Pimped-up Prosecco‘. So all the vintage pitchers you see actually hold fresh juices to go with the Prosecco.

Blood Oranges

Another grainy phone pic, but yes, it really was ‘that’ good!

After seeing the range this great piece double-duties for, would you hold it against me if I said I was feeling bittersweet about its sale and departure? No, not me either! I am thrilled this fantastic vintage piece has found a new home!

Just think, the possibilities are endless!

Do you have any vintage pieces that stand in for other uses? Please share… heck, please send pics! Why not? The creativity of one expands the opportunities for another!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!