Amy, also known as Mom Advice, lives in Indiana. She is a writer, wife and mom to two beautiful children. On Snackpicks she shares her easy entertaining tips and advice for all occasions, from holiday parties to day-to-day family meal planning. Amy is also the founder and creator of the Mom Advice community.
In those hot summer days, ice cream is one of my family's favorite things to enjoy to help us cool down. Throwing an ice cream sundae party is fun, easy, and inexpensive to pull together. If you are anything like me, all of those things make throwing an ice cream party a total win.
My very first job was working in an old-fashioned ice cream parlor in our town. Thanks to my work experience, I still have the technique down for scooping and creating great ice cream desserts for my children. In fact, the very smell of ice cream takes me back to those early days of “hard work,” working four hour shifts scooping ice cream and waiting tables for extra spending money.
I wanted to share with you a few easy tips for throwing a great ice cream party and the steps you can do to prepare for your event ahead of time.
I find ice cream gatherings don’t require much of a guest list or even a formal invitation. Say the words, “ice cream,” and I guarantee that everyone will want to attend your party. Have your children invite their favorite friends to join in on the ice cream sundae party.
Take advantage of all of the summer tableware and find brightly colored inexpensive plastic dishes that you can use to assemble your ice cream sundae toppings bar. Old-fashioned glass sundae cups can be found at your local dollar store along with pretty paper napkins that can coordinate with your party table. While you work on preparing the ingredients for your ice cream sundae bar, have your kids decorate a simple table with signs welcoming everyone to the party.
No one wants to spend their entire ice cream party trying to scoop ice cream for their impatient guests. Use a muffin pan lined with cupcake liners to scoop individual scoops of ice cream for your party. Pop these in the freezer to grab when the guests arrive, and allow the guests to grab their own scoops to place in bowls, plates, or sundae cups for eating.
A self-serve ice cream bar allows everyone to create their own sundaes with their favorite flavor combinations. Use your favorite cookies as toppings. We love Keebler Fudge Stripes, Chips Deluxe, and (my favorite) Dark Chocolate Fudge Stripes, broken up in pieces for ice cream toppings. Set out the cookie toppings in individual bowls on a tray in the kitchen ahead of time for quick, last-minute setup. Along with the cookie toppings, put together another tray with any additional toppings like chocolate, strawberry, hot fudge, caramel, sprinkles and whipped cream for a sweet finish.
You can make quick work of crushing cookies by placing your them in a closed freezer bag and hitting a rolling pin on them to create your crushed cookie toppings. Kids can make great helpers for this step and they often happily accept cookie pieces as payment.
Ice cream is meant to be enjoyed in the sunshine, but it can also be a messy dessert to create and to eat. Move your party outside to help cut down on the clean up. Cover an inexpensive folding table with a sheet or tablecloth and place it in a shady spot on your lawn for the perfect summer party with the perfect summer treat.
Everyone likes ice cream desserts, but the key to a successful ice cream sundae bar lies in the inventive toppings combined with the classic toppings everyone expects to find. Offering a variety of cookie toppings is a great way to satisfy your guests’ varied tastes. I love ice cream sundae bars. They not only make for a fun and delicious dessert, they are also easy to prep, and clean up.