Friday, November 25, 2011

Katie's Ice Cream Parlor Party

My daughter, Katie's, favorite food in the whole wide world is ICE CREAM!  If ice cream was considered healthy & nutritious, she would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  It was easy to come up with the party theme for her 7th birthday.  To make it a fun-filled birthday party for 8 little girls, I decided to make it a cold-stone style version.  What little girl wouldn't want to make her own unique ice cream creation? 

Invite & Party Printables:
Using My Grafico digital paper & images, I was able to come up with the invitation and party printables.  Katie was super excited to hand-deliver the invitations to her close friends.  I was able to design labels to be used on the banner, goody-bags, cupcake toppers, jar labels, food tags, and ice cream container labels.
Each girl received their own personalized goody-bag which container a handmade ruffled apron, ice cream notepad & pencil, and soda jerk hat.  Kraft bags were purchased in a bulk at Packaging Specialties.

Ruffle Apron:
Using this cute ruffle apron tutorial for adults from One More Moore and fabric from JoAnn's, I was able to sew child-size aprons for all the birthday attendees (tutorial coming soon).  It was such a hit, I heard that one of the girls was very adament about sleeping in her apron that night! 

Purchasing supplies from Michaels, Party City, Dollar Store, Home Depot, Amazon and Target I was able to decorate my dining room into an ice cream parlor.  My husband was able to construct a backdrop to help create the perfect parlor table.

The centerpiece hosted mini ice cream cone  & sundae cake pops made by Pop.O.Licious.  Each girl got to take one of these yummy treats home in their goody bag.

Kerr Creations Ice Cream Containers.  Ice cream containers were found at a local Cash & Carry.

Bright pink, turquoise, green and red ice cream bowls (Michales) were placed on top of bright pink wrapped boxes with small glass jars (Dollar store) placed in front filled with an assortment of candy (mini heath bars, mini kit kats, M&Ms, reeses pb cups, chocolate chips, brownie bits, oreos and marshmallows).  Hot fuge, caramel & strawberry syrup, whipped topping, nut topping, sprinkles, cherries, bananas, strawberries, and wafers were also included.

Each girl had a turn creating their own ice cream. They were able to create one to take home that was placed in ice cream containers and one to enjoy at the party.  Using the  smooshed ice cream set from Amazon, they were able to mix together their choice of ice cream flavor & toppings.  Note:  It can get very messy!! ;o)

Girls were able to decorate their soda jerk hats (US Toy) with ice cream themed stickers from JoAnns and color markers.  A separate tables was used to make ice cream sundaes with perler beads (JoAnns & Michaels).  I created my own ice cream sundae template that was placed behind each clear perler bead board as a easy guide for each girl. 

To end the party, girls wished Katie a 'Happy Birthday' and enjoyed ice cream cone cupcakes (mold found at Amazon. This was a sweet day for my daughter.  She got to celebrate her special day with her favorite friends and share her love for ice cream!!

A special thanks to Pizzazzerie for featuring Katie's party on their site. 

Credits &  Resources:
Stylist:  Vivian Kerr
Photography:  Andrea Pasion Photography
Graphics for invites & party printables:  My Grafico
Cake Pops: Pop.O.Licious
Decorations/Food/Activities:  Party City, JoAnns, Michaels, Dollar Store, Cash & Carry, Hey YoYo, Amazon, & Target

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