paper ice cream cups
With summer just around the corner, people are starting to turn their attention towards warm-weather treats. From watermelon to grilling to ice cream, we're all eager for that first taste of real summer. Which means that you need to be prepared for the seasonal rush! Just having ice cream on your store shelves isn't enough -- you need all the "with-its" too. While having sprinkles and chocolate syrup is important, you should also think about the other components that go with ice cream as well. Paper ice cream cups, plastic spoons, ice cream scoops, tasting spoons, and napkins are all necessary for a successful ice cream run too! Whether you're helping stock an actual ice cream store or an ice cream party put on by a school, camp, or parents, having paper ice cream cups and other supplies is just as important as having the actual ice cream! 

Why Ice Cream Will Always Be "In"

The average American will eat ice cream just under 30 times this year and 90% of households in the United States regularly have a sweet, frozen treat. And if that weren't enough, almost two billion gallons of ice cream (and other similar desserts) are made in the United States every year. Ice cream is strongly associated with summer, childhood, and a little bit of indulgence. 

It's also something that almost everyone can enjoy! There are tons of flavors -- from the basics like chocolate and vanilla -- to more unique and gourmet flavors like apple pie ice cream or green tea. And for those who are lactose-intolerant or vegan, there are vegan ice cream options that taste pretty darn close to the real thing.

What You Need for a Successful Ice Cream Party

Ice cream parties also tend to go down well with groups of all ages, but especially kids. It's a great idea for a birthday party or as an incentive at school or a camp. You know the most important part you need -- the ice cream -- but there might be some other elements that you wouldn't think about. 

Ideally you should have a few different ice cream scoops depending on how many flavors you're getting and (pro tip!) containers of hot water to dip the scoops in -- it'll make actually scooping much easier. Plus, it'll keep some of the stickiness contained. 

Paper ice cream cups are a nice (and eco-friendly) way to dispense ice cream if people aren't interested in cones. When rinsed out, they might even be compostable or recyclable! There are more standard designs available, but you can also get fun colorful ones with designs or patterns. 

Plastic spoons -- and even tasting spoons, if you have some uncertain members of your group -- are also important. Napkins (and paper towels) are definitely a must as well. Make sure you have adequate trash disposal or recycling as well. 

And of course -- on the more fun side, set up a small ice cream bar with different toppings! Chocolate syrup, fresh, cut-up fruit, sprinkles, caramel sauce, gummy bears, crushed up candy, etc., can help kids make a fun and unique creation. The sky is the limit when it comes to what toppings you offer and it can be a good way to get kids involved with suggestions.

What Kinds of Ice Cream Cups Should I Have?

Paper ice cream cups are often the least expensive kind, though some might find plastic cups more durable. If you go for plastic though, make sure it's the kind of plastic that can be recycled. It's also perhaps worth getting cups that you can easily write kids' names on, so they know who's cup is who's.

Getting one cup size for a party is usually advisable, so kids aren't comparing who got more (or who got less). If there's a theme, see if you can match the color of the cups to the theme for a little extra fun. 

If you're looking for a birthday party idea, consider an ice cream party, and don't forget to make a list of what you'll need!