26 Mar

REAL PARTIES: Ice Cream Shoppe Theme

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

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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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 :)

March 26, 2010 at 9:23 am

Kim - The TomKat Studio SAYS:

SWEET as can be! LOVE it!

March 26, 2010 at 9:25 am

Adriana Garcia SAYS:

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

March 26, 2010 at 9:28 am

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!

March 26, 2010 at 9:29 am

neli SAYS:

I really love the colors!!!!!

March 26, 2010 at 9:33 am

Party Box Design SAYS:

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

March 26, 2010 at 9:39 am

Latoya SAYS:

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

March 26, 2010 at 9:40 am

Rachael SAYS:

I love all the colors. Excellent job

March 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

wow this is so beautiful, the colors are amazing.

March 26, 2010 at 10:07 am

Desiree SAYS:

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

March 26, 2010 at 10:10 am

Danielle SAYS:

I wish this was my party!

How did you do the giant Sundaes?

March 26, 2010 at 10:18 am

maru SAYS:

Didi you find how did she do the giant sundae??
Please!!!! :)

December 14, 2012 at 7:47 am

Courtney D. SAYS:

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

March 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

Kate Landers Events, LLC SAYS:

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

March 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

Michelle SAYS:

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

March 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

Jeannette Rivas SAYS:

I’m loving this theme!

March 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

joy fontana SAYS:

Hi do you set up for weddings

March 26, 2010 at 11:03 am

The Fairy SAYS:

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

March 26, 2010 at 11:09 am

Deemarie Parsons SAYS:

I like how creative and beautiful this party turn out!

March 26, 2010 at 11:26 am

akthomas22 SAYS:

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

March 26, 2010 at 11:36 am
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