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Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

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This “Vintage Sweet Shoppe” baby shower theme was really fun to put together and is full of fun & easy DIY… gotta love that! The ice cream inspired elements would work well for kids birthday parties too.

This color palette was designed with baby boy AND mom-to-be in mind, but you could easily recreate this look in any color palette to tailor the theme to baby girls and gender neutral showers too.

I’m thinking that pale pink, warm gray and white with accents of bright pink would be particularly cute for a girl version! {UPDATE: 8/3 – The GIRL Version is now available! Click here to view/download them.}  😊

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower


*BTW -This might look like a lot of instructions at a glance, but I promise these are SUPER EASY and actually really fun to make. I think I just have a problem with being concise! 🤪

For the ice cream cone:

  • 2 Styrofoam balls (1.5″ and 3″)
  • 2 colors of yarn
  • hot glue
  • ice cream cone
  • red gumball
  • green floral wire
  • toothpicks
  • decorative paper
  • filler candy or gems (to help weigh down the cone)

Cover each styrofoam ball in one color of yarn, wrapping the yarn around the ball in all different directions until completely covered. Secure the finished end with a small dab of hot glue. Stick half the toothpick into the large yarn ball then slide the smaller ball on the other side of the toothpick, securing the 2 yarn balls together.

Embellish the outside of the cake cone with a strip of patterned paper. I used a strip one of the napkin ring printables for this one. Fill the cone with candy or gems to help weigh it down and keep it standing upright. Place the “ice cream” scoops (yarn balls) onto the cone. I stuck another toothpick into the bottom of the large yarn ball to stick into the filler candy and help keep it in place. You could also glue it to the cone though.

Cut a little piece of green floral wire and hot glue it to the red gumball to form the “cherry”. Hot glue the “cherry” to the top of the ice cream cone. Done!

For the Gumball Pedestal:

  • 6″ unfinished round wooden disc (available at Michaels)
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • gumballs in 3 colors
  • pillar candle holder
  • hot glue and glue dots
  • printable “sweet baby boy” embellishment (optional)

Paint both sides of the round wooden disc & let dry. Next, hot glue gumballs in equal increments all around the rim. Use glue dots to attach the bottom of the wooden disc to the top of your pillar candle holder. Place your “ice cream cone” on top of the disc. Use hot glue to secure it in place. Last but not least, use another glue dot to attach a decorative label – like the “Sweet Baby Boy” label pictured here – to the front of the candle holder.


Follow the same concept as above to make various size of “ice cream scoops” out of styrofoam balls and different colors of yarn. For the “bowls of ice cream”, display 3 different sizes of in scoops in decorative dessert dishes. Add a baby spoon (like the Gerber spoon pictured here) to help play up the baby shower element.

For the “ice cream soda” place your smallest yarn ball in the bottom and add to larger ones on top. Use a toothpick to help secure the large yarn balls together so that you can kind of lean the top “scoop” to one side. Add a stripey straw to the “soda” and embellish it will a piece of ric rack ribbon to form a straw flag. The ric rack ribbon also helps play up the baby shower element.



Fill an old fashioned soda fountain glass with candy (I used champagne bubbles candy here because I had a ton of it leftover from another candy buffet. You can use any candy of your choice.) Top with a small bunch of carnations. Add a stripey straw and another “cherry” made from a gumball + floral wire. Embellish the front of the glass with a decorative label.



Embellish mini glass bottles with a band of ribbon towards the bottom. (These bottles are from Shop Sweet Lulu. As an alternative you can also use Starbucks Frappucino Bottles – just remove the labels and lids! )Use a funnel to make it easier to fill the bottles with the drink of your choice without making a mess. =) Display the bottles in neat rows on a tray. Chill the drinks until just before serving. Add stripey straws for the finishing touch!



Bake homemade cupcakes in decorative paper baking cups like the striped blue cups pictured here. Once cooled, frost the cupcakes with purple frosting (or the color of your choice), and top with a white meringue drop cookie (available at most grocery stores). Print and cut out our free mini cupcake toppers, glue them to toothpicks, and insert into the cupcakes at a playful angle. Done!

BTW – The little mustache cupcake guy on the toppers was inspired by this adorable t-shirt from Finley and Oliver (but drawn from scratch for these printables). The hostess that I originally created these toppers purchased this t-shirt as a gift for mom-to-be and wanted to incorporate a “cupcake guy” into the party to match the gift. Love the idea of hanging this t-shirt up as part of the party decor for this shower…maybe even right above the cupcake display. =) (smallest size is 2T, but baby will grow into it quick!)



The free printables for this Vintage Sweet Shoppe collection include:

– Place Cards / Buffet Labels (blank / 2 designs)
– Mini Cupcake Toppers (3 designs / can be used on mini or full size cupcakes)
– Napkin Rings (2 designs)
– Decorative “Sweet Baby Boy” Embellishments (square)
– Decorative “BABY” and “BOY” Embellishments (rectangular)
– Favor Tags
– Decorative 5×7″ prints (4 designs)

Note: These printables are tailored to a BOY baby shower. If you’d like to use these same designs in a GIRL VERSION, just CLICK HERE!

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Vendor Credit
  • Design, Styling & Printables: HWTM
  • Paper Baking Cups for Cupcakes: Shop Sweet Lulu
  • Glass Bottles & Stripey Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu
  • Yarn, Styrofoam, Wooden Discs, Craft Paint, Ric Rack Ribbon: Michaels
  • Gumballs: Target
  • Berry-Purple & Navy Linens: Raphael’s Party Rentals
  • White Tufted Chargers/Placemats: Z Gallerie


  1. ali b. June 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    this is seriously too too cute! love the yarn ball icecream cone! i just have one question – i’ve been seeing the already filled drinks with the straws a lot lately – how are they served cool if they’re just sitting displayed on the table? i would love to know any behind the scenes details on this for my daughters upcoming bday!

  2. keecam June 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Oh my!!!!! This is utterly adorable! So so so creative it makes my heart sing! I hope you tell us where those quilt plates come from too. Everything is to die for! :) Can’t wait for your second post on this.

  3. Hollie June 17, 2011 at 6:09 am

    I am obsessed with all things ice cream… every detail of this baby shower is perfection!

  4. Crystal June 17, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Very simple. I like!

  5. Oh my I love the rick rack flags and I love how the yarn is being used as icecream!!!! So cheap and stylish and not messy!!!- Sarah http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

  6. Leila | Be Inspired PR June 17, 2011 at 9:39 am

    So Adorable! Love this idea

  7. Cynthia A June 17, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Love love these ideas. I’m a BIG Ice Cream fan; wish my shower was this theme.
    I’ve been trying to download the printable tables but I keep getting an error message. Help please.

  8. Heather - Chickabug June 17, 2011 at 10:18 am

    That little mustached cupcake just made me laugh SO hard. I love it!! : )

  9. Cynthia A June 17, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Thanks Jenn I was able to download the zip file! Hooray :) can’t wait to use it.

    When I tired downloading any of the files it said I needed to log into FB which I was already on but I would hit the button to log on then a message would pop up saying :error occurred. Please try again later.

    Thanks again for the zip file! Love love all of your stuff!

  10. Sandra June 17, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Love them so much!! I would love to see the girl version in pale pink, dark pink and grey. Thank You! Love this idea so much.

  11. Crystal June 17, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I love it…and think orange and pink or lime and sunny yellow would be super cute for a girls’ color scheme.

  12. Kristin June 17, 2011 at 10:48 am

    For a girl baby shower, what if the colors were pink and gray with silver accents? That would be gorgeous!

  13. Mindy June 17, 2011 at 11:47 am

    love the yarn ball ice cream scoops! and that little mustache on a cupcake haha

  14. Carla@invitingsmiles.com June 17, 2011 at 11:49 am

    This is adorable. Simple cupcake toppers and napkin embellishments are a great added touch. From the straws to the yarn balls everything is perfect!

  15. Sonia June 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Would love to see this in some eco colours – green, orange and brown.

  16. Patty June 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I love pink with any offset colors for girls. Squee… so adorbs!

  17. Ruth Peterson June 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I am doing a baby shower next week for my daughter who is expecting our first grandbaby–a girl! We are doing a ‘sweetie-pie, little cupcake, sugar baby’ theme in lots of brights–fuschia, yellow, aqua, lavendar–you get the idea! Would love to have your fun printables for that! :)

  18. Ashley June 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    These are amazing!!! I was wondering if I could see a girl version in lavender and white….or lavender and light green??

  19. Anna June 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    These are absolutely adorable…if creating a girl version I would love to see Azalea, light pink and silver…

    Funniest thing is I call my sweet little niece “my little cupcake”…. would be great for her 1st bday

  20. Cristina June 18, 2011 at 6:14 am

    pink and tan? :) gorgeous colors for icecream and girls! :)

  21. Sweet Pea Events June 18, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Y’all never cease to amaze me. Could this BE any cuter? The colors are perfect for the celebration of a baby boy, while still keeping it a bit feminine and fun for mom, Bravo!


  22. Sandra June 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Didn’t know you could do such cute things with yarn!

  23. michele June 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I am impressed..this looks like something even I can do.

  24. Naomi June 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Gorgeous shower! Since I am currently pregnant with a little girl, I would wish for either an aqua/coral color scheme, or yellow/grey. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Thanks for offering them for free!!

  25. Mae June 20, 2011 at 5:56 am

    I would love to bring this design to my sister’s house. I love the style and the ideas. Great job.

  26. Athena Hill June 21, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I absolutely fell in love with this entire printable collection. Is it at all possible to change the color combination to Black, White, Royal Blue, Baby Blue, and Teal shades? I’m holding a shower in July and REALLY REALLY want to use these!- Thanx for Sharing your talent!

  27. Cynthia @ SU June 21, 2011 at 7:44 am

    This is a wonderful party for kids/babies. Thank you for this. -loves

  28. Jennifer June 22, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I have a friend who I think would love this idea!! We’re using pink, chocolate brown, & ivory for her shower. Sort of like vanilla, chocolate & strawberry ice cream. I’d love to see printables in those colors if you can! :)

  29. Smarties Candy June 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    This is so cute, I would have never thought to use yarn in the decorations to the extent you did. What a different, affordable decoration!

  30. Angela July 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I’ve been watching this post because I fell in love with the designs as soon as I saw them. I just found out today my sister-in-law is having a girl! I love the colors you suggested on your original post, though some other combinations have also been great. Do you still have plans to post a girl version?

    • jenn s. July 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Yes – making a note of it right now so that I don’t forget! Will try to work on those this weekend :)

  31. Angela July 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Your site has been such an inspiration to me, and I’m so thankful for all the great ideas and resources you’re sharing with us!

  32. Amiza July 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    So pretty Jen! Waiting anxiously for the girl version! Any pink would be lovely… Thanks for sharing..

  33. Launa July 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I would love to see girl colors in light pink and light gray, would be super cute!

  34. Lavelle July 24, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I’m co-hosting a shower for my sister in law and think this would be perfect but she’s having a baby girl. I’ll keep checking back to see if you have created a girl version (I really like the idea of a pinks and grey). LOVE your site!

    • jenn s. August 3, 2011 at 8:44 am

      Hi Lavelle –

      The PINK & GRAY version is now available! You can download everything here. Good luck with the baby shower! :)

  35. Kyrsten August 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Pick up these printables too – Thanks for the link from your girl post today!

  36. AYSHA August 7, 2011 at 6:48 am

    oh my god i just love love loooove this sooo cute and to die for <3
    love all the color u chose for the boy. its also so neutral, im hosting a baby shower for my sister (which will be the first time i ever throw one of these showers) but she doesnt want to know the sex of the baby so im kinda stuck! but i felt i could so use these colors for the shower but i was hoping if you could post some printables in the same colors for the (cup cakes toppers, candy jar labels, party favor tags and napkin rings) that would have just bundle of joy, sweet baby thing like that instead of boy

    will keep coming back to see you post. again looove looove loove it all <3

  37. Courtney Rose September 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I love this!! I am going to be doing it for a friend’s baby shower in October. Where did you find the invitations to go with this? Pretty please?

  38. cheryl September 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    This is sooo adorable!!!! It is sooo nostalgic!!!!!

  39. Jecelyn July 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Thank you SO much for the free printables for both baby boy and baby girl! We are having a gender reveal party this month and these are perfect!

  40. Amber Kennedy September 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I think this is a fantastic theme! But what about invites? I want them to match all the decor and stuff? What do I do!?:-)

    • jenn s. September 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks, Amber! The good news is that we’ll be offering matching invites in our new etsy shop launching next week (Monday, 9/24). The bad news is that you’ll still have to wait a week to order them, and I understand that might be too long… If it’s not, please check back next week. We’ll also be offering some additional coordinating items like personalized banners and return address labels. :)


  41. maria October 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Hi! love this theme, will use it for best friend’s baby shower. I downloaded the zip file but i can’t seem to find the invitations. Do you have the matching invites for this?

    thanks so much!

  42. Lisa Choi December 10, 2012 at 3:01 am

    what fonts did you use for these?

  43. More Than Pictures December 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    love it, do you have anything with cherry blossoms?

  44. Nicole Bender January 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Hi, Mrs Sbranti

    I’m interested in purchasing Sweet Shop collection. I love the blue, purple, and white of the original but need it to say girl instead of boy. Is that possible?


    Nicole Bender

    • jenn s. January 18, 2013 at 6:05 am

      Hi Nicole –
      Yes – that’s no problem! Here are all of the packages & individual items available in this theme: http://tinyurl.com/a73w22r

      If you’re interested in the Essentials collection, there would just be a small fee ($10) associated with the extra customization time. If you’re interested in an individual item (like the invitation, address labels, etc) or the full custom package, there would be no additional fees on top of the standard prices since we’d be customizing the files for you anyways :)

      Hope that helps! Feel free to message us directly on Etsy if you have any further questions.


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Vendor Credit
  • Design, Styling & Printables: HWTM
  • Paper Baking Cups for Cupcakes: Shop Sweet Lulu
  • Glass Bottles & Stripey Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu
  • Yarn, Styrofoam, Wooden Discs, Craft Paint, Ric Rack Ribbon: Michaels
  • Gumballs: Target
  • Berry-Purple & Navy Linens: Raphael’s Party Rentals
  • White Tufted Chargers/Placemats: Z Gallerie