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Ice Cream Social Refreshments
Ice Cream Social Refreshments
Before the guests arrive, set out appetizing savory snacks such as vegetables or chips and dip, goldfish crackers, popcorn and pretzels. Provide plenty of cool drinks throughout the party like iced tea and punch. If there will be grown-ups at the party you'll want to offer coffee as well. You can even have a coffee bar where adults can make their own delicious iced coffee blends with ice cream toppings like chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

Don't feel the need to buy too many flavors of ice cream. Vanilla and chocolate should be enough, as your guests will load up their cones and bowls with lots and lots of toppings. However, you probably will want to have fat free yogurt or a sherbet as an alternative for calorie conscious adults. Keep the ice cream containers in steel tubs filled with ice to keep it cool. This is also a nice old-fashioned touch.

When it's time for ice cream, set up several serving stations to minimize the lines and mess. Dish out the ice cream into bowls or cones at the first, pour hot fudge or syrup at the next and set bowls of toppings at the last. You may also want to let them make their own banana splits and offer large cookies so they can make ice cream sandwiches.

The toppings will be the star of the party and you should buy as many colorful and tasty favorites as you can. Chocolate, caramel and butterscotch syrup, hot fudge, crumbled Oreos, pecans and nuts, chocolate chips and candy sprinkles, gummy candies and maraschino cherries, coconut, cookie dough and fruit... The list goes on and on. Don't forget the whipped cream to top it off!

If you're celebrating a birthday, keep the cake simple as the slices will likely be drowned in ice cream. A simple angel's food cake with chocolate frosting may do. You may even consider serving a delicious cookie or brownie cake instead.

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After the Ice Cream Social
After the Ice Cream Social
When the ice cream social is over you'll want to send your guests home with goody bags. Fill red and white striped gift bags, or white lunch bags decorated with ice cream stickers with old fashioned candies like candy sticks, jelly beans, gumballs and BlackJack gum. Add entertaining souvenirs such as coloring books and crayons, stickers and sticker books and ice cream cone pencil toppers.

If you're feeling a little creative, you could wrap ice cream cones filled with jelly beans or M&Ms in colorful cellophane. Tie it closed with a ribbon and add a note thanking them for being so sweet!

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