Punch Bowls To Get The Party Started

The right punch bowl—be it sleek modern glass or funky hammered stainless steel—can take center stage and set the party vibe.

Punch bowl full of orang slices, cranberries, and punch.
Let the style of the punchbowl set the tone of the party.Getty Images

Nothing brings a little old-school glamour to the party like a punch bowl. Whether you go for one made of hammered stainless steel that evokes modern attitude, or a bowl of heavy cut crystal your grandmother would approve of, this centerpiece is a great addition to—even a replacement for—the typical bar setup. Formal or funky, the style you choose will help set the vibe for your next party.

Sloped Glass

Viski Cocktail, Old Fashioned, Martini and Wine Footed Punch Bowl
Put the punch on display in this sloped-glass setup for lots of oohs and aahs.Viski

The modern lines and wide opening of this elegant clear glass bowl do a great job of showing off what’s inside, so go ahead and float the starfruit and fancy ice. It holds just over two and a half gallons, and looks as good set on a linen tablecloth at a formal soiree as it does filled with lemonade at a barbecue.

Stylish Stainless Steel

Elegance Hammered 3-Gallon Stainless Steel Doublewall Punch Bowl
Everything’s cool with this double-walled punch bowl.Elegance

Hammered stainless steel earns this punch bowl points for style. It holds three gallons and is double-walled for insulation, meaning your fruity concoction will stay ice cold for longer. Chill the bowl ahead of time in the refrigerator or freezer—and when the party’s over, put it in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

Basic Stainless Steel

Winco Stainless Steel Punch Bowl with Handles
Serving a crowd? Check out this big daddy from Winco.Winco

This no-fuss stainless steel punch bowl from Winco, the popular catering equipment supplier, holds a whopping three and a half gallons, is built to last, and doesn’t cost a fortune. Footed, with a tapered shape and ring handles on the sides, it can be dressed up or down, but admittedly is more workhorse than beauty queen. We love Winco products for exactly this reason.

Ten-Piece Glass Set

Dailyware Intent 10-Piece Punch Bowl Set
This clear-glass box set takes it easy on the budget.Dailyware

Made of curved clear glass, this set, complete with punch bowl, eight matching glasses, and a ladle, is the white t-shirt of the bunch: clean lines, goes with anything. It’s also tough enough for the dishwasher, making it our pick for a super-bargain addition to any party arsenal.