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Today’s Real Party is – in a word – DELICIOUS!

This Ice Cream/Candy Shoppe theme was created by Pooneh Shakoori and friend/event planner Sheri Valainis for her daughter’s 5th birthday party, and there’s actually also some great inspiration here for a Pickles & Ice Cream or Cravings baby shower!

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

Read on for TONS of adorable & inspiring images, as well as a description of the party as told by Pooneh…

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

“My daughter, Tara loves sweets, so an ice cream/candy party was the perfect choice for her 5th birthday celebration.

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

We chose to host the event at our local Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor which recently opened at The Mission Viejo Shops, in Orange County, California. I asked my girlfriend, Sheri, with Sheri Valainis Events, to help me.

We wanted to completely transform the space into a magical, sweet candy palace.

For the table centerpieces, we alternated between giant ice cream sundaes and glass jars filled with sundae toppings.

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

To tie the look together, we also created whimsical marabou ice cream cone centerpieces with hot pink and lime green blumeboxes and set them on each end of the tables.

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

{Side note from Jenn: I was able to recreate the round, fluffy “ice cream scoops” for the sugar cones by tying a piece of marabou boa in knots – on on top of the other – until the boa ball reached the ideal size for the cone. Trim off any excess boa and place the trimmed end down inside the cone.}

Each place setting featured an “ice cream cone” made out of cake cones, pink carnations, and a red gumball for the “cherry on top”!

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

To add to the ambiance, we created a candy table straight out of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The kids loved it!

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

We kept the children busy with ice cream and candy related crafts and ice cream themed games.

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas


By |2018-10-01T04:57:02+00:00March 26th, 2010|Kids Birthday, Parties for Girls|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Thara March 26, 2010 at 9:23 am

    This theme is so adorable! Love the attention to detail. The carnation in the cone is such a cute touch and I loved the feathered boa idea to make a puffy ball! Very cute :)

  2. Kim - The TomKat Studio March 26, 2010 at 9:25 am

    SWEET as can be! LOVE it!

  3. Adriana Garcia March 26, 2010 at 9:28 am

    This is a fabulous theme, I love it! I absolutely adore the centerpieces and the candy table is incredible.

  4. Anne March 26, 2010 at 9:29 am

    This is absolutely the cutest party I’ve ever seen! What a great way to display all the ice cream toppings on the table….the candy table is amazing….and I just love the big gumball lollipop!

    Getting me thinking of ideas for my girls’ next party!

  5. neli March 26, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I really love the colors!!!!!

  6. Party Box Design March 26, 2010 at 9:39 am

    BEYOND CUTE! I think this is one of my favorite parties EVER!

  7. Latoya March 26, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I LOVE this party! So bright, fun, and SWEET! Love all the little details!

  8. Rachael March 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I love all the colors. Excellent job

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  10. Rowaida Flayhan March 26, 2010 at 10:07 am

    wow this is so beautiful, the colors are amazing.

  11. Desiree March 26, 2010 at 10:10 am

    So fun!! Love the labels that were used throughout with the ice cream cone. Great details!!

  12. Danielle March 26, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I wish this was my party!

    How did you do the giant Sundaes?

    • maru December 14, 2012 at 7:47 am

      Didi you find how did she do the giant sundae??
      Please!!!! :)

  13. Courtney D. March 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Oh my Sweetness! I LOVE the oversized jars with the marshmallows as whipped topping! So precious and creative! GOOD WORK!

  14. Kate Landers Events, LLC March 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

    FABULOUS centerpieces! Outstanding candy buffet! Love it!!! And Farrells…I remember going there as a kid! Too fun!!!!!!

  15. Michelle March 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Is it bad that I want this kind of party for my 40th?
    I absolutely LOVE IT!

  16. Jeannette Rivas March 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I’m loving this theme!

  17. joy fontana March 26, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Hi do you set up for weddings

  18. The Fairy March 26, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Love the place settings, fluffy cones and gumball topiary. Super cute and such creative use of candy. Very inspiring.

  19. Deemarie Parsons March 26, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I like how creative and beautiful this party turn out!

  20. akthomas22 March 26, 2010 at 11:36 am

    This is so adorable!!! One of my absolute favorites!!

  21. [email protected] March 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Love this! The centerpieces are great!

  22. [email protected] At Home March 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    This is amazing. And those parfait centerpieces “real”! Very cool!

  23. Joy March 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    This is in a word – AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Joy March 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    How does someone create the tags on the jars? Or where can we purchase them?

  25. Angelena March 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Too sweet!!

  26. Karryann March 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Ok THIS BLOG is amazing. I have this love for over the top parties-fancy desserts,decorations… Love it ALL.. How lucky are you to get to do that..

  27. cammi March 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    wow – that candy buffet is straight out of willy wonka! Such great attention to detail! Loved the carnation in the ice cream cone – LOVE IT!

  28. Ebony Sparkes March 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Too cute and SWEET! I love those take out boxes, I am using them for Easter.

  29. Stacey March 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Looks so colorful and lots of fun Great ideas!

  30. Shiori March 26, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    That is way cool. I wish someone would have that around here so I can go.

  31. Elisha Akram March 26, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Omgoodness, this party is absolutely adorable! This idea is just too cute! I love it!

  32. Paula March 27, 2010 at 5:35 am

    TOOOOOOOOOOO Cute!!! I love the little details like using two dishes for jelly beans but tying them together with the same ribbon. And i have to agree that the colors are FAB! I love parties that scream little girl.

  33. Jasmyn March 27, 2010 at 6:59 am

    This theme is too sweet for words! Even as an adult I would have a party like this for my friends. After all, who doesn’t love ice cream?
    Fabulous work; I am highly impressed!

  34. Gina Gomez March 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    This is so adorable! I just used this same theme for my daughter’s birthday in February. I used cotton candy instead of maribou. I wish i had thought of this myself because the cotton candy was so sticky! lol The candy bar was much more elaborate than mine. Great job!

  35. Andrea Fraga March 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm


    This is sooo sweet and gorgeous. Makes me want candy really bad!

    A kids heaven!

    Dolce Drive~

  36. Kami March 28, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Saw this just in time & made the carnation-filled ice cream cones to round out the table at my daughter’s bday last night. They were a huge hit with the third grade girls –and my older daughters!!!

  37. Neisau Tuidraki March 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I love this, blue is my fave color definitely doing something like this for my b’day

  38. Ellen March 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    LOVE this theme! I’m surprised I haven’t seen it before. Ice cream is a win-win situation for the kids AND parents. Yumm. Question: Are 29 year-olds allowed to throw ice cream themed parties?? ;)


  39. angela March 29, 2010 at 1:56 am

    how fun and creative! i love the ice cream table setting!

  40. Monique March 29, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Those centerpieces are to die for! I love this party. Too cute

  41. Nadine March 29, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Gorgeous and what a wonderful job!
    Love the attention to detail.

  42. Denise March 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    So cute!!! I wanted to do a candy-themed party for my daughter’s next birthday….but she insists on Fancy Nancy. So she’s having a FN party with a candy buffet…everybody’s happy!
    I would really love to know where you found the scooper spoon that is in the gum ball vase?

  43. Mrs. R March 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    also love this idea for a baby shower… gorgeous!

  44. birthday party supplies March 30, 2010 at 4:51 am

    I love the color combination . Great party ! Very cute and lovely .

  45. Diapers and Divas March 31, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Love the centerpieces! Amazing idea! This would make a really great baby shower theme too. How fun!

  46. Kitchen Runway April 1, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Wow – what an amazing birthday party!

  47. Victoria April 4, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I absolutely LOVE the ice cream cones with the maribou poofs on the top! ADORABLE. I will definitely be drawing some inspiration from this :)

  48. Tanya April 5, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Love the candy buffet and seen the tags on other sites can someone tell me are they on a software I tried Microsoft Word and publisher can’t find it or are they purchased and where can I get them.

  49. Jazmine April 15, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I love this theme…Is there any way you can email me a location where I can find the Ice cream sundaes giant bases or glass jars? I love them!!

  50. Lisa Gresham April 20, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I love this! I am planning a bridal shower and I am thinking of using this and doing a Love, sweet love theme. It seems a bit risky to do for a bridal shower but I think it would be unique and fun. Anybody care to give me your 2 cents? Would so appreciate it.

  51. Jenn @ HWTM April 21, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Hi Lisa –

    I love the idea of tailoring this party to a bridal shower! My advice would be to use a more “grown up” color palette like red, pink, black & white, add some stylish ribbon details featuring a chic pattern like damask or mod dots… and maybe pull some additional inspiration from these themes:



    Good luck! :)

  52. Lisa Gresham April 22, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks Jenn. Now I have the confidence to go for it :) Appreciate your input so much.

  53. Brooke April 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Where can I buy the tags like the ones on the candy jars and the chinese take out boxes

  54. Lauren May 8, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Sooo cute! Would someone mind sharing where I can purchase these tags, or the template used to create them? My daughters birthday party is next weekend and we are doing a “Parfait” station. :)

  55. Lisa Gresham May 18, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Lauren you can go to etsy.com and there are many people who sell print your own tags that you can have specially done for your party. It usually costs around $5 for the design on jpeg file and then you just print and cut them out using cardstock. You can even take the file to a print shop in your area and they can print them for you.

  56. Sandra July 14, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    That is sooo sweet and cute, love it!

  57. Cookery School July 15, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Love the centerpieces!

  58. Janelle July 19, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Love the tall sundaes! Where do you find the parfait dishes?

  59. Miriam and Sophia August 12, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    cute. really really cute. an excellent, immaculate, exquisite, and fantastic party! an excellent choice for a girl of any age!

    • pooneh February 11, 2011 at 12:01 am

      I found them at a local craft store. You could possibly find it at tall mouse

  60. ellen bessette August 28, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I love,love,love this! I’m curious to see if you had a cake or cupcakes for the bday girl. And where did you find the runners for the tables? thanks!!!

    • Pooneh February 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      Hi Ellen, I just used wrapping paper for the runner. Thank you for the sweet comment.

  61. Sandra September 11, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I love this! What a sweet girl….

  62. Erica October 26, 2010 at 9:02 am

    OMG!! This is sooooooooooooo adorable.

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  64. TikiTiffany March 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Great ideas, the whole party looked amazing. What a lucky kid to have such an amazing birthday party.
    I’m curious too how you made the sundaes. Is it pudding?

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  66. Greta July 26, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Wow pretty colours!
    I might even use it for my birthday!
    ( I have loved ice cream since I was 5 )

    Greta :)

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  68. shenisebellamy October 20, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Where can I find the parfait cups , I really need to know I need them for my daughter’s party coming up ?

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  70. Loisann Dagostino May 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    where can I find the giant ice cream sundae vases?

  71. Kelly Garibaldi May 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I wanted to know where i can buy the giant ice cream sundae vases

  72. Rebecca Thornsberry May 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Where did you find the giant ice cream sundae vases and what is in the giant sundaes? I can tell the marshmallows on top, but what is the “shake” made from?

  73. Cindy Nguyen June 16, 2012 at 4:14 am

    This is mad cool but where can I find this?

  74. Charms August 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Hey I would like to know how can I get the link for the printables (tags, labels, invitations) or was it created

  75. Shola W. Mustapha December 30, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Where can I find the labels?

  76. Shola M. January 8, 2014 at 9:20 pm


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