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13 Awesome Ice Cream Sundaes

13 Awesome Ice Cream Sundaes

Behold, The Krispy Kremier.

We hate to say it, but it’s become harder and harder to impress guests in recent years due to the huge surge of DIY and hosting tips available through sites like Pinterest. Entertaining has become a trend and, don't get us wrong, we’re all about it, but this summer we’re going to make an entertaining statement and it all starts with ice cream.

Yes, you read right — we’re going to wow you with some gorgeous, drool-worthy, going-to-create-a-mess-but-its-so-worth-it sundaes from some stellar parlors and shops across the country. Whether they’re signature sundaes or creations built with a little help from customers, these sundaes are definitely more than OK in our mouths — er — books.

Our list features everything from triple-chocolate-scoop concoctions of decadence to creations inspired by a certain former Knicks power player, but we’re keeping our lips sealed so you can take a look at them firsthand!

For more on summer's favorite treat, ice cream, check out our go-to guide!


All of our delicious ice cream tastes great on its own, and also makes a great ingredient for amazing dessert creations. Let your imagination go wild!

Read on for easy and tasty smoothie, shake and sundae recipes that the whole family can make and enjoy together.

  • ½ cup Galliker’s milk
  • 2 scoops Galliker’s ice cream, any flavor
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate or strawberry syrup
  • 1 maraschino cherry

This simple recipe makes hundreds of delicious combinations! Make Chocolate Marshmallow ice cream extra rich by adding chocolate syrup. Or add a swirl of strawberry to Birthday Cake ice cream. To make, combine all ingredients in a blender and mix on high for 5 to 10 seconds, or until all ingredients are evenly combined. Pour into a tall glass. Add a cherry and a straw. Start sipping!

  • 2 large cookies (can be store-bought or homemade)
  • Your favorite Galliker’s ice cream
  • Sprinkles or colored sugar

Soften ice cream at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes. When the ice cream is easily scoopable, use a small spoon to scoop and spread a layer of ice cream about 1/2-inch to 1-inch thick on the bottom side of one cookie. Top with the second cookie. Roll the edges in a saucer filled with sprinkles or colored sugar. Enjoy immediately or place on a plate covered with waxed paper and freeze until firm, about 2 hours. To freeze multiple ice cream sandwiches, use a baking sheet or tray lined with waxed paper.

  • Galliker’s Neopolitan ice cream
  • 1 banana, split lengthwise
  • Crushed pineapple or pineapple ice cream topping
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Strawberry syrup
  • Walnuts or peanuts
  • Whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherries

Arrange the two halves of banana in a long bowl or ice cream boat. Top with three scoops of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream – or the flavor of your choice. Spoon the pineapple, chocolate and strawberry toppings over the ice cream and sprinkle with nuts. Top with a generous swirl of whipped cream and as many maraschino cherries as you’d like!

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1/2 cup sliced peaches
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup Galliker’s vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup Galliker’s milk

Place strawberries, banana, peaches, pineapple and ice cream in a large blender and blend until ingredients are combined evenly and mixture is smooth. Add ice and milk to the blender and blend again until smooth. Serve immediately. This recipe works great with all kinds of fruit – try strawberries and blueberries for a berry delicious experience. Or change it up with a different flavor of Galliker’s ice cream, like Cherry Vanilla or Black Raspberry.

  • 1 pint of your favorite Galliker’s ice cream
  • 8 ounces of whipped topping
  • Your favorite prepared pie crust (try graham cracker or cookie crust)

Soften ice cream at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes. Once ice cream has softened, combine with whipped topping in a bowl mix well. Pour mixture into pie crust. Freeze until hard. Serve and enjoy!

  • 2 ½ cups crushed Oreo cookies
  • 2 cups softened Galliker’s Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 8 ounces of your favorite whipped topping
  • 10 inch pie pan
  • Hot fudge sauce and whipped cream topping to taste

To make the no-bake crust: Separate each OREO and remove the icing. Pulse the cookie pieces in food processor until they are chopped into fine particles. Pour ¾ of the mixture into a bowl and mix with 2 to 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Pure mixture into a 10 inch pie pan and spread evenly on the sides and bottom, patting it into place and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon.

Combine remaining fine OREO mixture with 2 cups of softened Galliker’s Vanilla Ice Cream and 8 ounces of your favorite whipped topping. Pour mixture into crust and freeze until firm. Serve with hot fudge sauce anda dollop of whipped cream.

  • 2 cups softened Galliker’s Strawberry Ice Cream
  • 1 jar of strawberry preserves
  • 8 ounces of your favorite whipped topping
  • Your favorite prepared pie crust
  • Strawberry preserves and whipped cream topping to taste

Combine ice cream and whipped topping. Spread a layer of strawberry preserves over your favorite pie crust. Pour half the ice cream mixture into pie shell. Spoon more preserves over the ice cream. Pour remaining ice cream mixture into pie pan. Freeze until firm. Serve with preserves and whipped topping.

  • 2 cups softened Galliker’s Mountain Berry Cheesecake ice cream
  • 8 ounces of whipped topping
  • Your favorite prepared pie crust (try graham cracker or cookie crust)

Combine ice cream and whipped topping. Pour the ice cream mixture into your favorite pie shell. Freeze until firm. Serve with hot fudge sauce and a dollop of whipped cream.

  • 6 thick-skinned oranges, such as navels or blood oranges
  • 1 quart Galliker’s orange sherbet
  • 3 cups Galliker’s vanilla ice cream
  • 3 ounces orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Mariner)
  • Mint leaves, for garnish

Cut the tops off the oranges. Scoop out all of the pulp and juice from the oranges, reserving about1/4 cup pulp and juice. Set orange shells aside. In a large bowl, mix sherbet and ice cream together. Add liqueur and the orange pulp and juice and stir to combine. Freeze until just firm. Spoon mixture into the orange shells, packing it down. Freeze for 2 hours. Serve garnished with mint leaves.

  • ⅓ Cup of Galliker’s 2% Milk
  • 10 Ounces (About 1¾ Cups, Packed) of Your Favorite Galliker’s Ice Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons of Whipped Topping
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry

1. Combine the Galliker’s 2% Milk and Ice Cream in a blender or food processor and blend until almost smooth. 2. Pour the milkshake into a frosted glass. 3. Top with Whipped Topping and the Maraschino Cherry. 4. Serve immediately with a spoon and a straw.

Ice Cream Sundaes On Airplanes: Why They’re Awesome

The biggest issue that I have is that the sundaes generally aren’t very good. Maybe I’d be happier if I were a 5th grader going to an ice cream social, but I really don’t want to be eating bad quality ice cream with my choice of hot fudge, caramel, nuts, fruit syrup, and whipped cream. Especially since ice cream served on planes is often served rock hard.

There’s also some odd element of the infantilization of premium class passengers. I admit that I am a total pajama-on-airplanes convert, but it’s strange how some elements of premium class travel seem to encourage reversion to younger states of life (another example: cookies and milk on AA).

It’s an interesting argument. He uses ice cream sundaes to explain how airlines are “infantilizing” us, but at the same time is onboard with pajamas. He said he’d never pay for an airline quality ice cream sundae at a restaurant, though would he really pay for any other domestic airline quality meal at a restaurant? I don’t think so.

Since I do “get” ice cream sundaes, I figured I’d share my thoughts. Why are ice cream sundaes on airplanes awesome?

Ice cream sundaes are customizable

Most desserts on planes aren’t customizable. Ice cream sundaes are. You have your choice of toppings. Want just ice cream? Great! Wanna sprinkle some nuts on there? You betcha. Wanna go all out and drizzle it with every sweet liquid on earth? As you wish!

Ice cream sundaes are cold

Airplane cabins are typically on the warm side, so a cold dessert is kind of nice after a hot meal.

So what if ice cream is rock hard?

Efficient Asian Man mentions that ice cream on planes is often served rock hard. And the problem with that is what exactly? You typically have hours on end to finish your ice cream, so it’s just yet another thing to do on a plane. While you’re going 500 miles per hour. In a metal tube. Through the sky. Like a bird.

Everything tastes better in the sky

I’ve flown millions and millions of miles. But it never gets old. There’s still something about flying that leaves me in awe every time. And in terms of mental associations I have with “the good old days,” ice cream sundaes rank pretty high up there. Now I wasn’t flying 50 years ago when they had a lounge on the upper deck of the 747, though going back a decade, I remembers the days where ice cream sundaes were available on a vast majority of flights. And as much as they’ve been cut on many routes since, there’s just something that feels very “good old days” about it (not that a decade ago was by any means the golden days of flying, heh).

They’re not Lufthansa desserts

Here’s the thing — if you’re going to say ice cream sundaes are bad on planes, I think it’s also worth looking at the desserts offered by other airlines.

Quite possibly the only part I don’t love about Lufthansa first class, for example, are their desserts. Would you really prefer elderflower soup to a delicious, nutty, chocolatey ice cream sundae?

Or perhaps a confit of green tomato and pineapple… for dessert?

Yes, there are some airlines that actually have spectacular desserts. Etihad’s banana and toffee gateau comes to mind.

But they’re few and far between, in my experience. And if we’re going to look at the desserts that would otherwise be served by US airlines, is a dried up piece of chocolate or carrot cake really better?

What about you — do you like ice cream sundaes on planes, or prefer a different dessert?

Recipe Summary

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 ⅛ cups white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 5 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup fresh lemon juice

Combine heavy cream, half and half, sugar, and lemon zest in a saucepan bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover saucepan and allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes.

Uncover pan and bring back to a simmer over low heat. Beat the egg yolks in a bowl. Gradually stir one cup of the hot cream mixture into the eggs, several tablespoons at a time. This will help to bring the eggs up to temperature without scrambling them. Stir the egg mixture back into the cream mixture in the saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until the mixture just coats the back of a spoon, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl cover. Refrigerate overnight.

Stir the lemon juice into the cold ice cream mixture. Freeze in a 4 to 5 quart ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer ice cream to a lidded freezer container, and freeze for 4 hours to ripen flavors before serving.

Mouthwatering Ways to Serve Ice Cream at Your Wedding

It's easy to get overwhelmed by your many wedding dessert options. Macarons, donuts, and cookies are all popular additions to the dessert table, but we think there is one more sweet that is sure to please all of your guests: ice cream. Think this frozen treat is difficult to serve on your big day (you don't want it to melt!)? Think again. It should actually be a major contender for the sweet treat you serve at your celebration.

Whether you choose to serve ice cream along with other sweets or in place of a traditional wedding cake, know that this frozen treat will appeal to all of your attendees. Why? It comes in so many flavors. Offer multiple options (if you're serving chocolate, you have to include vanilla!) to ensure everyone's preferences are met. Want to stick to just one or two flavors? Make sure you have plenty of toppings. This couple topped their sundaes from Ted & Wally's with mini wafer cookies, a healthy dose of whipped cream, and, of course, cherries.

Not only can you get creative with your toppings and flavors, but you can also play with how you serve this frozen treat. Ahead, you'll discover that ice cream isn't just limited to a cone or cup (although, it's delicious served these ways, too). Many of the following couples opted for ice cream sandwiches, root beer floats, and milkshakes on their big days. Whether you decide to serve a little or a lot of this dessert, one of these ice cream wedding ideas is guaranteed to work for your party.

25 Ice Cream Recipes to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

Use some of that super-easy vanilla frozen to make this scoopable sundae. Strawberries get caramelized in honey and orange zest and drizzled over ice cream with roasted almonds for a sweet, nutty treat.

Ice Cream Sliders

Smash a scoop of your favorite ice cream between these sugary buns for a carb-filled way to cool off. 

Strawberry Ice Cream Taco with Fruit Salsa

Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

End Taco Tuesday with these beauties. They take a little more prep work, but they are well worth the effort. Trust us: You can&apost go wrong with berries, basil, chocolate, and pistachios.

Orange & Ice Cream Trifles

For an elegant dessert you can throw together in minutes, layer oranges, pound cake, and vanilla ice cream into dessert glasses. Nice to eat, even nicer to look at!

Mexican Ice Cream Sundae

This sundae screams movie night. Drop a couple scoops of dulce de leche ice cream into your favorite bowl, drizzle on some warm chocolate sauce, sprinkle in cinnamon and cashews, and hit play. 

Coffee Ice Cream Pie

Coffee ice cream is great on its own, but pressed into an Oreo cookie crust and drizzled with a caramel-whiskey sauce, it&aposs heavenly. 

Matcha Ice Cream Sauce

Photography by Marcus Nilsson

This easy sauce only takes four ingredients and adds instant appeal (and flavor) to your favorite frozen.

White Russian Ice Cream

Treat yourself and your adult friends to this indulgent, grown-up take on ice cream. 

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

Peanut butter lovers, these are for you. Sandwich homemade peanut butter ice cream between two homemade peanut butter cookies, and drizzle the decadent duo with warm chocolate sauce.

Fried Ice Cream

You don&apost have to go out to enjoy fried ice cream. Wrap vanilla scoops in poundcake and fry to golden for that perfect combination of hot, cold, crunchy, and smooth. 

One-Ingredient Dog-Friendly Banana Ice Cream

Banana Ice Cream photography by Peter Ardito, Dog photography by Shaina Fishman

Don&apost forget Fido! All you need are frozen bananas to make this ice cream that your pup will love as much as you will. 

Tomato-Basil Granita with Vanilla Ice Cream

Photography by Christopher Testani

Granitas are a classic semi-frozen Italian dessert. This one combines two of summer&aposs best ingredients—tomatoes and basil—with soft vanilla ice cream for a seriously flavorful dessert. Don&apost knock it till you try it. 

Salted Brownie Sundae Bites

Is there anything better than fresh-from-the-oven brownies with a scoop of ice cream? These homemade walnut sea salt brownies with coffee ice cream just might be. 

Kiwi Ice Cream

Looking for a little lighter, fruitier dessert? Grab some fresh kiwis, and whip up this refreshing ice cream. 

PB&J Ice Cream Pie

Turn one of the most classic sandwiches into a cool dessert. Nutter Butter cookies form the crust and are topped with vanilla ice cream and strawberry sorbet to make a pie kids and adults alike will enjoy. 

8 Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes

Start with a double dose of sea-salt-sprinkled brownies, then add a chunk of coffee ice cream and a ribbon of fudge sauce. Talk about "sundae" best!

Pistachio Neapolitan Cakewiches

These party-perfect sweets make a bold statement without a lot of work. Just sandwich ice cream between two layers of cake, freeze, then cut into bars.

Lemon Meringue Hand Pies

We&aposve taken what you love most about the classic pie -- tangy lemon filling, perfectly browned meringue -- and put it in a portable form.

Chocolate-Mint Stacks

Forget cookies and milk. We&aposre upgrading to this combo: cakes chocolate cookies, a scoop of minty ice cream and a swipe of fluffy frosting.

I-Heart-Raspberry Sorbet Sandwiches

What a difference a shape makes! These sparkly cuties, with their crispy cookies and frosty-fruity sorbet, are the stuff sweet dreams are made of.

PB Ice Cream Sandwiches

Adapted from chef Tracy Miller at Local restaurant in Dallas, this delicious sweet is super easy and can be made with store-bought ice cream!

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Pair a chocolate brownie with your favorite ice cream flavor for an amazing indulgence. Prep tip: Line your kitchen countertop with parchment paper before inverting and flattening the brownie to keep it from sticking.

French Toast Ice Cream Sandwiches

It looks savory, but it&aposs super sweet! Orange sherbert looks like melted cheese in this clever sandwich dessert.

Montgomery County

38. Woodbourne Creamery at Rock Hill Orchard

This amazing stop on Maryland’s Ice Cream Trail makes ice cream that is actually made on their farm. You will probably visit Rock Hill Orchard for pick your own, feeding the calves, or even fall family fun. Don’t leave without indulging in their ice cream though. In my humble opinion, their Black Raspberry is the absolute best flavor ever.

Related: Best Apple Orchards in Maryland

39. Sarah’s Homemade Ice Cream

This Bethesda mother-daughter team began their amazing ice cream operation after Sarah retired in 2018. They specialize in seasonal flavors such as Kenwood’s Cherry Blossom, tea and alcohol-infused flavors, vegan offerings, candy inspired flavors, as well sorbets and sherbets.

40. Carmen’s Italian Ice

Located in Rockville, Carmen’s offers homemade, gourmet Italian Ice in over 60 flavors. It also now offers frozen custard, shakes, and a toppings bar. Check out their Banana Chocolate Chip or Cherry Berry Italian Ice, Brownie Batter or Gingerbread Frozen Custard, Cookie Dough Gelati, Oreo Cake, Carmen’s Island Refresher, or one of their delicious milkshakes.

41. Jimmie Cone

Ok, make sure you plan your ice cream trip to Jimmie Cone for the 1st or 3rd Saturday night of the month, April through October. This is when you can also enjoy Cruise Night– tons of classic cars on display at Jimmie Cone’s parking lot! Jimmie Cone offers hot fudge cake boats, banana boats, snow balls with ice cream topping, ice cream cones, and gelati.

Related: Why you need to visit Wheaton Regional Park with your kids right now

42. Moorenko’s

Susan Soorenko started Moorenko’s in 2002 so she could serve her kids the best possible ice cream ever. Wow. That’s dedication. Try their signature flavors such as Salted Caramel with Pralines, Cherry Stracciatella, or Honey Lavender. Moorenko’s flagship store is in Silver Spring, but they are starting to open outposts across Maryland. Woo hoo!

43. The Baked Bear

The Baked Bear at Pike & Rose in Bethesda takes ice cream sandwiches to a whole new level of deliciousness. You can make your gourmet ice cream sandwich out of freshly baked cookies, brownies (oh. my. word.) or even donuts! Try the Snickerdoodle sandwich covered in hot caramel and hot fudge. Or, maybe try a seasonal flavor like Strawberry Cheesecake. You won’t regret it. I promise.

44. Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee

This is a super awesome Gelato shop that is a mainstay in DC. They just so happen to have a location in Bethesda as well. Try their Peach gelato in the summer and the Blood Orange flavor during the winter!

45. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni’s is an upscale chain with only a dozen or so ice cream shops. Some of their gourmet flavors include Skillet Cinnamon Roll, Raspberry Rose Jelly Donut, and Brownie Butter Almond Brittle. The DC area location is also in Bethesda.

Mud Puddles & Rainbows: a fun dessert to make with kids!

Fun desserts to make with kids can turn a rainy day into a memorable one. This summer, keep all the ingredients for these desserts for kids to make handy—everything you need can keep in your pantry for a last-minute surprise!

Ice cream is practically its own food group as far as my girls and I are concerned. If we were forced to live on a desert island and could only choose one dessert to take with us, hands down we'd choose ice cream. Never mind that it might be the trickiest treat to take to a desert island, ha!

Last summer, we decided to do a local ice cream challenge. We made a list of all the best ice cream places here in Charlotte and worked our way down the list all throughout the summer. The list was longer than we were able to get through, so the girls are super excited to dig back in this year to see how far we get.

We were lucky enough to get a jumpstart on the challenge a couple of weeks ago when our local Walmart hosted an awesome ice cream truck event run by the lovely folks from General Mills. They were giving out free ice cream sundaes featuring their new Lucky Charms Treat Bars, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treat Bars, Golden Grahams S'mores Treat Bars, and Reese's Puffs Treat Bars.

They had six awesome ice cream sundae combos to choose from. I went with the fresh and fruity All American the kids totally gravitated towards the super-chocolatey Gimme S'more Sundae. We each thought our treat won the contest.

The adorable ice cream truck was covered in nostalgic images of cereal treats. It was such a fun surprise for a Sunday afternoon and a great way to spend a few extra minutes with my girls while running errands at Walmart before the busy week ahead.

(If you want to check to see if your Walmart is hosting a fun event, too, be sure to check out their store locator and call ahead.)

We enjoyed the cereal treat bars so much and felt bad that Tim missed out on our sweet break, so we decided to bring a sampling of them home for him to test, too. His love for Cinnamon Toast Crunch is so epic, it actually made its way into our best man's speech at our wedding reception. Totally not kidding.

The girls wanted to recreate the ice cream sundaes we enjoyed at the ice cream truck, so we decided to invent our own special combination!

Chocolate ice cream is their very favorite flavor. I tend to lean towards vanilla, so it's always a huge treat when we bring home the chocolate. We all are pretty fond of letting our ice cream melt a bit before we eat it. So naturally, we came up with the idea of this adorable "Mud Puddles & Rainbows" ice cream sundae.

Melty chocolate ice cream topped with crumbled-up rainbow Lucky Charms Treat Bars, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, and more rainbow sprinkles over the top.

This is such a fun dessert to make with kids because they can completely manage to assemble everything all on their very own. The Lucky Charms Treat Bars are super yummy, but they look even cuter once you crumble them up a bit and discover the rainbow marshmallows hiding inside.

Rainy days are bound to happen over summer vacation. I love that all these simple treat ingredients can be ready to go in a pinch straight from the pantry.

How fun would it be to turn on a movie featuring rainbows or read a picture book together about rainy days and rainbows to enjoy while you eat your simple dessert?

The rainbow-y delicious Lucky Charms Treat Bars make this a perfectly fun dessert for kids to make for:

  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Earth Day
  • any rainbow-themed party
  • a unicorn-themed birthday party
  • or just any gray and drizzly day that needs a little more color and fun

Though this ice cream sundae doesn't really need a recipe card, I wrote one up with simple instructions for your kids just like in my cookbook: The Ultimate Kids' Cookbook.

You can print this off, hand it to your kids, and let them be in total control of the dessert making!

How to Host Your Own Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich + Sundae Bar

Last Wednesday, I did a wonderful thing. I did a wonderful, very cool thing. I did a wonderful, very cool, crazy thing that has revolutionized the way I think about summer. Can I get a Josh Gad/Olaf solo about summer in here? No? Well bully that, here it is anyway….

I hosted my very own ice cream cookie sandwich + sundae bar!

The only thing better than getting together to celebrate the arrival of summer with friends in late April is getting together to celebrate the arrival of summer with friends AND homemade ice cream AND homemade cookies AND homemade toppings. I stopped by Walmart the weekend before to grab some dessert-making essentials, like Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream Bars for my cookies ‘n’ cream cookies, a big bag of M&Ms for my loaded Kitchen Sink cookies, and the hit of the party: my homemade no-churn Twix ice cream, which I’m sharing here today–scroll to the bottom for the stellar (and simple) recipe!

Hosting parties for no official designated holiday makes me one seriously happy crazy person. The night before the big get-together, I cranked up the TSwift, pulled out every pot and bowl I own, whipped up an insane amount of ice cream, and belted out the lyrics to “Blank Space” straight into my ice cream scoop while I was doing the dishes like a responsible adult-like human being thingy.

If you’ve ever experienced this feeling and love it, take my advice and throw the party. You’ll thank me for it, I promise!

If you’ve never experienced this feeling before: THROW THE DANG PARTY NOW. TRUST ME. It’s been a full week and my friends are still raving about the sweet idea!

Below, I’ve included a few tips on how to host your own ice cream cookie sandwich + sundae party, as well as some insight into my own experience hosting this amazingly fun, simple event. Read on!

Tip #1: Ask for RSVPs in advance.

There’s nothing worse than announcing that you’re throwing the most epic party west of the Mississippi and then discovering, to your horror, that 10 times as many people have shown up then you have cookies and ice cream to feed them with. Send an informal e-vite or set up a Facebook event for your party at least a week ahead of time so that your guests can save the date and so that you’ll have plenty of sweet fare to share when the big day comes. Also be sure to check for allergies and other dietary restrictions. I opted for a small, private Facebook event that I sent to a group of friends from swim club.

Tip #2: Make it a potluck!

Why do more work than you have to? If you are all about the summer fun and none of the intensive labor, just ask your guests to bring their favorite cookie, ice cream flavor, or sundae topping to share. I knew I wanted to make at least four dozen cookies, two batches of ice cream, and these toppings to get the bar started, but we ended up with waaaay more sweets than we could finish – I’m making my way through another tub of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream as I type….shhhhh….

Tip #3: Plan to use the day before the party to buy supplies, make cookies and ice cream, and make sure you have everything ready for the next day.

My checklist at Walmart included things like: sturdy plastic bowls (to prevent ice cream leaks), tablecloths, disposable spoons, bags of M&Ms for sundae toppings, and ingredients for my cookies and ice cream (Twix, Hershey’s, etc.). When you get home, you’ll want to make sure that you have the appropriate set up as well: a large, clean tabletop on which everyone can put their cookies/ice cream, and another table for things such as drinks, utensils, and napkins.

Tip #4: Do frequent quality checks on your ice cream.

What? You don’t want to serve subpar ice cream to your guests, now, do you?

5. Allow your guests to help themselves and encourage them to consume as much as they want.

Nothing makes for happier friends than unlimited supplies sweets! They’ll love you so much for it, it’s sure to rack up a few brownie points in your favor for future use. Win-win.

6. Keep zip-top plastic bags on hand so that your friends can pack up leftover cookies to-go.

I managed to pawn off every single cookie in my house once the party ended – it helped that everybody loved the ones I had made to share! Having plastic bags prepared helps you avoid the awkward explanation that keeping 15 dozen cookies around will expand your waist to the size of an inflatable bouncy house: just hand them out nonchalantly as the party wraps up and your friends will fill them of their own accord. (Of course, if you want to keep all of your leftovers for, erm, personal consumption, conveniently “forget” to put the plastic bags out. They’ll be none the wiser, and you’ll be 180 cookies richer.)

Tip #7: Take pictures. Lots of them!

Trust me – whether your hosting your first or your fiftieth ice cream cookie sandwich + sundae party, the good times are going to roll. Always keep your camera on hand and don’t hesitate to snap that shutter: you never know what sweet memories you’re going to capture!

These are the fun folks from swim club who helped make this awesome summer kickoff party such a blast (I even made cake so we could surprise D and celebrate her belated birthday!):

And of course, fifty pounds later, an obligatory post-ice cream selfie:

What, are you still sitting here at your computer? Start planning–this party idea is totally worth it! (tip: If you want to start your own party ideas, you might consider visiting Simple Entertaining Social Hub.)

What’s the most awesome ice cream + cookie combo you can imagine?

Watch the video: Dont Pop The Wrong Mystery BALLOON ICE CREAM Challenge! (January 2022).