Back to School Ice Cream Social Tips {CLOSED}

August 14, 2012 24 Comments »

For those of you with school-aged children, some of your kiddos have already had their first day back to school, and some of you have another few weeks before your child starts classes. Miss A starts her first day of Kindergarten next Monday {wowzers!} and so we thought what better way to get excited about heading to school than a party!

It’s been pretty warm here in Charlotte, North Carolina this summer and we love Blue Bunny products, so we figured what better way to celebrate with our friends than a Back to School Ice Cream Social!

Ice Cream Party

Here are some tips to make your Back to School {or anytime} Ice Cream Social a success:

1. Purchase a few different flavors of ice cream. This allows variety for your guests to choose from. I recommend sticking with classics, or adding a little twist. {We enjoyed Blue Bunny’s Homemade Vanilla & Chocolate Swirl, Double Strawberry, and their Sweet & Salty Pretzel.}

2. Mix between processed and fresh toppings. When it comes to what my girls are eating I try to be mindful of giving them a good mix between healthy foods and treats.  I traded strawberry spread topping for fresh strawberries, and also cut up some banana slices, but of course kept the rainbow sprinkles and chocolate/carmel sauces as well {for mommy’s sweet tooth, er good measure}

3. Wait to set the ice cream out until the very last moment. Wait as long as you can to put the ice cream out onto the tables to keep them as cool as possible. On extremely hot days consider putting them in a bucket of ice and displaying them while keeping them chilled.

4. Water play equals clean kids. On a hot day it’s always a good idea to have something besides ice cream to cool the kids down, plus the water acts as an added cleaning agent after you’ve washed hands and faces. We chose a water table, kiddie pool and water slide and the kids were loving it!

Back to School Ice Cream Social Water Play

5. Don’t forget to ask about food allergies. Some ice creams and toppings are processed in a plant with nuts, contain egg, wheat, soy, etc that some of your guests may be allergic to. It’s always nice to check before you buy the supplies.

6. Have fun!!! Enjoy the last few days of summer with great people in your life and celebrate!!

Back to School Ice Cream Social

Fun right?!?!?! Head over to Blue Bunny’s website and check out some of their awesome new flavors, or pick out your favorites for an upcoming party at

Also enter for a chance to win some ice cream for your very own Ice Cream Social, whatever the occasion may be. One lucky reader will win 5 Blue Bunny Bucks, to spend on whichever (5) Blue Bunny Treats your heart desires. 

Enter here:

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Thank you Blue Bunny for the treats in order to host this soiree. I am not an official spokesperson for Blue Bunny, however if I could wear a bunny suit I would sign up immediately. I write about Blue Bunny because I like their products, and hopefully my posts reflect that sentiment. Please know that the above words and images are my own honest thoughts, yours may vary, but it’s doubtful.

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  1. momma23monkeys August 14, 2012 at 1:45 AM - Reply

    We just moved 1230+ miles away to thee only home my children remember. We haven’t met very many people yet but I am thinking of hosting an ice cream sundae party/open house/meet the neighbors night since we have yet to meet them.

    • MommyBKnowsBest August 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM - Reply

      momma23monkeys Aww it’d be fun to have a party to meet everyone, plus most everyone likes ice crea, you can’t go wrong!!! Hope your new area feels like home soon!!

  2. mami2jcn August 14, 2012 at 8:30 AM - Reply

    We don’t have any parties planned, but we’re trying to squeeze in some special trips like a drive to the beach, time at the pool, and going to see “ParaNorman”.

    • mami2jcn August 14, 2012 at 8:30 AM - Reply

      I entered on the rafflecopter as Mary Happymommy.

    • MommyBKnowsBest August 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM - Reply

      mami2jcn We did some special trips too. Miss A will be in Kindergarten so we had to go to Sea World and a few other fun places first. Have fun at the beach and movies!

  3. FaithGross August 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM - Reply

    I haven’t planned any but maybe next year–yours looks fun!!

  4. therebelchick August 14, 2012 at 9:15 AM - Reply

    We’re having a back to school pool party this weekend!

    • MommyBKnowsBest August 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM - Reply

      therebelchick Woo hoo!! Hope to see some pics!

  5. debthompson August 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM - Reply

    Nothing planned right now, but maybe we should have an ice cream party. Our schools don’t start back until after Labor Day.

  6. DenaMarieFurgason August 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM - Reply

    I will be hosting the 1st day of school breakfast

  7. bkeepsushonest August 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM - Reply

    We have a fun count down to school with a special treat on each day. Like a trip to the museum, special treats and fun crafts.

  8. tcarolinep August 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM - Reply

    Back to school party with neighbors next week. 

  9. momcommblog August 14, 2012 at 9:30 PM - Reply

    This sounds so fun! We’ve been meaning to have friends over since we finally have a patio table… this would surely get them to come. Haha.

  10. Julie Meyers Pron August 15, 2012 at 8:45 AM - Reply

    this is adorable and such a great idea! Sadly, we don’t have Blue Bunny up here, but I love the Ice Cream Party idea

  11. OrdinaryEm August 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM - Reply

    A great idea.  Our neighborhood ice cream social is one of the best attended events all year.  It happens about this time of year, so that might be why I’ve never thought of holding one for BTS.

  12. danw78704 August 17, 2012 at 2:50 PM - Reply

    twitted this today, 17/8

  13. 1porkchop August 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM - Reply

    I will likely have to hold a group therapy session for the kids to help them get over the fact that summer is almost over.

  14. Stephanie Jones August 17, 2012 at 8:15 PM - Reply

    this would be perfect for my daughter birthday party!

  15. 1froglegs August 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM - Reply

    We always take a trip to the zoo on the weekend before school starts

  16. Tabathia B August 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM - Reply

    We are planning to take the kids to the outerbanks before school starts and to the watermelon festival during open house.

  17. danw78704 August 19, 2012 at 8:10 PM - Reply

    twitted this today, 19/8

  18. danw78704 August 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM - Reply

    twitted this today, 20/8

  19. LindsayWillisKotheimer August 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM - Reply

    An awesome time was had! Thanks for the note about food allergies! No child wants to feel left out! 

  20. danw78704 August 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM - Reply

    twitted this today, 21/8

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