Photo: Kana Okada
We were stopped cold when we saw this inventive centerpiece from Serge Péloquin, artistic director of the Hotel de Glace (a resort made entirely of ice and snow) in Quebec, Canada. All it takes to create custom ice vases is a few milk or juice cartons and a little help from the freezer. Fill cardboard cartons with water. Dip a thin, circular object, like a wooden spoon handle, into the center (to create a hole) and tape it in place. Freeze overnight. Remove, then peel away the carton. Place flowers into the hole of each ice block and set on rimmed plates to catch any melting water.