My daughter turned nine this week. Nine is an age when character birthdays are almost over but you still want to have a fun birthday party. This year I wanted to keep it small so she invited a few friends over for an Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae Party. It was easy and fun to plan and the girls had a great time.
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Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae Party Checklist
Create Awesome Invitations
Usually I go out and buy invitations to send in the mail. This year I did things a little different. I decided to text the invites. It was a small group and I find most people remember things on their phones better than a paper invite. I didn’t want to send an everyday text though, I wanted it to be fun and exciting. To add some fun to the invite we got creative and made our own on Canva.
We went on Canva and created an adorable invite that my daughter could customize herself. Canva offers really easy ways to make invites and other images that you might want to share. It’s free and they save your work. Best of all my daughter could change the colors of everything she wanted. She changed the colors of the hats and the font. My daughter had never used Canva and made an invite in ten minutes. It is super easy and fun!
After we made the invite all I had to do was save it and send it. You can save it to a computer if you want to email it. I saved it on my phone so I could text it.
Goody Bags they Will Love (and their parents will too!)
Goody bags can get a little crazy. A lot of parents love them or hate them. I fall somewhere in the middle. I like passing out goody bags and it is fun when my kids receive them. What I don’t love is a bunch of things that don’t make it past the front door. You know the things. Bouncy balls and sticky hands. I want to give out things that will last and are fun but also within a budget.
I really try to put useful things in the goody bags. (I know sometimes it is too expensive or difficult, and I have filled bags with the typical goody bag treats.) I’ve also made music CDs and T-shirts with Iron-On Characters. I try to really brainstorm ideas that can go with the theme. For this party you could fill a sandwich bag with some toppings and it could be a create your own ice cream sundae. Take a few minutes to think of creative ideas for your theme.
This year I let my daughter help decide what she wanted to give out. After we picked the theme she looked at Oriental Trading Company and started searching. This is a perk of being nine, you get to help put the goody bags together. I like to tell her to put whatever she likes in the cart and then we go back and discuss what stays and what goes.
We had a big list to go through because Oriental Trading Company has so many awesome options. They have an endless amount of themes and ideas. We narrowed it down and placed our order. My daughter was really excited to help put this together for her friends.
Our Ice Cream Sundae Birthday Party Goody Bags:
- Ice Cream Themed Cards
- Multi-Color Pen
- Nail Polish
- Cake Batter Chap Stick
Decorations make a party fun. There is something special about how decorations can transform your kitchen or dining room into a festive party place! I wanted the decorations to be colorful and fun. Oriental Trading Company had great ice cream themed decorations. I loved the centerpiece and the hanging ice cream cones. They added an extra special touch to our party.
It’s All About the Toppings
At an Ice Cream Sundae Birthday Party toppings are king. I purchased a big tub of vanilla ice cream and set up a toppings station. This is where it got really fun! I think the girls really loved the freedom they had to create the perfect ice cream sundae. Although they did not finish them they had a blast creating these ice cream towers!!
- Chocolate Sauce
- Whip cream
- M & M
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Waffle Bowls
Let Them Play
Some times we plan so much we forget that they are kids and they just want to play. This year I planned nothing. I let them create their own fun. There was not a bored moment. They told scary stories and ran around outside. The house was filled with lots of laughter and giggles. There were whispers and dance parties. Keeping the party small made it more of a fun playdate.
It was so fun to watch the girls laugh and play. They even included the little brothers!! (That can always be a challenge!) The birthday party was a huge success. The ideas and decorations from Oriental Trading Company were the perfect accents to put together and easy and fun party.
Do you have an upcoming party? Check out Oriental Trading Company coupon page and start planning!