Are you a January baby that's birthday is always overlooked?The party season has come to a close but you don't need a reason to end the fun. That’s why I think you need to make your birthday even more spectacular. Combat the January blues by organising a bright, colourful, elaborate party that would bring anyone out of their winter hibernation.
I’m here today to help you get the most important party piece just right. The punch bowl! And I’ve teamed up with Chambord to bring you a fantastic cocktail recipe to fill it with! Stay with me and I’ll share that at the end of this post.
Air dry clay | Plastic bowl | Cling wrap | Craft knife | Sand Paper | Gold Spray paint
1. Cover the outside of the bowl in cling wrap. Make sure to cover any gaps, then roll out the clay to around 1 cm thick and lay it out in piece over the outside of the bowl. Work each section together, smoothing the clay with water until there are no join lines.
2. When you have covered the whole of the bowl add extra layers of clay to give the bowl a rounder shape and some thickness to cut into later.
3. Smooth out all the clay. Turn the whole bowl over so it is right side up and press down in the middle the flatten the bottom. Turn back over and from the edge of this flat area begin to cut off slices with your knife.
4. After you have cut each slice smooth out with water creating as flat a surface as you can at this point.
5. Continue around the edge of the bowl. Cutting off small areas to create this geometric look.
6. Leave this to dry in a warm place for a while. The amount of time will vary depending on the climate but you want the outside of the bowl to be drying but the inside to still be wet. The cling wrap will help keep it malleable.
7. Wiggle the plastic bowl out from inside the clay bowl. Using lots of water smooth over all the joins and create as clean a surface as you can over the rest of the inside of the bowl.
8. Now leave this to dry making sure the whole surface is completely firm. Sand the outside to smooth and create more obvious angles.
9. Tape off the outside of the bowl (you can use newspaper to help you cover the whole surface) and spray the inside with a metallic gold spray paint. Be sure to spray lots of light layers to get maximum shine.
10. Once the paint is dry remove the tape and your bowl is ready. To use it for the punch you will need to reinsert the plastic bowl into the clay bowl. My plastic bowl had a lip on it which a cut off with a craft knife to create a flush edge. I would suggest finding a lipless one for the job so you can skip this step!
Now your bowl is ready it’s time to fill it with punch! Here’s the recipe:
- 250ml Chambord
- 250ml Fresh coconut juice
- 1ltr bottle of Sparkling water (or champagne if you’re feeling especially fancy!)
- Add lots of fresh berries and serve!
*Sponsor Note: Sponsored by Refinery29 & Chambord (Brown-Forman Corporation, Louisville, KY, Black Raspberry Liqueur; 16.5%, 21+)