In southern California, the weather is always appropriate for ice cream. So what better way to celebrate Ella's 2nd birthday than a sugar filled old fashioned ice cream shoppe grand opening? The concept was simple, but it was so easy to get caught up in all the cute details.
The center piece was the dining table that was converted into a "build your own sundae" bar. A 5'x3' awning was constructed from PVC pipes, connectors and 2 yards of white duck cloth. To make the stripes I used green Frog Tape (way better than the blue stuff!) and a sample of pink paint from Home Depot.
The toppings, sauces and ice cream float glasses were all purchased at the Dollar Store. White beverage tubs and serving tray were on summer clearance at Target. The metal ice cream tubs were the biggest splurge at Michaels, but with coupons it was reasonable. All the tags, as well as the stationary, were designed and printed by me. Tags are attached to coffee stir sticks that were highjacked from a local coffee shop!
To add a little flair to the rest of the house, I made coordinated bunting flag banners. Some had stickers I made with "Hello" and "Happy Birthday Ella" on them.
We got so many compliments on this party. It really did turn out cute, but next year I'm going to take it a little more easy!
What People Ate
Mostly the sundae bar, but we did serve light snacks like chips, dip, veggie tray.
What People Drank
Soda, water, beer and wine for the adults.
Pint containers filled with baggies of toppings, stickers, temporary tattoos.