Edible Flower Ice Cubes

May 23, 2016Danita

Today’s Edible Flower Ice Cubes “recipe” is an easy way to add beauty and color to your table.

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

Our church has an annual Mother/Daughter event on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend.  Because we don’t have our own church building I’m always searching for a place to have our event, which is often tough even when I start early.  This year I decided to do something a little different…and inexpensive.    

My parents moved here to Texas last summer and fortunately, my mother loves to entertain as much as I do.  They have a beautiful back yard with covered porch.  This was perfect for our Mother-Daughter Brunch!  

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

To keep things simple, I asked each lady to bring a brunch dish.  We ended up with some REALLY yummy food including my IRL friend, RaShell’s (from Mommy’s Apron) Hot Artichoke Dip.  I didn’t get any individual pictures of the food I brought…maybe next time.  

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

What I did get pictures of were these Edible Flower Ice Cubes!  My daughter got these from Pinterest…. because, well, isn’t that where we get most of our good (and sometimes not so good) ideas?  

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

They turned out better than I expected, were super simple and added a fun colorful pop to the teas being served.  I will confess, I didn’t make these.  My son was the only one home when I was preparing for the brunch so I enlisted his help.  He enjoyed it and everyone was impressed with his “skills”.  It’s so often the little details that make a big difference.

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

You really only need three things….ice trays, edible flowers and water.  Simple, right?  Yes, but what wasn’t so simple was knowing which flowers were edible.  To save you the trouble of standing in the store searching Google to see if the flower you’ve chosen is edible (like I had to do) I’m leaving a list below and a recommendation for what I’d do next time.    

Also, ice trays….I was beginning to think they were a thing of the past!  But, I finally found them at Big Lots.  The lady there told me they always carry them and they are very inexpensive.  I would recommend saving yourself a little time by calling around before running all over town looking for them.    

Here’s the Recipe:

List of edible flowers and tips below

  • Small Edible Flowers or small fruit such as raspberries 
  • Ice trays (try Big Lots or a dollar store)
  • Water

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

Gently wash flowers thoroughly with cool water

Snip flower from stem as close as possible to blossom

Place 1-2 flowers in each section of ice tray 

Gently fill with water and freeze for several hours or overnight

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

I do have to mention, we didn’t actually eat the flowers.  However, whatever is being used with food, whether it will be eaten or not, needs to BE edible to avoid adding something harmful to what is being consumed.  

 

Common Edible Flowers:

  • Lavender
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Angelica
  • Anise
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Honeysuckle
  • Impatiens
  • Lilac
  • Marigold
  • Pansy
  • Peony
  • Queen Anne’s Lace
  • Roses
  • Geraniums
  • Snap Dragon
  • Violets
  • Carnations

My recommendation….

Go to a local garden center or Walmart and purchase inexpensive plants with several blooms.  Use the blooms and keep the plants.  Also, be careful when using flowers that are not in their natural color.  Check with the florist to make sure they haven’t been painted.  

Another option is using small pieces of fruit like berries or key lime slices.  Mint or other herb leaves look beautiful as well.  Use what goes best with the beverage you’re serving.

Make sure you choose small flowers.  Otherwise, they take up the whole ice tray section and there’s no room for water.  I tried mini carnations but they were too big.   

 

This post is linked up at Wake Up Wednesday Linky.

25 Comments

  • lisamc7

    June 5, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    What a great idea – especially for parties!! I’m going to see what flowers my mom has in her garden to use.

    1. Danita

      June 8, 2016 at 7:42 AM

      It was so fun! All the ladies loved it.

  • Kristine

    May 29, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    How beautiful they are! Just thought of something, if you boil the water before using it for the cubes (after it cools of course) the ice cubes will be crystal clear instead of that white color ice gets. 🙂

    1. Danita

      May 30, 2016 at 8:34 AM

      Thanks Kristine! I did not know that. Great idea, I’m doing that next time.

  • Lady Lilith

    May 29, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    This is such a great idea. I never though of using flowers in such a creative way. I bet it will also add some nice flavor to the water as it melts.

  • Tanya @ Mom’s Small Victories

    May 29, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    So pretty, I didn’t know all those flowers were edible! Thanks for hosting Small Victories Sunday LInkup with us and I pinned to our linkup board.

  • Teresa

    May 28, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    I have never seen this before and I love the idea! It really adds a simple beauty to the table. Thank you for sharing!

  • Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

    May 28, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    So adorable! Now I want to have a tea party so I can try it!

  • Tianna

    May 25, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    these are so cute! perfect for a pretty spring or summer party 😀

  • TakeActionWAHM ツ (@TakeActionWAHM)

    May 24, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Danita, these are absolutely gorgeous – I’d be sad to see them melt!

  • Charbel

    May 24, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    This is so creative! I love how the flowers look in the ice cubes 🙂

  • Michelle Myers

    May 23, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    I love this idea! So unique and elegant at the same time!

    1. Danita

      May 23, 2016 at 10:50 PM

      Thanks Michelle. This has my two most important requirments…easy and pretty

  • Cathy Mini

    May 23, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    We love incorporating some florals into our cocktails for happy hour! Also, we’ve had some success with freezing herb and flower-infused butter ice cubes before for preparing skillet dishes. So yummy! This is a great list you have here!

  • creativesouthernhome

    May 23, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    They are gorgeous! What a way to dress up a meal or a party!

    1. Danita

      May 23, 2016 at 10:51 PM

      Thanks! They turned out better than I expected

  • Gloria Duggan

    May 23, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    These are so pretty. I never thought of doing ice cubes this way. Love the idea.

    1. Danita

      May 23, 2016 at 10:52 PM

      Thanks Gloria. They really added a nice pop of color.

  • Diana Rambles

    May 23, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Those ice cubes are REALLY cool!! I would have never thought to do those.

    1. Danita

      May 23, 2016 at 10:53 PM

      You’ll have to try it sometime Diana. Supe easy and “cool”…pun intented!

  • Melanie

    May 23, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    What a lovely decoration idea. Not sure if I could eat the flowers, though!! 🙂

    1. Danita

      May 23, 2016 at 12:39 PM

      LOL! I guess I should have clarified. We didn’t eat the flowers but using edible is just to make sure you don’t poison anyone. Thanks for stopping by Melanie!

  • Jennifer

    May 23, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Loved these! They added so much to the decorations! A really fun idea.

  • RaShell

    May 23, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    These turned out beautifully! I love how the look in the tea. Thank you for the shout out! I am so thankful God has allowed us to be friends.

    1. Danita

      May 23, 2016 at 10:54 PM

      Me too!

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