If you’re hosting an event, ice cream is the perfect way to entertain. It’s a refreshing, sweet treat that’s super customizable. Plus, it offers a ton of opportunities for fun games, themes and decorating ideas that can take your event to the next level. Ice cream socials are sure to entertain families, employees and anyone in attendance!
Serving ice cream is especially easy to pull off when you work with a mission-driven catering team like the one at Howdy Homemade Ice Cream. We’ve put together some fun ice cream event ideas to give you inspiration and bring smiles to everyone at your ice cream party!
Ice cream is the ideal centerpiece for themed events. You can pick flavors, toppings and utensils that match your colors, and your decorating options are practically endless. Some fun ice-cream-related themes include:
Let your guests DIY their treats with an ice cream station for your party. Put your ice cream containers on ice and surround them with toppings, such as:
The possibilities are truly endless! Your guests can mix and match, and you don’t need anyone to hand out scoops. If you’re unsure about keeping your ice cream cold, reach out to us! As ice cream experts, we can help you avoid a melted mess during your event.
Pair your offerings with one of these specialty treat ideas for an ice cream party:
Instagram-worthy ice cream creations deserve a good backdrop. Create a photo frame that matches your theme and come up with a clever hashtag. This simple addition is a great way to make sure your event gets some publicity, which is especially important for businesses, cities and schools.
You don’t need a food truck for this ice cream party idea — or even a driver’s license. Find a wagon or a rolling cart and decorate it with cardstock, streamers and other fun decorations. Top it off with a portable speaker or a smartphone playing an ice cream truck jingle. Load up your ice cream and make rounds during your event to ensure everyone’s got a cone in hand.
Adults and kids will appreciate a rousing ice cream-themed game. Try one of these fun activities:
Choose ice cream flavors and utensils that match the colors of your school, business or organization. Try our vibrant Cookie Nom’ster for bright blue or our rainbow-dotted Birthday Cake flavors to add some color to your event. You can also stick with classic flavors and add more color through your bowls, spoons and napkins.
Get fancy with these bite-sized treats, perfect for handing out as people walk in or from your ice cream “truck.” Get a small scoop or spoon and make your ice cream balls about the size of a cake pop. Dip it in sprinkles, set it on wax paper and insert a popsicle stick. Pop them back in the freezer until it’s time for your ice cream party.
Whether you’re handing out bowls or setting up a sundae bar, scooping out the ice cream can slow things down. Save yourself some time by pre-scooping your ice cream. Organize them by flavor and grab some tongs to build your guests’ treats.
Make sure your event does as much good as possible. If you don’t already have a goal, consider raising money for a good cause and working with community-oriented businesses. Hire a local musician, get cookies from a local bakery and source your ice cream from a local shop.
If you’re near Cary, North Carolina, consider Howdy Homemade Ice Cream, where we work hard to support the special needs community while making everyone feel welcome and valued. We employ individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and encourage other businesses to do the same.
Whatever your event looks like, our sweet treats and even sweeter staff can help you make it something to remember. We’re a non-profit ice cream shop in Cary, North Carolina, with a mission to mentor and train people with IDD with the power of smiles and amazing ice cream. Stop by our location for a taste test, or reach out to us today to set up a catering order!