your local public library and check out different books on
ice cream. These look great as part of table centerpieces
or as general decorations placed throughout your party area.
They can either be laying flat or they can also be propped
up in a half open fashion (remember to visit both the children's
AND adult's section of the library.).
your local market and pick up a wide range of small containers
of ice cream (the more, the better
it's best to wait
until they go on sale, then purchase them all at once, storing
them in your freezer until your party.) Have a contest to
see who can guess the flavors of the different kinds. Wrap
each small tub with opaque construction paper first to that
the guessers won't know which is which
unless, of course,
you are blindfolding the tasters so that they won't be able
to see! Make sure that you provide small tasting spoons with
each tub and discourage double dipping.
fun ice cream bowls especially for the party
GREAT parting gifts for your guests when they leave. Every
time they eat ice cream afterward, they'll remember your party!
an ice cream maker from a friend or family member (if you
don't currently own one) and make FRESH ice cream at the party!
Allow your guests to vote on the flavor.
a big tub of ice cream and see who can stack the most scoops
on a single cones. As this ice cream would NOT be eaten, it
can be recycled (i.e. once a player is done, their ice cream
is thrown back into the bowl.) For a larger number of participants,
you may need to have time in between every few because the
ice cream can get warm after a while (making it more difficult
colored streamers and balloons, use brown, pink and white
(though cream would be better to use instead of white
cream can be difficult to find) and alternate the colors for
a Neapolitan ice cream look!
some cake sprinkles inside the envelopes to your invitations
(the larger sprinkles so that they can be seen)!
really fun centerpieces, make ice cream sundaes that don't
melt!!! With an ice cream scoop, dish out some 'vanilla' scoops
of 'ice cream' from a big tub of mashed potatoes (if you look
closely at restaurant photos of their ice cream, they often
use mashed potatoes because of their likeness and ability
to hold up under heat.) With some chocolate syrup, shaving
cream (for whipped cream), nuts and a cherry, you'll have
an AMAZING sundae that will not melt! These are great for
outdoors as well as indoors. The weight of the mashed potatoes
(as well as that of the glass dish it is sitting in) will
even weight down a bouquet of helium balloons.
a few small sundae dishes and line them up about 4-6 feet
from the children (depending on the age.) This is a challenging
but fun never-the-less. From your local
craft store, pick up a bag of red marbles (the clear glass
kind - these aren't perfectly round, which will keep them
from rolling everywhere.) Have the children each take turns
tossing 'cherries' into the sundae dish until one makes it
in. The challenge lay in trying to get it in without having
it bounce out! For REAL fun, though, put some ice cream in
it. The marbles won't bounce out - they'll stick to the ice
cream. This can get a little messy, especially if it's warm
and the ice cream makes a splash. The kids LOVE it when it
plops in the ice cream!