we all scream for ice cream

what better time for an ice cream party than in the heat of summer.
my original plan was to kick off this summer with a fun little ice cream
social for the kiddo's around the neighborhood, but you might remember
it and make it our end of summer bash. this week was actually the perfect
week for it. i think it has been the hottest week of summer so far and a few
of our friends will be starting school next week. where has this summer gone?
it feels like summer is just now beginning as it is coming to the end. i know,
i know - time flies. i'm glad we finally got to do our ice cream party. the kiddos
had a blast and i know my kiddo's loved to have some friends over.
here are some pics from our hot, but fun day...

we heart ice cream - really who doesn't?

some of our tasty toppings

the kiddo's set up a pretend ice cream shop of their own

just something fun to take home - scented ice cream bubbles

my little miss posing for me with the old fashion ice cream hat

the little fella is just like his big sister

here's a few details on how i set-up our party...
i first planned the date, which was originally going to be at the end of june.
i decided to take advantage of all the fourth of july stuff in the $1 bin at my
favorite store (target - for those of you who didn't know), which led to my
color scheme of red, white and blue. i found the dixie land hats (that's what
i call them) and thought it would be cute to use them to decorate or put
party favors in. i ended up using them as a decoration for the post that held
the ice cream banner. (if you want to know how to make your own banner go
here) i then decided that it would be cute to have all of the kiddo's put on the
hat and take their pic. i might just do a post on those next, we'll see. of course
you can't forget the ice cream. i went with plain old vanilla. i figured that's
the safest bet with the little one's and besides they could doctor it up with
some yummy toppings. i bought chocolate and strawberry sauce, cherries,
sprinkles, m&m's, oreo's(crushed), frosted animal crackers, colored marsh-
mellow's, gummy worms and basically anything with sugar. i put these items
in some cute red, white and blue buckets from the $1 bin and they were a
huge hit. i put out a basket filled with all kinds of pretend ice cream and cake
supplies in the club house, so the kiddo's could play while we waited for all
of our guests to arrive. this too was a big hit. i always like to end my parties
with a little something for our friends to take home, so each guest got to choose
a scented ice cream bubble and a couple of prizes from a prize basket i made up
from left over birthday favors. it was a fun time had by alland i am looking
forward to next summer to do it again.
hope you enjoy the rest of your summer:)

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