Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ice Cream Social

"Summer afternoon -- summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." ~ Henry James

The heat of late summer is the perfect time for relaxed entertaining, and an ice cream social is an easy way to churn up some fun. With only one dish to prepare, you don't have to move out of vacation mode to prepare a fussy meal.

Just toss some bottled waters into a bucket of ice, set out napkins, and sweep the front porch. Then invite neighbors to take a break from walking the dog or mowing the lawn for an impromptu gathering.

Invite neighbors to spend a leisurely afternoon on the porch, chatting about the latest local happenings while the children run through the sprinklers in the front yard.

A few simple details dress up these ice cream cones. Cute scrapbook paper cone wrappers are easy to make using the waffle cone wrapper as a template. Whipped cream, raspberries and lemon zest hint at the flavors inside this Raspberry Lemonade Ice Cream recipe, and paper straws add the finishing touch.

Fun decorations elevate this refreshing dessert to an ice cream party. Coordinating bunting, napkins and flowers repeat the pink lemonade theme. Repurposed containers allow for fun cone displays, like this silverware caddy added to the display just before serving.

With a great ice cream recipe, dressed up cones and colorful decorations, you can turn a simple ice cream social into the social event of the season. Stop in tomorrow for my refreshing Raspberry Lemonade Ice Cream recipe.

And speaking of summer treats, tomorrow I will announce the winner of this giveaway for a signed copy of the recently-released Victoria Classics special issue, 

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