I chose a fun assortment of flavors:
My first roadblock: Ice cream melts. This may seem obvious, but it's a big concern when setting up an outdoor event. Luckily, I have a large chest freezer in my garage.
Next issue: How to get several flavors of ice cream into a format that makes it easy to hand out to an interested crowd. So I came up with this:
Using a small scoop, I made up sample-sized cups ahead of time. To keep them from melting as I filled them, I put the pans in the freezer beforehand so they'd be nice and cold. I then labeled them, going by the order they were listed on my "menu". Then they could stay in the freezer, and I could fill orders without any going to waste.
Graphic courtesy of turkeyhill.com.
It actually didn't take that long to prep, and they stayed very fresh. I think this would be a great idea for a kid's party, or any get-together where you wanted easy delivery or portion control.
I set up in my driveway, so as to be close to the frozen goodies. My tree became my signboard:
Yep, I upcycled the lids from my ice cream to make a garland. Just needed a hole punch and a long piece of ribbon. You do need to wash them really good first, though.
Since the ice cream was being kept safe in the freezer, I just needed a small table to hold the fabulous door prizes provided by Turkey Hill.
We set up a bubble machine, and set out sidewalk chalk to keep kids entertained while the parents filled out the tickets for door prizes and enjoyed their own samples. I upcycled another empty ice cream container to hold the tickets.
There were also several free ice cream coupons included, which I gave out randomly, like to my first customers, these two adorable little girls (posted with parental permission):
A good time was had by all. People loved the extra goodies: coupons and magnets.
Even my little helpers had a great time!
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