Host a Chill Ice Cream Birthday Party

Whether it's your child's first birthday or Grandma's 100th, an ice cream party is guaranteed to delight. We share party tips and free printables, including customizable invites, DIY party hats, styling ideas and inspiration for your own photo booth.

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Photo By: Emily Fazio

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Photo By: Emily Fazio

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©Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio

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Throw the Perfect Summertime Ice Cream Party

Hosting an ice cream-themed birthday party can be as easy as dropping some assorted flavors and toppings onto the table and letting guests self-serve their favorite dish. However, with a little extra effort, it can become an oh-so-memorable event.

Free Printable Invitation

Set the tone of your party with our watercolor ice cream cone invite, and customize for your gathering. Download the file here, and print it on heavy-weight card stock. Fill out your party details, trim the invite to size, and drop them in the mail.

Choose Popular Ice Cream Flavors

Playing it safe with Neapolitan and plain vanilla is a little ho-hum. If you're going to throw an ice cream birthday to remember, grab other popular flavors including sherbets and frozen yogurts. If you're hosting an adventurous group, choose unique flavors they may have not tried before.

Serve With Style (and Practicality)

Use serving accessories to help insulate the ice cubes used to chill your ice cream. We used cast iron pots in a variety of colors.

Don't Forget the Sprinkles

Variety is the spice of life, right? Apply that thinking to your selection of toppings, too. Crushed cookies, nuts, hot fudge, and sprinkles, sprinkles, and more sprinkles. As a kid, was there anything better than scooping as many sprinkles as you wanted.

Sprinkles on Everything

Decorating for an outdoor ice cream birthday party doesn't need to be complicated. One of the easiest (and most colorful) decor you can make is confetti. To make, trim pieces of assorted colored paper into small strips to resemble sprinkles. Scatter the pieces on tabletops, so it looks like sprinkles are coating everything.

Serve Guests Themed Cupcakes

Win all of your guests' hearts with ice cream cone cupcakes. To make, flip a disposable foil cooking tray upside down, and cut circles into the base using a utility blade. Place the cones into the holes, allowing them to stand upright while they bake. Follow the baking instructions on the cake box. Let slightly cool, pipe frosting on top and top with sprinkles.

Display Cupcakes Easily

If you don't have a practical serving tray for the ice cream cones, make one. We made a grid on a colorful casserole dish with clear tape, and placed the ice cream cone cupcakes in each square to help them stay upright.

Print Hat Patterns

Make party hats to match the theme of your party. Templates are readily-available online, like this one from Stuck On Glue. Print our free patterns below for a festive touch. We suggest printing the cone pattern on heavy-duty craft paper.

Assemble the Hats

Attach elastic to the hat by knotting the ends of the elastic and attaching with a staple from the inside of each side of the hat. Next, cover the rough edge of the staple on the outside of the hat with the sprinkle pattern to give the look of melting ice cream. Cut the sprinkle into a melted shape to give each hat its own look.

Ice Cream Cone Decor

Line your walkway with helium ice cream cone ballons to help guide guests to the party. Use the same paper and template as the hat, but print the cone pattern on printer paper so it doesn't weigh down the balloon. Tie a ribbon to the balloon knot, and slide the ribbon through the end of the cone. Staple the tip of the cone to the ribbon, so it stays in place. Tie the end of the ribbon to a secure weight, and line the walkway.

Ice Cream Cone Photo Stand-Ins

Put a twist on the classic photo booth, and create photo stand-ins instead. Paint ice cream cones on large cardboard pieces, and use a utility knife to cut holes for faces. Then, attach 2x4 boards to the cardboard in simple L-shaped frames to prevent it from tipping over.

Double-Scoop Ice Cream Cone Photo Op

Make a double-scoop ice cream cone photo stand-in, so you can take a photo with your BFF.

Sweet Party Favors

Simple ice cream-themed trinkets are the perfect parting gift for your guests. Send them photos from the ice cream cone photo booth, and offer theme-appropriate items, like these pins that are popular for kids' backpacks and jackets.

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