How to Host a Kids’ Ice Cream Social

how to host an ice cream social

Summer isn’t summer without ice cream! As the saying goes… I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! While the entire season is the perfect time for this frozen threat, there is even a special day devoted to it with #NationalIceCreamDay on July 15. In honor of the sweet stuff, we put together this guide to hosting a stress-free ice cream social in your backyard. After all, ice cream parties are an easy, fun and inexpensive way to get everyone together during the warm weather months. So let’s get started!

ice cream cone

Prepare the Party

The first step is to set a date and get those invites sent. Then it’s on to the party preparations themselves. Gather together everything you’ll need for your party.

  • The setup: It’s summer and things should be carefree, so keep things simple! Go with a buffet-style setup with bowls, spoons, napkins, toppings, etc., so kids can make their own sundaes in an assembly line fashion. Choose paper tablecloths and balloons in summery, pastel colors to give your party the look of an old fashioned ice cream parlor. At the entrance to your party, display a chalk board to welcome guests and announce the flavors you’ll be serving.
  • The ice cream: Stick to classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry since they’ll serve as a great base for all the toppings you’ll have on hand. Consider adding a carton or two of a popular “fun” flavor like chocolate chip cookie dough or cookies ‘n cream, but don’t feel the need to overdo it with options. If you’re hosting the party outside, keep your ice cream cartons in an ice-filled cooler to prevent them from melting.
  • The toppings: Fill colorful little bowls with yummy topping options like chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, rainbow sprinkles, crushed peanut butter cups and, of course, Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks. Don’t forget the chocolate syrup and whipped cream!

ice cream sundae

Put Together a “Sweet” Playlist

Set a fun ice cream-themed mood by creating a music soundtrack featuring songs about sweets and treats, with a mix of nostalgic, kid-friendly songs. Some suggestions to get you started:

  •  “Ice Cream Man” by Tom Waits
  • “Peppermint Twist” by Joey Dee & The Starliters
  • “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by Marvin Gaye
  • “Tutti Fruitti” by Little Richie
  • “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” by The Four Tops
  • “Blueberry Hill’ by Fats Domino
  • “I Love Rocky Road” by Weird Al Yankovic
  • “Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles
  • “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

ice cream party

Add Some Ice Cream Games

The party can be extra fun with the addition of an ice cream-themed game. We love “Pin the Cherry on the Sundae”—a spin on the classic party game “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.” Here’s how to play:

  • Draw a picture of a large ice cream sundae on a poster board, or simply print out an oversized photo.
  • Give each kid a construction paper cherry with a piece of double-sided tape on the back.
  • One by one you’ll blindfold each guest, spin them around, and instruct them to place the cherry as close to the top of the sundae as they can.
  • The guest who places the cherry closest is the winner and gets to make their sundae first. YUM!

Go Organically Fruit Snacks

Before, after and during your ice cream party your whole family can enjoy Go Organically Fruit Snacks! These fruit snacks are sourced from USDA certified organic fruit and other ingredients to offer you the best, most authentic and delicious snacks for your family.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will receive three boxes of Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks, one of each flavor. To enter, just complete the form below by 11:59 pm ET on 8/1/18. Good luck!

Go Organically Fruit Snacks Giveaway


  1. ELIZABETH C. says:

    I love chocolate ice cream. My favorite toppings are walnuts & fudge.

  2. Anne Higgins says:

    Enjoy chocolate chip, oreo, mint chocolate chip, chocolate, strawberry/chocolate, chocolate syrup, sprinkles – vanilla is good also!

  3. Ann Fantom says:

    My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.

    If I’m eating vanilla ice cream, I put chocolate syrup and and chopped peanuts and cherry on top

  4. Marilyn Nawara says:

    My favorite ice cream is chocolate peanut butter or anything chocolate. A little fudge syrup and peanuts on top make it even better.

  5. Angela Saver says:

    My favorite ice cream is chocolate chip cookie dough! My favorite toppings are caramel and pecans!

  6. Jennifer Carroll says:

    I love vanilla ice cream with m&ms!

  7. Debbie Erickson says:

    I love chopped almonds and chocolate syrup on my ice cream

  8. Abigail Gibson says:

    I love hot caramel over my ice cream.

  9. shelly peterson says:

    I love Chocolate and peanut butter ice cream with hot fudge.

  10. KENNETH OHL says:

    I love vanilla with chocolate sauce

  11. jodi Hassel says:

    I love vanilla ice cream!

  12. I really love cookies and cream, thank you so much!

  13. Samantha Cornelius says:

    My favorite ice cream is chocolate chip cookie dough! My favorite toppings are caramel and pecans!

  14. Angel Heaps says:

    my favorite ice cream is cotton candy with rainbow sprinkles on top

  15. Jessica To says:

    I love chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream but if I get vanilla, I want caramel on it!

  16. vickie couturier says:

    butter pecan with cool whip

  17. My favorite ice cream flavor would be Reese’s pieces or a banana split

  18. Mint chocolate chip is my fave

  19. Keri justice says:

    I love moose tracks ice cream. My favorite topping isn’t hot fudge and whipped cream!

  20. we like chocolate chip cookie dough flavor

  21. chocolate almond

  22. Hot fudge and chopped almonds. Yum!

  23. Rebecca C says:

    My favorite flavor is salted caramel and favorite topping is either fudge sauce or whipped cream!

  24. My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip. I also love nuts for topping.

  25. Denise Higgins says:

    Love Chocolate ice cream with nuts

  26. Steve Weber says:

    I love strawberry ice cream the best.

  27. I love chocolate chips!

  28. Azeem Isaahaque says:

    I like vanilla ice cream with strawberry syrup

  29. susan hartman says:

    I love ice-cream with chocolate in it. My favorite is Rocky Road but I also like Fudge Swirl, Moose Tracks plus many, many more!

  30. Robin Abrams says:

    My favorite Ice cream is Mint chocolate chip

  31. Alexandra Y says:

    My favorite ice cream is butter pecan.

  32. Kimmy Ripley says:

    I have always been a big big fan of rainbow sprinkles!

  33. I like coffee ice cream with almonds.

  34. Kyl Neusch says:

    love vanilla ice cream


  36. Rocky Road is my favorite ice cream and hot fudge is my favorite topping

  37. Pistachio!

  38. Soft serve vanilla, hot fudge sauce and whipped cream.

  39. Debbie Welchert says:

    My favorite ice cream is vanilla ice cream with pineapple topping.

  40. I love black cherry ice cream when I’m in the mood for something fruity and caramel chocolate cashew ice cream when I’m being especially decadent.

  41. elizabeth miller says:

    I love banana pudding ice cream. It is to die for. I also love lots of whipped cream and caramel.

  42. Emily Birmingham says:

    My favorite ice cream toppings are reeses and hot fudge. Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. I like condensed milk topping

  44. I am a lifetime fan of Vanilla but peanut butter is a close 2nd favorite. I like to top mine with potato chips and peanuts.

  45. I like cookie dough and fudge brownie! for toppings I like sprinkles and fudge!

  46. I just like sprinkles

  47. Julie Bickham says:

    I like choc chip cookie dough with chocolate sprinkles.

  48. Banana Split ice cream is one of my favorite flavors and I like putting chocolate syrup on top of it.

  49. Darlene Carbajal says:

    I love chocolate, rainbow sherbet and pistachio. I love to top it with peanuts, almonds, walnuts and rainbow sprinkles.

  50. Tiffany Schmidt says:

    My favorite is strawberry, but I like to taste ALL the flavors!

  51. My favorite ice cream flavor is rocky road. My favorite topping is hot fudge.

  52. Strawberry ice cream

  53. Kristina says:

    I love putting marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers on vanilla or chocolate ice cream for s’mores.

  54. I love coffee ice cream with chocolate syrup and almonds on top!

  55. Shelby Gil says:

    Anything with brownies in it!

  56. Donna Teller says:

    I like anything fruity or anything with caramel.

  57. My favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla and I love caramel and nuts as toppings.

  58. Laurie Nykaza says:

    My favorite ice cream flavor is Rocky Road.

  59. Antoinette M says:

    I like caramel and chocolate on vanilla ice cream.

  60. I love Cherry Garcia

  61. I love crushed Oreos on top!

  62. Cody Anderson says:

    Strawberry with sprinkles.

  63. My favorite topping is hot fudge, hot fudge and more hot fudge lol

  64. I love vanilla ice cream with whipped cream.

  65. My favorite ice cream is either peanut butter or butter pecan.
    As far as toppings go, nuts or chocolate/caramel syrups are good also. Sometimes fruits are delicious as well.

  66. Melissa Storms says:

    I love chocolate ice cream with either fresh strawberries or strawberry topping.

  67. I love vanilla ice cream. I also love hot fudge!

  68. I like cookies on my ice cream. My second favorite topping is sprinkles. My favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla bean.

  69. Seyma Bennett says:

    I love brownies and chocolate ganache.

  70. Denise B. says:

    I like vanilla ice cream that has mix-ins like peanut butter cups, cookie dough, etc.; and I like to top it with homemade caramel syrup and whipped cream.

  71. My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate, though I also love hot fudge sundaes with peanuts and whipped topping. Thank you for the chance to win.

  72. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    I love caramel topping and chocolate icecream.

  73. Cynthia C says:

    I like mint chocolate chip ice cream and hot fudge sauce.

  74. Tandi Cortez says:

    My favorite ice cream flavor is cookies and cream! My favorite topping is more cookies!

  75. Alecia Gibson says:

    I love chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. It’s one of my favorites. As for toppings, I like butterscotch.

  76. Julie Waldron says:

    I love chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream.

  77. Celeste Herrin says:

    rocky road is my favorite ice cream. Magic shell is my favorite topping!

  78. I love vanilla ice cream topped with hard shell and whipped cream!

  79. susan smoaks says:

    i like caramel and nuts on my ice cream. butter pecan is my favorite flavor.

  80. Wendy McBride says:

    Vanilla Ice cream with caramel and whipped cream! Like a sundae!

  81. Cassandra D says:

    My favorite flavor is Pralines n cream. I like the sugar cone with sprinkles.

  82. I like any kind of chocolate ice-cream….with chocolate sprinkles on it too! YUM! Thanks and God bless!

  83. Stephanie Larison says:

    I like mint chocolate chip ice cream the best. If it’s in a sundae, I like it with whipped cream, nuts and a cherry on top.

  84. I am a big pistachio ice cream fan! I also like cherry dip that gets hard when it gets cold, on my vanilla ice cream

  85. Gina Ferrell says:

    My favorite ice cream is Bride’s Cake and Praline’s and Cream by Blue Bell. I like hot fudge and caramel as my toppings.

  86. Lisa Romine says:

    My favorite ice cream flavor is typically anything with a large amount of chocolate. Of course, I want hot fudge and caramel on it. A little pecans wouldn’t hurt, either.

  87. Rocky Road with minimarshmallows

  88. cindy mahoney says:

    My favorite flavors of ice cream change all the time, but I do like Butter Pecan, Maple Walnut. and any kind with nuts and my toppings would be all of them except fruity ones.

  89. Leslie Davis says:

    I love Maple Nut Ice Cream.

  90. I like chocolate chip cookie dough.

  91. Jennifer H. says:

    I like jamocha almond fudge.

  92. My favorite flavor is chocolate. My favorite topping is caramel, but for that I need vanilla ice cream.

  93. kathy pease says:

    I love maple walnut and butter pecan

  94. My favorite ice cream is vanilla and hot fudge sundaes

  95. I like chocolate ice cream with whipped cream

  96. James Coyne says:

    I like Friendly’s butter crunch ice cream

  97. Nicole Lancaster says:

    My favorite Ice Cream flavors are Strawberry and Mint Chocolate Chip. My favorite toppings are whipped cream and hot fudge.

  98. vivian blevins says:

    fave ice cream flavors is mint chocolate chip.

  99. I like chocolate chip cookie dough.

  100. definitely mint chocolate chip with chocolate or rainbow sprinkles

    Kathryn C

  101. Philip Lawrence says:

    My favorite ice cream flavor is strawberry but I do like to top it with chocolate syrup.

  102. Ice Cream socials are so fun and delicious!! My grandsons love having options to choose from. My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip.

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