All you need is to set up a buffet with your favorite ice cream flavors, plenty of delicious toppings, and a few other yummy desserts. Add some colorful decorative touches (and lots of napkins), and you're ready to celebrate.
First, gather your favorite serving pieces, from simple bowls and Mason jars to decorative serving trays and a variety of spoons. Add some height to your table with footed bowls and cake stands. Don't forget an extra bowl of warm water for rinsing sticky ice cream scoops.
Before guests arrive, ditch the flimsy store-bought cartons by scooping ice cream into serving bowls or extra-large jars. To keep ice cream cold, fill a large bucket or beverage tub with ice and place the bowls on top. Add labels to each bowl so guests can easily identify their favorite flavors!
Create an appealing display on your serving table with ice cream bowls, cones, cookies and any other treats you choose to serve. A variety of pastel dishes, bowls and linens will look festive on your table, but don't be shy about bringing in brighter colors like turquoise, orange and yellow. Make your tablescape fun and lighthearted. Don’t be picky about color; more is better.
After laying out your table, fill small bowls with toppings such as chocolate chips, candies, rainbow sprinkles and marshmallows so guests can pick and choose. Clear jars, like small vases or Mason jars, showcase the variety of the toppings and add more color to your serving table. Don’t have clear jars handy? Filling an assortment of teacups, espresso mugs, ramekins and even measuring cups with toppings is another cute option.
Add handwritten or printed labels next to the ice cream sundae toppings so guests can easily distinguish what is what. Create a fun DIY menu sign ahead of time by spray painting the glass of an old frame with chalkboard paint. Once it dries, use chalk to list all the topping you’ll be offering at the sundae bar. Or, for a fun party activity, jot down a few sundae recipe ideas for your guests to test out. Once everyone has taste-tested the concoctions, take a vote to see which was the favorite.
For an unexpected twist, create homemade pizzelles ahead of time using a pizzelle iron. Pizzelles can be rolled up like cones or lie flat to replicate ice cream sandwiches. Simply stack your freshly-made pizzelles on a cake dish and your guests won't be able to resist. They will love adding ice cream and their favorite toppings to create custom treats.
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