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Who can resist a big bowl of frozen goodness? We take our ice cream seriously, so we’d have to say it would be pretty hard for us to turn down a scoop during National Ice Cream Month! Call your friends over for some summer fun. Host a B.Y.O.S. (bring your own spoon) ice cream party!

When planning an ice cream social, it comes down to three important keys: scooping, dishing, and topping! Learn more about raising the bar—the ice cream bar, that is!

Scoop It

First things first, you’ll have to choose what flavors you’re working with. It’s best to stick with the basics, or party favorites, if you will. Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry are easy go-tos. We suggest picking up a carton of each flavor depending on how many guests you will be hosting.

Next, you’ll need to determine how to serve the base of this dish. Try one of these options:SW_IceCream_image 2

Self-serve: Place the ice cream containers on ice and allow guests to scoop their own desired serving size. Take a little or a lot. Either way, it’s the start of something delicious!


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Pre-scoop: This is great option if you are having this for a children’s party. You can pre-scoop the ice cream and place it in a tray. This can be done ahead of time and stored in the freezer until the party begins. Remember to place the tray over ice to help slow down the melting process when serving.


Dish It

Whether you go with a self-serve affair or pre-scooped options, choosing the container is key. Like ice cream flavors, stick to a few options on what will hold the ice cream. Traditional options like cones and waffle bowls are always a hit. If you’re feeling creative, go the extra mile to bake your own cookie or brownie bowls. Here are some of our choices:

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Top It

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Now for the fun part! What will top off this delicious dessert? The options are endless! Some of our favorites to consider are chocolate and candies, fruit & nuts, and baked sweets. If you want to take your bar to the next level, offer soda as a topping. Orange, cream, and root beer are our personal favorites, and create the perfect float. Always keep in mind your guest count; you don’t want to buy too many toppings.

If you choose to have hot fudge or caramels, keep them gooey by placing them in a slow cooker partially filled with water. If you leave the setting on low it will keep them warm and perfect for topping your ice cream.

Now all that’s left is the cherry on top and maybe some sprinkles, caramel, nuts, brownie bits… so many options! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Shout out your favorite sundae toppings in the comments.

Want more? Check out all of our delicious ice cream recipes!

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Sasha W.

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Sasha W. began her career at Publix in 2007 as a cashier and has since gained experience in both Event Planning and Social Media – which is perfect, because the combination of those two interests are what drive the writing behind her favorite blog posts! A New England girl turned southern belle, Sasha loves taking her puppy on tropical adventures all throughout Florida. Describing herself as fifty percent manatee and fifty percent flamingo, Sasha hopes to bring fun and unique ideas to your future events!

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