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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


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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. Kate Landers Events, LLC says:

    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!!

  21. Love this! The centerpieces are great!

  22. Chris@Celebrations At Home says:

    This is amazing. And those parfait centerpieces “real”! Very cool!

  23. Joy says:

    This is in a word – AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Joy says:

    How does someone create the tags on the jars? Or where can we purchase them?

  25. Karryann says:

    Ok THIS BLOG is amazing. I have this love for over the top parties-fancy desserts,decorations… Love it ALL.. How lucky are you to get to do that..

  26. cammi says:

    wow – that candy buffet is straight out of willy wonka! Such great attention to detail! Loved the carnation in the ice cream cone – LOVE IT!

  27. Ebony Sparkes says:

    Too cute and SWEET! I love those take out boxes, I am using them for Easter.

  28. Stacey says:

    Looks so colorful and lots of fun Great ideas!

  29. Shiori says:

    That is way cool. I wish someone would have that around here so I can go.

  30. Elisha Akram says:

    Omgoodness, this party is absolutely adorable! This idea is just too cute! I love it!

  31. Paula says:

    TOOOOOOOOOOO Cute!!! I love the little details like using two dishes for jelly beans but tying them together with the same ribbon. And i have to agree that the colors are FAB! I love parties that scream little girl.

  32. Jasmyn says:

    This theme is too sweet for words! Even as an adult I would have a party like this for my friends. After all, who doesn’t love ice cream?
    Fabulous work; I am highly impressed!

  33. Gina Gomez says:

    This is so adorable! I just used this same theme for my daughter’s birthday in February. I used cotton candy instead of maribou. I wish i had thought of this myself because the cotton candy was so sticky! lol The candy bar was much more elaborate than mine. Great job!

  34. Andrea Fraga says:


    This is sooo sweet and gorgeous. Makes me want candy really bad!

    A kids heaven!

    Dolce Drive~

  35. Kami says:

    Saw this just in time & made the carnation-filled ice cream cones to round out the table at my daughter’s bday last night. They were a huge hit with the third grade girls –and my older daughters!!!

  36. Neisau Tuidraki says:

    I love this, blue is my fave color definitely doing something like this for my b’day

  37. Ellen says:

    LOVE this theme! I’m surprised I haven’t seen it before. Ice cream is a win-win situation for the kids AND parents. Yumm. Question: Are 29 year-olds allowed to throw ice cream themed parties?? ;)

  38. angela says:

    how fun and creative! i love the ice cream table setting!

  39. Monique says:

    Those centerpieces are to die for! I love this party. Too cute

  40. Nadine says:

    Gorgeous and what a wonderful job!
    Love the attention to detail.

  41. Denise says:

    So cute!!! I wanted to do a candy-themed party for my daughter’s next birthday….but she insists on Fancy Nancy. So she’s having a FN party with a candy buffet…everybody’s happy!
    I would really love to know where you found the scooper spoon that is in the gum ball vase?

  42. Mrs. R says:

    also love this idea for a baby shower… gorgeous!

  43. I love the color combination . Great party ! Very cute and lovely .

  44. Love the centerpieces! Amazing idea! This would make a really great baby shower theme too. How fun!

  45. Wow – what an amazing birthday party!

  46. Victoria says:

    I absolutely LOVE the ice cream cones with the maribou poofs on the top! ADORABLE. I will definitely be drawing some inspiration from this :)

  47. Tanya says:

    Love the candy buffet and seen the tags on other sites can someone tell me are they on a software I tried Microsoft Word and publisher can’t find it or are they purchased and where can I get them.

  48. Jazmine says:

    I love this theme…Is there any way you can email me a location where I can find the Ice cream sundaes giant bases or glass jars? I love them!!

  49. Lisa Gresham says:

    I love this! I am planning a bridal shower and I am thinking of using this and doing a Love, sweet love theme. It seems a bit risky to do for a bridal shower but I think it would be unique and fun. Anybody care to give me your 2 cents? Would so appreciate it.

  50. Jenn @ HWTM says:

    Hi Lisa –

    I love the idea of tailoring this party to a bridal shower! My advice would be to use a more “grown up” color palette like red, pink, black & white, add some stylish ribbon details featuring a chic pattern like damask or mod dots… and maybe pull some additional inspiration from these themes:

    Good luck! :)

  51. Lisa Gresham says:

    Thanks Jenn. Now I have the confidence to go for it :) Appreciate your input so much.

  52. Brooke says:

    Where can I buy the tags like the ones on the candy jars and the chinese take out boxes

  53. Lauren says:

    Sooo cute! Would someone mind sharing where I can purchase these tags, or the template used to create them? My daughters birthday party is next weekend and we are doing a “Parfait” station. :)

  54. Lisa Gresham says:

    Lauren you can go to and there are many people who sell print your own tags that you can have specially done for your party. It usually costs around $5 for the design on jpeg file and then you just print and cut them out using cardstock. You can even take the file to a print shop in your area and they can print them for you.

  55. Sandra says:

    That is sooo sweet and cute, love it!

  56. Love the centerpieces!

  57. Janelle says:

    Love the tall sundaes! Where do you find the parfait dishes?

  58. Miriam and Sophia says:

    cute. really really cute. an excellent, immaculate, exquisite, and fantastic party! an excellent choice for a girl of any age!

  59. ellen bessette says:

    I love,love,love this! I’m curious to see if you had a cake or cupcakes for the bday girl. And where did you find the runners for the tables? thanks!!!

  60. Sandra says:

    I love this! What a sweet girl….

  61. Erica says:

    OMG!! This is sooooooooooooo adorable.

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  63. TikiTiffany says:

    Great ideas, the whole party looked amazing. What a lucky kid to have such an amazing birthday party.
    I’m curious too how you made the sundaes. Is it pudding?

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  65. Greta says:

    Wow pretty colours!
    I might even use it for my birthday!
    ( I have loved ice cream since I was 5 )

    Greta :)

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  67. shenisebellamy says:

    Where can I find the parfait cups , I really need to know I need them for my daughter’s party coming up ?

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  69. where can I find the giant ice cream sundae vases?

  70. Kelly Garibaldi says:

    I wanted to know where i can buy the giant ice cream sundae vases

  71. Rebecca Thornsberry says:

    Where did you find the giant ice cream sundae vases and what is in the giant sundaes? I can tell the marshmallows on top, but what is the “shake” made from?

  72. Cindy Nguyen says:

    This is mad cool but where can I find this?

  73. Charms says:

    Hey I would like to know how can I get the link for the printables (tags, labels, invitations) or was it created

  74. Shola W. Mustapha says:

    Where can I find the labels?

  75. Shola M. says: