Planning the Perfect Ice Cream Party

National Ice Cream Month

On my oldest son’s last day in preschool (sniff, sniff) his amazing teachers, Ms. Amy and Ms. Jennifer threw a surprise ice cream party for the kids! As you can imagine it was a huge hit, and I of course had to volunteer to make a few of my favorite ice cream “accessories”) After all, in July one of my #TipsonTues segments was all about National Ice Cream Month. Yes, July was, in fact, National Ice Cream Month – who knew?

Ice cream is such a fun theme to build your next party around, whether you are planning a little one’s birthday party, a back-to-school party, or a girls’ night in. No one is going to complain about ice cream, ice cream and more ice cream.

The easiest way to throw an ice cream party is by putting together a simple sundae bar. Really, all you need is a few flavors of ice cream and your favorite toppings. Oh, and of course a few bowls and spoons.

Just in case you want to try a few fun new recipes or craft ideas, here are my favorites:

– DIY Dipped Cones
Have fun with your ice cream cones by adding toppings directly to the cone itself. All you will need is a little melted chocolate and your favorite ice cream toppings. Dip the top of each ice cream cone in the melted chocolate and role the cone in crushed nuts, coconut, mini chocolate chips, graham cracker crumbs or nothing at all. After all, there’s nothing wrong with a plain old chocolate-covered ice cream cone. In fact, that’s pretty darn fantastic if you ask me.

– Ice Cream Cups
An easy, inexpensive and mess-free way to serve ice cream to little ones at your next party is to make your own ice cream cups using cupcake wrappers. A day or so before your party fill your cupcake pan with cupcake liners and simply place one scoop of ice cream in each cup and place the entire cupcake pan in the freezer. Once the scoops re-freeze you can transfer them to a jelly pan or any freezer safe container to store until the party. If you have to travel with your ice cream cups simply put them in your cupcake holder or a foil roasting pan for easy storage in your cooler.

– DIY Ice Cream Cookies

Have you ever looked at a package of flour tortillas and thought “you know, those would make the perfect ice cream cookies” or is it just me? Well, they do! All you need are tortillas, a cookie cutter, melted butter and cinnamon sugar.
1. Use your cookie cutter to cut your flour tortillas into fun shapes
2. Brush melted butter onto each cookie
3. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar onto each cookie
4. Bake at 350 for 5-10min or until crispy
These are the perfect goodies for your little ones to help with.

– Ice Cream Cone Favors for Grown-Ups
You can even create the perfect ice cream craft without a single bit of ice cream with some fun and functional ice cream favors! All you need are ice cream cones, bath salts and a colorful bath sponge. Simply fill each ice cream cone with bath salts, top it off with a bath sponge and then wrap your ice cream cone favor in a clear bag. Your grown-up guests will love their calorie-free, stress-reducing ice cream treat! (Make sure the grown-ups tuck away their treasures so kids don’t mistake them for real ice cream.)

– Ice Cream Sundae Kit
There is no better way to thank your hostess, welcome new neighbors to town or wow a new love than to make them an Ice Cream Sundae Kit. Fill a pretty box or a foil brownie pan with some ice cream sundae must-haves like sugar cones, ice cream cups, chocolate or caramel sauce, a banana and your favorite toppings like nuts, marshmallows, sprinkles, coconut, chocolate chips. Really, just about anything you would put on your ice cream is perfect. Add a personal touch with a gift tag that says “Just Add Ice Cream!” An ice cream sundae kit is perfect for a date night at home or a girls’ night in.

No matter which ice cream treats you make, don’t forget napkins (lots of them) and even some wet wipes for your little ones.


Until next time,
aka Chick #1

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