Ducky Baby Shower Punch


One of the most rewarding things about blogging, is the friendships that are formed.  Some I’ve been able to meet in person, but many I have not, but it doesn’t stop us from being a huge support system for one another.  We “get together” daily to chat, laugh, cry, vent, and support each other.  (Skype is such an awesome tool!)

So it only makes sense that when one of us has something really huge to celebrate, we ALL want to celebrate!!  No matter how many miles between us!

Today, we are throwing a SURPRISE virtual baby shower for a blogging friend.

Ducky Bath Baby Shower Punch Recipe

The mom-to-be is expecting her fourth baby next week!  A sweet baby boy.  And we couldn’t let it pass with out celebrating in a special way!

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of a baby shower?  Great food and there’s always punch! When else do you get to sip a sugary filled colorful concoction out of tiny little cups?

I’ve been dying for an excuse to make this adorable Ducky Bath Punch!  The blue Kool-Aid makes it look like bath water and  the sherbet mixed with the ginger ale gives it  “bath bubbles”.

Ducky Baby Shower Punch Tips

UPDATE: I get emails all the time asking how to make this punch pink….but the whole point of the blue is for the water (not for boy/girl) pink water would no longer look like ducks in a bath, it would look like ducks in pink punch. I usually suggest if you really need it to look more girly, use pink ducks.…..but honestly if your shower theme is pink, and this is sitting in the middle, it will fit in just fine…blue water and all! HA

Blue Kool Aid – Look for Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade or Berry Blue flavors

Also, not all rubber ducks will float – I bought bath tub rubber duckies from the baby department.  Make sure your rubber ducks float!

Can’t find Blue Kool Aid?

**Many people are having a problem finding blue Kool-Aid.  A reader used berry blue typhoon Hawaiian Punch, ginger ale, white grape juice and sherbet… and NO SUGAR! (the Hawaiian Punch is sweetened so no more sugar is needed)


Ducky Bath Baby Shower Punch Recipe

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Ducky Baby Shower Punch Recipe

Ducky Bath Baby Shower Punch

Yield: 24 small servings

Ducky Bath Baby Shower Punch

Summary: Adorable Ducky Bath Punch – The blue Kool-Aid makes it look like bath water and the sherbet mixed with the ginger ale gives it “bath bubbles”.


  • 1 packet blue, unsweetened Kool-Aid (Look for Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade or Berry Blue flavors)
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle Ginger Ale
  • 1 (64 oz) bottle White Grape Juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 scoops pineapple sherbet
  • 2-3 Rubber Duckies (make sure they float - bathtub toys)
  • maraschino cherries (optional for garnish)
  • orange slices (optional for garnish)


  1. Chill ginger ale and grape juice over night
  2. Remove sherbet from freezer about 1/2 hour before serving punch to soften
  3. In a large bowl, combine Kool-Aid packet, sugar and chilled juice. Stir to blend.
  4. Slowly add chilled ginger ale.
  5. Float 8 scoops of softened sherbet on top
  6. Add Rubber Duckies (don’t forget to wash before using)
  7. garnish cups with cherries and orange slices


I**f you can't find Blue KoolAid then you can replace the KoolAid and sugar with Berry Blue Typhoon Hawaiian Punch. DO NOT ADD 1 CUP of sugar if you do this! The Hawaiian Punch already has sugar in it.

1 gallon bottle Hawaiian Punch Berry Blue 1 large can of White Grape Juice 1 (2 liter ) bottle of Ginger Ale (or Sprite) Pineapple Sherbet

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252 Responses to “Ducky Baby Shower Punch”

  1. Renee (Kudos Kitchen) posted on March 22, 2011 at 7:34 am (#)

    I wish I could throw a baby shower just so I could serve this punch. I’ve never seen anything like it and it’s adorable! I love how you guys threw this for Amanda. She is one of the nicest and sweetest people I “know”.

  2. Brenda posted on March 22, 2011 at 8:27 am (#)

    This is so stinkin cute! Thanks for sharing such a great idea. You are truely one creative girl!

  3. Candy Cohn posted on March 22, 2011 at 9:05 am (#)

    This whole idea warmed my heart and brought a smile to my face:-) It’s so sweet how these online friendships can really develop into a way to touch each other’s lives. All my best to Amanda!

  4. radhika posted on March 22, 2011 at 11:33 am (#)

    It is so so cute!

  5. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect posted on March 22, 2011 at 11:39 am (#)

    What an adorable idea! The punch AND the party! How fun!!!

  6. Melinda @ Sugar Fix Bakery posted on March 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm (#)

    Like I told Bridget… you guys are so AMAZINGLY talented!! You are so inspirational to sooo many people!! How awesome for Amanda to have so many people who love her & to surprise her w/ a Virtual Baby Shower!! Only you guys could come up with something so BRILLIANT!! This punch is sooo stinkin cute…. can’t wait make this!! (:

  7. Natalie posted on March 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm (#)

    Oh how clever and adorable! I love that you guys are doing this for another blogger- such a neat development of these relationships! And I will definitely go check her out- tell me a girl’s a baker and she’s already won me over!! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog! Hope you get to visit again soon! And I’m so glad you did stop by because your site is incredible and I am all giddy about being able to explore all of it now!

  8. Sarah posted on March 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm (#)

    Seriously the coolest baby shower idea ever! I might find an excuse to make that punch even if there is no baby shower on the calendar.

  9. Suzanne posted on March 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm (#)

    This is so cute. I’m involved in putting on a little boy baby shower in a month or two. This will definitely be on the “to do” list!

    • Denise Bolds replied on January 14th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      I just did this for my daughters baby shower and all the people there loved the punch and the ducks

      • Roz replied on January 27th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

        were you able to find blue, unsweetened jello?

        • TidyMom replied on January 27th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

          there is no jello in this recipe

          • Tricia replied on March 24th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

            Funny, for some reason I thought this recipe called for Jello as well, until I re-read it and saw it was Kool-Aid. Early dementia brought on by my impending grandmotherhood, I suppose…LOL!

            I will be making this for my daughter’s shower next month. Just precious.

    • kelly replied on March 4th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      I made this punch for a shower and it was great! Didn’t change a thing and it was so adorable! I even put a few pink ducks for big sister in there!

  10. kelly posted on March 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm (#)

    I LOVE THIS!!!!!! I would love for you to link up to my very first link party!

  11. Mallory posted on March 23, 2011 at 7:48 am (#)

    I LOVE this idea! Wish I had seen it sooner! I just did a ducky baby shower. I’ll def remember this for next time! :)

  12. Alison posted on March 23, 2011 at 10:34 am (#)

    This is beyond darling, Cheryl! I featured this on my weekly Wednesday’s Wowzers:

    Thanks for inspiring!

  13. Allison @ Quaint Oaks posted on March 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm (#)

    That punch is amazing! I am bookmarking for one day!

  14. April posted on March 24, 2011 at 11:22 am (#)

    Hi :) I’m a new reader and love your site. My son and DIL are having a baby shower in 2 weeks, (Their first baby!) and this punch will be perfect! Thank you so much for sharing it.

  15. City Share posted on March 25, 2011 at 5:49 am (#)

    That punch is so cute. I’m due with my first in June. How can I nicely forward this to my friend throwing my shower?

  16. Sue posted on March 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm (#)

    The cutest baby shower punch EVER!

  17. Jerri posted on March 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm (#)

    The punch looks great! And you were right. It is a lot like the one I posted. Ducks and all!

  18. Jett posted on April 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm (#)

    lol how cute, nice :)_

  19. Maria posted on April 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm (#)

    I love this punch! What a great idea for a baby shower.

  20. angie posted on June 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm (#)

    I made a pink version of this and linked back to your post!
    Thank you for the idea!

    • Kristine replied on January 31st, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Could you send me what you used for the pink version?

  21. Marie posted on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 am (#)

    Oh wow!! We’re throwing a party for my son this Saturday and THAT is what I’m gonna be doing for my guests :) One question though, I live in Quebec Canada, I’ve been to about 20 supermarkets and it’s absolutely impossible to find blue Kool-Aid!! So I was thinking of using blue Gatorade instead, you think it could work??

    Also, how long those the punch look as good as on your picture? I mean before the sherbet all melts and blends with the rest?? Does it still look nice afterwards or does it turn into a weird looking punch?? (if so I guess we’ll just have to drink it faster :))
    thanks in advance!


  22. sandy posted on August 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm (#)

    Hey – i just came across this pic/blog while trying to find a Shower Punch recipe…thought it was SO ADORABLE! however…are you sure pouring the gingerale first then putting the sherbet in makes the frothy foam? Hmm…or should i put the sherbet in first then the soda? it just seems to me it would froth MORE if i did that rather than putting the sherbet in last. No? I guess looking at the pic you place the spoonfuls of sherbit on top of the froth like lil clouds…though, so maybe. I just want to INSURE this works properly bc it’s SOOO CUTE!!! Do you think this could work if i Just did gingerale and sherbet…maybe used pineapple or lemon sherbet and used food coloring for the blue? i dunno about the kool-aid…

    • Sarah O. replied on October 18th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      We just had this punch at my baby shower. My best friend made it exactly how this recipe lists it (minus the garnish). Since we’ve made a Christmas punch where you pour the ginger ale over a block of sherbet, she was very skeptical about the foam…but it turned out just like in the picture. And the foam didn’t really “melt away” into it, either. The punch didn’t stay cold for the whole two hours, but we’re Down South and just added ice cubes. :-)

  23. Kathleen posted on September 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm (#)

    this punch is the greatest idea! I LOVE it! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  24. Mary posted on September 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm (#)

    I made this today for my brother in law’s shower and it was very good. The blue was perfect, as they are expecting twin boys. We used plates printed with pastel rubber duckies on a blue bubble background. The fruit arrangement was from Edible Arrangements, and was in a yellow duck container.

    I also made a similar punch in pink for my daughter’s one year birthday, floating about a dozen little pink rubber ducks wearing birthday hats that I purchased at the party store.

    This is definitely an eye catcher – getting lots of compliments.

  25. Jaimie posted on December 5, 2011 at 5:45 am (#)

    I plan on making this for my daughters birthday party: Ernie’s Rubber Ducky Punch (sesame st theme) …..I can’t find pineapple sherbet. Do you think I could use orange and have the same yummy result?

    • Jaimie replied on December 6th, 2011 at 11:12 am

      Can anyone tell me where you got the sherbet? I’ve been looking all over and can’t find any…I’m going to be truly disappointed if I can’t make this for my daughter’s party….its so cute!

      • TidyMom replied on December 6th, 2011 at 11:21 am

        I got it at a local grocer in St. Louis – Schnucks Market.
        Maybe try calling around to some grocers in your area

        • Jaimie replied on December 6th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

          Will sorbet foam like the sherbet?

      • Melinda replied on February 19th, 2012 at 12:19 am

        Wal-mart, Marsh (Indiana)

  26. Kathy posted on January 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm (#)

    I love this idea. I have a baby shower coming up in March for my niece. This is her first child and it is a girl.. I have been thinking of what to serve and I love this punch… Just have to make it pink. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  27. Ann posted on January 6, 2012 at 11:15 am (#)

    So very cute!!! Just love it. This is one for my recipe file

  28. shannon posted on January 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm (#)

    Hi….just wanted to mention that we made this punch last weekend for my daughters baby shower. (She’s having a boy) it was a huge success and we received tons of compliments on it. We served it in pint sized mason jars with “its a boy ” ribbons toed around them and blue and white polka dotted straws. The mason jars also served as a party favor. Unique and inexpensive! It was a big hit!

    • Roz replied on January 27th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Did you use sugar free jello or Knox?

      • TidyMom replied on January 27th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        there is no gelatin in this recipe

  29. rhonda posted on January 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm (#)

    Can you use 7 up instead of Ginger ale

  30. Sammy posted on January 27, 2012 at 11:48 pm (#)

    If it was for a little girl, why not paint little pink bows on the little ducks? In a non-toxic pain, of course! LOVE this idea!!

  31. Superfood Sisters posted on January 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm (#)

    Can’t wait to make this for my step-daughter’s baby shower! She saw it and feel in love with it! Thanks for the great idea!!

  32. Carissa posted on February 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm (#)

    Does anyone know if blue food coloring will work? I can’t find blue Kool Aid.

    • TidyMom replied on February 3rd, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      It’s pretty easy to find at any store around here. You could use Blue Hawiaan punch instead of the koolaid , sugar and juice.
      I’m afraid blue food color will stain teeth and mouth a lot more.

  33. barrie posted on February 7, 2012 at 10:01 am (#)

    what makes it foam ? does it always do that ? id love to make some

  34. Shel posted on February 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm (#)

    Help! I am wanting to make this for a shower this weekend but I can’t find blue kool aid anywhere! I’m in Texas. I’ve tried HEB, WalMart and Kroger.

    • TidyMom replied on February 7th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      You could use Blue Hawiaan punch instead of the koolaid , sugar and juice.

  35. latasha windham posted on February 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm (#)


  36. Nancy Welch posted on February 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm (#)

    Made this punch today for a year old baby party and everyone raved over it !!!! I thought I had picked up the blue koi laid packet but had grabed the mixed berry and it obviously was not blue but pink in color, but with the way people raved over it, I think it was just fine!!! Wil definetly use again!!!

  37. Tammy posted on February 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm (#)

    Do you think this could be doubled in made in a baby bathtub, or would the plastic not work well?

  38. Melinda posted on February 19, 2012 at 12:15 am (#)

    Uh-oh! Blue Kool-Aid packets are impossible to find! I substituted already made blue Hawaiian Punch for the white grape juice. Very tasty!

    • Melinda replied on February 19th, 2012 at 12:17 am

      Oops. Didn’t realize this finding was already posted. My bad!

  39. ilgazz posted on February 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm (#)

    so cute !!!

  40. Morgan posted on February 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm (#)

    I made this for my sister-in-law’s baby shower I threw her last night and not only was it ADORABLE and a huge hit, it was YUMMY too! I couldn’t find any plain yellow rubber duckies anywhere but Bath and Body Works carries some really cute ones with patterns on them and it looked fantastic! So much fun! Thanks for the idea!

  41. Tiffany posted on March 7, 2012 at 7:14 am (#)

    I want to make this for my baby shower this weekend! Does anyone know te flavor or the blue kool aid? Please and thank you!

    • tifanne replied on March 7th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      I picked up a flavor called Mixed Berry at Walmart today, and its blue.

  42. Baby Shower posted on March 8, 2012 at 8:57 am (#)

    Great Idea. I used it at my daughter’s Baby Shower. We did experiment with the recipe before using it. BEWARE of using white grape juice and the ginger ale. They both have a yellow tint to them and they turn the blue kool aid green. Also, BEWARE of what kind of koolaid you purchase. It will turn your teeth and tongue blue. I don’t think your guests would appreciate that! This is what we used to substitute. Blue Hawiian Punch and Sprite.

    • TidyMom replied on March 8th, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Thanks for the tips……we didn’t have any of those issues.

    • Jannis Lane replied on July 16th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      This is in response to “Baby Shower”. Could you give me your exact recipe where you used the Blue Hawaiian Punch and Sprite will the exact directions. I am wanting to make this soon and think it will be great. Could you email me directly at Thanks so much. I can’t wait to make this. Jannis

  43. monica posted on March 26, 2012 at 5:57 am (#)

    I made this recipe and used tropical punch koolaid and it turned out great so for those of you throwing a baby shower for a girl baby you could use tropical punch koolaid instead of the blue. it is kinda a red color but its not blue and it tasted great.

    • TidyMom replied on March 26th, 2012 at 11:45 am

      cute………but the blue kool-aid represents water, not blue for a boy.
      so if you make the punch pink – it will just look like ducks floating in pink punch, not “bath water”.

      if you’re really hung up on making it look more girly, I suggest finding girlie ducks or when it’s in the center of a pink/girl baby shower, it will not look “boy”.

  44. Brenda posted on March 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm (#)

    How many cups did you get out of this? We are having 50 people.

  45. Amy posted on April 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm (#)

    Helped plan a baby shower last Saturday, and this punch was a hit! I used rainbow sherbert and it all sort of swirled together after a couple hours and look very pretty. And tasted delicious

  46. Natalie posted on April 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm (#)

    I just got done serving this ducky punch about 4 minutes ago at a staff baby shower and it was perfect. I can’t believe how well it came it. So freaking geeked!!

  47. Dana posted on April 29, 2012 at 10:54 am (#)

    i would love to do this for my sons first birthday! Thanks for the recipe, but I have not been able to find pineapple sherbet is there something else you can use? Thanks again for the cool idea.

  48. Dana posted on May 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm (#)

    i made this punch and everyone enjoyed it, made it for my sons Elmo birthday party

  49. Caralylnn posted on May 18, 2012 at 12:11 am (#)

    Is the pedestal glass cake plate yours? Do you know anything about it? How old it is? I have one also and don’t know its history. … love the ducky punch idea!

  50. fun fun fun posted on May 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm (#)

    hosted a baby shower , very cute idea !!! I served it in a pink baby bath with duckies around it and a blow up duck next to it , makes a great present when done

    • April replied on May 19th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      What punch packet did you use to make it pink?

      • TidyMom replied on May 22nd, 2012 at 4:34 pm

        the blue if for the effect of looking like water – not for boy or girl – if you make the punch pink, it will no longer seem like bath water.

        • Michele replied on September 18th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

          Thank you for this great idea. I will be hosting a baby shower next month, with a ” FINDING NEMO” theme. We are going to use this punch and put floating NEMO bath toys in it. Maybe even the ones that don’t float. I’m hoping it will be a huge hit.

      • Amy replied on July 18th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

        You can also find a large variety of different kinds of rubber ducks on the Oriental Trading Company website…literally, any kind of rubber duck you want is there!

        • TidyMom replied on July 19th, 2012 at 8:26 am

          thanks so much!…just be sure they are floating/bath tub ducks

          • Colleen McClelland replied on September 9th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

            I’ve always liked the Hawaiian Punch & lemon lime soda recipe with sherbet. It was an easy leap when I saw the blue Hawaiian Punch on the grocery shelf. Always stays blue, no color problems and everyone likes it.

    • Rebecca replied on January 13th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Can this punch be made using alcohol? Will that affect the suds?

      • TidyMom replied on January 14th, 2013 at 6:59 am

        I don’t know, I’ve never tried it. Please leave an update if you do.

      • Janet replied on April 10th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        I make a punch similar to this for New Years Eve. 2, 2 liters bottles of ginger ale, 7up or sprite, 1 bottle 750 ml champagne and a small tub of sherbert. I use rainbow. Light, refreshing and very frothy. Nice way to welcome the new year! :)

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