Many years ago, before soda took over our lives, a party wasn’t a party, unless there was punch. Punch was always served in a beautiful open punch bowl, and dipped with a ladle. The matching cups were hung on the side of the bowl with little hooks. It was quite a trick to ladle the punch without dripping some down the side of the cup. And believe it or not, that little cup was usually a full serving of punch for the entire party. Sometimes, if you were lucky, you might get a second cup. Punch was generally color coordinated to match the party.
The punch bowl in the picture was purchased in the 1950’s by my mother at a dime store (what would now be the dollar store). She used it for every birthday party. The punch bowl was handed down to me when I had children, and I used it for almost all of their birthday parties. And believe it or not, even in a soda world, both children and adults loved seeing that beautiful bowl of punch out on the party table. Now this lovely antique bowl resides in a place of honor in a china hutch in my daughter’s home.
2 Easy Punch Recipes
Here are 2 easy punch recipes. They are my favorite recipes for punch. They are inexpensive, make a lot, can be made in almost any color to match the party theme, and they are sweet and delicious. I picked up the recipe for Quick Party Punch from a friend at a church social many years ago. I got the recipe for Kool-Aid Punch from my mother who served it in that very same punch bowl at my birthday parties.
- 2 cans red Hawaiian Punch
- 1 2-liter bottle of Sprite (or 7-up)
- ½ gal sherbet (opt)
- Chill the cans of Hawaiian Punch and Sprite. At party time, combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl.
I usually double this recipe.
- 2 pkg Kool-aid (any color)
- 2 large cans pineapple juice
- 2 cups sugar (if using unsweetened Kool-aid)
- ½ gal + 2 cups of water
- Mix all ingredients together and chill thoroughly before serving.
I hope you enjoy my 2 easy punch recipes. Have a favorite party punch of your own? I’d love to hear about it. Please leave me a comment and tell me about it.