Here's a way to serve must-be-chilled foods and make your table sparkle: Create ice bowls decorated with edible flowers, herbs, or citrus slices. You'll need 2 glass or stainless steel bowls; one should fit inside the other with 1/2 inch to 1 inch between them. Scatter some adornments in large bowl. Place small bowl inside; tape so rims are flush. Pour water between bowls to 1/2 inch from top. Add more adornments; arrange with a skewer. Freeze overnight. Let stand at room temperature, on a dish towel, until bowls separate easily, 10 to 20 minutes. Remove tape. Lift top bowl; invert bottom bowl to remove ice bowl. Freeze until needed. If food should stay dry, set a glass bowl within ice bowl. Place a dish towel underneath to catch drips.
Pretty Ice Bowls
Martha Stewart Living, July 2006