HOW TO THROW THE PERFECT ICE CREAM SOCIAL
It wasn't my birthday, but I felt like celebrating! I've always wanted to host an ice cream social, and had plenty of ideas of what I wanted to do. Summer is almost over, but there is still time to throw a social!
I fell in love with Paperless Post's adorable ice cream social invitation and it was a free design! There were 2 color options, of course I chose the one closest to pink!
I planned about a month and a half prior to the event so I made my guest list and set up an auto send, and boom, they were ready to go.
Planning and Supplies
I started planning about a month before, making lists of things that I really wanted and also searching, "ice cream social" on sites such as Amazon, Etsy, Target, and Party City. They came up with some good products I HAD to have.
From garlands to a cupcake cone holder that also went in the oven, I had to have it all. Ok, I didn't really buy it ALL (especially the $30 sprinkles on Etsy), but I got some pretty great things and tried to my budget! Check out my final selections:
- Betty Crocker Ice cream Cone Cupcake Baking Rack (under $4)
- Color frosting Decorating Set - Three Colors for Unicorn Cupcakes! (around $7.50)
- Ice Cream Garland Decoration ($11.75)
- Sprinkles - Nonpareils are my fave and I love the color combo! You also have to have jimmies too! (around $4 for a LARGE container)
- Party Favors - because all good parties have favors! ($8)
- Pink tub (end of summer clearance sale and 60% off = $3!!!)
- Fun straws (end of summer clearance sale and 60% off = $.75!!!)
- 3 fake Hydrangea flowers for centerpiece (sale and coupon from signing up on Michaels.com = about $4.50 each)
- Table cloth ($4)
- Table runner that I made into a second table cloth ($3 found in the front section among the $1 aisle)
- 3 Containers for toppings with wooden lids (only $3 each and I can use them for so many other things. Haven't figured out what yet, but that will come.)
- 2 Little Ice Cream Cone buckets to hold straws and spoons ($3)
Kiosk in Sherman Oaks Fashion Square:
- SunnyLife Ice Cream Fans - it was a hot summer day, these came in handy! (I paid $15 each but Amazon also sells them)
- SunnyLife Ice Cream Cone Cup
And of course there was a market list full of toppings, sugar, cake mix, etc.
Once I had all of my supplies I started making a list of things I needed to make that required time to cook and had to be made as close to the day of as possible. On my list:
- Make Cookies (approx 1 hour)
- Make Ice Cream (approx 30 mins)
- Make Unicorn Ice Cream Cupcakes, let them cool (approx 40 mins)
- Make Frosting and frost cupcakes (approx 30 mins)
- Make Brownies (approx 1 hour)
- Make Homemade Fudge (approx 30 mins)
After I made my list I thought about setup and cleanup that goes with all of these things and the fudge had to go. Hershey's syrup will be just fine.
I made the cookies and ice cream the night before and figured I had enough time to make the brownies, cupcakes and frosting the next day before guests arrived at 2pm.
Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
I went with Funfetti because I love the colors in the cakes and FUN is in the name! With the baking rack, it made 12 ice cream cupcakes and 12 regular cupcakes.
To make the ice cream cones, I placed the cones on the rack, like you would cupcake cups, and filled the cones leaving 1/2 inch to the top. I followed the baking instructions on the box and voila, in about 20 mins I had ice cream cupcake cones! It was so easy! Now the hard part was to come: frosting.
I'm not quite the baker but have made cookies and cupcakes a few times! I was nervous about the 3 color frosting because it was a new contraption I hadn't used before. The box made it sound so easy, so I made the colors I wanted in 3 different bowls and then I called for help. I needed more hands and an extra brain to see how this thing worked, Josh to the rescue!
Together we figured out how to get the thing together and got the icing in the bag. Now it was time to put it on the little cakes. I would recommend another frosting as the recipe I used didn't set very well and almost looked like they were melting. They did taste DELICIOUS!
It was great, as the cupcakes were baking, I made the brownies and put them in the oven as soon as the cupcakes came out.
Decorations and Final Touches
I had one hour to go and put the final touches on the table as well as around the apartment (and cleaned the kitchen).
I loved how the floral arrangements turned out! Thanks to Pinterest for the inspiration!
And of course my everyday items that I have in my apartment that fed the theme...
And let the party commence! Of course, I was enjoying the party and my company which lacked in picture taking!
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