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The end of the summer is a great time to throw an ice cream social and what better time than over Labor Day weekend? Here are some fresh tips for throwing a cool Labor Day ice cream social.
Guest List and Invites
Make a list of people to invite. Choose a location such as your backyard, a park or a recreation center. Then, decide upon a date and time for the ice cream social. Weeks before the event, send out the invites using paper invitations or a free online invitation service such as Evite.com. Make sure to include instruction for how to RSVP for the event.
Ice Cream and Beverages
Create a simple ice cream buffet. On a buffet table, arrange basic flavors of ice cream such as French vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Provide tempting sauces such as caramel, strawberry, passion fruit, butterscotch and hot fudge. Also, lay out tantalizing toppings such as chopped nuts, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, sprinkles, cherries, crushed cookies and fresh fruit. Toppings can be prepared in advance and stored until the day of the party. Provide plenty of water for guests. Set out root beer as well so that guests can make root beer floats if they choose. Supply colorful long spoons and ice cream parlor-colored (pink and white) napkins.
Provide waffle, sugar and plain cones for those who want to make ice cream cones. Provide old fashioned glass ice cream sundae cups for guests who decide to make sundaes. Alternatively, buy paper cups and decorate them with by hand or adhere charming decorative paper to the cup (such as shelf paper). Also provide dishes for those who choose to make banana splits.
Are you throwing an ice cream social this Labor Day? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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Carla received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Consumer science with an emphasis in Child Development. She also holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree, specializing in public librarianship and youth services.