Host a Cool & Easy Ice-Cream Party

Tips and suggestions on how to host a great summertime ice-cream party.

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Host a Cool & Easy Ice-Cream Party

‘Cuz you’re never too old for ice cream

– Debbie Contardi, interior decorator,

A family eating ice creamOn the long lazy days of summer when it’s too hot to cook, and way too hot to even think about baking, you can still invite friends over for a bite. Or rather, a lick! Host a fun, cool, hip ice cream party.

It’s the easiest kind of get-together that everyone loves … fun for gal pals or the whole family. It’s like having an old-time soda shop right in your own home.

Just set out tubs of ice cream or frozen yogurt, bowls of whipped cream, nuts, sprinkles, different flavored syrups, and fresh fruit and have your guests make their own sundaes. You can also provide a blender and ingredients for smoothies like milk, yogurt and fruit. Or make one of the many fun soda fountain favorites like a “brown cow,” aka root beer float – a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a glass of root beer or a “purple cow” – vanilla ice-cream in grape soda, or “snow white” – vanilla ice cream in 7UP.

You can set up outside, in your kitchen or den, or right on the dining room table. I liked my ice cream parties so much that I created a permanent soda fountain in the den. It is a really great family project. You can go all out and build a marble counter or just designate a special section in your kitchen, pantry or basement.

Soda shop props are really festive and decorative:

-Keep an assortment of cookies handy in different cookie jars. There are lots of new and vintage cookie jars. I especially like to set out Christmas themed ones during the holidays.

-Put colorful candy – gum balls, candy canes, M&Ms – in glass apothecary jars. Keep small bags handy so young visitors can “shop” and fill their treat bags with penny candy.

-Flea markets, antique stores, and auctions are great places to find soda shop items like an old soda vending machine or milkshake mixer.

-Fill a vintage glass straw holder or vase with colorful straws.

-Decorate the counter with cake stands and pie plates.

-Frame your hubby’s old high school or college sports shirt or letter jacket!

Chocolate Malt
Serves 2

1 pint chocolate ice cream
1/4 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons malt powder
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

-Place all the ingredients in a blender and process on low speed until smooth. Pour into 2 tall glasses and serve immediately.

Variations: Blend in one ripe banana or a handful of strawberries for a fruity chocolate milk shake!

So get out the goods and start whipping up your very own ice cream party! And if you needed an excuse to not feel guilty about eating ice cream, consider this your duty because July is National Ice Cream month!

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