Celebrate the end of the school year with an updated ice cream social at a School’s Out Party.
With summer on its way, what better way for the kids to celebrate the close of another school year than with an ice cream party. Invite friends from the neighborhood to come over after the last day of school and plan for an afternoon of fun, games and summer treats. Kids of all ages will enjoy this celebration and a build-your-own ice cream sundae bar, too.
Setting Up Your School’s Out Party
A backyard or park makes the perfect outdoor setting for a School’s Out Party! We brought a baker’s rack outside to set out all the fixings so each child could build their own sundaes, plus we added a couple of other treats, too. A few small tables and chairs created a welcoming space. No doubt the children will want to eat first, but afterward, let them play freely with yard games and on the playground; they will need to release all that sugar energy! And don’t forget the music: Turn up those classic tunes from our playlist on page 42 (of our summer 2012 issue) and let summer vacation begin.
Tips for Your School’s Out Party
• Decorate the party space with garden furniture, garden décor, bright colors and flowers. We made “art” by placing coordinating fabric swatches into painted frames and set it on our tables.
• To create an ice cream parlor atmosphere, place a variety of dry toppings into tall sundae glasses, pour chocolate and caramel toppings into small carafes and place ice cream cones inside an apothecary jar.
• To save time during the party, pre-scoop ice cream, place in acrylic bowls and freeze until ready to serve.
• Wrap canned whipped topping with scrapbook paper that coordinates with party décor.
• Have ice cream cones available for kids who like things simple.
• Another alternative is sherbet or frozen yogurt served in push-up containers that can be filled and reused. To display upright, fill a container with craft foam and cover it with colorful candy. Insert the push-up handle into the foam.
• The kids have been cooped up in school for nine months, so now’s the time for “free play.” We provided plenty of hula-hoops, jump ropes and a ball toss game, and let the kids choose their own activity. Then, to set them up for a summer of active fun, we let each of them take a game home when the party ended.
• Play On! Don’t forget the music. Set the tone for the party with fun, school’s out party tunes.
Written and photographed by Christina Nease, Celebrations at Home