Did you know the third Sunday in July is National Ice Cream Day?! So, it's the perfect time to post about our little ice cream party during our summer fun playdate. The kids had so much fun with this! We got all of our supplies at Smart & Final, using their First Street line (super great prices!). Here was our spread, with one example clown out as an example:
I got the cone hats and ice cream ready the night before. While it may have been fun to let the kids create their own hats, it was MUCH easier to just do a couple a varieties in advance!
1. Melt 2-3 squares of vanilla bark/candy coating (or white chocolate) in the microwave. Stir every 30 seconds until fully melted. Do not overheat.
2. Dip and roll the open end of the cone in the melted coating. Have the coating go up about 1 inch on the cones.
3. Gently tap off any excess.
4. Dip the coated cones into sprinkles of your choice. Tap off excess.
5. Refrigerate to harden.
For the ice cream, we chose two flavors:
In the especially hot temperatures here, I wanted to make sure that the ice cream scoops were really frozen, enabling the kids to have a little extra decorating time before their clown heads melted away. So, I got some little individual plastic containers and put individual rounded scoops in each one. Then, I put the containers on cookie sheets and placed in our freezer until we needed them. That way, each scoop was pretty solid for making our creations.
For making our clowns, I had a variety of options (marshmallows, cherries, frozen blueberries, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, sauces, whipped cream, sprinkles, and colored coconut). I used the colored shredded coconut for the hair. It was perfect for a fun pop of color and SO easy to do. Just put some shredded coconut in a baggie with some food coloring and mix it up! Easy peasy!
Since I had all of that ready in advance, doing a little ice cream party during the playdate was a breeze! So, after lunch, everyone came inside to make their clown creations (with a lot of help from the moms, of course).
One of them even came up with using the marshmallows as ears, so then the rest followed suit. Super cute!
It was hard to get pictures though, because they were SO eager to eat their clowns!
It's definitely clear that they enjoyed themselves immensely and even Little Brother was thrilled with a special treat! :) Mmm.....
We loved our ice cream party and all of the First Street products! When price and taste/quality are both great, it's a win-win! Since we had so much fun with our clowns, and some really great leftovers, we had some more ice cream fun!
Now, how would YOU like to have a First Street Ice Cream Party of your own?
If you visit www.firststreeticecream.com by July 26th, you can enter for a chance to win one of fifteen $100 SmartCash cards (5 winners per week).
And, that's not all! In addition to the above, 3 Grand Prize winners will receive their choice of "The Ultimate First Street Ice Cream Party!" for up to 50 people or a Gift Card in the amount of $1,000!!!! Wow!
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #CollectiveBias #firststreeticecream. All opinions and experiences are my own.