Ice Cream Themed Party

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Ice Cream Themed Party 2I asked my husband what type of party he wanted this year for his birthday and just like every year he said, “I just want my family over for cake and ice cream”. Well, I took that and ran with it! πŸ™‚

Ice Cream Party Ideas

Ice Cream Themed Birthday Party

I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the ice cream cones and scoops and then turned them into a garland by attaching them to a cream grosgrain ribbon. In between every two cones I added a tuft of lime green tulle. I created the 3-D cones from craft paper (using this template) and color coordinating balloons. The table cover is actually three that I cut to the size I wanted to create the “Neapolitan ice cream” striped look.

Ice Cream Party Garland

I made an ice cream scoop garland to drape across the front of the food table using paper scoops, ribbon and more tulle ribbon.

Ice Cream Party table garland

I turned ornament hangers into cone stands for the table centerpieces and scattered ice cream scoop confetti on the table.

Ice Cream Party Centerpiece

Guests had 3 flavors of ice cream and 14 toppings to choose from. The clear plastic toppings containers were only $2.50 at Walmart! I got the platic squeeze bottles at Orson Gigi for $1.50 each (but you can get them here for the same price: Plastic Squeeze Bottles) and I made the three levels for the toppings to sit on by wrapping 2×4’s in plastic table cover.

Ice Cream Sundae Bar Toppings
Ice Cream Sundae Bar 2
Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Ice Cream Bar Toppings
Ice Cream Party Cones

I made strawberry cupcakes in the ice cream cones (they were a little messy – don’t fill them more than 1/2 way) and topped them with vanilla frosting. Β To bake them I put them in a muffin tin.Ice Cream Party Cone Cupcakes

For the favors guests were given an ice cream cone bubbles (3 for $1 at Dollar Tree), Ice Cream Cone Sidewalk Chalk (3 for $1 at Walmart) and an ice cream cone popper (12 for $3 at Zurchers).

I made the cone stand (tutorial shown in this post) out of cardboard and my trusty glue gun. Ice Cream Party FavorIce Cream Party Favors

Unfortunately, this is the party that never happened. I set everything up on a Friday and that night my daughter got the flu and we were up all night taking care of her. We sent everyone a message on Saturday telling that the party was postponed until the next Saturday. But then during that week my husband, his mother and his sister all came down with the flu so we ended up just cancelling it so that we wouldn’t spread the “love” to anyone else. Luckily, my niece had a birthday that same week so I was able to donate all of the goods to my sister for her party – hooray for birthdays and parties that actually get to happen!

If you are planning your own ice cream themed party you could include activities like: pin the cherry on the cone or a blind folded ice cream flavor guessing game. πŸ™‚

Ice Cream Themed Party


  1. This is wonderful! You did a fantastic job and everything looked perfect!!! πŸ™‚
    I am planning an ice cream sundae bar for my best friend who is getting married in a few weeks (for her bridal shower) and was wondering how much toppings and sauces to buy for 30 guests? I have no idea how much to buy! If you could lend any advice or tips I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks and again – awesome party!

    1. It kind of depends on how many toppings you plan to offer, but I’d plan about 1 1/2 cups of each topping. For the sauces, one bottle should be enough of each, but I’d make sure to have 2 cans of whipped cream. If it is adults, they will be a little more prudent on the toppings and sauces, with kids they tend to pile it all on. For the ice cream I usually plan about 6-8 people per 1/2 gallon. So, I’d buy 5 half gallons of ice cream. Have a great time at the shower, the build-your-own bar really is the way to go! Check out my Celebrations and Showers tab at the top for lots of great Bridal Shower ideas!

  2. super cute! I love the balloon cones :o) Thanks for linking up to tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations! I really appreciate the link back too :o) Look forward to seeing you again at the party next week.

  3. This is such a great idea for a party! I love all the decorations and the toppings too! Totally want to throw an ice cream party now πŸ™‚

    Featuring this tonight at Weekend Wonders 36. Thanks so much for sharing it with us! Hope to see you there πŸ™‚

  4. Thank you so much for linking back to me. You’re party turned out fabulous. I love to see other people’s take on the ice cream theme, and you really do have some fun ideas.

  5. Wow, look at this! It’s amazing!! I love perusing your blog. So darling and creative. Too bad the party didn’t happen, but I’m glad some lucky girl got to benefit from it. It’s a cute idea.

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