Yum! How to Throw the Perfect Ice Cream Social

Fall will be here before we know it, so celebrate the rest of these warmer months with a party that's all about ice cream. From toppings to scoops to clean-up tips, here's all you need to know to throw a fantastic ice cream social (15 Photos)

Cricket Azima on Jul 20, 2012 at 8:48AM

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Yum! How to Throw the Perfect Ice Cream Social

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Make a Shopping List (and Empty Your Freezer)

Once you have a good grasp on how many mouths you’ll be feeding, prepare a shopping list of ice cream (or ice cream ingredients) and toppings.  A good rule of thumb is to plan for about two cups of ice cream per guest.

If making your own ice cream isn’t in the cards, serve store-bought versions and save prep time. If you want that homemade taste without all the work, buy local. Find a specialty shop in your area that makes its own ice cream and purchase their handcrafted product. Or purchase grocery-store brands that are tried-and-true such as Häagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyer’s or Edy’s.

Whether you go homemade or store-bought, plan ahead and make sure your freezer has ample room. If your freezer can’t accommodate tubs of frozen treats, consider an insulated cooler with dry ice, or ask your neighbors if they can help store supplies. (Make sure to share the ice cream if they do lend freezer space!)

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