Backyard Ice Cream Party {Summer Fun}

national ice cream month


Did you know yesterday was National Ice Cream Day? Well no worries if you missed it, you are in luck because it is also National Ice Cream Month so you can still celebrate! Not that we need to look for an excuse to eat ice cream, but at our house we celebrated the occasion by setting up a backyard ice cream party!

Fun backyard ice cream party ideas

Today’s giveaway post is sponsored by Skinny Cow,
but the party ideas are all by The Inspired Room. 

Do you enjoy hosting parties? My girls and I had so much fun pulling together everything we needed for a backyard ice cream party. You might remember I am working with Skinny Cow to inspire women to create a ‘WoCavé’ this summer. A WoCavé is a special space for women to kick off our heels for a fun get together with girlfriends. I hope you enjoy our perfectly charming backyard WoCavé all set up for an ice cream party!

ice cream party decor

A year or so ago we found this old spool table on the side of the road and dragged it home in the ol’ mom-mobile, AKA the mini van. I don’t have the mini van anymore (yay) but I do miss it when I find stuff like this I want to haul home. The spool has been sitting outside ever since we brought it home, so we decided it was high time we put it to good use. It was the perfect table for our party! I love finding unexpected items to repurpose. And free is always the right price!

And that sweet little teak tea cart? I found it about a week ago at my favorite flea market (Flea Market Chics) and was exactly what we were looking for to use as a drink cart for our party. Score again! I thought both of these unique serving tables would be so cute for a casual backyard wedding shower or birthday party too!

ice cream party decorations

My favorite party style is “bar style” where people can pick out their own ingredients. We found lots of cute bowls at Target for all of our candy, nut and fruit toppings and the “soda” crate, syrup pourers and chalkboard labels on sale at World Market.

ice cream party ideas

ice cream party setup ideas

Washi tape made the perfect removable labels for the ice cream syrups.

ice cream sundae jars

These little lidded jars were perfect for serving the pre-scooped ice cream (no need for messy melting ice cream scooping!). Both the jars and the Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches can stay cool in the ice bucket!

summer party spool table

ice cream party sundaes in mason jars

ice cream party

ice cream sundae bowls

summer sundae party

summer party decorating ideas

summer party drink station

summer party ideas


Even Lily got to come out and enjoy the party cause she is a girl too!


The giveaway is closed.

Ready, set, GET ORGANIZED for summer parties!

eclectic porch furniture


Do you enjoy summer entertaining?

There have been times I really enjoyed having backyard parties, and some houses we’ve lived in where I seemed to like being outside more than others. But other than a few “firepit” parties and a couple of Fourth of July parties at this house, we haven’t entertained much in our backyard. Wah wah wah.

Probably because we don’t love our backyard. It doesn’t feel private or cozy.


We still hope to make some headway on that this summer. So far it’s slow going though. Sigh. Mostly my husband has been pulling weeds so we could get to the point where it might make sense to add things to make it pretty. That will probably take most of the summer since we don’t have a landscaper to come whip our yard into shape. Heheh.

Why so many weeds? Why don’t we have a gardener? Questions I ask myself.

outdoor entertaining ideas


I don’t love the weeds, but I do have fun thinking about how to make a yard and porch pretty. I love that funky space in the first photo with those big colorful lanterns. It’s eclectic and unpretentious but very lively and inspiring. The part of entertaining I love this most (other than getting people together, of course) is getting organized and making the house and party FESTIVE!

We even bought some simple strands of outdoor lights to put on our deck this summer, it is those little touches that make entertaining fun, isn’t it?

I also am loving that little serving caddy for outdoor parties, SO CUTE and so simple! I’ve never liked just throwing stuff out on a table, somehow by containing everything and presenting it well it feels more like a party.

outdoor kitchen


And why stop at a serving caddy when you could have a whole serving island in your backyard? How cool would that be?

I may not get as much done in our yard as I had hoped this summer (since kind of the point of summer is to enjoy more downtime, right?), but I think the things we will get to will be fun and make everything a little better than it was — always a great goal every summer.

In fact, I already ordered a new outdoor rug and umbrella for my back deck. YAY! I’m SO excited  Now that my kitchen and family room are basically done color-wise, I’m planning to liven things up outside a bit with color. I want the colors to flow better from the inside out and outside in because I’m I guess I’m picky like that. And I’ve already added a few little new touches to my front deck. (I’ll show you the progress soon!)

outdoor porch

Color can make such an impact in an outdoor space, those bright green cushions are just the happiest summer color for a porch! Love it with the blue too!

So are you ready for summer entertaining? If so, INVITE ME OVER!

***Check out my organizing for summer entertaining tips to get you started, all in a new post at The Decluttered Home!***

Organizing Summer Entertaining

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