Ice Cream Social Summer Party

What a fun way to begin the week, with this neighborhood “Welcome Summer” Ice Cream Social sent to me by Melissa of Buckets of Grace.  The colors are cheerful and the printables from Dimple Prints certainly help set to scene.  Melissa was actually able to combine paper products from several vendors (see list at the end) and make it work seamlessly.  Her styling of the sundae bar is adorable with it’s galvanized containers and paper pinwheel details.  I also love the sugar cone wrappers!

Also available was a table for making your own Root Beer Floats, and buckets filled with trinkets for the kids.  More pinwheels are added for decor, as well as “ice cream cone” flower arrangements on tables and lining the walk way.

Melissa invited neighbors to bring ice cream while she provides all the toppings and other accompaniments.  This looks like a fantastic way to say goodbye to school and hello to summer, don’t you think?!

Here is what Melissa says about the party:

“My neighbor and I wanted to think of a fun way to celebrate the end of the school year as well as the start of summer.  What better way than with ice cream!  We thought it would be fun to kick off summer in the neighborhood by inviting our friends and neighbors to an ice cream social.  During the winter months, we don’t get to see our neighbors too often so we thought it would be a great opportunity to reconnect at the start of summer.  My kids and I had fun going up and down the street placing the adorable invitations from Anders Ruff in our neighbors’ mailboxes.  We provided the toppings and everyone was asked to bring their favorite ice cream flavor.  I had vanilla on standby for DIY Root Beer floats as well.

The inspiration for the party was really the color palette.  I did not want to break the bank on this get-together so I decided to go with the same color palette that I am using for my son’s upcoming carnival party – lots of the items will serve double duty!  I also think the light blue and red color scheme evinces summer fun and is a great combination for an ice cream party.  This party was really planned last minute so we did lots of DIY details.  I also wanted to have a hint of a nostalgic ice cream parlor.  As soon as I found Carli from Dimple Prints Ice Cream printables, I knew that was the look.  She graciously agreed to do a color change of the printables for me.  I think they set the tone for the entire party.  I also found the Root Beer bottle labels and labels for the Whip Cream from LoraLee Lewis.  Her products are just amazing!”

Unfortunately, the weather was awful!  It had been in the 90’s all week and the day before the party, it turned unseasonably cool – even for Wisconsin.  Despite the temps in the 50’s, the kids were bound to have some summer fun.  The rain graciously held off and we were able to have a great party.  We had a camp fire going so people could eat their ice cream by the camp fire and not get too cold.  As it turned dark, we lit sparklers for the kids.  A perfect ending to a perfect neighborhood get-together”

Vender Credits:  Invitations – Anders Ruff /  Printables – Dimple Prints /  Root beer & Whip Cream wraps – Loralee Lewis /  Small Pinwheels – Crossroads Cottage /  Ice Cream Cookies – Melissa Joe Fanciful Cookies /  Sugar Cone Wrappers – Refresh My Heart /  Ice Cream cone shirts – Stitch This /  White Ruffle Tablecloth – Sweet Tea and Linen

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  1. Sharnel says

    What a fun party. Could you please tell me where you found the three tiered step up display. Not the round one, the other one.
    Many thanks

    • says

      Thank you Chris for featuring our neighborhood ice cream social. I am honored and humbled! It was a great and fun party to plan. Sharnel, the three-tiered step up stand is from Hobby Lobby. I’m not sure if you can get it online. Maybe they’d ship to Australia :)

  2. says

    What a beautiful, fun looking party! I love the fact that it’s the type of get together that everyone loves! Who doesn’t love ice cream?!! I wish I got invited to parties that are this sweet! Thanks for a great post!

  3. Bethany says

    Lively and fun setting! Do you mind telling me where you got the ice cream pennant and pinwheels? Thanks so much! You are truly an inspiration

  4. Denise says

    Let me know if any of your neighbor’s are selling their houses! :-)
    Martha Stewart EAT YOUR HEART OUT!
    Just Fabulous!!

  5. says

    Man my kids would of loved this if I threw them a party like this at the end of the school year.