A First Days Floats (and Friends!) Party Ice Cream Float Party is such a great way to celebrate back to school- or any day!
Treat everyone after a long day with a celebration complete with diy ice cream float bar with serious nostalgic soda fountain vibes.
Back to school ice cream party
It’s nice to do something special on the first day to let kids know I understand how important this day is. A tradition to give them something to look forward to.
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This First Days Floats (and Friends!) Party puts the ultimate warm weather treat – ice cream – on center stage of the celebration with a DIY ice cream float bar. A mix of nostalgic ice cream parlor and classic back to school that caters to both adults and kids alike!
Keep décor simple and let the soda float bar take center stage.
- Classic red striped straws and milkshake glasses are both functional and pretty. But you can use any combination of glassware you have. Parfait cups, short old fashion glasses, canning jars or even champagne saucers all look festive when filled with ice cream and soda.
- Sprinkle rimmed glasses are a great way to add more color. To make glasses with sprinkle rims. Simply lightly dip the rim in either honey or corn syrup, then in sprinkles. You can even delegate this task to your youngest of helpers!
- A large handlettered sign baring the childhood favorite anthem, “I scream, you scream, we all scream” makes for a great dessert table backdrop and mimics the look of the invitations. Using butcher paper and a huge marker, this backdrop was done in minutes.
- Loads of chalkboards and a vintage wooden school bus play up the back to school theme but also provide storage and instructions.
Use a simple ice cream soda float free printable as both the invitation and the decoration. Find the link to the free printables below.
DIY ice cream float bar
A DIY ice cream float bar simply loaded with delicious ice cream, homemade sodas and fresh toppings makes classic ice cream soda floats extra special, and extra fun!
- Ice cream – include fun Blue Bunny® ice cream flavors plus classics like vanilla and dairy free sorbets. Keep ice cream cold by serving them on frozen sheet pans or large trays filled with ice.
- Soda – root beer and vanilla cream soda are classic but also include fresh syrups and club soda so guests can get even more creative with their own personalized soda flavors.
- Toppings – fruit toppings (save a bit of the fruit used to make your fresh syrups) to serve as float toppings. Fruit is an excellent way to cut the sweetness and add acidity to otherwise super sweet treats. Other fun float topping ideas are whipped cream, sprinkles, and cotton candy.
A DIY ice Cream Float Bar is fun enough. But if you’re looking for more activities you can invite guests to participate in a taste-off style competition. Or burn off some sugar with a fun ice cream themed race game.
Ice cream cone race party game
A package of party hats and large round balloons are all you need to and create a “Don’t Drop the Scoop” ice cream cone race.
The game instructions for ice cream cone races are as follows. With all racers starting at one end, Place balloons on their party hat cones. Have players race down and back without dropping or touching the balloon. Players that drop or touch balloons have to go back to the start. The first person back wins.
The cones and balloons also double as excellent free play toys. And playing catch with them can keep younger siblings busy for quite some time.
Free printable downloads
Simply download, print, and cut.
Use this page to make printed or electronic invitations. Either download the full page to print on your choice of paper and cut out. Or download the single image and text it to invitees.
Single image download
Full page download
- 3 gallons ice cream
- 12 small sodas range of flavors
- 3 canisters whipped cream
- 3 flavors fruit syrups
- sprinkles, chocolate syrup, etc.
- Cater to both adults and kids in the invite, food, decoration and activities. You can even include all the fixings for ‘adult’ floats too!
- Use free printables in multiple ways.
- Use electronic invitations but include an image to build excitement and tie into the party decor.
- Keep the ice cream cold nestled down in using frozen sheet pans filled with ice.
- Offer a range of ice cream and soda flavors to appeal to all guests.
- Topping options should limited to make things easy but include enough to make it fun.
- Use fresh fruit to make your own soda syrup and as toppings.
- Plan one simple game to give guests a fun way to burn off their sugar.
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Love this! What a perfect way to end the first day of school! We do have a family tradition but I think we are going to have to add this ice cream float party to it! On the eve of the first day of school, I decorate our home with “back to school” decorations and use window markers on the cars to surprise our oldest when we pick her up from school.
ONE armed MAMA
Oooh! What a great idea. My son would love that!