Ice Cream Sundae Bar Birthday Party

Winter birthday parties for kids can be tough! Especially when you are trying to pull one together in the midst of the snow storms of the century! This was a dinner party/sleepover for my 9-year-old daughter. Tacos for dinner and an ice cream sundae bar with mini cupcakes for the dessert. Here is the 411 for this party:
  • The decor was simply based on ‘red, green, and yellow‘ as chosen by the birthday girl. I picked 6 fun fabrics to create a flag banner, table runner, and straw flags.
  • The place settings included a paper “fortune teller” which the girls where able to customize with their own silly sayings.
  • We had to hand-write name cards (as opposed to printing them) because of some last minute uncertainty and changes due to the snow storm (sometimes you’ve just gotta roll with it!).
  • I used acrylic risers on the Sundae Bar to create different levels to display the toppings which included mini crushed oreos, chocolate toffee bits, m&m’s, chocolate jimmies, chocolate fudge, caramel, and whipped cream topping. We also had mini cupcakes, piroulines, and cherries. We actually pre-scooped ice cream into the sundae dishes and set them in the freezer on a tray until time to bring them out.
  • To help the cherries stand up, I put a layer of sugar onto the dish and nestled the cherries into it.
  • Take home favors were large cupcakes housed in a cupcake box (great invention!) and an ice cream lollipop.
  • No organized activities were needed for this party as 3rd grade girls are pretty adept at entertaining themselves. The fortune tellers provided lots of laughter and entertainment, as well as the Wii game system, and good old fashioned girl time!
The one thing I would have added is this – I would have wrapped each mini cupcake in the same coordinating papers as used on the dinner table decor. I think it would have helped them ‘pop’ against the white serving bowls behind them. For better views see my Flickr Set, or Facebook page.
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Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Enchanted Expectations says:

    Love this. It looks great! love the color combo

  2. Susan Crabtree says:

    super cute-love the sundae flower arrangements!

  3. I love the fortune tellers – super creative and fun …

  4. Shelley @ Divine Party Concepts says:

    Everything looks great and I LOVE the sundae flower arrangements!!

  5. Simply Creative Insanity says:

    Everything looks great! Love the ice cream set up!

  6. This is beautiful Chris, the colors are so vibrant and fun and the serving dish with all the candies is perfect! Love it all.

  7. Christi Bennett @ pisforparty says:

    The party turned out great! Thank you for always posting how to's and behind the scenes info!

  8. This is great! Fun colors, beautiful set-up, and I love the fabrics!

  9. Love it! This is so cute. Great colors and presentation.

  10. jamie@giggledustparties says:

    Looks fantastic! I am sure the girls had a great time despite the blizzard :-)

  11. Donna @ Party Wishes says:

    So cute! Love the colors and straw flags!

  12. I really like the sophisticated tones of your palette. Great use of the theme.

  13. Love the decor! Great theme and the sundae bar is mouthwatering…


  14. Oh Chris!!

    Another stunning event!!! :)

    I too loved the cupcake boxes and the ice cream lollipops!!

    Those fabric straw flags are just stunning too!! Did you glue the with hot glue or fabric glue?

    Those cute milk bottle are so charming!!



  15. Ah, another teeny question if I may…backdrops! How do you keep them on the walls!!! I tried double-sided tape, but sometimes comes off :(


  16. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:

    Thanks Bird! If I remember correctly I think I used regular craft glue for the straw flags. I used hot glue for the bunting. For hanging backdrops I've used a couple of techniques. I've used removable adhesive wall hooks to hang a dowel across; I've used an existing curtain rod over a window; and I've used duct tape which now comes in colors! I've not had any trouble removing the tape from the walls and it does hold well. I've got some in white from local craft store (Michael's).

    Hope that helps!;D

  17. Hey Chris!!

    Featured your Party at Bird Crafts!! :)

    Thanks again for linking up!


  18. LambAround says:

    That is so, soo cute! I love how you set the table :)


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