Your guests will drool over the sweet ice cream theme at your next child’s birthday party. Use the chilly scoops of ice cream as the inspiration for your invitations, decorations and activities.
You can make your own simple ice cream cone invitations using construction paper or scrapbook paper. Start by cutting out a long, narrow triangle from brown paper for the cone. Add some crisscross lines to make the lines of the cone. Next, cut out scoops of ice cream from different colors of paper. Glue the scoops to the top of the paper cone. Write the party info around the scoops.
Start with a sign that says “Welcome to ______’s Ice Cream Parlor”, using the birthday child’s name on the sign. Large polka dots cut from colored paper work well as wall decorations. They are reminiscent of the sprinkles that often cover ice cream.
Use balloons in a creative way. Get several latex balloons filled with helium and tied to long ribbons. Use brown paper to make a cone shape. Tape the paper into the cone shape, leaving a small opening at the point. Thread the ribbon through the opening and slide the cone so it rests under the balloon. Tape the cone in place. The balloon because the ice cream.
No party is complete without some activities to entertain the kids. Use the balloon and paper cone idea for a game. Make cones from brown paper. The kids put a balloon blown up with regular air as the ice cream scoop. They balance the balloons on the paper cones. They must them walk or run across the playing area without losing the scoop.
If you have the party on a warm day with an outdoor space, try this water activity. Each child needs a paper cone cup. Divide the kids into two teams. Each team needs a full bucket of water on one end and an empty container at the other. The kids line up between the two containers. The child closest to the full container dips water into her cone. She dumps the water into the next person’s cone. The water keeps getting passed from cone to cone until it reaches the empty container. The goal is to be the first team to fill the empty container.
Another party option is to get a tour of a local ice cream shop. The best option is a shop that makes its own ice cream. That way the kids can actually see the process of making the ice cream. You can finish up the tour with a scoop of ice cream for each child.
The ice cream theme gives you a few options for party desserts. The obvious is an ice cream sundae bar. Have a few flavors of ice cream plus lots of toppings. Options include candy, sprinkles, chocolate sauce, caramel, whipped cream and cherries. If you want to take it a step further, make homemade ice cream with the kids.
If you also want cake, consider ice cream cone cupcakes. You pour the batter into flat-bottomed cones and bake them. When the cupcakes are baked and cooled, you can top them with a swirl of frosting that looks like ice cream. Add a few sprinkles and a cherry on top.