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Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table – OS Recap Part 2

The Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table, designed by Marie of Sweets Indeed, from the latest Operation Shower Event (See the full event recap here!) is full of beautiful patterns and golden details that needed their own post to shine. The table has a smorgasbord of sweet options and the decorations will keep you lingering, especially the genius printables designed by Abigail of Paper & Cake. But truthfully, the most beautiful part of the whole table is that everything was donated – materials, desserts, and lots of time from an incredible team (all linked in the vendor credits below)!

SWEET HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Lemon blueberry cake with fondant succulents, pink watercolor tier and edible gold foil accents
– “Sweet Dreams” banner, oversized embroidery hoop “dreamcatchers” and fresh succulent clusters
Incredible dream catcher cookies made by A Twist of Cake
– Strawberries and cream scones, gold chocolate heart & salted caramel candies
– Gold painted pink & mint macarons + dipped crispy treats with mini gold leaf toppers

Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table – OS Recap Part 2

Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table – OS Recap Part 2

Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table – OS Recap Part 2

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Set Sail for Shakes & Sundaes! {A Nautical Ice Cream Bar}

This post is sponsored by California Milk Advisory Board.

Did you know that there’s such a thing as National Hot Fudge Sundae Day? Seriously – you can google it! And also… it’s TOMORROW. Personally, I think any day is a great day for a hot fudge sundae, but if someone wants to give me a good excuse to enjoy one, then that’s just fine by me. ;)

So, in celebration of National Hot Fudge Sundae Day – and of July being National Ice Cream Month in general – California Milk Advisory Board asked me to create a family-friendly Milkshakes & Sundaes Bar, featuring delicious ice cream made from Real California Milk. I always love a good party theme, and thought a nautical twist felt especially fitting for summer, so I invite you to scroll on down and Set Sail for Shakes and Sundaes with me today!

I hope this post inspires you to set up an ice cream bar of your own, which can mean anything from styling out a full table to utilizing just a couple of your favorite quick ideas for a simpler get together. Either way, I’m giving away all of these Nautical Ice Cream Printables for free, which should make recreating this look even easier. Download the signs, labels, banner, and other paper details right here.

Set Sail for Shakes & Sundaes! {A Nautical Ice Cream Bar}

Set Sail for Shakes & Sundaes! {A Nautical Ice Cream Bar}

How to Set Up a Nautical Ice Cream Bar

The first thing you’ll need to do is map out the basics:

1) flavors of ice cream made from Real California Milk
2) mix-ins and toppings
3) serving vessels

For a shakes and sundaes bar, I’ve found that it’s best to keep the ice cream options simple. Serve just 2-3 flavors so that you have plenty of room for toppings & mixers. In addition to cups and sundae bowls, it’s always nice to include ice cream cones for the people that love them… like me! ;)

Set Sail for Shakes & Sundaes! {A Nautical Ice Cream Bar}

I found the plastic bowls pictured above at Target for .79 each. They’re technically kids bowls, but perfectly sized for ice cream sundaes! Wooden spoons were customized with patterned paper on the handles (except for the one design I had that already matched). Bottled toppings like flavored syrups and hot fudge got a quick makeover too, with ribbon + printable papers & labels.

This station is equipped with everything you needs to make milkshakes, floats, ice cream sundaes, and even an Ice Cream Sundae Milkshake (!) like this one:

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Free Printables for a Nautical Ice Cream Party

Hello, friends! I designed these ice cream inspired printables recently to use in a Nautical Ice Cream Bar created for California Milk Advisory Board. I hope you can have some fun with them too! The food/drink labels and tent cards are included in both customized and blank versions for extra versatility.

Download links are at the bottom of the post – and you can find inspiration on how to utilize them right here. Enjoy. :)

Free Printables for a Nautical Ice Cream Party

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Retro Fun for Grown Ups: A Cocktail Milkshake Bar!

This post is sponsored by California Milk Advisory Board. California dairy farms produce 20% of the entire nation’s dairy supply, and 99% of them are family-owned! Learn more about them here.

As the saying goesI scream, you scream, we ALL scream for ice cream”  – and that includes the grown-ups! And being one of these ice-cream-loving-grown-ups myself, I was super excited when California Milk Advisory Board asked me to design a Cocktail Infused Milkshake Bar for them, in celebration of National Ice Cream Month (July). That’s right, folks… this table is filled with everything you need to make those tasty milkshakes that we all know and love, but served up with an adult-friendly kick!

Retro Fun for Grown Ups: A Cocktail Milkshake Bar!

Retro Palm Springs Chic + Kitschy Fun
I really had some fun with the styling on this theme and hope it makes you happy too… flamingos – check, kitschy cow figurines – check, rainbow sprinkles – check, boozy milkshakes – CHECK! There are lots of FREE Ice Cream Printables for you do download here as well. Speaking of which, I just couldn’t resist channeling a little Kelis for the occasion… ;)

Retro Fun for Grown Ups: A Cocktail Milkshake Bar!

Download this milkshake sign + lots more fun designs below!

Retro Fun for Grown Ups: A Cocktail Milkshake Bar!

How to Set Up a Cocktail Milkshake Bar

When it comes to a make-it-yourself station of any kind at a party, it’s important to keep the elements organized and functional for your guests. I started by dividing the table into 3 clear-cut sections: SCOOP (the ice cream made from Real California Milk), SPIKE (the mixers), and SHAKE (the blender). Giant ice cream cone balloons served as fun signs!

Retro Fun for Grown Ups: A Cocktail Milkshake Bar!

I made these balloons from punch balloons + printable ice cream cones. The cones are attached to the balloon with 3D glue dots, and since punch balloons come fitted with a rubber band at the top, they are naturally quite convenient for hanging.

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This post is sponsored by Coca-Cola®. Did you know you can order your own personalized Coke bottles online now? Correct name spelling at all! ;) Learn more here. #ShareaCoke We’ve done a few movie nights in our backyard, and they’re always super fun! We use a big projector screen that was originally purchased for work […]

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What’s black and white and RETRO all over? These playful Bridesmaid Luncheon & Gift Ideas! I’ve been working with Coke this summer to help get the word out about the fabulous new personalized Coke bottles that you can now order online (woo hoo!), and thought this would be a great opportunity to dream up some […]

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