Ice Cream Birthday Theme!

No this is not a wedding post! However I could not resist the urge to share some Beer Budget Birthday Ideas! Hey kids can come faster than you think! =) This ice cream theme can also be adapted for a fun bridal shower! Our oldest daughter loves interactive birthdays where the guests get to do something fun and different. This year we decided to do an ice cream themed birthday. About a month before the birthday party, I scoured the sale flyers in grocery stores for ice cream deals (I knew we would need a lot of ice cream!). I was able to get Friendlys ice cream for only $1.66 a container which was great! We stocked up on the basic flavors (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry) and skipped the fun flavors (reduced the chances of fighting!). I also stocked up at candy sales at the supermarkets and Walgreens to score enough toppings for a fabulous Beer Budget Birthday! Here are some of the things we did on a budget, but the without losing the fun or experience!

 

 

My daughter and I made these scoop invitations out of construction paper.

My daughter and I made these scoop invitations out of construction paper.

The paper products all came from Party City. I ordered online in a Party City store (which means free shipping) and found these products on clearance for 75 cents a package plus I used a $10 off coupon!

The paper products all came from Party City. I ordered online in a Party City store (which means free shipping) and found these products on clearance for 75 cents a package plus I used a $10 off coupon!

 

We played a game where you had to think of as many ice cream flavors as possible. We then shared our flavors. If two or more people  had the same flavor, it was crossed off our lists. The person with the most unique flavors won!

We played a game where you had to think of as many ice cream flavors as possible. We then shared our flavors. If two or more people had the same flavor, it was crossed off our lists. The person with the most unique flavors won!

I made ice cream topping dice using the template found @http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/thumbs221-225/sb223-cut-out-box-net.html#.UXtwTuDzVjg. The template is blank but I used text boxes to personalize the dice. Roll the dice and follow the instructions to build your sundae! The favorite dice rolls were "Double Your Topping" and "Pick A Topping For A Friend!"

I made ice cream topping dice using the template found @http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/thumbs221-225/sb223-cut-out-box-net.html#.UXtwTuDzVjg. The template is blank but I used text boxes to personalize the dice. Roll the dice and follow the instructions to build your sundae! The favorite dice rolls were “Double Your Topping” and “Pick A Topping For A Friend!”

 

 

Next, we made Ziploc ice cream. It was so easy and tasted just like Haagen Daz!. You need two Ziploc bags, quart size and regular. Fill the quart size with ice and kosher rock salt. Then put 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon of sugar into the regular size bag. Seal both bags. Put the regular size bag into the quart size bag and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE! We shook ours for five minutes while I put on music for the girls to dance around. I also found it easier to put the ziploc bags into a plastic shopping bag with a handle since the bags get slippery! It was DELICIOUS!!!!

Next, we made Ziploc ice cream. It was so easy and tasted just like Haagen Daz!. You need two Ziploc bags, quart size and regular. Fill the quart size with ice and kosher rock salt. Then put 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon of sugar into the regular size bag. Seal both bags. Put the regular size bag into the quart size bag and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE! We shook ours for five minutes while I put on music for the girls to dance around. I also found it easier to put the ziploc bags into a plastic shopping bag with a handle since the bags get slippery! It was DELICIOUS!!!!

 

I made ice cream cone cupcakes (SO EASY). You put the cupcake batter into regular cupcake liners and then put the cone on top! As they bake they fill the cone and you just peel off the wrappers when they are done! As an afterthought, I should have added cherries on top!

I made ice cream cone cupcakes (SO EASY). You put the cupcake batter into regular cupcake liners and then put the cone on top! As they bake they fill the cone and you just peel off the wrappers when they are done! As an afterthought, I should have added cherries on top!

The favors! Less than $2 a piece!

The favors! Less than $2 a piece!

 

Now here are some items I wish I had found back when we were planning this party!

Check out this adorable Meri Meri Ice Cream Van with Cups and Spoons, 12-Pack It costs $11.95 and is eligible for free shipping. You can use the truck for a centerpiece and the rest for serving up your treats! If you feel like splurging…and this is a splurge but looks fun.

You can have kids kick around this YayLabs Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball Ice Cream Maker. It is pricey though. A pint size ball goes for between $24-$27 and a quart starts at around $36-$38. It does look fun though!

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