Parties around a Punch Bowl

Parties around a Punch Bowl

Lifestyle and entertaining expert Kimberly Whitman introduces the lively, rich history of the punch bowl, from India to England & Europe to the American South and beyond. She creates a dozen festive party ideas organized around a punch bowl: an Easter Egg Hunt, a classic Blue and White Party, a Bar Cart Party, a Fall Gathering, a Holiday Breakfast Coffee, and more.

Recipes for both alcoholic and nonalcoholic punches, plus accompanying food recipes are the center of each celebration. Kimberly’s expert hostess tips are scattered throughout. A variety of punch bowls, bases, and glasses featured in the book will send readers out shopping for their own special style. Published by Gibbs Smith.


Rich Coffee Punch | Serves 30

2 cups sugar
1 cup very strong hot coffee
2 cups half-and-half
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup Frangelico
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 gallon coffee ice cream (I use Bluebell)

Dissolve the sugar into the hot coffee and let it cool.

About 2 hours before the party, mix everything together except the ice cream and place in the freezer. Take out just before the party starts (or as the party is starting) and add the ice cream to the punch. The punch will be slushy and then will remain chilled from the ice cream.

Tips: If you make too much, pour into ziplock bags and freeze for your next party.

• Make this recipe dairy free by switching up the creamy options.

• If you want to share it with the kids, leave out the Frangelico and add 1 tablespoon of hazelnut extract.

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