Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ice Cream Themed Birthday

For our daughter's 5th birthday party we chose an ice cream theme.  She had a friend party this year and so we decorated the house a bit and put together some games and activities for the kiddos.  It all started at the front door where my handmade ice cream cone sign announced it was Brooke's big day!

I made the sign using a foam board from the dollar store that I cut to shape and then covered with burlap fabric and scrapbook paper.  I cut the letters out with my Silhouette machine and made a "cherry" bow with some outdoor Christmas ribbon I got in one of my thrift store packs.

I saw the idea on Pinterest to wrap the presents like ice cream and so that's what I did.  I used brown craft paper on the cone box and tried to hand paint it with shading and what not like my husband.  It took me well over an hour and didn't turn out all that splendid.  I ought to just accept that he is the artist in the family and not me!

I splurged and spent $25 on this cardboard ice cream cart because I thought it was just too cute.  It held ice cream cones filled with cotton candy and wrapped in party bags.  They were one of the favors that the kids got to take home.  I made a table runner out of some pink and white stripped fabric I found at Wal-Mart.  I put some dollar store carnations in an ice cream dish and topped them off with cherries to look like a sundae. 

 I recruited my two older daughters to help me put the paper ice cream trucks together.  They were a free printable I found on Pinterest.  We added a bottom to them so that the could hold little favors like stickers, sidewalk chalk and foam ice cream shooters.  We tied them up with baker's twine to make sure the bottoms wouldn't fall out.

We also made an ice cream cone banner by adding little paper cones and pom pom cherries to this premade white paper honeycomb banner.

My hubby made an adorable bean bag toss game board.  (See what I mean about artistic? He whipped that out in about 15 minutes.  And please forgive the horribly messy unfinished basement!).  We also did a relay game where they had to stack the bean bags on top of a cone and run from one line to another, each time adding on another scoop.  We didn't get a pic of this at the actual party so my oldest posed for me.   The third game was a pin the cherry on the ice cream cone.

The last activity station was a craft.  We just used cupcake liners as ice cream scoops and they decorated with "sprinkles and cherries."

Last but not least is the cake.  I've had a cake pinned on my board for a while now that was a little girl at a lemonade stand.  I decided to tweak that idea a bit by having the birthday girl working at an ice cream cart.  Once again, I had my two oldest help me out.  They're pretty fantastic little sculptors. Here are a few shots of the process:

Pretty stinkin' cute!


  1. Ice cream themed party! I am just in love with this fabulous idea. Actually my sister’s sweet 16th birthday is coming soon and I want to throw a surprise party for her at one of her favorite outdoor Seattle venues. You have helped me a lot with this idea.