Ice Cream Sundae Bar Themed Birthday Party
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Here’s The Scoop | Ice Cream Sundae Birthday Party

My SWEET girl recently turned FOUR, and she requested an Ice Cream Sundae Bar Party to celebrate her birthday with her preschool friends.  It was a fun, delicious, and easy to pull off kind of party – PERFECT!



:: Here’s the SCOOP on how to throw the perfect Ice Cream Sundae Birthday Party ::

Ice Cream Sundae Bar Themed Birthday Party

BONUS: I have added a few of my favorite affiliate links to assist you with planning and shopping for your own ice cream sundae party!!!

1.BUILD YOUR OWN ICE CREAM SUNDAE BAR: The most important element of an Ice Cream themed Birthday Party is the SUNDAE BAR!  The sky is the limit when it comes to toppings, so have fun and offer all of your favorites!  I served sprinkles (… of course!), mini chocolate chips, rainbow marshmallows, cherries, chopped nuts, gummy bears and mini M&M’s.  If you like some extra yummies (which I do!), then it’s also nice to offer chocolate, caramel, strawberry syrup, and whip cream.  It’s also important to consider ice cream cones, and don’t be afraid to mix it up here:  sugar cones, rainbow cones, waffle cones/bowls, and anything else that satisfies your taste buds!

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2.GET CREATIVE WITH THE THEME: I love to carry the theme throughout every aspect of the party.  Since the theme is ice cream and sprinkles I went with touches of colorful polka-dots on the plates, napkins and table cloths, as well as paper cups that have adorable ice cream designs and sayings.  Mini wooden spoons with the same colors and designs are another perfect addition.  When shopping for a party, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and just go for it!  I found most of these cute touches at Target in Bullseye’s Playground, the party aisle and in the kitchen section.  I also shopped online in unique Easy shops and on Amazon. 🙂

Ice Cream Sundae Bar Themed Birthday Party

3.TABLESCAPE: I had way too much fun decorating the table and placesettings for the little ladies.  I found classic ice cream sundae dishes so each girl had her own colorful plastic dish, click HERE for a similar option.  I also picked up long-knecked plastic spoons that can scoop up all of the sweet goodness in every dish.  For drinks, I found mini-glass milk jars and added polka-dot straws with ready-to-write on banners.  The little touches go a long way. (If you want to make it easy, HERE is a kit with most of the trimmings!)

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4.GOODY BAGS: I love sending guests home with sweet thank you gifts.  For this party, I started with sprinkle decorated tins and filled them with colorful sunglasses, bubbles, and ice cream shaped lip gloss.  BONUS: The sunglasses also doubled as a fun accessory for the photo booth.

My favorite touch was the ice cream cone cookies.  Thank you Starbucks!!!  I purchased the cookies and then placed them in clear bags and tied them closed with cute ribbon.  Easy and memorable!

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5. PHOTO SPOT: Pick a fun spot for a mini-photo booth.  I tied together a banner and added felt letters, and it turned out to be the perfect place for the girls to strike a pose in their matching sunnies!  Keep it simple and just have fun!

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6.MAKE A WISH: Every party doesn’t need a cake, just get creative with the candle.  To stick with the theme, I placed the candle in my daughter’s ice cream sundae and we sang to her before everyone dug-in.  She loved it, and I loved not cleaning up a half eaten cake at the end of the party!

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7.ADULT STATION: One thing I have learned about children’s parties is that it is important to offer goodies that are a little more adult friendly; an adult station.  For this party I offered a Sangria Bar as well as cherry turnovers and blueberry muffins… BUT of course we enjoyed a sundae too!

Click HERE for the specifics on how to create the perfect Sangria Bar.

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I SCREAM – YOU SCREAM – WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!

Ice Cream Sundae Bar Themed Birthday Party



Best wishes on planning your Ice Cream Sundae Party!  I hope these tips make your special event extra SWEET!www.espressoeverafter.comThis post contains affiliate links.  If you decide to make a purchase through my link, I will make a small commission for it. This doesn’t cost you anything additional. These commissions help to keep the rest of my content free. Thank you!

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22 Comments

  • Reply Justine Y @ Little Dove August 18, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Oh my gosh, it is all so darling! A friend of mine threw an ice cream themed party a couple years ago and I thought it was so fun! Definitely pinning this for the future!

    • Reply Jenna August 24, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Justine – Thank you so much, you are so kind. Yes, save it for the future! xo Jenna

  • Reply chelsea jacobs August 18, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    This is so cute! I love all the fun colors!

  • Reply Kim August 18, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Oh how I love this idea! So cute! My kids would love this – maybe a back to school party with ice cream too! And YES to the Sangria bar too. Perfect.

    • Reply Jenna August 24, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      Hi Kim – Your kids would love this! And you will love the Sangria Bar! xo Jenna

  • Reply jessica August 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    so stinking cute! I love those little spoons and cups! great party details 🙂

    • Reply Jenna August 24, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Jessica – Thank you so much! Target definitely has great party supplies! xo Jenna

  • Reply Cait August 18, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    omg what a fabulous idea! i may need to do it for my daughters birthday next year! WOO and that sangria bar! YUP!

    • Reply Jenna August 24, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Yes Cait – Your daughter will love it and you will love the Sangria Bar!!! xo Jenna

  • Reply Aly | The Littlest Funk August 19, 2016 at 12:47 am

    This is so cute! We did the same for my daughter’s 2nd birthday and had Starbucks ice cream cookies too!

    • Reply Jenna August 24, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Aly – Great minds think alike!!!!

  • Reply Kiki Davies August 19, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Girl, this is the cutest! Can we also talk about that Sangria bar!? Love it! You are adorable. xoxo

    • Reply Jenna August 24, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Kiki – Thank you so much sweet friend! I am glad you liked it and YES to the Sangria Bar! 🙂

  • Reply Kerry August 19, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    My birthday is in November. Can you make this happen? Seriously though, this is adorable! I love the colors and the sunglasses! Perfect touches.

    • Reply Jenna August 24, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Hi Kerry – Happy SOON Birthday! Yes – this would be perfect for you!

  • Reply Lindsey Lyons August 23, 2016 at 4:51 am

    What a CUTE post!! Love this theme!

    • Reply Jenna August 24, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much Lindsey!

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  • Reply Erica February 19, 2017 at 12:44 am

    I am dying to know where you got the cute dessert cups from that you used for your toppings!

    • Reply Jenna February 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Erica – They are the best! I found them at Target!

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