It’s that time of the year when summer ends and kids start school again. It’s a busy time of kicking off old routines and after-school activities. This year, kick it off right by holding a Back to School Ice Cream Social. It gives everyone in your child’s class a chance to get to know each other better, and it will even give you the opportunity to connect with other parents.
An ice cream social is fun, especially this time of the year when the weather is still warm. Plus, it can be affordable and fun! Here’s our tips on throwing a fun back to school ice cream social.
Send Out Invitations
Start the year off on a friendly foot by having your child give everyone in the class an invitation. It gives them a chance to get to know each other outside of school, and won’t make anyone feel alienated. Give your child enough invitations to pass out to each student, or choose to send an evite if you have emails for all the parents.
Buy a Variety of Toppings
While you can get away with only buying a few ice cream flavors (chocolate and vanilla are safe choices), an ice cream social wouldn’t be complete with lots of toppings to choose from. Make sure to include hot fudge, some fruit toppings, whipped cream, sprinkles, and cherries. Pick up some waffle cones and candy toppings, too! To make it easier for you, we've put together a list of 10 ice cream toppings you should always have on hand.
Make Your Own Ice Cream
One way to go above and beyond? Make your own ice cream! A soft serve machine can make this easy, and the kids will have so much fun watching the ice cream come out like magic. Go with a crowd pleaser flavor like vanilla or chocolate ice cream.
Put Up Affordable Decorations
You don’t need to spend a ton on decorations to make the party look festive. One of our favorite choices for decor is ice cream cone balloons. Use construction paper and balloons to make cute and on theme decorations. We love this one from Pretty Prudent, click through to see her easy tutorial! Streamers, table cloths, and cute utensils can also add to the fun.
Try Time-Saving Hacks
Make it easier on yourself to host the party by trying some time saving hacks. Prescoop ice cream into mason jars so it’s easy to pass out. If you bring out a tub of ice cream, keep it in a bucket of ice to keep it from melting. For melted sauces and hot fudge, keep them on a warming tray. Instead of serving ice cream in cones, serve waffle cone chips or put one on top. Do whatever you can to make it easier for yourself before the kids arrive!
Get Ready to Work
Depending on the age of the kids, you may need to help scoop out and serve toppings for them. Enlist the help of another parent and have the kids come through the line and serve them buffet style. This will keep things moving smoothly, and hopefully cut down on the mess you have to clean up later.
Play Some Games
Fill the time when you aren’t eating ice cream with some fun games. One option is Guess the Flavor. Grab a few small tubs of ice cream with wacky flavors, blindfold the kids, and have them guess what flavor of ice cream they have. Another option? Trade Pin the Tail on the Donkey for Pin the Cherry on the Ice Cream!