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Foodbuzz 24 x 24: Ice Cream Social


We may have felt the first few wisps of fall air but as much as I love it, I’m trying to enjoy summer while it lasts.  For me, a perfect way to spend part of my Labor Day weekend was hosting an ice cream social party for our friends.  Though I’m most definitely one to enjoy ice cream even in the dead of winter, this seemed the perfect end of summer gathering.  Lots of friends attended and I can say with confidence that this party was a huge hit with adults and kids alike!  Also, an awesome added bonus of this party was that in addition to receiving a stipend from Foodbuzz to make it all happen, Foodbuzz partnered with Electrolux made a $250 donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for mine and each of the other 24 x 24 parties that was hosted this weekend.  Not only that, but Electrolux has committed $750,000 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and Foodbuzz is getting involved not only by sponsoring all the 24 x 24 events, but also by donating a matching amount to the OCRF. Being a physician and seeing cases of ovarian cancer far too often, I was thrilled to be able to host a party and have it benefit a good cause as well.


When thinking about this party, I wanted it to be all about ice cream.  I thought for a while about serving some other foods to help balance the sweets, but I thought my friends would be able to handle the ice cream extravaganza so I just went with it.  I served each course one at a time so they could be savored individually, and also so we could pace ourselves – we’re talking seven courses of ice cream, after all!  I made sure to keep the serving sizes small so that everyone would have room for sampling all the treats.


Hosting an ice cream party with all homemade goodies definitely required planning and foresight, as the ice cream maker had to refreeze between each batch.  I basically made one batch of ice cream every day the week leading up to the party.  One of the best things about throwing an ice cream party was that because everything needed to be frozen, all the treats were finished well in advance of party time.  No real last minute prep was required here, which I loved.  My vision was to create a variety of homemade ice cream treats that are all variations on classic ice cream favorites.  I had so very many ideas that I could probably host four more ice cream social parties and not do the same thing twice.  Eventually, the menu was pared down to include:

Strawberry milkshakes
Tartufi (ice cream truffles)
Orange creamsicles
Brownie and coffee ice cream cupcakes
Blueberry pie a la mode cupcakes
Chocolate and vanilla ice cream sandwiches
Banana split sundae bar


Milkshakes are such a classic ice cream treat, I just had to include them in the menu.  These strawberry milkshakes greeted guests as they came in to the party.  I was a little disappointed because I really wanted to serve these in cute shot glasses, but apparently no store in my immediate area sold shot glasses – how weird!  Guess I’m just used to growing up in a college town.  Thankfully some fun straws and napkins helped with the presentation.


The next course was tartufi, or ice cream truffles.  Including chocolate ice cream as part of the menu was an absolute must, but I thought this was a fun and unique way to present it.  I used chocolate ganache ice cream as the center of these, since ganache is the traditional truffle filling.  Everyone at the party seemed to have different favorite treats, but I think I heard the most people say these claimed their top spot.


Most people remember the classic orange-vanilla ice cream pops as a childhood favorite.  These pops had a flavor reminiscent of the store bought variety, but these are much tastier.  The fresh orange zest and orange juice give these a really bright, refreshing flavor.  These were almost like a palate cleanser.


Oh, and they were a big hit with the kiddos, including my little cutie pie.


Next up were these brownie coffee ice cream cupcakes.  Cake and ice cream are always a winning combination, so ice cream cupcakes are a neat little package of deliciousness.  I’ve made ice cream cupcakes before, and it’s fun to play around with the flavor combinations.  Since coffee ice cream is my absolute favorite flavor and brownies are awesome (duh), these were a no brainer.  I topped each one with a chocolate covered espresso bean for a finishing touch.


Some of the kids weren’t excited about these because of the coffee, but Ethan sure seemed to enjoy his!


Certainly one of the most common ways to serve ice cream is alongside a slice of pie or a serving of crisp, cobbler, etc.  These blueberry pie a la mode cupcakes were my spin on the classic combo to make it mini and portable.  Blueberry is my favorite variety of fruit pie, so this was one of my favorite treats of the night.


I think Gavin liked it too.


Ice cream sandwiches are a quintessential ice cream treat, so I had to include them.  I was thrilled with how they turned out.  I’m sure any flavor combo would be great and I will definitely be playing around with many variations, but for this occasion I wanted to stick with the classic chocolate cookie-vanilla ice cream combo.


The sundae bar was the last treat of the night.  I used roasted banana ice cream as the base for the sundaes, as a fun twist on the usual banana splits.   I think this was actually my favorite of all the courses because make-your-own sundae bars are just so fun!  It makes me feel like a kid again to see how many toppings I can get on my sundae.


The sundae bar was a happenin’ place to be!


And of course, I had to send guests home with some additional sweetness.  I packaged up the leftover ice cream in these cute pint containers.  I was already planning on doing this, but now I’m really glad I did or I would have had ice cream in my freezer to last for a few months.  And we all know I need to be trying new flavors instead :)

Hope you enjoyed this peek into our party!  Recipes will be forthcoming for the strawberry milkshakes, tartufi, orange creamsicles, blueberry pie a la mode cupcakes and ice cream sandwiches.

Vendors and Resources:
Paper Source – ice cream cone stamp, pink and white polka dot paper
Garnish – pint containers
Bake It Pretty – gelato spoons, gray striped straws
Target – black and white damask napkins, green and white striped napkins
Ruffled – free printable alphabet bunting

  • Mishelle

    Beautiful! I need to take a turn for a neighborhood gathering and this may just be the perfect thing…we have already done Southern food, Italian food, Pizza night and I was leaning toward maybe a mexican theme but being short on space this would be much more manageable AND yummy! Thank You for the inspiration!! This is top notch as always!! I want to live in your neighborhood!

  • Siunna

    Looks like everyone invited had a blast! Milkshakes, tarfutos, ice cream sandwiches, banana splits..all the bases covered for fellow ice cream lovers!

  • Kylie

    How do I get these yummy recipes!?

  • http://limecake.net LimeCake

    oh how much I would have given to have been there! everything looks so incredible. looking forward to your recipes!

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I love all these ideas! Fun!

  • http://www.lifeinrecipes.com Niki

    What a great end-of-summer treat! And your ice-cream looks divine – thanks for sharing (I’m looking forward to some recipes soon).

  • http://www.lifewithmonster.com Kelly

    Everything look so amazingly delicious! Ice cream is the best! It looks like a great time and of course your decorations were awesome, as always. :)

  • Keshet Shenkar

    This looks beautiful! Next time, I’ll have to invite myself over!

  • Stacy

    How awesome! Everything looks delicious and adorable! Your little guy is growing up and is so cute!

  • http://www.mylifeasamrs.com Kristina (My Life as a Mrs)

    YUM!! Love this idea! :) Gotta love Foodbuzz! I just posted my 24×24 event too! Stop by and check it out!

  • http://chicagocuisinecritique.blogspot.com Chicago Cuisine Critique

    You definitely know how to through a party. Looks beautiful and i’m sure everything tasted delicious, it sure looks it.

  • http://thekitchwitch.com TheKitchenWitch

    Your presentation of the orange pops and the ice cream sandwiches was so beautiful and inspired! Dang, I wish I lived near you!

  • http://theniftyfoodie.com/food The Nifty Foodie

    What a cute idea! :)

  • Brianna Dupuy

    You are so awesome!!!!!!!!!

  • http://healthylunchrecipesnow.com Brenda

    This looks like a lot of fun.
    Great idea with the flowers :)

  • http://www.thinkgarnish.com Garnish

    Just swinging on by to say thanks for the Garnish shout out. We love this idea and how nice that it combined great friends and a great cause. Everything looks so precious and roasted banana ice cream…yum!

    Garnish + Enjoy,

    - Suzanne

  • Rochelle

    I wish I lived by you! :-) This is such a cute idea…maybe next summer I will have to copy your wonderful idea!

  • http://keepitsweet.wordpress.com KeepItSweet

    omg i would have been the happiest person in the world at this party

  • http://selenespiceoflife.blogspot.com Selene

    What a great theme and idea!! I love the charity part of this event too…as usual great work and thanks for sharing :) By the by, I did make your Snickers cupcakes, not as pretty as yours, but yummy!

  • Andrea R.

    You are so creative! I just don’t think I would have done anything quite so cute! I just love your ideas!

  • http://www.20somethingcupcakes.com Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes

    This is literally the most adorable idea ever. I want to copy it immediately! And I love that you called it an “ice cream social.” Reminds me of sorority days!

  • Steven

    Looks like you are friends with Mr. Arnold! He was my High School debate teacher….he certainly knows who I am. haha

  • Sunny

    Clever and as always your presentation is soooo cute!

  • Joe Manley

    Hi Annie — Thanks for the ice cream! We had a great time.

    Lots of great pictures here, as always, but I think Gavin’s really takes the cake… er, blueberry pie. :D

  • http://www.abusynest.com/ A Busy Nest

    Adorable party!

  • http://kristineskitchen.wordpress.com kristineskitchen

    Wow, all of your ice cream treats look so delicious! I am especially wanting to make some of the ice cream truffles and the brownie coffee ice cream cupcakes. The ice cream sandwiches wrapped in blue ribbons look like a perfect baby shower treat.

  • http://comfortofcooking.blogspot.com Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    This is all just incredible, Annie! What a beautiful party and a fun time with friends. Thank you for sharing all about it, and so glad to hear it all benefited such an important cause.

  • Jaime

    Really your amazing, you should have your own TV show!

  • http://thecurvycarrot.wordpress.com Shanon Lacy

    The pictures of the kids (especially my boyfriend Andrew) are super cute, Annie. And I am still savoring the banana ice cream. Can’t wait until you post that one. Another amazing accomplishment! :)

  • http://www.themessyapron.com shannon abdollmohammadi

    I love the adorable little ice cream sandwiches. How fun…looks like everyone enjoyed.

  • Annie

    Shanon,
    The banana ice cream is actually already on the blog. I linked it within the post :)

  • Kathy

    Another fabulous job, I don’t know how you balance it all! You’re inspirational!

  • http://partonponderingsb.blogspot.com Rachel

    I absolutely love this idea! How creative, fun & DELICIOUS! :)

  • http://cookanddishwasher.blogspot.com newlywed

    Everything looks gorgeous and amazing! You really do seem to do it all…perfectly!

  • Briana

    You are an inspiration! Working Mom who manages to cook great meals and throw wonderful partys! I look forward to reading your blog daily, I have made at least 10 of your recipies so far, all big wins! I don’t know how you do it, It is only my husband and I (and our spoiled dog Bailey) and I cannot keep up with you! Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas! :)

  • Jeannette M.

    Where do you find the time???? You should write a book girl….I’d be the first to buy it! I love your site…it’s one of the fist things I check in the morning after my email (which btw is never half as interesting!). My new phrase when I’m trying to tap into my creative side is “what would Annie do?” I still come up short but hey….I try :) :)

    Jeannette M.
    CT

  • Sarah Arnold

    We had SO much fun, Annie! Thanks for inviting us…my mouth is still watering! ;)

  • http://www.sweetflours.blogspot.com Allison

    I am sure you hear this all the time but … I want to be your friend, sister, neighbor or patient! I just want to be invited to your parties. You are so truly talented and inspirational. I have not idea how you have the time but, I love your daily updates. Please don’t stop!

  • http://bringonthebutter.wordpress.com bringonthebutter

    You are AMAZING, Annie. This looks awesome and delicious. Nothing can beat homemade ice cream!

  • http://penspansandpuns.blogspot.com/ Mhel B

    What a great way of celebrating and enjoying summer instead of whining and complaining about how hot it is…. I love the chic theme of your ice cream party. Everything is so neat and chic. Fabulous!

  • http://www.maggiedon.blogspot.com Maggie Donaldson

    Your parties are always exquisitely turned out – I love the bunting and all the ice cream paraphernalia. When are you going to follw Deb over at Smitten Kitchen and bring a book out?

  • blume

    What a gerat post! Thank you so much.

  • gail

    i made classic ice cream sandwiches a few weeks ago and they were a HIT. everyone loves those classic paper wrapped ice cream sandwiches and they are 100 times better when they are homemade with some hagan daaz ice cream!!!

  • Annie

    Or even better when the ice cream is homemade as well!

  • http://thermominx.blogspot.com Jude McIntyre

    I want to come to one of your parties. They look awesome! What a lot of effort…it looks like it was well worth it.
    Jude

  • http://becoming-cathy.blogspot.com Cathy

    I was in Indy a few weeks ago, celebrating my stepbrother’s graduation from college and met a couple that is friends with you…they happen to be in your photos as well. It was fun to meet someone who knew what I was talking about when I mentioned your blog. Keep up the amazing blog! One of these days, I’ll actually make something that has butter in it.

  • Amy

    Hi there,
    I love all the pictures from your ice cream social…what a fabulous idea!
    Could you share you ice cream sandwich recipe?
    And what is the wrapping over the sandwiches? Then ribbon tied. What a beautiful treat!

  • maria

    hi annie! what a great idea for a party – i would have been in heaven to be able to try all those treats in one sitting :) i just have a quick question about prep…when you make all the ice cream ahead of time, how do you store it in the freezer? can the batches of ice cream simply be stored in tupperware? do you need to wrap the ice cream sandwiches individually? thanks for your great post!!

  • Annie

    Yes, I just used tupperware-type containers. I did not wrap the ice cream sandwiches individually because I assembled them the morning of the party, so they needed all the time possible to firm up. But, I think they would be fine either way.

  • http://www.ambersnotebook.com Ambernotebook

    OMg I LOVE the flower arrangements! So cute! I love the printiable bunting, I’ve used it myself for several parties. Such an easy thing to print and make but it looks so impressive! greta party!

  • http://maryanna-bishop.blogspot.com Maryanna

    What a cute party! Where did you get the pint ice cream containers? I’ve been looking all over for the pint and quart size.

  • Annie

    Vendors and resources are at the bottom of the post.

  • Sarah

    Oh, no way! I’ve been trying to track down the ice cream sandwich recipe for a bit after seeing it on foodgawker… and omg, when I saw the bunting I recognized it immediately! I work for Ruffled :)

    Your party is ADORABLE, love it!

  • Katie Lew

    I’m drooling over the blueberry pie ala mode cupcakes, but I don’t see an additional post about them. I’m hosting a baby shower next week and the mom-to-be LOVES blueberry pie – any chance you’d share the recipe??

  • Annie

    I never did post them because I wanted to remake and get a better picture…and I always have about a million things I want to make! It really wasn’t a special recipe, I just baked pie crusts in cupcake pans, filled with blueberry sauce (recipe in a few places on my blog, I think) and then top with ice cream. That’s pretty much it!