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.

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. 

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.

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!

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. 

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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  • Jessica

    You had me at ice cream!! I love your tips. Ibotta is my fav!

    • Me too! Ice cream is my fav ;). Ibotta is pretty great too!

  • These are wonderful tips— I think I’ll steal the sundae party idea for A’s pool party in the summer! I have SO much stuff in my pantry!

    • You totally should. Sundaes and a pool party are just the PERFECT combo. Happy Friday!

  • Cute! Good idea about the bring your own. We love bring your own bbq’s at Aria’s godfather’s house. He brings the pool and burgers/hot dogs, everybody else brings the sides.

    • Bring your own parties are such a fun way to host an event but not do ALL of the work. We really like going to them too.

  • Great tips! We love our Blue Bunny ice cream!

    • It is just the best ever. Happy Friday friend!

  • Denise Johnson

    My son LOVES that Magic Shell! He always gets amazed when it hardens! These tips will be handy come summertime! #client

    • My girls were the exact same way, so much fun. Have an awesome Friday!

  • How did I not get ibotta cash back on my Smuckers stuff? I must have bought them before the rebate was up. Darn, I love ibotta! And we love ice cream!

    • I think it is a fairly new offer. I guess you’ll have to get some more ;).

  • This is my kind of party!! 🙂 My favorite ice cream topping is hot fudge, hands down.

    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

    • Yeah… I really need to pick some of that up too. That magic shell is just so much fun!

  • Ice cream ice cream we all SCREAM for ice cream…great tips here. I love hosting ice cream parties especially at school, but it can get costly. Great photos Beth.

    • Thank you so much Michelle. Ice Cream parties are always my favorite.

  • Meghan Flinn

    I love this! We did an ice cream sundae bar at Noah’s 1st birthday party and it was a huge hit… Especially among the adults!!! I don’t know if I can choose a favorite! I love magic she’ll, peanuts, reeses, Heath, whip cream, and sprinkles! Sometimes I love a healthier take and do strawberries. This is why we love going for frozen yogurt where they have so many toppings!!!

    • Isn’t it fun when the adults love something as much as the kids do?! I tend to like my ice cream plain usually but man have I been on topping kick lately.

  • Blue Bunny is so good! There used to be a local ice cream shop that sold it by the scoop and it was always a special treat to go.

    • Mmmmm!!! They just have the best flavors and I am loving their new packaging too.

  • Whitney Jordan

    Sign me up!! I love a good sundae… caramel, hot fudge and peanuts are my favorite toppings. My family likes mini m&ms, too! Your tips are great and now I”m eager to host an ice cream sundae party 🙂

    • I really should have grabbed some hot fudge. Hot fudge and brownies…. Mmmmmm!!!! Brownies is what my bar was totally missing! Now I can fix that before the real deal :). You totally should in your amazing new house later this summer :).

  • Kristy

    Great tips!!! Ice cream parties are the best!

  • chall1018

    Great tips! I see many ice cream dates in our future!!!

    • Thanks friend. Ice cream dates are my favorite.

  • And now I want ice cream and it’s 9:30 at night.

    • I always end up eating my ice cream that late…. it’s so bad, but at 9:30 I don’t care.

  • How did I Miss this post?! How fun, now I want to throw an Ice Cream party!

    • You totally should! The kids would love it I bet!