Ice Cream Birthday Party

I’ve never thrown or hosted a birthday party before, but for my son’s 10th birthday I wanted to do something special for him. Elijah was so excited, I was super nervous. Spoiler: In the end, everything turned out great.

Happy Birthday Banner
Elijah Candle
In our tiny house I set up a sundae station, a party hat decorating station, a party favor station, and a drink station.
Birthday Party Tables
Party Hat Station
Birthday Party Table Window
I used twigs for the pinwheels instead of dowels because, well, they’re free. There was also bubbles, pencils, lollipops, and glow-in-the-dark lizards, per Elijah’s request, included in the goody bags.
Gift Bag Pinwheels

Keeping with the ice cream theme, I cut out an ice cream cone shape (inspired by Oh Happy Day’s ice cream printable) out of wrapping paper and card stock and glued it to a poster board for a DIY pin the cherry on the ice cream cone. I printed out free clip art cherries and had the kids write their names on them before pinning tapping them to the ice cream cone. The game proved to be pretty unchallenging for a lot of the kids, but I like to think they had fun anyway.

Pin the Cherry on the Ice Cream
I started preparing the ice cream and toppings about two weeks in advance. In total, I made 23 pints (about 8 quarts) of vanilla, chocolate, salted caramel and butter ice cream and stored them in Sweet Bliss Containers.
Scoops and Quarts
Syrups Table
For the toppings I made Jeni’s oatmeal crisp, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pretzel crunch, roasted cherries (again from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams), caramel, chocolate, and caramelized white chocolate sauce. I made way more than we actually needed, but I think it is better to have extras than to not have enough.
Ice Cream Table Text
GG Ice Cream
Ice Cream Sundaes
Ice Cream Leftover
Syrups Leftover

So I survived hosting a birthday party in our small home that my son and his friends actually enjoyed. That’s a win in my book! Tomorrow I’ll be back to share details of the party hat station, which was a blast.

Birthday Party Balloons
Source list; pint containers, wooden spoons, tablecloths, glass jars, ice cream scoop from Amazon – napkins and bowls from Target – cups and paper favor bags from Dollar Tree – DIY happy birthday sign – DIY geometric garland – DIY tissue pom poms – DIY pinwheels.

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  1. Looks like a great time, love the ice cream station.

  2. Thanks mama!

  3. That was the best ice cream!! Good job on your first party!!

  4. Thank you so much!!

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