6 Tips using ice carvings for maximum party impact
1. Enhance the entrance to the event with an ice carving display
For your guests, one of the most crucial moments of your event
is their arrival. Guests decide in the first few minutes of a
party whether or not they will enjoy themselves. An ice carving
at the event entrance tells guests that they have arrived at the
party and they are about have a great time. When using an ice
carving to mark the entrance to the event, choose a design that
sets the mood, captures the theme, or serves as sign with
welcoming words carved into the ice sculpture. You can also have
a sculpture display created so guests can walk through before
entering the reception area. Imagine a pool party with floating
ice carvings of a mermaid or perhaps a team of dolphins, in the
heat of summer your guests will be delighted.
2. Create a unique visual or spatial focal point
An eye-catching ice carving creates a visual focal point that
helps set the mood and pull a party together. The décor for an
elegant cocktail reception, for example, might feature a unique
sculpture to hold your favorite flower arrangement, Party
planners often place ice sculptures on buffet tables, but you
can place an ice carving anywhere in the room provided it sits
on a stable table or platform. For maximum impact, place the ice
carving where people will see it as they walk in the door. To
carry on the theme from the main ice display you can have
smaller sculptures on every guests table as a centerpiece which
also can be functional to hold flowers or even a burning torch
In a dimly lit reception room or at a party outside at night you
can add even more drama by lighting the sculpture, either by
bathing it in light from above or by placing it on a light box
and lighting it from below. If you think that this technique
would be great for your party décor, make sure you advise us of
your needs. Ice Carvings are very clear and look best when there
are no solid background colors.
3. Serve chilled food or beverages from ice sculptures
An ice sculpture can be functional when used to display food
such as fresh cut fruit, or seafood, Imagine a large ice tray
with a pedestal to hold a second carving filled with shellfish.
You can even serve chilled beverages such as wine, champagne or
juice through an ice luge or from a hollowed out sculpture
(complete with a tap) that can hold up to 4 gallons of liquid.
Or make an even bigger impact by serving beverages from a full
service bar carved from blocks of ice.
Condiments for a caviar bar, oyster shooter bar, lox and gravlox
displays can all be served on ice serving trays to create an
extraordinary air of distinction.
Sorbet, ice cream and a variety of appetizers can all be served
in hand crafted plate 10 inch sculpture.
4. Entertain your guests with an ice carving demonstration
Not only will an ice carving demonstration entertain your
guests, the finished sculpture can become a focal point of the
event. Ice carving demonstrations can be performed indoors or
outdoors all year round, even in the summer. Watch as a
sculpture comes to life, even the artist is amazed at how
quickly the sculpture is completed, with snow flying from the
power tools it is truly amazing.
5. Create a unique photo opportunity for publicity or guest
When guests can interact with an ice sculpture, the cameras come
out! Your guests will want to have their picture taken sitting
on an ice throne or in a winter sleigh carved from ice. And the
photographs make fun publicity shots or personal mementos that
your guests will take away with them. You may even want to
provide a photographer to take photos that you can give to your
6. Delight your guests with ice sculptures that are unique
The most memorable parties include some special element that
surprises and delights your guests. Ice carvings can provide
that special element, and they make the biggest impact when they
are unique and perfectly suited to the occasion. Most ice
carving companies offer only a limited range of ice carving
designs that they have used for many clients. The more often
your guests see these standard ice carvings, the less impact the
ice carvings have. If you want your ice carving to make an
impact, make sure it's unique. Make sure it has been designed
especially for you to express your personal style and the style
of your event. All of our ice carvings are hand crafted, most
other ice sculpture companies utilize the CNC duplicator
machine, we prefer to keep that element of (one of a kind).
Q: Are your sculptures Ice Molds?
A: No, they are not. Each ice sculpture is hand carved by our
Q: How large is a single-block sculpture?
A: A single-block Ice Sculpture is carved from a block of ice
that is 40" Tall x 20" Wide X 10" deep. Most single block
sculptures are vertical and stand 40" tall. Some designs are
fused, and have slightly different dimensions. If you would like
to know the dimension of a specific sculpture please contact us
Q: How long will our Ice Sculpture Last?
A: An Ice Sculpture's detail will last up to 6 hours indoors,
such as a reception hall. For outdoor events, it depends on the
temperature and placement of the ice sculpture. Sculptures
typically melt about 1/4 of an inch per hour.
Q: What happens to all the water when it melts?
A: A drip pan is placed underneath each sculpture, with a clear
hose attached in the back. The hose goes to a container
underneath the table the ice sculpture is on. All the water is
contained, however most containers need to be emptied every 3
Q: How much does an ice sculpture cost?
A: Each sculpture is priced individually according to the amount
of ice used and the time needed to make the carving. Please
Pricing/Contact page for a free price quote.
Q: Can you create an original or customized sculpture for us?
A: Absolutely! We can work from any idea you may have. All
we need is an idea off what you want or a sketch of your ice sculpture idea.
Q: Why is your ice clear, while others I've seen has a white
A: To start the process, we run our water through 6 different
filters. All of our ice is made at our carving studio in Clinebell
machines. These machines are designed to create ice that is
perfectly clear. Core ice includes a white feather that
consisting of air and other impurities. Clinebell ice is
harder, more stable, and lasts longer. Once you compare a our
ice to core ice, you will never buy a core ice sculpture again!
Q: What tools do you use to carve the ice?
A: Electric chainsaws, chisels, heat guns, torches, water and
plenty of love and patience.
Q: How do you get the sculpture to us without it melting or
A: We pack the sculpture using thermo-insulated bags and boxes
to insure your ice is delivered in perfect glimmering condition.
Q: Can you carve names, letters, or logos?
A: Absolutely! Any logo, name, or date can be carved in
any ice sculpture to add extra flare to your event.
Q: How far do you deliver?
A: The majority of our business is delivered within a 75 from
Ventura CA. We have delivered sculptures farther when requested
for a delivery fee. We have also shipped sculptures across the
US, although because shipping is expensive, it is generally more
cost efficient to find a local carver.
Q: How big can you make a sculpture?
A: As large as needed. Dominique was part of a team that created
a life sized four car train in January or 2005.
Q: How long are ice demonstrations?
A: Timing is customized for your event. Most demonstrations are
15-50 minutes long. To make the carving experience last longer
we are willing to carve up to four carvings per day.
Q: How much advance notice do you need?
A: For weddings and sculptures that need to be set up, please
contact us as soon as possible. If the sculpture can be
delivered to a freezer, we prefer at least two weeks notice,
however we do take last minute orders. Please contact us
if you have any ordering questions.
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