Throw an Ice Cream Social Party
Here's the scoop: Throwing an ice cream social is an age-old tradition. Like 200 years old. Fast forward to today, and ice cream is easy to serve for a casual yet creative party with your friends! This ice cream social features fresh flavors and simple, pretty decor, plus lots of opportunities for mingling between mouthfuls.
Serve Homemade Ice Cream
Making homemade ice cream can be just as fun as eating the finished product. But don't stick to just vanilla or chocolate—making your own unique flavors easier than ever! Whip up a batch of no-churn ice cream, then customize with one of our 12 flavor combinations. Try salted mocha! Give birthday cake a go. Or, come up with your own flavors!
Make Roasted Strawberry Sauce
Add an unexpected twist to a classic ice cream topping like strawberry sauce. Roasting sliced strawberries before blending them into the sauce intensifies their sweetness and adds a subtle smokiness. Finish the ice cream topping with honey and fresh orange zest.
Add Baked Goods
Set (and Show!) the Menu
Welcome guests with a fun chalkboard sign listing all the options at your social. The drink of choice to include on your menu? Rosé champagne, a perfect palate cleanser and complement for ice cream.
Build a Sundae Bar
Add Sweet Decorations
Make a DIY honeycomb ice cream cone garland! Use glue to attach paper cones to a set of colorful honeycomb balls or tissue paper pom-poms, then scatter them around the party or string them on a piece of ribbon to make a fun party decoration for the wall.
Get Creative with Purchased Toppings
Get creative with your ice cream toppers! You don't need to set out a bunch of bowls for small purchased toppings like sprinkles or candies—small jars or muffin tins are the perfect containers, and they'll make your display cute as ever. Don't forget small spoons for serving.
Make Stamped Napkins
Add a touch of whimsy to your ice cream social with hand-stamped ice cream cone napkins. Create your own stamps using wood blocks and foam sheets then customize your napkins (or tea towels!) with your favorite colors.
Make Themed Decor
Make a DIY fringed piñata for your ice cream-theme gathering. It's seriously so easy to make your own—it just takes some cardboard and tissue paper. Don't forget to top the finished pinata with plenty of paper "sprinkles".
Pre-Scooped Ice Cream
This ice cream hack will keep your ice cream from melting too fast. Don't let tubs of ice cream sit out while each of your party guests scoops their own sundae. Instead, prep the dessert before the party starts. Scoop several ice cream flavors onto a lined baking sheet and keep it in the freezer until party time. When you're ready to serve, just transfer the individual scoops to each guest's bowl with a spatula.