Perfect for all ages, this nostalgic get together is great for beating the summertime heat! Invite all of your neighbors, friends and family. An old-fashioned style ice cream social with sundaes, sodas, and floats will be enjoyed by all. If time is limited, you can buy the ice cream, but it is more fun for everyone to churn a batch with a hand crank freezer. Or use your electric freezer to whip up the ice cream and sorbet in advance. Keep kids busy by having them make ice cream the old-fashioned way by rolling coffee cans filled ingredients back and forth until it freezes into a tasty treat!
A large party tent can be set up in your backyard if desired. Rent or borrow some tables and chairs, covering all the tables in matching tablecloths.
You can keep the decorating very simple or decorate in theme colors (maybe in ice cream colors) using coordinating streamers, balloons etc. You can also make a balloon decoration in the shape of an ice cream cone by using a large balloon for the main part of the scoop and smaller round balloons in the same color around the base of the large balloon. Tie a long string on each and then pull them through a piece of heavy brown craft paper folded to resemble a cone. Draw the strings through the pointy tip of the base and tape on the backside of the cone.
Set out galvanized tin buckets filled with ice and a variety of bottled soda (Jones is one company that makes fun flavors!). Make sure you have plenty of root beer on hand for the floats!
Another bucket can hold all the ice cream. If using store bought ice cream, remove it from the paper carton and store in plastic or metal storage containers with lids and then set these into the ice.Be sure to have several ice cream scoops on hand and keep a water filled container at the scooping station to hold your scoops between uses.
Keep trash bins handy as well as wet wipes for messy faces and hands.
Set out small dishes at each table or on one long table, holding a variety of ice cream/sundae toppings such as:
Crushed cookies such as Oreo's and chocolate mint
Crushed candy bars
Keep your scooping station filled with the following:
Rootbeer float glasses
Several flavors of ice cream, sherbet and sorbet
Long and regular spoons
Chocolate candy bowls
Brownie squares (to be topped with ice cream scoop)
Bananas for splits
Whipped cream in cans
Maraschino cherries with stems
Double scoop cones
Make up ice cream related word searches/scrambles and you can set up lawn games such as bocce ball, lawn darts, croquet and horseshoes
You can assign each guest an item to bring to the party and once everyone arrives, let the fun begin!
Ice Cream Recipes
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Makes 1 generous quart
4 egg yolks 2/3 cup sugar 2 cups half-and-half 1 vanilla bean or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup whipping cream
In a bowl, beat the egg yolks until blended and mix in sugar. Heat the half and half, stir into the egg yolks, and pour into the top part of a double boiler. Split the vanilla bean and scrape its seeds into the cream and add the bean as well. Place over simmering water and stirring constantly, cook until the mixture is custard-like and coats the spoon. Remove from heat and refrigerate until cold, or several hours. Remove vanilla bean.
If using vanilla extract, stir it in at this point. Just before ready to churn; stir in the whipping cream. Freeze according to directions for your ice cream freezer.
Strawberry Ice Cream
Makes 1 generous quart
3 egg yolks 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup half-and-half 1 cup whipping cream 2 cups crushed strawberries
In a bowl, beat the egg yolks until blended and mix in sugar. Heat the half and half and cream, stir into the egg yolks, and pour into the top part of a double boiler.
Place over simmering water and stirring constantly, cook until the mixture is custard-like and coats the spoon. Remove from heat and refrigerate until cold, or several hours. Stir in the strawberries. Freeze according to directions for your ice cream freezer.
Makes 1 cup
4 ounces semisweet chocolate ( 2/3 cup chocolate bits) 1/3 cup light cream or half-and-half 3 tablespoons light corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In the top of a double boiler place the chocolate, cream, and corn syrup and heat over hot water, stirring, until smoothly blended. Stir in vanilla. If a thinner sauce is desired, thin with cream.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups
3 cups strawberries, hulled 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Mash the berries and stir in sugar and lemon juice.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups
1/2 cup heavy cream 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons light corn syrup 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and boil briskly 3 minutes, stirring. Serve warm.
Ice Cream Soda
Makes 4 servings
4 tablespoons strawberry or raspberry syrup or crushed, strained fruit Vanilla bean ice cream or 1 cup ice cream and 1/4 cup whipped cream Soda water Strawberry ice cream or raspberry sorbet or sherbet
In each 10 ounce glass or goblet, place 1 tablespoon each of raspberry puree and vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Stir to combine, pour in 2 tablespoons soda water, and stir to make a smoothly blended fizz. Add to the glass in a stack 1 scoop vanilla ice cream and 1 scoop strawberry ice cream or raspberry sorbet. Pour in soda water, letting the soda hit the side of the glass rather than the sorbet. Stir with a straw. Repeat with the remaining sodas.
Root Beer Floats
Vanilla ice cream Root beer
Place 2 scoops of ice cream in each 10 ounce glass. Pour in the root beer, letting it fizz up.