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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. [email protected] At Home says:

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

  2. Joy says:

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

  3. Joy says:

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

  4. 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..

  5. 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!

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

  7. Stacey says:

    Looks so colorful and lots of fun Great ideas!

  8. Shiori says:

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

  9. Elisha Akram says:

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. Andrea Fraga says:


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

    A kids heaven!

    Dolce Drive~

  14. 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!!!

  15. Neisau Tuidraki says:

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

  16. 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?? ;)

  17. angela says:

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

  18. Monique says:

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