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Throw an Ice Cream Social

Get tips for having a party that will satisfy your sweet tooth

By Aimee Couture Posted July 29, 2009 from womantalks.com

  • Cool Party Idea
  • Cool Party Idea

    Summer is the perfect season to throw a bash starring everyone’s favorite frozen dessert—ice cream! WD got the scoop on products and recipes that will guarantee a stylish and successful ice cream social. From a variety of ice cream cones to the cutest party decor (and everything in between), our ideas will ensure that your guests are in for a fabulously sweet fête.

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  • RSVP
  • RSVP

    Say so long to stamps and snail mail. Instead, be tech-savvy and invite your guests with an ice cream–themed electronic invitation. Evite has an easy-to-use format that allows you to personalize your invite while including all the necessary party details. Plus, guests can RSVP online, making party planning a snap. Free with site registration; Evite.com

  • Sure to Impress
  • Sure to Impress

    Surprise your guests by whipping up a batch of homemade ice cream. No salt, ice or elbow grease is required with this electronic ice cream maker. And, once it’s ready, prevent messes from the freezer to the table with a handy tub—designed with a special gel in the lid that keeps ice cream cool for up to two hours. For inspiration, check out our Tangy Lemon Ice Cream and Pistachio Ice Cream recipes. Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine, $49.95 and Ice Cream Pint Tub, $9.95; CrateandBarrel.com

    Photo: © Courtesy of CrateandBarrel.com

  • Techie Tool
  • Techie Tool

    Skip the struggle to dish out rock-solid ice cream with this electric scoop, which reaches piping hot temperatures strong enough to cut through the most frozen flavors. Deni Electric Ice Cream Scoop, $24.99; BedBathandBeyond.com

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  • Cone Zone
  • Cone Zone

    We know you only have two hands, and when both are busy scooping ice cream there are none available to stop already-filled cones from falling over. That’s where this handy cone holder comes in. Not only does it keep your personal cone assembly line moving, it creates an atmosphere of an upscale ice cream parlor in your very own home. Chef’s Choice Ice Cream Cone Holder, $19.99; BedBathandBeyond.com

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  • Sit and Spin
  • Sit and Spin

    This adorable ice cream cone and sundae-inspired lazy Susan is a mess-free way to display and serve dry toppings. Guests can stay comfortably seated as they build their cold creations—preventing the inevitable accident that occurs when balancing an overloaded sundae while trying to sit back down. Lazy Susan Ice Cream Server, $39.99; Amazon.com

    Photo: © Courtesy of Amazon.com

  • In Black and White
  • In Black and White

    America’s favorite sandwich cookie just made ice cream a little sweeter. Set out these chocolate waffle cones for a twist on the classic snack. To double the cookie quotient, crush up an Oreo cookie and sprinkle it on top. Oreo Chocolate Ice Cream Cones prices vary; available at most grocery stores

    Photo: © Courtesy of NabiscoWorld.com

  • A Cone Cross Section
  • A Cone Cross Section

    Offer guests a variety of different edible ice cream holders so they can personalize their sweet treat. We like to mix it up with traditional sugar cones, fun waffle bowls and classic ice cream cups. Keebler Waffle Bowls, Keebler Sugar Cones and Keebler Ice Cream Cups, prices vary; available at most grocery stores

    Photo: © Courtesy of Keebler.com

  • Top It Off
  • Top It Off

    No one wants to eat just plain old ice cream. We say it’s all about what you put on top of it, so tempt your taste buds with a truly gourmet topping that's simply irresistible—white chocolate sauce. The King’s Cupboard White Chocolate Sauce, $8.99; KingsCupboard.com

    Photo: © Courtesy of KingsCupboard.com

  • Peanut Butter Cup
  • Peanut Butter Cup

    Peanut butter makes everything taste better—celery, bananas, chocolate—so why not try it on ice cream? Made with organic ingredients and real peanut butter, this rich topping has a ton of flavor, but no preservatives or additives. Need more incentive? A portion of all the proceeds are donated charity. Bridget’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Topping, $5; Amazon.com

    Photo: © Courtesy of Amazon.com

  • Super Sundaes
  • Super Sundaes

    As much as we like to think outside of the cone, there is something to be said for tradition. This sinful hot fudge sauce is gourmet enough to delight foodie guests, but rich and creamy enough to satisfy classic sundae lovers. Robert Rothschild Farm Old-Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce, $8.59; RobertRothschild.com

    Photo: © Courtesy of RobertRothschild.com

  • Topping Trickery
  • Topping Trickery

    For a magic trick that is sure to delight the kids, watch as this syrup hardens into a shell right before your eyes. Once it's solid, everyone will love breaking the hard chocolate topping while searching for a bite of their favorite frozen flavor. Smucker’s Magic Shell, prices vary; available at most grocery stores

    Photo: © Courtesy of Smuckers.com

  • Fun with Sprinkles
  • Fun with Sprinkles

    Let guests add a little extra pizzazz to their frozen dessert with these fun bits of confection. Beyond the basic jimmies, there is a wide variety of colors and shapes to make up your party’s sprinkle selection. Ice Cream Sprinkles, $5.95; SurlaTable.com

    Photo: © Courtesy of SurlaTable.com

  • Three Cheers for Cherries
  • Three Cheers for Cherries

    An ice cream sundae would not be complete without a cherry on top. Go gourmet with these delectable maraschino cherries that taste way better than any of those everyday grocery store brands. City of Cherries Maraschino Cherries, $6.95; GorgeGifts.com

    Photo: © Courtesy of GorgeGifts.com

  • Cookie-Cutter Perfect
  • Cookie-Cutter Perfect

    For a creative addition to your ice cream topping buffet, make ice cream cone–shaped cookies. Not only will they make a cute dessert offering, they will taste great dipped into the ice cream soup left at the bottom of the bowl. Try a light and airy confection that won’t overpower the ice cream, like our Lemon Butter Cookies. Ice Cream Cone Cookie Cutters, $2.95 for two; CrateandBarrel.com

    Photo: © Courtesy of CrateandBarrel.com

  • Pie in the Sky
  • Pie in the Sky

    With a crunchy crust that holds together layers of ice cream and toppings, a homemade ice cream pie is an alternative dessert you can't go wrong with. Whether your guests will favor a fruity flavor, gooey chocolate or refreshing mint, Woman’s Day has eight divine pies for you to choose from.

    Photo: © James Baigrie

  • Clever Centerpiece
  • Clever Centerpiece

    The invitations have been sent, ice cream has been made (or purchased) and toppings have been assembled with care. Now it's time for the fun to begin. Decorate the table with this ice cream sundae centerpiece for an inexpensive yet festive way to set the stage for your ice cream social. Ice Cream Sundae Centerpiece, $4.99; ShindigZ.com

    Photo: © Courtesy of ShindigZ.com

  • Gone with the Wind
  • Gone with the Wind

    If you’re planning on holding your party outdoors, secure your tablecloth from the windiest of days with these whimsical ice cream weights. Setup is a breeze: Simply attach these darling miniature cones to the cover’s hem to keep it in place. Ice Cream Cone Tablecloth Weights, $9.95; BayVillageStore.com

    Photo: © Courtesy of BayVillageStore.com

  • Dress Up Your table
  • Dress Up Your table

    Add a punch of color to your table setting with these polka dot and pastel ice cream bowls. The best part? They make great cereal bowls when the party is over. Polka Dot Ice Cream Bowls, $21.95 for a set of four; Wrapables.com

    Photo: © Courtesy of Wrapables.com

  • Spoon-Fed
  • Spoon-Fed

    Ice cream will taste twice as nice when eaten with these quirky ice cream cone–topped spoons. No one will be able to resist these tempting utensils, and you’ll be able to use them every time you want a scoop of a frosty treat. Waffle Cone Spoons, $20 for a set of four; SurlaTable.com

    Photo: © Courtesy of SurlaTable.com

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Posted by Annie

ice cream social ideas

I love these ice cream social ideas. Kids at my school love ice cream parties in the summer. I will defiantly have to use one of these make your own ice cream ideas. Kids are very social when ice cream is involved. As a teacher for 30 years I know that kids need something to facilitate their kindness and interaction with one another. Some kids who are normally not social in the classroom come out of their shell when we have had nice cream socials in the past. Very great list of ideas and we certainly will come back to the site for more.

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