Everyone loves an ice cream sundae! Learn how to set up a DIY Ice Cream Sundae Bar for your next party or event. An ice cream party is one of the easiest parties to pull off. You just need a variety of toppings and ice cream. Check out my tips below to make the ultimate ice cream sundae bar.
Update: I have had a lot of people ask about the galvanized tray and buckets that I used, so here is my Amazon affiliate link for the set that I purchased. It is actually a planter set that I decided to use for entertaining, instead of the garden. I use this set A LOT. I also used 4 ounce wide-mouth mason jars for the candy toppings and sprinkles.
What goes on a sundae bar?
- Ice Cream
- Small Candies
- Chopped Nuts
- Miniature Marshmallows
- Whipped Topping
- Maraschino Cherries
Ice cream – I like to include a few different flavors of ice cream. The classic flavors of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla are always a safe bet.
Toppings – Chocolate, strawberry, pineapple, caramel and marshmallow toppings are some of my favorites. You could even include some of the toppings that create a hard shell on the ice cream.
Small Candies – Children especially love having a variety of candy to put on top of their ice cream. Think M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, chopped up candy bars, gummie bears and licorice. I recall taking my niece to one of those ice cream shops where you pay based on the weight of your ice cream creation. She went nuts with the candy toppings and it was reflected at the register. For that, I could have put together an ice cream sundae bar for her AND her friends.
Sprinkles – As far as I’m concerned, no party is complete without sprinkles. LOTS OF SPRINKLES. Include a fun variety of sprinkles on your ice cream sundae bar.
Nuts – A variety of chopped nuts is great too, especially if some parents will be in attendance. You could even go all out and add some sugared pecans or walnuts.
Miniature Marshmallows – Most of my favorite ice cream varieties have miniature marshmallows or a marshmallow swirl. This topping is a must for me.
Whipped Topping – When you think you have enough whipped topping, buy more. The kids always go a little overboard with a mountain of whipped cream.
Maraschino Cherries – Because, no ice cream sundae is complete without a cherry on top.
How do you set up an ice cream bar?
Start with a tablecloth that can easily be cleaned. Ice Cream Sundae Bars can get a little messy, but that’s part of what makes them so fun. You’ll also need disposable silver and disposable bowls or cups. These polka dot paper ice cream cups found on Amazon are very festive.
I also recommend having a separate ice cream scoop for each flavor of ice cream you’ll be serving.
A few days before the party, head to your grocery store and stock up on ice cream, toppings, whipped cream, candy, nuts, and cherries. I raided my pantry for sprinkles, but if you need to pick some of those up too.
The day before the party chop up candy bars, nuts, cookies, and get all of your other ice cream toppings ready. I placed them in small jars with tight fitting lids to keep everything fresh. A link to half-size mason jars like mine is located near the top of this page.
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Short canning jars are perfect for sundae toppings. All you have to do is add a colorful plastic spoon for serving. Plus, storing the toppings in the same containers they’ll be served in saves you a step.
You can never have too many sprinkles, cookies and candy toppings! Doesn’t this look like a fun ice cream party?
Don’t forget to have plenty of napkins and wet wipes handy. The ultimate ice cream sundae bar is sure to get a little messy.
Ice cream parties bring smiles.
This DIY Ice Cream Sundae Bar was a huge success, and it was so easy to put together. It was the ultimate summer party!
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