Ideas For Your Own Very Chill Ice Cream Party

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio

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©Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio

©Emily Fazio

©Emily Fazio

©Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Throw the Perfect Summertime Ice Cream Party

Hosting an ice cream-themed birthday party can be as easy as dropping some assorted flavors and toppings onto the table and letting guests self-serve their favorite dish, but with a little extra effort, it can become an oh-so-memorable event.

Choose Popular Ice Cream Flavors

Playing it safe with neopolitan and plain vanilla is a little ho-hum. If you're going to throw an ice cream birthday to remember, grab other popular flavors including sherbets and frozen yogurts (if you're hosting a daring group, go wild with a bunch of unique flavors that your guests probably haven't tried before).

Serve With Style (and Practicality)

Use serving accessories that'll help to insulate the ice cubes used to chill your ice cream during the birthday party. (Bonus if you have cast iron pots in a variety of colors.)

Everyone Loves Sprinkles

Variety is the spice of life, right? Apply that thinking to your selection of toppings too. Think: crushed cookies (easy to DIY), nuts, hot fudge, and sprinkles, sprinkles, and more sprinkles – isn't the opportunity to self-scoop your own sprinkles pure magic?

Seriously, Sprinkles on Everything

Decorating for an outdoor ice cream birthday party doesn't need to be complicated. One of the easiest DIY aspects that I did? Trim pieces of assorted colored paper into small strips. Scatter the pieces on tabletops, so it looks like sprinkles are coating everything! (Don't worry too much about clean-up. If they blow away, they'll decompose without much trouble, or get pulverized by the lawn mower.)

Make These Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Win all of their hearts with ice cream cone cupcakes (the most desirable of all of the cupcakes, at least from my childhood recollection). Fill the cones 2/3 with batter, and then pipe on frosting, and add sprinkles (obviously). The cones will get a little stale if you make these too far in advance, so plan to make them the morning of your party.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Pro Tips

Tip #1: Flip a disposable foil cooking tray upside down, and cut circles into the base using an utility blade. The cones should drop into those circles, and it'll allow them to balance upright while they cook.

Tip #2: When it comes time to serve the cone cupcakes, make a grid of clear tape across a baking dish. The finished cones can sit upright on their bases, and the tape will help them resist tipping.

Make Whimsical Ice Cream Party Hats

Party hats are a must, so why not make your own to match the theme of the big day? Everyone will like these easy hats that look like a melting ice cream cone. Each of the following free graphics will print on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper. I suggest using a heavier (110+ lb) craft paper cardstock for the durable cone shape, but you can use ordinary printer paper for the sprinkles.

Download these:

Party hat templates are readily-available on the internet. Here's one that I liked and used, via blog Stuck On Glue that fits nicely on a regular sheet of paper.

To create the sprinkle edge, use the same rounded edge of the template so that it matches your hat edge perfectly, but trim an irregular edge so that it suggests drippy ice cream. Each hat is totally one-of-a-kind!

How to Assemble these Ice Cream Party Hats

If there's one thing to keep in mind when you're making your own party hats, it's that you'll need to attach elastic on the inside edge. Do this before you glue on the sprinkles to the outside of the cone. Knot the ends of the elastic, and using a stapler, attach it so that the flat, smooth side of the staple is on the inside of the hat (this will reduce the likelihood of the metal snagging anyone's hair). You'll cover the rough edge of the staple with the sprinkle paper layer, when it's glued in place.

Ice Cream Hats are Definitely My Favorite

Ice cream party hats for everyone! A huge hit by friends and family both young and old.

Make Extra Cones for More Ice Cream Decorations

Line your walkway to guide guests entering the party by filling helium balloons, and attaching a cone to the base. The cone is the same paper and same template as the one used for the hat, but printed on regular printer paper, because it's lighter than card stock and won't weigh down the balloon.

Tie a ribbon to the balloon knot, and then slide the ribbon through the end of the cone. When the cone is in place, use the stapler to pinch the tip of the cone to the ribbon, and it'll stay in place. Tie the end of the ribbon to a secure weight, and line the walkway. (I used a threaded bolt that plunged securely into the ground–it was windy–and they stayed put for the whole party.)

Ice Cream Cone Photo Opps

Put a twist on the idea of having a photobooth, and instead create an entertainment accessory for party-goers. I painted ice cream cones on large pieces of cardboard, and used an utility knife to cut holes for faces. The cardboard was then attached to simple L-shaped wooden frames made using 2x4 boards, which prevent the decor from tipping.

Ice Cream Cone Photo Opps

Every cone is customized! This design had space for one face, and represented mint chocolate chip. Notice that the cone design is the painted the same as the free cone print-out used for the ice cream hats. Could it get any cuter? Yes... it can...

Ice Cream Cone Photo Opps

... a double-header cone of mint and strawberry with sprinkles was one of the popular displays at our ice cream party. After all, who wouldn't want to be photographed with their BFF? For all photos, I left a camera on a tripod all ready for anybody to use during the party. The result? Dozens of photos of our family and friends looking ridiculous(ly adorable) as ice cream cones.

How to Plan an Easy Ice Cream Birthday Party

Tips and ideas to help you plan an ice cream party.

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