Don’t let the scorching heat stop you from enjoying weekend get-togethers with family and friends. When the weather gets a little too hot to barbecue, invite everyone over for a good old-fashioned ice cream social. This type of party is a fun way to stay cool during the summer and it’s perfect for all ages. Here’s the scoop on how to throw a successful ice cream party.
What You’ll Need
When it comes to ice cream, more flavors means more fun! Prepare around six varieties so guests can enjoy their favorite and have a chance to sample new ones. Start off with classic vanilla and chocolate, and then choose fruit, coffee, and nut flavors for the rest. Try including a fruit sorbet as a dairy-free or low-calorie option.
Assorted sauces and toppings allow partygoers to create the ultimate ice cream sundae of their dreams. Hot fudge, caramel, butterscotch, and marshmallow sauces are always popular and easy to find in the supermarket. If you prefer something fruity and freshly made, cook up a batch of this luscious strawberry sauce. It’s simple to make and oozing with homemade goodness.
For toppings, whipped cream and cherries should be at the top of your list. Crushed cookies, chopped nuts, sprinkles, and pretzel pieces give sundaes a delicious crunch. Chocoholics will love the addition of brownies, candy bar slices, and chocolate chips. Pieces of fresh fruit, like blueberries, peaches, pineapple, and bananas, bring additional flavor and texture.
Drips and spills are bound to happen, so it’s a good idea to situate your ice cream station outdoors. Cover your buffet table with a cheery, easy-to-clean tablecloth, and keep paper towels and small basin of water nearby to quickly clean up any mess.
If you’re hosting an all-ages party, use paper napkins, wooden spoons, and disposable bowls and cups with pretty striped or polka-dot patterns. For a small gathering with grown-ups, using fabric napkins, metal trays, polished silverware, and vintage glassware brings a stylish touch of retro to your presentation.
Identify each ice cream, sauce, and topping with cute, easy-to-read labels. Use these to call attention to extra special items and inform guests of potential allergy-causing ingredients, like nuts, eggs, or dairy.
If you have a blender, use it to churn out creamy shakes and smoothies for guests who enjoy sipping their ice cream through a straw. No blender? Pop open a few bottles of root beer and entice them with delicious, foamy floats.
Print out ice cream sundae recipe cards and display them by the buffet table. Not only does this help keep the line moving along, it’s a great way to share your favorite sundae combinations with your fellow ice cream aficionados.
We’d love to see your ideas for throwing a cool ice cream social, so feel free to share photos, feedback, and suggestions on the comments section.by