Ice Cream Social Party Ideas

Stepped-up ice cream sundaes and bubbly summer beverages let adults play it cool at this grown-up ice cream social.

By Kelly Kegans

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Ice Cream Social party
Throw an Ice Cream Social Party

    Here's the scoop on an easy, casual, yet creative party for your friends. This ice cream social features fresh flavors and simple, pretty decor, plus lots of opportunities for mingling between mouthfuls. It's all inspired by Jeni Britton Bauer, the founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio. Read on for some of her favorite recipes, plus invitations and decorating ideas for this chill social occasion.

Ice Cream Social Invitations

    The invitations kick-start the nostalgia. A pretty scooped ice cream pattern has a perfect spot for a tuck-in wooden spoon. Print our pattern onto cardstock; trim the design as shown and use the pattern to cut invites from pretty colored paper.

Ice Cream Menu

    The joy and nostalgia of ice cream is an immediate draw, plus it inspires bright, playful colors and decor that makes any gathering feel like a special occasion. Set up a simple chalkboard menu to welcome guests and entice them with the specials of the day. And the drink of choice? Rose Champagne, a perfect palate cleanser and complement for ice cream.

Hanging Banners

    Simple banners made from pretty patterned paper or fabric scraps serve as room warm-ups. Simply cut material into a triangle, fold over a bit of the short edge and stitch or tape. String wire through the opening.

Ice Cream Toppings Table

    The centerpiece of the event is a make-your-own pie a la mode sundae bar with pie crust cookies, homemade fruit sauces, and garnishes of mint and edible flowers. Make signs to call attention to specific flavors and toppings so guests notice and taste them all.

Edible Flowers for Table

    Go beyond sugary toppings at the table -- edible flowers make pretty table decorations and tasty ice cream toppers.

Peach Ice Cream Sauce

    The taste of fresh summer pies inspired these delightful ice cream combinations. Start with a scoop of ice cream and add this peach-based sauce. Serve with pie crust cookies for a peachy masterpiece.

Makes: 4 servings
Serving size: about 1 to 1-1/2 cups
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   30 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Plum Ice Cream Sauce

    This time let plums be the star in this zippy plum-pie ice cream creation.

Makes: 4 servings
Serving size: about 1 to 1-1/2 cups
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Cool   30 mins 
Blueberry Fruit Sauce

    Tart, delicious blueberries are responsible for this classic sauce.

Oatmeal Ice Cream Pies

    Pre-assembled ice cream pies can accompany the occasion. Best-yet they can be made ahead and frozen. Our recipe makes 12 to 20 pies.

Serving size: 24 to 30 sandwich cookies
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   11 mins  to  13 mins  325°F per batch
Wood Serving Piece

    Drilled with cone-size holes, a rustic piece of wood serves up some ice cream favorites, adding a hint of festivity to the occasion.

Ice Cream Favors

    Let your guests take the party home with them. Give them the recipe for Ugandan Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (recipe, below, or use your own favorite), a wooden spoon, and a pint-size container with a pretty cozy.

Prep   25 mins 
Cool   30 mins 
Freeze  At least  4 hrs 
Jeni's Ice Cream Book

    Love these recipes? Get more with Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home. The book has more than 100 recipes alongside Jeni's tips and techniques (published by Artisan).

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