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Ice Cream Social Block Party

In July 2009, I went all out for Ice Cream Month by celebrating with an online Ice Cream Social but this year, it flew by without a mention.  However, being a believer in ‘better late than never’ means that I can honor it now by sharing some great ideas on throwing an Ice Cream Social.

Also, seeing that it will be back to school time soon, this may be a great time to start planning for a gathering with old friends or new classmates.  Here are some tips to help you with planning: Did I miss any?

Planning the ultimate Ice Cream Social:
*Pick a date
*Send an e-vite (evite.com or pingg.com are good ones)
*Assign items to each family attending so you are not footing the entire bill
*Have your kids set up an outdoor ice cream station (maybe a kids and adult area)
*Consider letting the kids design their own bowls to take home
*While kids are enjoying their treats, have the adults take turns supervising the kids so you all get a chance to make and eat your Sundaes.

Essentials (always check for allergies first):
*A variety of ice creams and sorbets
*Sauces
*Sprinkles – all colors
*Bowls & Cones (waffle, sugar etc.)
*Napkins and wet wipes
*Plenty of water to wash down the sweetness and keep hydrated
*Toppings: whipped topping, crushed cookies, nuts, gummy bears, cherries, bananas, M&M’s, etc.
*Whole Cookies in case someone wants to make a sandwich instead of a sundae or cone

Consider this as well: Some inexpensive prizes for the family that brings the most unique edible toppings. That will get folks thinking outside the box and having fun before the event begins.

Photo courtesy of ChezUs. Reprinted by kind permission.

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