I was recently asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to share my ideas for making any day a “fun day”. This post is sponsored by the company but all ideas and opinions are my own.
With eight kids, three grandkids, and two in-laws you can imagine that we have a lot of birthdays around here. In fact, I’ve gotten really good at celebrating birthdays without losing my mind. One thing that I have learned is the more people do by themselves the less I have to do. With my schedule that’s a blessing and I bet it would be a blessing for you, too. I’ve done pizza bars, taco bars, and even pancake bars but the most popular bar I’ve ever done is the ice cream sundae bar — it’s not hard to figure out why, is it?
I have three kids born in July. Kyrie was born July 1, Nick was born July 3, and Matt was born July 11. There’s no way I wanted to do three parties that close together so they tended to have parties on the same day. Well, Matt is in Korea now, serving in the Air Force but Kyrie and Nick are still home. When we celebrated their birthdays this past July I decided to make it easy and do a sundae bar.
Smucker’s® toppings makes it so easy! I headed to Kroger to buy several toppings and several types of ice cream. I picked up nuts, sprinkles, candy and other stuff I knew the kids would love. There’s really no end to the possibilites –
- Fresh fruit
- Gummy bears
- Jelly beans
- Chocolate chips
- Chopped candy bars (…mmmm Butterfingers!)
- Maraschino cherries
- Whipped cream
- Crumbled cookies
Really, whatever you can think of goes perfectly on a sundae!
Needless to say the party was a great success! I have vintage ice cream glasses but you can use anything to hold the sundaes. In fact, make it easy on yourself and use paper bowls. That way you can enjoy the party without having to worry about clean up!
We really missed Matt at the ice cream sundae bar party, we always do, but Kyrie turned 12 and Nick turned 15 with as many of our family and friends in attendance as possible. It’s kind of frustrating that over the years family kind of spreads out. I miss the old days when everyone was here, you know?
Anyway, if you really want to kick your party up try setting up a sundae bar. Get four or five different types of ice cream and let the kids create their own sundaes. You can even give prizes for the most unique sundae, the sundae with the most topping, or whatever. The main thing is fun.
When I was a kid we lived close to an ice cream place. I think it was called the Dairy Bar. Anyway, my friend Chris (yep, the famous artist I’ve talked about before) and I use to be allowed to walk up there once in awhile. The owners of the ice cream bar were Mr and Mrs Guest, as I remember, and they lived next door to the shop. They had a parrot that they set outside in the cage every afternoon. Well when we walked by that parrot it would screech and carry on. Chris’s mom suggested that every time we walked by the parrot we said, free ice cream for Marye and Chris. The idea was that the parrot would convince Mr and Mrs Guest to give us ice cream.
That dang parrot never did. What’s your favorite ice cream memory? Have you ever hosted a #SundaeFundae ice cream sundae bar?
This is a sponsored post, created by me for the J.M. Smucker® Company.
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