How To Set Up An Ice Cream Soda Bar

set up an ice cream soda bar

Don’t let summer pass you by without hosting some type of ice cream gathering!  Whether you make homemade ice cream in the back yard, set up a sundae bar, or put together ice cream sandwiches, ice cream is the quintessential summer treat.

For one of my latest contributions for I put together ideas for setting up an ice cream soda bar.   Below are some ideas, tips, and recipes for making delicious ice cream floats (there’s more than just root beer!).


  • Pre-scoop ice cream and place in the freezer until ready to use.
  • Line a galvanized bucket with parchment paper {to keep it food safe} and place the scoops inside.
  • Tall shot glasses are great for serving flavored syrups.  We used chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, and amaretto flavored syrup.
  • Provide an array of soda flavors like root beer, cream soda,  fruit flavored soda, and sparkling seltzer or club soda.
  • Orange juice is a great add in for creating a Creamcycle float.
  • Follow the basic formula:  2 scoops vanilla ice cream + flavored syrup + seltzer;  OR  2 scoops vanilla ice cream + flavored soda.
  • Don’t forget to top off with whipped cream and a cherry on top!


Orange Creamcycle

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1/3 cup Orange Juice
  • Cream Soda to fill

Strawberry Soda

  • 2 scoops Vanilla ice cream
  • 2 oz Strawberry syrup
  • Cream Soda to fill

Chocolate Ice Cream Soda

  • 2 scoops Vanilla ice cream
  • 2 oz Chocolate syrup
  • Cold Seltzer water or Club soda


See my article for Celebrations here.

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About Chris

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. LoVe the soda bar! We did the pre-scooped ice cream in lil’ dishes at our last outdoor party and it work fabulously!

  2. Wow….love this idea…and the window instructions…hello cuteness!

  3. What a beautiful job, Chris! So much sweetness and creativity!!

  4. Love the church window chalkboard!


  5. Brandy at simply creative insanity and printables says:

    Great set up! I love all of your food bars!


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