Ice Cream Social
How to have an ice cream social kids party
I scream, you scream we all scream for an ice cream social. An ice cream social takes
the cake when it comes to kids parties because it's super easy to host this classic
party and it's fairly inexpensive too. If the party is in July, then there's all the more
reason to have an ice cream social because July is National Ice Cream month! And if
yours is a fifties party, for sure it should contain ice cream!
Here's the scoop on how to create a sweet, creamy and dreamy kids party to
remember celebrating with an ice cream theme:
- Eat up this environmentally friendly idea. Serve ice cream in waffle cone bowls!
Edible bowls are better for the environment because you don't need to buy
plastic bowls. Other benefits include easier clean up and money savings. Buy the
cones at your local ice cream shop or grocery store as they are fragile and don't
ship well. If you can't find them locally, then go ahead and buy them online, but
buy plenty of extras to account for the broken ones.
- Another environmentally friendly idea is to use chocolate dessert cups,
provided the day isn't too hot, as melted chocolate will be a mess.
Chocolate doesn't ship well in the summer months, so look for chocolate
shell cups at specialty food shops or make them yourself with the Wilton
chocolate mold, left.
- Above, you'll find paper ice cream cups like you'd find at the ice cream
shop. The ice cream truck makes a festive display for a centerpiece too.
More reasons to host an ice cream social
- Craving to have an ice cream social? As a baby shower idea, an ice cream social
rocks! Take a picture of the mom-to-be with a pick as her ice cream topping.
Invite everyone to partake in root beer floats and everyone gets to be a kid.
- Girl Scout Troop leaders will have fun with an ice cream party because it's an
easy way to combine troops for sisterhood, and yes, there is an ice cream social
fun patch! Girls can learn to make ice cream in a baggie. The recipe is very easy
once you gather the ingredients.
- Ingredients you'll need for plastic bag ice cream:
- Small zipped plastic freezer bag
- Large zipped plastic freezer bag
- 6 tablespoons rock salt
- Ice cubes
- one tablespoon sugar
- half cup heavy cream or half-and half
- one teaspoon vanilla
- Make home-made ice cream in a bag (five easy steps):
- Fill a small plastic bag with cream, vanilla, and sugar, and seal it.
- Fill a large plastic bag with ice and the rock salt.
- Now place the small plastic bag inside the large plastic bag.
- Make a game of shaking the bag for five minutes. It helps to set a
timer. Kids will have more fun if you dance to music and shake it up.
- After about five minutes of shaking, you'll have ice cream in the
inner bag. Serve immediately with a spoon.
Ice Cream Social Invitations
Get the party started with these super easy ideas for your ice cream social invitation:
- Stick it to 'em! Put the party details on a Popsicle stick! Here's the recipe for this
easy Popsicle stick invitation. The great thing about this home made invitation is
that it mails flat or you can hand deliver it, and watch them salivate at the idea
of the best ever ice cream social
- Don't freeze on your invitation. You don't need to make an ice cream social flyer,
because you can print an invitation straight away if you have a color printer. This
free ice cream social invitation is the cherry on top because the site also includes
a thank you card to print.
- Treat yourself to a store bought invitation. Ice cream social invitations available
online at ETSY.
- Ice Cream Social invitations and wording ideas:
- I scream, you scream, Brianna screams for ice cream!
- It would be a scream if you could join us for her birthday.
- When: "Sundae" (of course) August 23 at 2:00 p.m.
- Brianna's Ice Cream Parlor: 123 main street
- Let us know if you "cone" come to her birthday...
- RSVP: Super Scooper Cheryl at 867-5309
Ice Cream Social Toppings
When it comes to the ice cream toppings, it's all about variety and gluttony, so pour it
on! Toppings are the ingredients of fun. Here's your shopping ice cream, sauces and
ice cream toppings shopping list:
- Ice cream varieties: Buy extra French vanilla ice cream, then supply
chocolate, strawberry, and butter pecan (America's third favorite ice
cream) to cover the bases. If your budget is tight you can forgo
strawberry and chocolate in favor of Neapolitan to keep several party
goers happy. Add coffee ice cream and mint chip or chocolate chip if you
want to over indulge. Tip: Buy extra ice cream scoops. Pack ice cream on
dry ice to keep it cold. And finally, have a standby dessert for the lactose
- Ice cream Sauces: hot fudge, chocolate, butterscotch, and a fruit sauce.
- Ice cream Toppings:
- Confetti sprinkles and jimmies
- chocolate chips
- gummy bears and gummy worms
- M&Ms or Reeces Pieces candies
- mini marshmallows
- chopped nuts (particularly peanuts and walnuts if children have no
- crushed cookies such as Oreos
- peanut butter cups
- mini pretzels
- coconut shreds and other dried fruit
- chopped strawberries
- whipped cream and Maraschino cherries.
- Extras: Bananas for splits, root beer for floats, brownies for mud pies,
cookies just because, and chocolate cups for extra indulgence.
- Special touches: Straws, parasols, colorful paper wraps for ice creams.
Ice cream social favor ideas
Surprisingly, an ice-cream themed toys, party favors and supplies to support your
theme are easy to find when you look online. Look also to craft stores and dollar
stores for ice cream scented bubbles, ice cream notepads and more. Here are some of
our favorite favor finds for kids parties:
- Ice cream party favors. She'll be putty in your hand with the ice cream putty,
- Popsicle stick Lip gloss keychains, left.
Ice cream social decorations
- Decorate with ice cream balloons: Start with a large rectangular piece of
construction paper in yellow or orange and form the paper into a cone, and tape
it into place. Top with an ordinary balloon threaded through the cone on a string
to stay in place. Choose ice cream colors for the balloons, such as pink for
strawberry ice cream and green for mint. Use a Sharpie to make mint chips or
- Beistle tissue Ice Cream cones, top center, lend a celebratory air to the party.
Ice cream social activities:
- Have an ice cream tasting contest. For this activity, buy six unusual kinds of ice
cream and wrap construction paper around the flavors labels and mark them 1
through 6. Everyone gets a scoop from a fresh spoon, then writes their best
guess for the flavor. It's best that kids don't get to see the colors. (You may
want to blindfold party goers). Provide six spoons for each taster -- and
remember, no double dipping!
- Have a funny feeding. Pair kids in twos and provide an apron for the pair to wear.
Then prepare an ice cream sundae and have participants feed each other
- Bag it! Have everyone participate in making ice cream from a bag. When you're
done, give everyone a plastic bag and the recipe to take home to share with
their family and friends.
- Make messy fun with Moon sand ice cream social, pictured left. Or set out the
Play Dough so kids can create custom scoops. You'll also find a variety of ice
cream play sets at the toy store.
- Ice Cream Scoops memory game, pictured left, which scoops of fun.
- Try a new scoop: Ice Cream-opoly is the classic game of Monopoly with a creamy
Ice Cream Social Resources
If you want a do it yourself style ice cream party, then check out these resources of
free printables and ideas:
- Make professional looking cupcake ice cream cones. It's well worth the quick trip to
YouTube to get the scoop from Houdini and Betty Crocker kitchens.
- Dish it out, personally! Custom create ice cream at eCreamery.com. You pick the
flavor, the birthday title, such as "Another Year Sweeter," and even the tub! As
seen on Rachel Ray, this gourmet ice cream arrives on dry ice.
Real Ice Cream Socials
The are a variety of reasons to have an ice cream social. Ice cream socials are popular
with the Girl Scouts. Try one with your troop! They are also a great way for church and
other youth groups to get together to celebrate. Have an ice cream social for a school
party: a simple way to throw a school party is to make ice cream floats.
- One Charming party has one charming free party printable for you! Buy the
empty favor containers, left with the free ice cream labels left to create an
adorable pint of ice cream container. Tie a ribbon and affix a colorful spoon and
you have an adorable take home gift for guests that you created yourself.
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