25 Jun

REAL PARTIES: Sherbert & Spice Birthday {Part 1 – Food & Drinks}

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

I am constantly blown away by the creativity that exists amongst our readers… and today is a perfect example!

This Sherbert and Spice Birthday Party is another wonderful creation from the amazingly talented Victoria of The City Cradle. I seriously want to BE at this party… doesn’t it make you feel like a kid again just looking at it?! Loving this theme for a “Love Sweet Love” bridal shower idea too…

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for all the fabulous food & drink details from Victoria, including her generous free printables so that you can recreate this look at home!


Our Sherbert & Spice theme was possibly the most enjoyable celebration I’ve done…It was girlie, summer, old-fashioned fun at its best and I am just giddy to share a bit of it with you today!

The details would translate well to many other summer-time parties – really anytime you give a group of kids melting ice cream & games it is a success!

The sherbert stand was truly a work of love! Made by the mom I was planning for- she hand drilled it all together and right in the middle of a major family move. The kids loved it and our chalkboard Sherbert sign signaled them over throughout the afternoon.

We served up the sherbert toppings in a vintage model ferris wheel, each little basket holding a different yummy treat:

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

On the sherbert stand we also offered a variety of ice cream sandwiches and ice cream birthday cones. The sandwiches were tied up neatly with custom ice cream birthday labels and tied off with string.

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

You can download the labels for the ice cream sandwiches and cones by clicking here. Instructions: Simply print (there are multiple labels per page) and trim where necessary to fit your ice cream treats! Wrap around and tie with string.

The kids especially enjoyed when we had the ice-cream man working behind our stand serving up gooey goodness for them. My little Chica even ate a whole messy cone herself- 25 cents was the going price! =)

The dessert bar featured custom popcorn cones, a cake with a chalkboard banner, and vases of old fashioned candy.

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

A bit of old fashion vintage charm peaked through many of our ice cream birthday design pieces. We washed and sanitized a bushel of very old coke bottles found at a local flee market to serve as glasses for the event. With bright straws sticking out they were a huge hit.

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

To quench the after ice cream thirst we had stacks of custom labeled juice boxes set out along with fruit-lemonade for the adults.

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Inspired by this celebrity party, the custom juice labels seemed too lovely a detail to pass up. You can download these custom juice box labels to use at your own party by clicking here. Remember to take the straws off the boxes before covering them, you can reattach them with string or simply set them in a bowl nearby.

To ensure guests didn’t faint from all the sugar we set up a food table with a special carnival fare:

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Stacks of corn dogs (pictured at top) curbed hunger and BBQ’d corn was finished off with fabric flag holders.

The DIY for the fabric flags is here, I simply attached each flag to 2 toothpicks and stuck in the ends of the corn. The flags are a great stand in for those plastic hot corn grips. Wouldn’t they be lovely done as USA flags for an upcoming independence day celebration?

A bite size vegetable spread was centered on our food table. Using baby versions of the veggies they fit snugly in small candy cups. Multiple dips were ready beside them for dipping.

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Dots for dessert complemented our sherbert ice cream perfectly:

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

We affixed sticky pieces of Velcro to each of our dotted papers to create candy bracelets for each of the children.


Stay tuned for more details on the Party Decor & Activities in Part 2 of this feature!

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ochottie SAYS:

sweet idea

June 25, 2010 at 11:49 am

Brandy SAYS:

Love, love, love! I want to recreate this from start to finish! So cute!

June 25, 2010 at 11:54 am

Audrey H. SAYS:

These are all very lovely ideas and details!!

May I ask the name of the font used for the word “sweet” in the “sweet, details” heading above?

June 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Crystal SAYS:

I am in love with this. I can’t imagine doing all the ice cream outside here in South Carolina. It would melt as soon as it hit the door!

Love the pink and orange. Ii will be doing a “not so themey” dora party for my daughter and we will be using pink and orange!

June 25, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Amber SAYS:

This would be a really cute baby shower idea for a girl! Love it!

June 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm


Audrey –

The font is called “Albemarle Swash”. You can find it for free online via Google :)


June 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Betty Islas Velazquez SAYS:

That is so adorable! Love the colors

June 25, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Backsplashes SAYS:

You always have such wonder subjects and georgeous pictures. That stuff looks good enough to eat!

June 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Audrey H. SAYS:

Thanks Jenn for the font info!!

June 26, 2010 at 12:06 am

bride n me SAYS:

Totally inspiring. I love all the ideas in here and I know the kids who went to this party totally enjoyed the fabulous birthday food.

June 26, 2010 at 10:11 am

Jenn with Theme A Party SAYS:

Too cute! I love it! The sherbert stand is such a cute idea.

June 26, 2010 at 10:39 am

Ebony Sparkes SAYS:

So cute! Just in time for my Marley’s Sweet Shoppe Party this summer! ;)


June 27, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Wedding Retailer SAYS:

Sweet pictures!

June 28, 2010 at 4:39 am

Cheryl of Bliss! Weddings Market SAYS:

very, very cute! love the paper wrap around the ice cream sandwiches!

June 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Alena SAYS:

Adore this party and all you do!

June 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Sarah SAYS:

I was just wondering where you got the little ferris wheel? It is adorable!

January 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Marisa SAYS:

I really love all of these ideas. FYI: the correct spelling is SHERBET, not sherbert. This is a common mistake with everyone. If you don’t believe me, look it up. Just want to give you a heads-up!

January 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Desiree Reyes SAYS:

hi i want to buy this vitage ferris weel

June 16, 2011 at 7:40 am

Julie SAYS:

Adorable!! Love the ferris wheel . . where can I find one?

August 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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