Ice Cream Themed Party Decorations: easy, DIY, inexpensive and colourful ice cream decoations like our ice cream cone dessert table backdrop, and ice cream cone bunting.
We had so much fun celebrating my daughter’s Maddie’s 11th birthday with an Ice Cream Themed Birthday Party. Today I want to share the really fun and inexpensive DIY Ice Cream decorations we made for the party.
Giant Ice Cream Cone Backdrop
The most exciting part of the party was the ice cream dessert table where everyone could build themselves the perfect ice cream sundae for dessert. We wanted this area to feel really special so we made a special backdrop on the wall.
This ice cream cone backdrop was so easy to put together and had so much impact.
We started with making a giant ice cream cone shape out of brown kraft paper. And then we attached it to the wall.
For the ice cream we used a combination of different honeycomb balls. I was inspired by Lemon Thistle’s version-check out her cute party. I found the honeycomb balls were a little hard to attach to the wall, since they’re quite heavy so I used some straight pins to secure them.
This special backdrop was really simple to make and had so much impact for the party.
Ice Cream Themed Table Decor
We kept the decor for the party pretty simple. For table runners we used some fun bright wrapping paper. It was a great way to add lots of colour for the party, really inexpensive and great for clean-up.
The food was as pretty as the decor. We made ice cream cone cupcakes, by cooking cake batter in ice cream cones. Then we added icing, sprinkles and a m&m “cherry on top”. The “party” pics we added to the ice cream cone cupcakes are so cute and reusable, and certainly set the mood to celebrate.
As a centre piece for the table we used some ice cream cone ceramic cups and added in some faux rose balls (from the dollar store).
It was so easy and looked so cute for the party. I also used our light box with a birthday message. I love pulling this out for parties.
Ice Cream Themed Loot Bags
Over on the side table we had the loot bags ready for guests. We did a lot of little crafts at the party so one of the first activities was to make a label with their name on it for their bag, and tuck their crafts in as they were finished to take home at the end. There was a also a “Make Your Own Sundae” kit inside for everyone. At the party everyone got to design and create their own ice cream flavour and then bring it home with them -more details on that in our upcoming post on the party activities. Inside the the “Make Your Own Sundae” kit there were bags of sprinkles and candies, chocolate and caramel ice cream sauce, and some assorted cones and waffle bowls all to go with the ice cream they made so they continue the party when they got home!
I always think it’s fun to display the invite for the party at the front door, so we did. There was also a basket of ice cream bubbles for everyone to grab on their way out.
I also set up a little drinks cart for the party. There’s nothing like pretty pastel ice cream coloured paper straws for a party!
Ice Cream Cone Bunting
Over in the living room I decorated the fire place mantel for the party too. It’s always fun to pull out some old pictures of the birthday girl for a party. Oh how she’s grown. I used my letter board for an ice cream message. “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream and it’s kind of the same thing.”
My very favourite little detail though has to be the ice cream cone bunting I made. I found the honeycomb ball garland at the dollar stores and picked it up so that I could use the little red one as a cherry on top of our ice cream cone wall backdrop. But…then I had another idea. I used some small wood veneer cones (usually used as disposable food containers for parties). I cut the top point off of the cones to make them look like an ice cream cone, and then hot glued them onto the honeycomb balls. It turned out so, so cute and was really easy.
The bunting was so sweet that I picked up another one, and cut it into individual balls and made more ice cream cones to hang from the light in the kitchen. Aren’t they the cutest?
We had so much fun at this party, and I can’t wait to share all the special Ice Cream Themed Activities that we did. Coming tomorrow.
With Easy DIY Ice Cream Themed Party Decorations, life really is a party!