Nothing packs a punch like a killer drink served in a punch bowl. It’s the go-to drink on the center of the party table so you need to impress. This is your opportunity to release your inner bartender skills, so prepare your arms because you’re about the crack open that dusty cocktail shaker someone got you for Christmas. This is your opportunity to take the stage and shine a light on your skills. Making a punch takes some skill, so unless you have a natural flair for flavors, a recipe book is recommended. We think your guests would appreciate a flavorsome punch rather than a dirty pint!
Once the punch is perfected, you need the right bowl to serve it in. There are many varieties of punch bowls – steel, glass and even themed shaped bowls to add a bit more WOW to your table. Nothing says Christmas like a Moose punch bowl
, right? If you’re looking for a punch bowl for a kids party or other event, glass might not be the best idea. That’s why some brands manufacture plastic punch bowls, like the Party Essentials Hard Plastic Punch Bowl
(from a company who carries a long line of party supplies if you need more). Alternatively, if you’re having guests over and you want a punch bowl that’ll stand out from the crowd, you could go with a more unique copper construction, like the Alchemade Hammered Copper Punch Bowl
And don’t forget to consider how its served. Some punch bowls are lucky enough to have glasses provided or even attached for more of a grab and go experience. You may want to expand your horizons and look at picking your own punch glasses, especially if it’s a themed party or even if you’re a bit wary of broken glass, when plastic cups would be the perfect accompaniment.
Prices of punch bowls can vary from $5 (for a cheap plastic punch bowl) up to $100 (or even more for high end crystal punch bowl) and depend on a number of things. For example, the quality of the material and the capacity of the bowl can determine how much you pay. The largest steel bowl we’ve selected is pricier than its more tradition counterparts but with it being made from steel, you can guarantee a bit more of a modern feel to your party, and let’s not forget with it being made of steel it is likely to keep your drink cooler for longer. However, cheap punch bowls still do what they set out to do, so don’t discount them completely.
The best part is the flexibility of choice, you don’t have to spend a lot to create a wow factor at the party as we have demonstrated with the shell punch bowl (we can’t believe how cheap it is!), but also if you’re looking for something you know you’re going to use every year and become a family tradition then look no further. The cute and quirky moose could become the family Christmas heirloom that some parts of your family will get excited about while others will groan about but secretly love.
There are certain features you should look out for when purchasing a punch bowl. We’ve helped narrow down a few here:
- Capacity – How many people are you catering for? Here is where size does matter! Some can hold around 100oz which is perfect for a family get together, however others can hold gallons!
- Punch Glasses – If you’re like us and find small things cute then punch glasses are important. Some bowls are kind enough to include these with their bowl, other brands have created ones you can purchase separately, and yes we are talking about mama moose having baby moose’s!
- Material – Traditional glass, stylish stainless steel, or keep it safe with plastic. These varieties provide choice based on the occasion its being used. For example, it may be better to choose a plastic pot if being used for a fruit punch at a kid’s party (or adults if there’s a bit too much alcohol added!).
Following on from the materials used, it’s worth looking at how they are designed.
Construction and Design
As mentioned the beloved punch bowl can be made from a variety of materials. Glass is usually the traditional favorite, but with modern kitchens, people are looking for something with a bit more edge to it. Steel bowls have the added benefit of keeping drinks colder for longer, which is perfect for those summer BBQ’s and parties. However, they do mask the vibrant color of the punch you just made, so if you want to show off the bright red juice or sunset orange cocktail you may want to think about a clear option.
Punch bowls are designed to hold a large amount of fluid. As a result, you can expect them to be deep enough to scoop a glass of drink out of. Those with a novelty shape may limit how much you can take at one time but who said you couldn’t go back for seconds?
Performance and Ease of Use
One major benefit of a punch bowl is that you can make one insanely good drink once for everyone and they can just help themselves rather than being asked for a drink by children or adults asking where the bottle opener is all the time. If that doesn’t make your life easier at a party, we don’t know what will!
Punch bowls usually come in a circular shape so the punch bowl can be accessed by the ladle regardless of its position, making it easier to share. Which is important, because everyone knows sharing is caring! As long as the guests are getting their fair share, we’re sure it’ll go down a treat. Another benefit from a more traditional shape is they’re usually easier to clean – a bonus because after a party, the last thing anyone looks forward to is the washing up!
After looking at all this, we’re sure you’ve realized you’re spoilt for choice. But hopefully it helped make your choice a little easier!
Choosing the “best” punch bowl is a subjective matter. You need to consider what is right for you, and that will determine the way you shop. While looking through this list, consider these things: what size/capacity punch bowl do you need? What design would you like? Would you like a themed one or a neutral style? What material would you like it to be made of? How important is it that it’s easy to clean? All these things need to be considered before you can say you’ve made the right choice. One thing’s for sure: all these brands are respected and offer quality products.
Artland is a company committed to providing only the highest quality, functional and attractive kitchenware and kitchen products. They have products in a variety of categories including barware, drinkware, glass serveware, hydration and partyware. In each of these categories they’ve got a range of trusted brands offering a selection of products. Artland themselves have a category, Artland Kitchen, which includes American dinner, kitchenware and marble serveware products.
The Artland Punch Bowl Set is made of clear glass with a classic, fluted design. The 8-piece set includes 1 punch bowl, 6 glasses and 1 ladle. The punch bowl holds 7-quarts, which is easily enough to accommodate a dinner party or small get-together. You won’t have an issue serving your delicious punch with the 11.5-inch ladle and attractive, 9-ounce glasses. The glasses have the same style and design as the punch bowl, making it a stylish, complete set.
Brilliant is a company who manufacture and distribute a wide range of products. These include products in the home and kitchen, office products, tools and home improvement, sports and fitness and patio, lawn and garden categories. With such a wide range of products, Brilliant has an extensive knowledge of customer service, providing products that consumers want and exceeding expectations.
The Brilliant Large Punch Bowl Set is a great, 18-piece punch bowl set that includes a large bowl, ladle, 8 glasses and 8 hooks. For a compact set up, you can hook the 5-ounce glasses around the rim of the bowl. With an etched lattice design, the lead-free crystal punch bowl set is stylish and durable. The large, 4.5-quart bowl is very versatile and can be used for punch, juice, mixers, desserts and salad. When you’re finished with the set, all the parts can be put in the dishwasher.
TableCraft Products has been around since 1946, where it began as an import distribution company, providing products to the foodservice industry. They provide high-quality, versatile and stylish products for the front-of-house, back-of-house or tabletops. They now have over 3000 products including dinnerware, buffet catering equipment and beverage dispensers.
The TableCraft Products Punch Bowl is part of the Remington collection. Its stainless-steel construction is durable, easy to clean and won’t break easily if accidentally dropped. It’s got a large, 13.6-quart capacity, large enough to host large parties without having to worry about refilling again and again. Rather than a plain design, TableCraft Products has opted for a rice pattern which gives it some texture and elegance. As this bowl is made from stainless steel, it can hold hotter and colder liquids than other materials. It has a temperature rating of 0-212˚F, making it ideal for ice cold punch or hot mulled wine alike.
Leeber Limited has been around since 1981, providing customers with high-end gold-plated, silver-plated and stainless-steel products. Elegance is a brand under the Leeber Limited umbrella. Their catalog includes over 1000 items including plates, serving platters, trays, tea sets, commercial food serving stations and more!
The Leeber Limited Elegance Punch Bowl is an attractive, stainless steel punch bowl with a hammered design. The bowl is large, with a 12-quart capacity. That’s large enough to accommodate a party at home, a work’s Christmas do or any other get-together. With a heavy, robust design, this stainless-steel punch bowl won’t be easily chipped, scratched or broken and you don’t need to worry about convenience; you can put it straight in the dishwasher once the party’s over!
Libbey has dominated the glassware and tabletop products market for years, with record breaking sales recorded in 2014. They’re the number 1 glassware manufacturer in the Americas and a leading tableware supplier to the whole world. With this power, Libbey strives to meet and exceed customer expectations with new, more durable, more stylish products.
The Libbey Punch Bowl Set is a great indicator of their excellence. This 10-piece set includes the punch bowl, 8 glasses and a ladle all with the same attractive, rounded design. This contemporary design is bound to draw the eye of any party-goer and this set can also be coordinated with other serveware from the Selene collection. Whether you want to serve punch, cocktails or sangria, this set is ideal.
Hand-made with lead-free glass, this set is unique and special. It is expected that because these glasses and punch bowl are hand-made there may be some bubbles or dimensional discrepancies between each set. This set is perfect for small or large get-togethers with a substantial 13.5-quart punch bowl and 11.7-ounce glasses. The bowl measures 12 x 9.5-inches so is still compact, despite holding a large amount. Perhaps the only downfall when it comes to this punch bowl is that it’s hand-wash only!
Now you’ve seen what’s out there, you should feel confident enough to pick whichever bowl suits you, get your other party gear in, and, most importantly, perfect that punch!