Ice-Cream Social Party

Cone-to-Cone Relay Game
Photograph by Julie Bidwell
Whether you're throwing a birthday party or just getting together with friends, this old-fashioned ice cream social has it all, even a cherry on top.
Photograph by Julie Bidwell
Photograph by Julie Bidwell

Please Eat Your Bowl

Let guests build their sundaes in home-baked cookie and brownie bowls, which are made using muffin tin molds and dried beans for weights.

Originally published in the May 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Photograph by Julie Bidwell
Photograph by Julie Bidwell

Get the Scoop

The day before the party, place servings of ice cream into cupcake liners. Put them on a tray, cover with plastic wrap, and refreeze. When guests arrive, simply set out the scoops and let people serve themselves.

Originally published in the May 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Photograph by Julie Bidwell
Photograph by Julie Bidwell

Don't Fudge This Topping

No ice cream sundae is complete without hot fudge. For our easy homemade version, combine 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, 3/4 cup heavy cream, and 1 tablespoon butter in a double boiler. Heat over simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate melts and the mixture is creamy and smooth. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

For extra party pizzazz, customize your sauce with a special flavoring.

  • Orange: 1 cup hot fudge + 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • Mint: 1 cup hot fudge + 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Mexican: 1 cup hot fudge + 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon + a pinch of chipotle chile powder

Originally published in the May 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Photograph by Julie Bidwell
Photograph by Julie Bidwell

Set Out Some Parfait Bouquets

Making these carnation "sundaes" is a great pre-party activity for the kids. Have them place glass marbles in each dish, leaving an inch or so of space at the top, then add water. Insert the carnations and top with a cherry.

Originally published in the May 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Photograph by Julie Bidwell
Photograph by Julie Bidwell

Pretty Garland Decoration

Set a party mood by hanging a string of these colorful utensils from the serving table. First dip spoons into nontoxic acrylic paint and allow the excess to drip off. Lay the spoons on a protected surface, then sprinkle them with sprinkles (fun to say and do). Use adhesive-backed Velcro dots to attach the dried spoons to a length of rickrack. The spoons look good enough to eat -- but don't let little kids try!

Originally published in the May 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Photograph by Julie Bidwell
Photograph by Julie Bidwell

Set the Scene

A make-your-own sundae station tempts guests with a host of toppings. The premeasured ice cream and make-ahead cookie bowls allow for easy serving and cleanup. Place toppings, such as fruit, candy, and sprinkles, in individual bowls. Set the nuts to one side in case any guests are allergic. Use a tiered cupcake rack to hold ice cream cones.

Originally published in the May 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Photograph by Julie Bidwell
Photograph by Julie Bidwell

Make-and-Take Caps

Tell the kids that years ago, folks who made ice cream sundaes were called soda jerks. When they've stopped laughing, have them use crayons, markers, and stickers to decorate their own retro-style hats. (We got these at amazon.com, 4 for $4.30.)

Originally published in the May 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Photograph by Julie Bidwell
Photograph by Julie Bidwell

Cone-to-Cone Relay Game

After your guests have had their fill of ice cream, put their serving skills to the test with this relay race. Divide the players into two teams, each forming a line. Give each player an ice cream cone. At "Go," teams pass a small foam ball from one cone to another. If the ball drops, the team has to start over. The first team to pass the scoop down the line wins.

Originally published in the May 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Share the gallery



Parents may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website.