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Ice Cream Party

Host the ultimate ice cream party! Ice cream has been a favorite dessert since the colonial days. George Washington served ice cream to guests from his Mt. Vernon home at what could have been one of the first ice cream parties held in the United States. Celebrate this old-fashioned delicacy your own way by adding a new spin on hosting an ice cream party.  101767327.jpg

Flavors

Ice cream has come a long way from what Alexander the Great used to enjoy: snow flavored with honey and nectar. In fact, gourmet ice creameries have become a hot trend. When hosting an ice cream party, stick to classics (vanilla and chocolate), but try adding some not-so-conventional flavors, like some of these top-selling specialty ice cream flavors.

  • Cinnamon Toast
  • Bone Marrow with Smoked Cherries
  • Maple Bacon
  • Avocado
  • Strawberry Balsamic
  • Salted Caramel
  • Honey Lavender

For those faint of heart when it comes to crazy flavors, opt for some creative toppings for your ice cream party. At least with toppings, you can easily experiment with different flavor profiles without having to commit to one flavor as you would with ice cream.

Toppings

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Fun toppings add an element of excitement to any ice cream buffet. Guests love to customize their own sundaes, which often turn into conversational pieces. Pick toppings for the buffet based on your guest list, party theme and ice cream selection. A simple way to display your toppings is by using organizational tools like drawers, wooden boxes and baskets. Line whatever you use with waxed paper to ensure the food isn’t exposed to paint or chemicals. For a streamlined look, select toppings that color coordinate with your party’s theme. 

For an example, coconut, pink M&Ms, vanilla chips and cherries compliment birthday parties, bridal showers and silver anniversary themes. While toppings are terrific, why not top off your ice cream party with a delectable sauce?

 

 

Sauce

78367451.jpgHot fudge has been a long time favorite for many. However, many new epicurean sauces are being introduced to the sundae scene, thanks in part to gourmet ice creameries.

Sauce Ideas 

  • Peanut Butter Sauce
  • Cinnamon Chocolate
  • Rum Caramel
  • Peppermint Fudge
  • Honey Butterscotch

Use a slow cooker to maintain the perfect temperature for your sauce. Set a spoon ladle out to avoid a saucy mess. You can also pour different sauces into small creamers at their table, which allows people to add as much as they want. Ice cream parties are a lovely way to catch up with friends… and on all the new ice cream trends!

 

Resources Below

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/02/20/147054700/george-washingtons-ice-cream-recipe-first-cut-ice-from-river

http://www.idfa.org/news--views/media-kits/ice-cream/july-is-national-ice-cream-mon/

http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/05/24/fifteen-funkiest-ice-cream-flavors-on-earth/