A DIY ice cream sundae themed 4th birthday party to help us get through the cold winter months.
I found fabric ice cream cones on Pinterest via IcingDesigns that I fell in love via with and knew I had to re-create them. The rest followed from there!
Colorful & Eclectic
I found the major components of the party via Pinterest and created my own version of them!
- DIY Ice Cream Cone: I fell in love with these ruffled ice cream cone decorations from IcingDesigns on Pinterest and decided to find fun patterned fabrics to recreate. Practice your ruffle making a few times on scarp fabric to avoid wasting the good stuff!
- Fabric: I found an adorable Riley Blake fabric on my favorite fabric site, HawthorneThreads but it was sold out. I tracked it down on Etsy and found some additional great fabrics along the way. The Etsy fabric sellers I used shipped really fast!: CottonStreetFabrics, LemonTreeFabrics, PlumPatchWork, DreamsPunShop, LuckyKaeruFabric & UberStitch. Fabric was used for the hanging ice cream cones, as table runners, flower pot covers, diy flags....even the blindfold for our Pin the Cherry on the Sundae game.
- DIY PlayDough Sundaes with Initial Flags: A "24 Handmade Favors for Kid's Parties" article on Babble lead me to combine two projects into one favor. My husband made HelloBee's DIY Playdough and I shaped the aqua, pink, white and red dough into the "sundae" components in the old fashion sundae cups. These DIY flags from Lovely Design personalized the favors to include each guest's initial. I used the fabrics from the DIY ice cream cones plus chose from my array of already owned fabrics. These came out adorable and everyone loved them (kids and parents)!
- Ice Cream Cone Sundae Craft: I set up a table for each kid to craft an ice cream cone sundae from paper. I cut 12x12 colored card stock into 6x12 pieces as the base for the kids. Using an array of patterned papers, I cut out ice cream scoop shapes and cones for them to glue as they pleased. The felt balls for cherries and assortment of colored beads for sprinkles helped make the craft more fun. The kids all loved it...coming back later for a second round.
- Pin the Cherry on the Sundae Game: I used the same patterned papers to create a larger version (on 1.5 white poster boards) ice cream sundae for the kids to pin their cherry on for a chance to win a prize. My Fiskars Circle Cutter was key here to cut out 15 circle cherries from red polka dot card stock.
- The Real Sundae Bar: My existing Ikea kitchen storage unit (so cute but no longer available) was perfect to house the sundae toppings. I bought the supplies on Etsy - white paper ice cream cups from BloomDesignOnline, wooden spoons from EllaJaneCraft and decorated them both with Washi tape from ModernTape.
- Paper Goods: I bought the paper plates, napkins, paper cups and adorable Melamine teas spoons for the sundae bar servers from ShopSweetLulu, my go to for adorable party products!
- The Invitation: I created the ice cream cone sundae by cutting and glueing varying patterned papers. Once final, I scanned the creation and finalized with text via Photoshop onto high quality paper from Paper-Source. My Mom then used the invite as inspiration for the cake.
- The Cake: My Mom is an amazing baker and cake decorator. She has baked and decorated cakes for our whole family (5 kids+ 5 spouses and now 11 grandschildren) since we were all babies. This is just one Cheri Flatley's many masterpieces!
My favorite item is the DIY flags with each guest's initial that topped off the playdough sundae favors!
Don't be afraid to mix all sorts of colors, patterns and textures!