Ella and Maddie’s Ice Cream Birthday Party

I have known Stacey for about seven years now, since we were both expecting our oldest little girls. She is an incredible mama and her parties have been inspiration for some of my own. This ice cream themed party is one of my all-time favorite parties I have ever seen! Who doesn’t love ice cream? Not just the refreshments were sweet, though, the DIYs are out of this world! And I love Stacey’s advice.

Thanks for sharing with us Stacey! Ella and Maddie’s Ice Cream Birthday

What inspired the theme of the party?

Having two girls with birthdays in July, an ice cream party just seemed like a must! What kid doesn’t love ice cream in the summer time?

What was one element of the party that you are particularly proud of?

I really loved our “make your own sundae” table. We had just about every topping you could think of and the decorations around it came together so nicely! The kids had a blast!

If you worked with vendors, what did you love about them?

This party was totally DIY, but the one vendor I did work with was Dimple Prints, who supplied the party package for me to print all of my banners, signs and food labels. I loved the personalized touches, especially the cupcake toppers with my girls’ pictures on them!

What was your favorite moment of the party?

Since the “make your own sundae” table was such a big part of the party, seeing all of the kids go nuts with their toppings (no pun intended!) was probably my favorite part of the party.

Is there anything you wish you would have done differently? If so, what?

One decoration that didn’t work out were balloons with cones attached to the bottom. I made all of the cones ahead of time by gluing cardstock into a cone shape. When party day arrived, all I needed to do was attach them to the balloons.

Unfortunately, I didn’t test one out ahead of time, and the cardstock was too heavy and pulled down the balloons. So, we had to scrap that idea and go with plain balloons instead. I’m guessing regular weighted paper might have worked… I wish I had tested that out!

Also, the cakes… it was supposed to look like ice cream was melting all over the cake, but the ganache was so much darker than the ice cream, it didn’t give quite the desired effect. Again, wish I had checked that out ahead of time!

What were the birthday girls’ favorite moments of the party?

Not to be redundant, but the “make your own sundae” table! It really was such a hit! Never before and never since have my girls been allowed to put however many candy toppings in one bowl and then allowed to eat however much they wanted!

Any advice you would give to mamas who are planning a party for their little one?

Plan ahead! I start planning my July parties in January. We agreed on a theme, and I started looking online for ideas and keeping my eye out for good deals on things I knew I’d need. If there are any decorations that can be made ahead of time, I make them, no matter how early! This way, when the week of the party comes I can just focus on the food and last minute touches.


2 Responses to Ella and Maddie’s Ice Cream Birthday Party

  1. This party is adorable!!! The ice cream cone garland, ice cream cone headband and the ice cream cone cookies are my favorite touches! And what a great idea for the sundae bar. I love that you had waffle cones! They’re my favorite :)

  2. What a great looking party. I love the details!! I love the idea for a sundae bar, I want one for my birthday!

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