There are few kids around that don't like ice-cream. This was one party that really celebrated kids love of the stuff and the saying 'I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream' really rang true!
Dress up your party venue with these easy to make decorations - of course lots of coloured balloons are a must!
Entry door ice-cream banner
These banners were so easy to make. Using an old cereal box to create a 'scoop' template, I traced the shape on to various pieces of wrapping paper and cut them out. Each time I traced the bottom scoop, I added or moved sound my drips which were also made from the cereal box. As I made the drips separately, I just stuck them on when and where I wanted them so I had different drip patterns.
For the cone I used a roll of brown paper. I drew the shape on the flip side and cut it out. I then used the first shape as my template for the rest of my cones. I was originally going to add some waffle cone detail with brown paint or Textas but decided to keep things really simple instead.
One I had all my shapes cut out, I lay them out and played with the positions until I was happy with them. Then I stuck them on a strip of white paper from the roll usually reserved for the art easel.
Over door steamers
Set the scene for arriving guests by dressing up the party entrance.
Made in only a few minutes from a few strips of cardboard taped together and a bunch of coloured streamers taped on, this is one of the simplest things to create.
It's light so I could even blue tac it up if I wanted.
Ice-cream cone challenge
This is a team game. Each team must have the same number of players. Each player in each team has a sugar cone. Teams must stand in a row and behind the last player in the team there is a cup. In front of the first player is a jug of water. When the signal is given, the first player must fill the ice-cream cone with water from the jug then, turn to the player behind them and pour the water from the ice-cream cone into the next players cone. The next player must then pour their water into the next players cone and so on until the last player pours it into the cup.
The first team to fill the cup wins. The challenge is to do this before the cones dissolve! If a cone does fall apart, the player must run to the front and exchange their cone for a new one.
This is the ice-cream version of the egg on a spoon race but not quite as messy. Using sugar cones with small balloons balanced on top, the players have to run from one point across a finish line. The first across the line wins. If players drop their balloon, they are allowed to retrieve it but must start again from the spot where they dropped it.
Toss the toppings
Set up a line of empty cones stretching away from the start line. Using small objects such as ping pong balls for ice cream scoops and different colored buttons for toppings, have the players toss them into the cones. The cone closest to the player is worth 10 points, the next one 20 points and so on. The player that scores the highest points on their turn wins.
This little shop also became integral to the party games too. Each person at the party got 'ice-cream money' which they could by their ice-cream from the shop. The birthday girl then 'opened' the shop, collected the money and handed out the ice-cream from the window.
The party goers then added the toppings and sprinkles of their choice to their ice-creams.
Pass the cone challenge
In this game players sit in a circle and pass an ice-cream cone (or pretend cone made from cardboard) around while music is playing just like they would in a pass the parcel game. When the music stops, the player holding the cone needs to pick out a random slip of paper from the cone that has either a challenge or a question on it. If the player successfully completes the challenge or answers the question they get a prize. When the music starts, the cone is passed around again and the process is repeated until all players have either answered a question or completed a challenge.
Challenges can include;
A pinata is always a big hit at parties with both little and big kids alike.
An ice-cream shapped one was perfect for this event.
Draw up a large ice-cream cone and lay it down on the ground with holes in the different scoops. Using small objects like buttons, ping pong balls or even pegs, players are to toss the 'toppings' on to the ice-cream.
An ice-cream cake is an obvious choice but this party was held in winter and ice-cream was served to guests via the ice-cream shop. Instead along with the rainbow theme was a rainbow cake. When cut the inside was rainbow layers. Here's how you can make your own rainbow layer cake.