A PUNCH BOWL ADDS FLAIR, ELEGANCE AND SPARKLE TO ANY DRINKING OCCASION.

By: John Hogan

For many years the existence of the punch bowl has graced the tables of the affluent for festive events such as anniversaries, bridal showers, birthday parties, ceremonial balls, graduation parties, weddings and Christmas events.

AMERICAN BRILLIANT CUT GLASS PUNCH BOWL, C. 1890-1900

BRILLIANT CUT GLASS PUNCH BOWL

AMERICAN VINTAGE CRANBERRY-RUBY FLASH PUNCH BOWL SET, C. 1960

CRANBERRY-RUBY FLASH PUNCH BOWL

EUROPEAN VINTAGE LEAD CRYSTAL PEDESTAL PUNCH BOWL

LEAD CRYSTAL PEDESTAL PUNCH BOWL

As we approached the seventies and eighties people in general began to associate the punch bowl with the Christmas season and consequently commenced to retire their punch bowls until the following Christmas season. How sad to retire such interesting colors, patterns and shapes! However don't despair! There is a resurgence amongst the artsy folk who like to entertain and be entertained. Consequently punch bowls are once again very alive all year around items found in fancy bars and restaurants of the chic or avant-guard crowd of big cities such as San Francisco, New York, Washington and Montreal-just to name several. Their appearance with an array of different punches during cocktail hour and festive events add the glitter and glamour for the zealous crowds.

As time passed the punch bowl was not only reserved for the Kings and Queens of State or Presidents of the United States and other foreign countries. Every glass producing factory began to commercialize the punch bowl such that the average family could afford to do a fancy presentation during festive events. So now we were not just talking about fancy cut crystal and fancy Brilliant Period cut glass punch bowls from Bohemia, England, France or America that were made for the rich. Now we were talking about pressed clear and colorful glass punch bowls that were attainable and affordable for the aspiring masses.

Consequently every glass factory produced a cheaper version of cut crystal punch bowls which were pressed crystal and mold pattern glass. The appearance could look the same but upon inspection could be detected to be not of the great Bohemian, English and American cut and engraved glass and cut crystal of the Brilliant Period. As we know great pressed glass could take on the appearance of opulence depending on the pattern and clarity of the glass used in the manufacture of such items. Now all cocktail lovers did not have to worry about breaking expensive brilliant period punch bowls that cost into the thousands of dollars. Once pressed glass and pressed crystal punch bowls became vogue, because of the cost compared to the expensive cut and engraved crystal, breakage was not a high priority. Consequently the artsy has brought back the glamor of the punch bowl.

For added sparkle, just sit the punch bowl on a large round sterling or silverplate tray and see the exuberance of the crystal or pressed glass. With today's economic situation, many people are looking for a quality look that speaks elegance. Therefore choice and acceptability of such punch bowls are abundant for a lavish look at an affordable price.

With today's stretching of the buck when entertaining, what a more delightful way of being fashionable and personable when throwing a party for intimate family and friends than to bring out the big beautiful punch bowls and make the booze stretch. Serving the appropriate drinks can make your party, reception or dinner complete. The right combination of alcohol, champagne and fruit in your punch can also make your party a wow event to remember.


Here are two of my favorite champagne punch recipes which are what all party punch recipes aspire to be -simple and elegant.

Mimosa Punch Recipe
2 12-ounce cans frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
2 quarts (8 cups) sparkling apple juice, apple cider, or ginger ale
3 750-ml. bottles (about 10 cups) champagne
Chill all ingredients well before mixing.
Scoop the orange juice concentrate into a punch bowl.
Stir to soften.
Stir in the club soda.
Add the champagne and stir gently.
Float an ice mold.
Serve immediately.
Makes about 40 servings.


Strawberry Champagne Punch Recipe

Powdered sugar or simple syrup

3 750-ml. bottles champagne (about 10 cups)
SO PARTY ON DOWN AND HAVE A GREAT EVENT!

To the above right of this article are illustrated just several interesting punch bowls available on our website. For more information regarding these punch bowls, click link highlighted below.

AMERICAN BRILLIANT CUT GLASS PUNCH BOWL, C. 1890-1900

AMERICAN VINTAGE CRANBERRY-RUBY FLASH PUNCH BOWL SET, C. 1960 

EUROPEAN VINTAGE LEAD CRYSTAL PEDESTAL PUNCH BOWL

In addition to these punch bowls, we have at our physical store location an array of clear pressed glass and cut crystal punch bowls with and without matching cups that range from $50.00 to $175.00.

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