Ice Cream Float Bar
In addition to the vanilla ice cream tub, I kept the colorful cans of soda cold, by nesting them in a shallow tray surrounded by ice. I set up the kids’ cups in advance to the party so that the Float Bar would truly be DIY. Twizzlers wound around each party pick and silly straw too! I don’t know who I noticed making their own floats more – the kids, or their parents!
The Candy Cake
I purchased a cake for the family at Costco for only $18 and decorated it with handmade pennant banners and cute ice cream pick decorations I found at Hobby Lobby. The sticks holding up the pennant flags were just candy mold sticks from the craft store, intertwined with super thin, hot pink ribbon. Cute, right??
I left out cute, paper bags and personalized seals (like the one in the mood board above) at the Candy Bar for each child to make their own candy bag…they had a lot of fun with this!
The time of the party was in between lunch and dinner and was only set for a few hours, so I decided it would be best to pre-cook, assemble and foil-wrap as many hot dogs as possible. This was inexpensive as well as low-maintenance…everyone just helped themselves all day while they stayed steamed in a giant slow-cooker. A pasta salad, mini bags of organic snack mix and giant dill pickles were the simple sides that were served.
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