Getting Ready For Gameday

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I have said on more than one occasion that we aren’t exactly what one would call “sports fanatics“. However, that doesn’t mean that we shrug off game day fun. We’ve even been known to host a game day party on more than on occasion! For us game day isn’t about the results of the game as much as it is being with friends and family. 

Okay, maybe that isn’t being completely honest …

I adore spending time with the ones I love, but I also love the game day food too. Finding a way to mix those is so important for me. I love to find a way to offer my guests something good to eat without spending half of the game in the kitchen preparing snacks. And when I think game day snacks, I think pizza. Anyone else? Pizza is food that speaks to the heart and brings us together. From the biggest fans, to the novice who can barely follow the game.

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How To Host An Ice Cream Sundae Party, On A Budget

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One of our favorite parts about summer is easily one of the yummiest too.
Ice cream!
From a cool down on a hot day, to the perfect way to end the perfect summer evening, ice cream is always our go to. Marissa, my little party planner, recently brought up the idea of having and ice cream sundae party this summer. I thought it sounded like a great idea but I must admit, I was a tad nervous. It sounded expensive and out of our typical grocery budget.

Today I am here to tell you I was wrong.

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Wanting to encourage my budding party planning queen I decided to do test run and see what we would need to make her party dreams reality. Besides, we were currently out of ice cream and it gave me the perfect reason to go pick some up.

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We headed to our local Wal-Mart where we found everything we needed. Blue Bunny┬« Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, Smucker’s toppings, Keebler waffle cones, fresh fruit and more. 

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Ice cream and toppings are just better together. Just like we are better together with our friends. I think that is exactly what Marissa had in mind when she dreamed up this ice cream party to start with.

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Here are a few tips I learned while planning our party.
I hope these tips help you create your own sundae party this summer on a budget. 

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Shop at home first//

I can’t tell you how many things I found in my own pantry. Nuts, chocolate chips, sprinkles, candies. You name it. You don’t need TONS of anything so use up any odds and ends. Or better yet, mix them together!

Portion control, avoid waste//
I think my eyes are always bigger than my stomach, especially when it comes to ice cream. By using small bowls or cups you aren’t leaving much room for that to happen. Guests can always come back for seconds if they want, but they likely wont need to..

Use Ibotta//
Did you know you can earn cash back on Smucker’s Ice Cream Toppings with the free Ibotta app? I also found cash back on other must have items as well.

Chop it up//
I was surprised to see that one banana was more than enough for 4 people’s sundaes. By pre-slicing the fruit toppings up it really stretched how far they went. Any leftover could be frozen and saved for later..

 

Don’t over shop//
This gets me EVERY time. For some reason I imagine ever one eating their weight in ice cream and over shop. No wonder I worry about the cost! Be realistic in your planning and realize it’s okay to run out of somethings.

Go for value and variety//
Smucker’s  offers a wide variety of ice cream toppings to add delight and a creative touch to dessert time. Stick with a name like Smucker’s that everyone knows and loves. And don’t forget about the cash back Ibotta offer!

BYOT//
Bring Your Own Topping is another great option. You can always host a social where you provide the Blue Bunny┬« and Smucker’s toppings and invite your guests to bring one of their favorite toppings to share. I definitely wouldn’t turn down an invitation like that. 

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Something healthy, something colorful, something crunchy and some kind of sauce. You are sure to make the perfect sundae if you follow those rules.

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Now the only thing left to do is set a date, or maybe just a new summer-time tradition. Something like Sundaes on Sunday? With Blue Bunny and Smucker’s help I am positive we will have our fair share of ice cream parties this summer.

What is your favorite Sundae topping?
Be sure to check out the So Hoppin’ Good website for more ice cream inspiration.

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