Kara's Party Ideas Ice Cream Social - Summer, Vintage Ice Cream Party | Kara's Party Ideas

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So excited about finally posting the ICE CREAM & CHERRIES PARTY I styled a few weeks ago. This party has been long in the making. I randomly found a vintage Ice Cream Truck for sale months and months ago. She was old and needed a lot of work, but, I bought her anyway. I couldn’t pass her up. I envisioned the cutest party at her side. After a few months of scrubbing, cleaning and painting she became new again. Isn’t she adorable? I just love her.

Some cute ideas and elements to look for in this ice cream social summer celebration are:

  • The vintage ice cream truck backdrop
  • The ice cream cone cake
  • The melted ice cream cone cupcakes
  • The ice cream sugar cookies
  • The ziplock bag ice cream activity / recipe
  • The vintage cash register
  • The FREE ice cream party printables
  • The ice cream cone cake pops
  • And MORE!

Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails designed the cutest ice cream printables for the party {exclusively for Kara’s Party Ideas} which I am now passing along to you for FREE here!

Photography by Lyndsey Fagerlund.

Vinyl ice cream decal purchased from Tweet Heart Wall Art.

Items used in this ice cream party available in Kara’s Party Shop:

Striped paper bags

Push up pops

Milk Bottles

Paper Straws

Jumbo pink balloon

Blue striped square paper plates


Mini hostess swirl paper bags

Berry Baskets

Download these circle tags for free here.
Bow tie ordered from JB Kids
Cotton candy ice cream cones…

Ice cream sugar cookies ordered from Stephanie Js Creations.

Inspiration for these cupcakes found here.
Darling cherry fondant toppers ordered from Mommy Cr8s.
Download these tent cards for FREE here.
Push pops available to purchase here!
As explained in a previous post, the kids at the party made their own ice cream…
The ‘kick the can ice cream’ tutorial/recipe can be found HERE.
The ziplock bag ice cream tutorial/recipe can be found HERE.
Sidewalk chalk contest…

Push pops available to purchase here {only today…they’re going fast}!

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  1. Jayna Rae says:

    Oh my goodness! That is amazing. What a great find and fun party. Are you going to rent the truck out? You totally should. It i incredible and all of the photos are gorgeous.

  2. Kiki and Di says:

    WOW what a fabulous party….that ice-cream truck is insane – fabulous work! xK

  3. Setting the Mood says:

    This is the sweetest party!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the truck! That is so great that you revived it. It's just beautiful…all of it!!

  4. Flávia Mergulhão says:

    Congratulations for this idea!!!

  5. Suzanna ~ Mon Tresor says:

    OMG that is just darling! LOVE all the details and the colours, so perfect for summer. Loads of inspiration, thanks so much xo

  6. A Blissful Nest says:

    Just fabulous Kara! You are a true talent my friend.

  7. Ruzu says:

    ains I want a party like that XD with ice cream every where good job.

  8. Christine @ Pure Joy Events says:

    Beautifully styled. Loved every detail. That ice cream truck is over the top.

  9. Holly Moeller says:

    Kara, I can't believe you bought that truck and turned it into something that cute…amazing!!! Everything about the party is just darling. I love the old cash regsiter too :-)

  10. Marisol says:

    This is all kinds of wonderful!!Love that ice cream truck!!

  11. A To Zebra Celebrations says:

    WOW!!!! I want the truck…lol :) AMAZING!!! :)

  12. Kori Clark says:

    Amazing Kara!!! That whole set up is just so storybook I adore it! Thank you so much for letting me be a tiny part!

  13. texas is for lovers says:

    Oh my stars! This one is amazing!! The details, the TRUCK… everything. Where did you find the push pop things? I looked on amazon…
    And I was planning on a ice ream party for my daughter. Really wish you lived in Texas right about now!

  14. Gallamore West says:

    This party is so unbelievably adorable!! I LOVE the ice cream truck and that cash register is so, so cute! And your handsome little model in the bow tie… adorable! Everything is perfect. The printables are wonderful- thank you!!
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

  15. Aimee Steckowski says:

    i am in love. where o where did you find that ice cream truck… and i just bought those acrylic push-up pops this morning… lovely work. keep it up.. you certainly have an eye for this stuff!!

  16. Natalie says:

    Oh my goodness, girl, you bought a truck?!?!! That's nutso cute! fantastic party and now I'm kicking myself once again that I don't have a color printer b/c those printables are adorable!

  17. Natasha @ Fête Fanatic says:

    I'm loving that truck! My husband would have a cow if I purchased something like that! LOL! Amaaaaazing Work! Kudos!

  18. Aaron [air] says:

    LOVE this! LOVE the truck too! We have one for sale here in Price too..all I could think of was what fun the photos by it could be when I saw it… :)

    Great party!

  19. { SHE } says:

    Now this is what I call adorable on every level!!! So so so cute, I can barely stand it. Job well done and styled to perfection! Thanks for sharing!

  20. lyssa says:

    Amazing blog. i like it. thank u so much sharing this blog.

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  21. Pots and Pins says:

    Wow Kara! You didn't miss a trick! The party looked so darling – so creative – and that truck! OMGosh! It's perfect for so many things! You need to use it as a "stork" truck for your next baby show…delivering milk to the new mom! And really, if you put a red ball on the front and antlers on the roof, it could be Rudolph at your Christmas party! In other words, I want to see this truck again and again! xo, Nan

  22. Paper-Charmed says:

    One word – PERFECTION!

  23. Cookie Couture Co. says:

    Love this! Such a beautiful party. I am having a cherry themed first birthday party for my girl and got some inspiration.

  24. jess @ pen n' paperflowers says:

    Kara…AMAZiNG! And definitely a girl after my own heart purchasing the vintage ice cream truck and refurbishing it. It was THE perfect backdrop to all of the dreamy details! I love every detail!!

  25. Where did you get the ice-cream holder for the mini cones

  26. TeresaM says:

    Love this theme. The styling & photographs are super. Nice job :) Cheers!

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  28. Amanda says:

    wow, this is just an amazing party! Did you pay for that truck? Amazing!

  29. Jen says:

    Where did you get the paper ice cream man hats? I’ve been searching all over the internet but can’t find any! I am planning a ice cream birthday party for my 2 year old and would LOVE to find some! :) Thanks!

  30. Amy says:

    I would love to use your printables for my Daughters 2 year old Birthday, but the links are not working for some reason. Could you email them to me? Thanks, your printables are adorable!

  31. Soo says:

    hello there,
    this party is just dreams come true!
    where did you get those swirl ice cream candy ? underneath the topping line up in the standing shelf (beside cupcake jar / second shelf from bottom)
    thanks for the awsome party infos!

  32. Brycie D says:

    This is sooo cute! Where did you find the Paper Ice Cream Parlor hat? Oh my goodness I have been searching for one online and can not find them ANYWHERE!

  33. Hayley says:

    This vintage ice cream party is awesome!!!!! Best I have seen! Wish I was there myself..
    Can anyone tell me where i can find the ice cream cone props.
    There are 2 in total, one on each table.
    Beautiful soft pink soft serve ice cream prop.
    Just beautiful!!!!! I need one….. Or 2

  34. Sarah H. says:

    This is darling!! What are you going to do with that adorable truck now??

  35. Sarah says:

    Where did you get the massive pink icecream comes from???

  36. Silvia says:

    Hi wherE is the big ice cream in a cone from?

  37. Amanda says:

    Where did you find the hat that the little boy is wearing?

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  50. danielle lafargue says:

    do you still have the truck by chance? where are you located? Id love to rent it for a photoshoot for a retro /vintage bathingsuit line for children 12m-6t
    let me know. or if you have a lead greatly appreciated

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