Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Easy Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party

Before we get lost in the sea of all things autumnal heading our way, I wanted to share our end of summer birthday bonanza - an Ice Cream Themed Birthday Party!

I pulled this together for my 12yr old daughter's big day.  It's been a challenging summer for us, so we wanted a day of celebration and fun for everyone that wouldn't make me stress out trying to over-craft an entire party...which I have done a number of times.  
You can find all my other DIY Parties HERE.

I used some free clip art, fonts and iPiccy editing to make this digital party invitation:

I found the ideal ice cream themed "party paper products in a box" set on Amazon which gave me most of the mainstay items in one fell swoop and was a real bargain at $28.  Of course it's "currently unavailable" now, but the brand was Blue Panda.

Ice cream cone shaped plates, matching napkins, cups and flatware for 24 people:

Dessert plates and plastic tablecloth were included too, plus an ice cream shaped birthday bunting, which was a nice detail for the table.  I reused a hot pink felt cut-out table runner leftover from our previous Sewing Themed Birthday Party.

The paper set even came with balloons and some nice matching gift bags and I also bought this cute little cardboard ice cream truck centerpiece to add a little more decor fun:

I got a pack of foam ice cream poppers to do double duty as party favors & decorations.  These were a big hit with all ages:

 The cake was done by our favorite local bakery, Sorella's.  I saw a round cake online that had ice cream cones on the sides with frosting "scoops" and thought that kind of design would be ideal, just made bigger as a sheet cake.  There's usually squabbling over the cake section with the most frosting, so this way everyone got it!

Fortunately I also had this cute ice cream-themed gift bag in my stash from a previous family birthday (saving party bags = win), to tie into our theme:

 My big DIY party contribution was making this ice cream truck piñata:

 It took a bit of planning to design, but it came together just as I hoped and was really inexpensive to make. We love having birthday piñatas, but I just can't see spending $20+ on a store bought one, only to beat the heck out of it and throw it out.  This one literally cost me $5 plus the candy inside!

I even added some last minute personalization to make it extra special:

To complete our tablescape (and hide a broken window that was being replaced a few days later) I got this ice cream parlor backdrop - also from Amazon.  I figured we could use it for some fun photoshoots and, with a 1yr old daughter added to our now large family birthday list, more parties down the road.  I flanked it with some of the party set balloons, which were a perfect color match:

Overall, we were able to have a fun styled party, but without all the expense and headaches they usually entail to pull together.  That made both mom, and the birthday girl, happy:)

Check out some of my other DIY Parties:

photo SewCanDoPinkNinjaBirthdayParty1_zps72955ac3.jpgphoto SSCPartyMain_zpsc3ef0bf4.jpg Photobucket photo SewCanDoPinkCupcakeParty_zps62b8a9c3.jpgphoto CarnivalParty_zps05112047.png photo Fairy Garden Party
photo SewCanDoMLPParty2_zps836448cb.jpg photo SewCanDoMLPParty2_zps836448cb.jpg
photo Sewing Themed Birthday Party photo Wind In THe Willows Birthday Party

photo Flower Garden Themed Birthday Partyphoto DIY Beach Party Birthday Party


  1. This is so fun! I just love the way you've done the cake too with the ice cream cones. Happiest birthday wishes to your daughter!


    1. Thanks so much Alexandra! We all really enjoyed it and it wasn't exhausting to put together, which made it extra nice for me;)

  2. wonderful, that ice cream truck pinata is fabulous! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

    1. Thank you & thanks for hosting a great place to share it!


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