How to Keep Ice Cream Frozen at an Outdoor Party

Ice cream is a perfect menu item for summer entertaining, learn how to keep it ice cold while serving it outside. 

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There's nothing better on a hot summer day than a frozen treat, but I've always found it impossible to keep things frozen when we're outside on a hot, Southern summer day. That is until last summer. My husband was determined to find a solution that would keep ice cream frozen in the 80°+ heat for several hours for an upcoming party, and he found the perfect fix.

First, he gathered a few supplies from around the house. In this case, we were able to use a large galvanized steel tub, several blankets and clothespins. We chose a shady spot on the porch mainly to keep bugs out of the ice cream, but I'm sure the shade helped the tub stay cooler, too.

Next, he wrapped two blankets around the galvanized tub and attached them with clothespins. This insulated the tub which would help keep the temperature consistent inside. He put the other blanket underneath to protect our table from condensation.

Then, he went to the store. I had no idea most grocery stores sell dry ice! If you have trouble finding it, just ask someone. He bought four pieces of dry ice and placed them around the perimeter of the galvanized tub using tongs. You can also use an oven mitt.(WARNING: Do not touch the dry ice with your bare hands!) This kept the interior of the tub around 26°F even after everything was placed inside – just right for the ice cream! I'm happy to report that our ice cream stayed frozen for the duration of our five-hour party, and made it so easy to clean up.

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