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REAL PARTIES: Ice Cream Shoppe Theme

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Today’s Real Party is – in a word – DELICIOUS!

This Ice Cream/Candy Shoppe theme was created by Pooneh Shakoori and friend/event planner Sheri Valainis for her daughter’s 5th birthday party, and there’s actually also some great inspiration here for a Pickles & Ice Cream or Cravings baby shower!

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

Read on for TONS of adorable & inspiring images, as well as a description of the party as told by Pooneh…


ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

My daughter, Tara loves sweets, so an ice cream/candy party was the perfect choice for her 5th birthday celebration.

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

We chose to host the event at our local Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor which recently opened at The Mission Viejo Shops, in Orange County, California. I asked my girlfriend, Sheri, with Sheri Valainis Events, to help me.

We wanted to completely transform the space into a magical, sweet candy palace.

For the table centerpieces, we alternated between giant ice cream sundaes and glass jars filled with sundae toppings.

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

To tie the look together, we also created whimsical marabou ice cream cone centerpieces with hot pink and lime green blumeboxes and set them on each end of the tables.

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

{Side note from Jenn: I was able to recreate the round, fluffy “ice cream scoops” for the sugar cones by tying a piece of marabou boa in knots – on on top of the other – until the boa ball reached the ideal size for the cone. Trim off any excess boa and place the trimmed end down inside the cone.}

Each place setting featured an “ice cream cone” made out of cake cones, pink carnations, and a red gumball for the “cherry on top!

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

To add to the ambiance, we created a candy table straight out of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The kids loved it!

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

We kept the children busy with ice cream and candy related crafts and ice cream themed games.

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

A great time was had by all!


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80 responses to “REAL PARTIES: Ice Cream Shoppe Theme”

  1. Thara says:

    This theme is so adorable! Love the attention to detail. The carnation in the cone is such a cute touch and I loved the feathered boa idea to make a puffy ball! Very cute :)

  2. SWEET as can be! LOVE it!

  3. This is a fabulous theme, I love it! I absolutely adore the centerpieces and the candy table is incredible.

  4. Anne says:

    This is absolutely the cutest party I’ve ever seen! What a great way to display all the ice cream toppings on the table….the candy table is amazing….and I just love the big gumball lollipop!

    Getting me thinking of ideas for my girls’ next party!

  5. neli says:

    I really love the colors!!!!!

  6. BEYOND CUTE! I think this is one of my favorite parties EVER!

  7. Latoya says:

    I LOVE this party! So bright, fun, and SWEET! Love all the little details!

  8. Rachael says:

    I love all the colors. Excellent job

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  10. wow this is so beautiful, the colors are amazing.

  11. Desiree says:

    So fun!! Love the labels that were used throughout with the ice cream cone. Great details!!

  12. Danielle says:

    I wish this was my party!

    How did you do the giant Sundaes?

  13. Courtney D. says:

    Oh my Sweetness! I LOVE the oversized jars with the marshmallows as whipped topping! So precious and creative! GOOD WORK!

  14. FABULOUS centerpieces! Outstanding candy buffet! Love it!!! And Farrells…I remember going there as a kid! Too fun!!!!!!

  15. Michelle says:

    Is it bad that I want this kind of party for my 40th?
    I absolutely LOVE IT!

  16. Jeannette Rivas says:

    I’m loving this theme!

  17. joy fontana says:

    Hi do you set up for weddings

  18. The Fairy says:

    Love the place settings, fluffy cones and gumball topiary. Super cute and such creative use of candy. Very inspiring.

  19. Deemarie Parsons says:

    I like how creative and beautiful this party turn out!

  20. akthomas22 says:

    This is so adorable!!! One of my absolute favorites!!