Summer is a fun time to host an ice cream party for birthday celebrations, graduation, July 4th, or just because! Who doesn’t love ice cream (or sherbet if you are lactose intolerant)? You can save a ton of money on your next ice cream party simply by using items found at your local Dollar Tree or other inexpensive retailers. I’m also giving you free printables to help you decorate your ice cream party! Here’s how to host a Summer Ice Cream Party Using Dollar Store Items & Free Printables!
Summer Ice Cream Party Using Dollar Store Items & Free Printables
I went shopping for supplies at the Dollar Tree & Aldi and found all our ice cream supplies starting at $1. Everything you need is included on this handy checklist I put together which is free to download in my digital library (get access below).
The free printable includes…
- 2 Ice Cream Party Invitations (1 with a pink border, 1 blue border)
- 2 Yellow Sugar Cone Wrappers
- 2 Blue Sugar Cone Wrappers
- 2 Pink Sugar Cone Wrappers
- 6 Thank You Tags (2 Blue, 2 Pink, 2 Yellow)
- “ICE CREAM” Bunting with Pink & Blue Colors
The total supplies for our ice cream party is broken down below! This was a very inexpensive party to host so if you are looking to save money but love hosting parties, an ice cream party is an ideal choice.
- Ice Cream Party Free Printables (get them below) -Free
- Ice Cream (Snack) Cups -$1.00 (Dollar Tree)
- Wooden Spoons/Plastic Spoons -$1.00 (Dollar Tree)
- Napkins -$1.00 (Dollar Tree)
- Mason Jars – Already had on-hand
- Ice Cream Sugar Cones -$1.19 (Aldi)
- Rainbow Sprinkles -$1.00 (Dollar Tree)
- Gummies – $0.95 (Aldi)
- Ice Cream (chocolate/vanilla/strawberry) – $7.00 (Aldi)
- Marichino Cherries – $1.49 (Aldi)
- Whipped Cream -$0.79 (Aldi, not pictured)
- Bananas – $0.50 (Aldi, not pictured)
- Ingredients for DIY Hot Fudge (1 can sweetened condensed milk + 1.5 cups chocolate chips) – optional
- Ingredients for DIY Caramel Sauce (brown sugar + butter) – optional
The total spent on this party was $15.92!
I also used some popcorn that we already had in our pantry with cellophane bags, twine, and the free printable Thank You tags as party favors. I thought salty (popcorn) and sweet goes well together and popcorn is a super-cheap edible-extra that almost everyone likes to eat.
There are many other ice cream supplies you can add to your ice cream party, it just depends on how much you want to spend in the end (the more toppings, the more cost!). A few other toppings that come to mind…
- Shredded Coconut
- Chopped Walnuts or Peanuts
- Chocolate Syrup
- Strawberry Syrup
- Crushed Oreos
- Waffle Cones
- Cake Cones
- Banana Split Bowls
How to Host an Inexpensive Ice Cream Party:
- Print the free ice cream party checklist and decor (get it at the end of this post).
- Go shopping for supplies at your local Dollar Tree or try Target One Spot (depending on the time of year, you can find ice cream supplies there). I purchased the remaining food items on my list at Aldi (their prices are super low in my area).
- Make the DIY hot fudge and caramel sauce (if using at your ice cream party).
- Arrange all supplies and ingredients on a table with the decor:
- I put my tubs of ice cream in a basket wrapped with a pink and yellow bunting for a pretty display (you can find this mini pink & yellow bunting in my library under “Spring Printables”).
- Place cones and spoons in a wide-mouth mason jar.
- Use small mason (jelly) jars for toppings (if you use larger jars the kids will probably go overboard with toppings!).
Cool off this summer with these fun free printables and an easy, inexpensive DIY ice cream party!
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