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Wedding Ice Sculptures, Frozen Birthday Centerpieces & 8 More Seriously Cool Party Ideas

event planner: Jennifer Anderson Events | décor: Kehoe Designs | photographer: KingenSmith

We love a good ice sculpture as much as the next guest, but why stop with just one frozen form? At PartySlate, we’re seeing ice utilized at parties as unique décor, to further the event’s theme, to display a message, as personalized plates, and more. Any season is a good season for creativity at your celebration — but this sweltering summer is an especially good time to cool your guests down in style. 

1. Fairytale Frozen in Time

Ice sculpture
photographer: Unique Designs Studio

What’s as fragile as a rose dropping petals in a suspenseful cinematic countdown? A wow-worthy beverage-producing centerpiece made of ice. The design team at Bambini Soiree conceived of this stunning, colorful sculpture to accent a perfectly-themed Beauty and the Beast birthday celebration from Monica Pardo Events. View the full event to see the over-the-top cake.

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2. Cheers to 80 Years

Seafood bar
photographer: Muñoz Photography

Can ice be celebratory? We think so. The frozen signage at this 80th birthday party from Daniel Events not only signals a fresh raw bar, but also spells out a sweet message to partygoers. The Addison Signature Catering’s gelato bar was accented with yet another ice sculpture to end the milestone evening.

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3. Nostrovia to this Russian Duo!

Ice sculpture
photographer: Michael Jurick Photography

Just when we thought the perfect pairing of vodka and caviar couldn’t get any better, along comes this icy display from the planners at Gourmet Advisory Services. The Bar Mitzvah party display kept both items at their ideal temperature for serving — ice cold — while also looking ethereal, lit from underneath. It’s culinary art at its finest at the Mandarin Oriental New York.

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4. Chilled Canapés for One, Please

LOVE ice sculpture
photographer: LuvRox Photography

This glamorous wedding from Sara Renee Events took the personal crudité trend to the next level. While we’ve seen many beautiful raw bars carved from ice — as well as well-composed individual servings of hors d’oeuvres — these icy mini raw bars served to each guest by The Breakers Palm Beach are something wonderfully new as a combination of both. 

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5. Which Skyline is Cooler?

Skyline ice sculpture
photographer: KingenSmith

It’s no secret that rooftop spots make for the best city views, and guests were seeing double at this spring Chicago wedding from Jennifer Anderson Events. The planners worked with Kehoe Designs to curate a stunning Chi-town skyline constructed of ice and doubling as a raw bar. Chicagoans were glad to see the city’s iconic buildings iced over — minus winter’s frigid temps.

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6. Almost Too Pretty to Drink

Clear flower ball
photographer: Brian Leahy Photography

One of ice’s age-old jobs is to cool down drinks — but why can’t that function be beautiful too? The talented bartenders from Laboratory by Scarlette decked out cocktails at PartySlate’s Los Angeles launch celebration with cool cubes that beautifully suspended colorful blooms at their centers.

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7. Chill, Champagne — Here’s Your Botanical Bucket

Botanic champagne bucket
photographer: Phillip Van Nostrand Photography

What if your ice bucket were a bucket literally made of ice? That’s the gorgeous flight of fancy from the Maman NYC x Martha Stewart Living Valentine’s Day celebration. Phillip Van Nostrand Photography captured the Champagne holder which had lovely frozen florals and greenery suspended at their peak.

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8. When Life Gives You Lemons

Lemonade stand
photographer: Chris Bailey Photography

Frosty ice and the balmy south go together like lemonade and bourbon. DLG Ice Factory brought southern charm to PartySlate’s Houston launch party with an entire spiked lemonade stand constructed from ice. The glistening bar boasted the brand’s logo as well as a cool quilted texture — and giant baskets made of ice displaying fresh lemons. 

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9. Eat Shaved Ice Daily for Happiness

Food ice sculpture
photographer: Christine Doneé Photography

We can’t think of a better way to store flavored shaved cocktail ice than in ice itself. The frozen garnish station at this whimsical wedding from Percy Sales Events beautifully suspended limes, lemons, and berries in a fresh display. View the full event to see how Jennifer Naylor Catering and Special Events curated a summer-perfect menu including late-night fare.

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10. Fill Your Rose-Colored Glasses at this Chic Cocktail Cooler

Ice sculpture cocktail cooler
photographer: Nadia D. Photography

Why use a shaker to cool a cocktail when you can filter it through an ice slide weaving between full-bloom red roses? KIS(cubed) Events conceived of this chic installation that acts as interactive art — complementing a gorgeous, richly-hued wedding celebration.

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12. The Ultimate Freeze Frame

photographer: Trevor Dayley

This sports-themed Bar Mitzvah planned by Sensational Events was so impressive, it gave us chills. M Culinary Concepts featured finger sandwiches and sushi rolls served (and kept chilled) on sleek ice trays at a catering station featuring an icy rendition of the event’s logo. Guests got to order their drinks at a bar counter made entirely out of ice and designed by Ice Bulb. View the full event to see the frozen Nike sneaker display  and four life-sized ice sculptures of basketball players making their winning shots — allowing partygoers to snap their own favorite shots next to the icons. Blue and pink uplighting transformed each ice formation into a stunning prism that refracted beauty all across the dance floor.

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