Part I -“The Decor”
Yesterday we celebrated my oldest daughters sixth birthday, and her party was ice cream themed. We had so much fun, and so much ice cream!
At the front door guests were greeted by some fun little ice cream scented candles that smelt sweet, and set the tone right away.
On the console table, our regular candles were dressed up for the occasion with some cute ice cream cone ribbons, and I also displayed one of the invitations. I made the pink gingham table runners for another event, and thought they fit in with the ice cream theme perfectly.
I made the invitations a few weeks ago. I found some inexpensive cute ice cream scoops, and attached them to the cards. On the front was a simple ice cream cone made out of scrap book paper and glued on to card stock. On the back were all the party details, and the line”Here’s the scoop, Paige is turning six!” I bought a few extra scoops to use at the ice cream buffet.
The loot bags were also on the console table, ready for guests as they left. I had a lot of fun putting them together, and hunting for ice cream treasures over the summer. I always tell friends when they ask how I do it that the key to a great themed party is to plan early. That way when you are out and see something you can pick it up. The loot bags were in cones, and filled with ice cream themed treats. There were a several kinds of candy; Neapolitan popsicles lollipops, ice cream cone lollipops and gummie ice cream cones. There was also ice cream cone bubbles, stickers and lip gloss for the little girls. One of my favourite little items was the sidewalk chalk, with our custom made labels.
For this party, I also decided to decorate the powder room with our theme. I made some small paintings in the ice cream theme. I couldn’t resist these little canvases and easels when I saw them at the dollar store.
We also used the ice cream towel I made last week. See the tutorial of how I did it by clicking here.
I decorated the fireplace mantel with baby pictures of the birthday girl, little ice cream cone candles, and one of my homemade banners.
The other banner was also in the living room. I made these banners several years ago, out of felt , seam binding, and pom-poms. The flags are sewn to the seam binding, and each tip has a pop-pom on it. I made the letters out of felt also and glued them on. I have used these over and over again, by changing the themed accent each time. They have had Dora on them, cupcakes, and cookie monster, but this year we made ice cream cones. I made simple ice cream cones and popsicles out of felt and attached them with double sided tape. Next year, when I need them again, I’ll simply remove the ice cream cones and popsicles and add something to match our new theme. Since I have two little girls, I made the bunting flags out of pink and white felt and pom-poms, but if you have boys you could make them blue and white, or if you have a boy and a girl maybe in yellow and green, or something else gender neutral. Choose what ever you think you could get the most use out of. Make them once and use them over and over.
One of my favourite little details were the ice cream cone flower arrangements. I bought ceramic ice cream cones, and put a little floral foam inside. I used white carnations to make scoops of ice cream and red carnations as the cherry on top!
What is it they say? “it’s all in the details”!
Coming soon, Part II -The Activities, and Part III -The Ice Cream Sundae Bar!