Throw an Ice Cream Social

Throw an Ice Cream Social
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Throw an Ice Cream Social

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Help your friends stay cool during the summer by throwing a casual, yet creative, party centered around one of summer's best desserts.

Homemade vs. Store-Bought

The fun in hosting an ice cream social is experimenting with making homemade ice cream right in your own kitchen. Put commercial ice cream to shame by making your own ice cream using this simple recipe. However, if you can’t find the time to make your own, there are many store-bought brands that are just as delicious. So whether it’s homemade or store-bought, it’s guaranteed to satisfy any guest's sweet tooth.

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The simpler the ice cream choice, the crazier you can get with the toppings. Provide a make-your-own pie à la mode sundae bar with crumbled pie crust, homemade fruit sauces, candy toppings, and nuts. Don’t forget the chocolate sauce! Grab a spoon and pour this heavenly hot fudge sauce over vanilla ice cream, and top with chopped nuts and a cherry for a classic sundae. You could also go beyond sugary toppings at the table and offer fun garnishes such as basil and edible flowers.

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Party Favors

Let your guests take a part of the party home with them. In a brown paper bag, pack up a wooden spoon and a pint-size ice cream container, and attach the recipe for this bourbon vanilla ice cream, or the recipe to your favorite sundae.

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If you need a change from standard flavors like chocolate and vanilla, check out these recipes for unusual ice creams you can make at home.

Avocado Ice Cream

Avocados are no longer just for salads. Try this creamy, refreshing dairy-free avocado dessert.

Get the Recipe: Avocado Ice Cream

Sweet Corn and Black Raspberry Ice Cream

This summer-perfect combination seems unusual at first but the sweet corn merges beautifully with the sweet black raspberries.

Get the Recipe: Sweet Corn and Black Raspberry Ice Cream

Salty Caramel Ice Cream

This dreamy, slightly salty combination would make a great pie topping.

Get the Recipe: Salty Caramel Ice Cream

Brown Sugar and Spiced Banana Ice Cream

Sweet but mellow, bananas play well with spices. Together, they turn plain vanilla into a spice-enlightened taste adventure.

Get the Recipe: Brown Sugar and Spiced Banana Ice Cream


It is always fun to celebrate [one of] America's favorite [desserts], by throwing a casual, inexpensive, yet creative party for your friends. One of the best things about hosting an ice cream social — besides the obvious benefits of enjoying lots and lots of ice cream — is that you can make the event as simple or as elaborate as you'd like. So whether you like your ice cream best in a cone, a shake, a bowl, atop a waffle, or in an extravagant banana split, follow these ideas for crowd-pleasing recipes, toppings, plus planning advice to help you keep your cool.

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So sit back, relax, and play it cool at your next ice cream social, but just remember to enjoy it before it melts!

Check out the slideshow above to learn how to help your friends stay cool during the summer by hosting an ice cream social.

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