It's common knowledge that we all eat ice cream year-round, but it's a little more fun to consume in the summer when it can serve two purposes: satisfying a craving AND cooling you off. So why not plan an entire party around it? The time is drawing near to ponder about your favorite flavors and toppings so you can share them with others by hosting a party!
If you live for practicality (like me) in just about every area of your life, then this party should be no exception. While there seem to be loads and loads of options to choose from, look for cute serving bowls that are both reusable and affordable. You definitely want them to be affordable if your affair will be a large one. If it will be more intimate, then you can splurge a tad more if you want since you won't be buying as many.
Plenty of popular stores sell ramekins that are the perfect size for sampling ice cream. You may already have some you can use! You can get different colors, or stick with all one color, depending on if you have a theme going on. Depending on where you shop, you can find ramekins for as cheap as a dollar a piece. Like I said, if you are going big you may want to go half and half–buy as many ramekins as you can afford, but then also find some colorful disposable cups to use as back-up. If you really want to do all disposable, use a handful of ramekins to serve your toppings out of. They will add a pop of style to your table and will make it look put-together.
If you have enough, try using the silverware you already have for your guests to eat with. It will cut down (even just a little bit) on your cost and you can just throw them in the dishwasher when everyone is done. Getting to use real silverware will also make your friends feel more at home at your party! I have found that it is much less stressful to utilize things I already have around the house than to have to keep adding items to a shopping list.
Flavors and Toppings:
To cut down on some chaos, go ahead and have all of your options prepared. What I mean is, if you are going to make smoothies go ahead and make them and have them set out in pitchers for your friends to directly sample. It could be fun to take the time to let everybody actually make their own concoctions, but only if it's a very small get-together. It usually seems like the more off-the-cuff aspects you incorporate, the more money you will end up spending to ensure that there are plenty of desirable choices.
A unique way to decide what flavors of ice cream to serve is when you send out your invites to the party have five or six (or however many you think you can manage) flavor options on there and let them check their favorite. They can send them back to you and this can be their RSVP. That way, you will know that you are going to make the right choices. And it will keep you from stressing when you stare down the endless aisle of frozen goodies.
For your build-your-own sundae bar, just think out of the box.
You can display the usual; various candies, sprinkles, hot fudge; OR you can have a theme. A theme might be more cost-effective. For an example, you can pick a color as your theme. If you choose red, have all red toppings on your bar. It's as simple as that. That will allow you to get more creative since you will have to be more narrowed in your choices.
There are tons of ways to make an ice cream party a huge success! Hopefully this will help you out as you take the journey of planning a perfectly practical ice cream party to cool you and your friends down this summer!