Patio Party: Make Your Own Ice Tub



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You always know you’re at a good outdoor party when the drinks are self-serve in big tubs filled with ice, hopefully in plentiful abundance and strategically placed so you can grab and go as you make the patio circuit.

No fancy bartender, no lines and no rummaging around in someone else’s fridge – just pluck your preference from the polar depths and proceed with the pleasantries.

So, you need an ice tub right meow, and don’t have time to wait for the one your order today? No problem. Here are some icy DIY alternatives:

1. Wheelbarrow

A wheelbarrow is big, so it holds plenty of ice, and if it’s made of metal the ice will melt a little slower, but you already know the best part – it’s mobile.

In fact, we don’t know why ice tubs aren’t just made this way, all the time.

2. Planter

Planters come in all different styles and, if we’re being honest, you probably have one with a dead plant in it right now. Empty it out, line it if necessary, fill it with ice and turn that failed gardening experiment into a hero moment.

3. Laundry Basket

You definitely need to line it with plastic – a trash bag will do – but once it’s filled with drinks hardly anyone will care what might have been in it before. And, along those lines …

4. Trashcan

While the larger curbside garbage can has always been a preferred shell for a keg, a smaller household trashcan can serve well as an ice tub. Just make sure you wash it thoroughly before use.

5. Hog Trough

Chances are really, really good you don’t have one of these lying around, but if you do – jackpot! This is the ultimate in party tubs; a magic ten-gallon hat of never-ending cocktails.

Enjoy spring, and have fun trying these ideas at your next patio bash!   

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