* Warning- this is a photo heavy post!
I went easy this year for Kalia's birthday, I did not have the energy with her new little sister around to do as much as I like. Kalia loves ice cream and I thought an ice cream party would be a perfect idea for her- and simple for me. I warned everyone that I would only serve ice cream goodies and cake (no one seemed to mind) which cut out a lot of the food prep I typically do.
A very simple buffet:
I used Kalia's favorite ice cream toppings: gummy bears, sprinkles, cherries and m&m's. Chocolate syrup, waffle ice cream bowls and sprinkled milk bottles rounded out the simple table.
The ice cream honeycomb backdrop was ridiculously easy- I tried to keep every diy and craft EASY for the party. Ice Cream Honeycomb DIY
I stamped everyone's names to spoons and to name all the ice cream toppings. I also added words like "Party" and "Rad" (in case I forgot anyone who was coming, lol...) I only invited family to cut down on the party, so it was an easy detail to do and I do not think time consuming even with a large guest list.
Remember my gold tray makeover? Well, I spray painted it again- all white- then added "sprinkles" with various colored craft paints. The ice cream sprinkle tray was a hit with Kalia and I may add it to her room, or more likely, re-spray it to match another themed party, ha.
The biggest task (and what made Nick say- I thought you were taking it easy this year?) Was Kalia's own ice cream truck! I had so much fun making this for her, she also helped paint the steering wheel and tires (paper plates)
She loved sitting here and "selling" ice cream! I wish these photos were better, as the ice cream truck is SO cool. I stored it in a back room with no ac and I live in Arizona, when I went to reshoot with good lighting...my ice cream truck had melted...an ice cream party catastrophe ;)
This is what it is like trying to take pictures of a 3 year old...
Until next year! Actually, I now have another daughter who's first birthday will be in January, holy cr*p I will have to do 2 of these a year!?... I better get back to work!!
If you want more kid party inspiration for the favorite girl in your life:
Her other parties have wayyyy more DIY ideas from when her Mom was not a slacker ;)
Everything else I pretty much had on hand, if I forgot anything, ask me!