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Red, White, & Blue Ice Cream Block Party

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Ice Cream Socials are always a fabulous party theme for summer… ESPECIALLY when they look as adorable as this particular ice cream social block party by Melissa from Buckets of Grace!

The retro-modern vibe of this party makes it fun for all ages, and the red white and blue palette also makes it fabulous inspiration for 4th of July! From the soda-shoppe-like printables and “Make Your Own Rootbeer Float” station to the thoughtfully styled ice cream toppings, the kids’ shirts, and more, Melissa did such a great job thinking of all the little details! And also on the smart-thinking side of things, she used the exact same color palette as her son’s upcoming carnival party that was already in the works so that she could use a lot of the elements for both parties and not break the bank!

Ice Cream Social Block Party

Read on for LOTS more yummy images + all the creative details…

Ice Cream Social Block Party

Ice Cream Social Block Party

Ice Cream Social Block Party

Ice Cream Social Block Party

Ice Cream Social Block Party

Ice Cream Social Block Party

Ice Cream Social Block Party

Ice Cream Social Block Party

Ice Cream Social Block Party

Ice Cream Social Block Party

Ice Cream Social Block Party


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Melissa

“My neighbor and I wanted to think of a fun way to celebrate the end of the school year as well as the start of summer.  What better way than with ice cream!  We thought it would be fun to kick off summer in the neighborhood by inviting our friends and neighbors to an ice cream social.  During the winter months, we don’t get to see our neighbors too often so we thought it would be a great opportunity to reconnect at the start of summer.  My kids and I had fun going up and down the street placing the adorable invitations from Anders Ruff in our neighbors’ mailboxes.  We provided the toppings and everyone was asked to bring their favorite ice cream flavor.  I had vanilla on standby for DIY Root Beer floats as well.

The inspiration for the party was really the color palette.  I did not want to break the bank on this get-together so I decided to go with the same color palette that I am using for my son’s upcoming carnival party – lots of the items will serve double duty!  I also think the light blue and red color scheme evinces summer fun and is a great combination for an ice cream party.  This party was really planned last minute so we did lots of DIY details.  I also wanted to have a hint of a nostalgic ice cream parlor.  As soon as I found Carli from Dimple Prints Ice Cream printables, I knew that was the look.  She graciously agreed to do a color change of the printables for me.  I think they set the tone for the entire party.  I also found the Root Beer bottle labels and labels for the Whip Cream from LoraLee Lewis.  Her products are just amazing!

Unfortunately, the weather was awful!  It had been in the 90’s all week and the day before the party, it turned unseasonably cool – even for Wisconsin.  Despite the temps in the 50’s, the kids were bound to have some summer fun.  The rain graciously held off and we were able to have a great party.  We had a camp fire going so people could eat their ice cream by the camp fire and not get too cold.  As it turned dark, we lit sparklers for the kids.  A perfect ending to a perfect neighborhood get-together!”


– Party Styling & Planning: Melissa from Buckets of Grace
– Invitations: Anders Ruff
– Printables: Dimple Prints
– Root Beer & Whip Cream Labels: LoraLee Lewis
– Root Beer Float & Floral Arrangement Cups: Dollar Tree
– Sparkler Cards: Print Your Party
– Soda Jerk Hats:  Ebay
– Ice Cream Bubbles: Windy City Novelties
– Small Pinwheels & Pinwheel Clips: Crossroads Cottage
– Ice Cream Cookies:  Melissa Joy Fanciful Cookies & More
– Sugar Cone Wrappers:  Refresh My Heart
– Grace & Ethan’s Shirts:  Stitch This
– White Ruffle Tablecloth:  Sweet Tea & Linen
– Sweets Tower:  Pottery Barn
– Three-Tiered Galvanized Step Stand: Hobby Lobby

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

16 responses to “Red, White, & Blue Ice Cream Block Party”

  1. Laura says:

    This is a beautiful party, and looks like it was lots of fun for everyone. I love that Melissa invited her neighbors – so often we save these special touches for those closest to us, and rightfully so. But what a gift to her neighbors to be on the receiving end of such a thoughtful celebration!

  2. Tana Nelson says:

    I love it! A great theme design and a great way to reconnect with others.

  3. HiLLjO says:

    ice cream party midsummer… simply. brilliant.

  4. What a fabulous summer time treat for the neighborhood! This is a great idea for a 4th of July celebration. Did you know that in1984 Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. Read more about it here

  5. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions says:

    Who doesn’t love a ice cream social?!? And the patriotic theme is classic!

  6. Melissa did such a WONDERFUL job!

  7. Wow! Such beautiful details…love it, wish I was a guest at this party!

  8. Beatriz says:

    Espectacular!!, maravillosa fiesta, increíble trabajo. Espero organizar alguna fiesta así algún día.

  9. Mel says:

    I’ve heard of ice cream socials and “dime” socials (Laura Ingalls Wilder fan here…she said, ducking her head in embarrassment).

    You totally did this theme justice, hon. Awesome stuff.

  10. Vanessa Banks says:

    This is so cute! I would love to throw a fourth of July party like this. I just love the color scheme of everything, and of course all those sweets look delicious! Does anyone know where i can teach myself how to plan events like this? I’ve started watching instructional classes on the Event Leadership Institute, and they’re great and I’ve learned a lot, but I’m trying to learn about this from as many places as possible.

  11. Brandi says:

    Beautiful party! It looks like it was a ton of fun…a perfect way to kick off the summer!

  12. Kathy Murphy says:

    WOW! That looks great and fun and yummy!

  13. Kathy Roller says:

    oh my GOODNESS…that is the cutest thing EVER! I need to make a mental note to do this next year for the 4th! I can’t believe your creativity. You’ve hooked me!

  14. Melissa @Buckets of Grace says:

    What a great surprise to come home to from our 4th of July vacation! Thank you so much for the post and for everyone’s kind words! It was a great party to have for our fabulous neighbors. Happy summer!

  15. Belgravia escorts says:

    Oh my. I’ll really enjoy this, even with the bad weather.

  16. Courtney- Buttercream Bling says:

    I am DYING to know where you got the cupcake stand, i saw that you got the other stand from hobby lobby. Both are fantastic, but that cupcake stand is so unique! I would love to get one!