tasting spoonThere is nothing better in the summertime than having an ice cream party to celebrate the warm weather and good friends. Summer is the perfect time for ice cream, after all!

But no matter whether you're hosting a casual get-together for your friends and family or having a child’s birthday celebration, there are three important details to consider when it comes to throwing the most kickin’ ice cream party of the summer.

The ice cream (the most important part!)
First things first: are you buying your ice cream or are you making it? Are you going to be serving different varieties such as gelato and frozen yogurt as well? How many flavors are you going to offer?

We believe that the more the merrier holds true when it comes to ice cream flavors and varieties. To make it more cost-effective and eliminate waste, think about getting pints of different flavors instead of full gallons to offer more variety. And don’t forget to put out tasting spoons for each flavor so everyone can have a little sample before they commit.

The way you serve it
The most important question is, how will everyone be able to enjoy their ice cream? Will you be serving in ice cream bowls or have a couple different cones for people to pick from? If you are going the bowl route, make sure to have stacks of individual ice cream cups ready. While cones are fun to snack on after the ice cream is gone, bowls will usually mean less of an unexpected mess. Keep your guests in mind, as adults typically have different preferences than kids do.

The toppings
No ice cream party is the same without a plethora of toppings, and some of our favorites include: peanut butter sauce, hot fudge, fresh fruit, gummy bears, sprinkles, crushed cookies, peanut butter cups, chocolate candies, chopped nuts, and marshmallows. The best part of going to an ice cream party is the fact that there will be many different options to choose from, so don’t hold back and treat your guests. Considering that there are about 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and similar desserts produced across the U.S. every year, you'll want your guests' sundaes to stick out!

Summer's already underway, so don't wait to throw the perfect ice cream party! All you have to do is follow our tips, get creative, and everyone will be dipping their tasting spoons into delectable desserts in no time.