I’m glad the time for enjoying a few Christmas drinks is here. It gives me reason to actually use some of the many punch bowl sets I’ve acquired over the years. Despite their enormous size and inability to be tucked away neatly and discretely, I continue to find them irresistible. I definitely don’t need another punch bowl, but if I came across one that is the right age (old) and is offered at a good price (cheap), it would likely come home with me. And, should I find beautifully made vintage punch bowl cups, even ones that have long been separated from their matching bowls, I might just to have those, too. Among their many uses, punch bowl cups, especially ones possessing deep cut glass patterns, make stunning votive candle holders, particularly beautiful strewn about the house in all their mismatched splendor. Now that Christmas is here, if you’ve got a punch bowl, get it out and let it do what it does best – be decorative, inspire conversation and serve punch. If you don’t yet own a punch bowl, any large glass jar or container will do in a pinch. As for the cups, hunt them down – they’re easy to find, in a variety of places, but only if you get there first.
Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.