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Gah! You guys I am beyond excited to share this post today! After a ridiculous amount of planning and hard work, J and I threw the most adorable birthday party for one of the most adorable babies I know (Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m totally biased. But I just love her sweet face!). Prepare yourselves, my friends- this is going to include a ton of photos. You’ve been warned! 🙂
This party was totally a labor of love and it really turned out more beautiful than I could ever have imagined. It was in large part thanks to my dear J, who continues to blow me away by bringing my big ideas to life. And also because the amazing people at Perry’s Ice Cream teamed up with me to provide the most delicious Ice Cream Sundae Bar ever!
But lets back up and I’ll start from the beginning. A few months ago, I begin kicking around idea’s for T’s birthday party. I was originally unsure of where to begin because March in Rochester is typically quite cold. So we didn’t exactly have the option of throwing a party on our patio like we did for A’s first birthday party. Luckily, my sister’s apartment complex offers a great room that was the perfect size to accommodate our guests.
So we had a location but we needed a theme. I decided to avoid characters because I know in a year or two she’s going to be all about characters (hello Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!!) and I’ll have no say in party themes! You gotta take what you can get while they’re still too young to care.
I kicked around a few ideas that I thought were cute like Flamingos, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Pink Lemonade. But when I started coming across Ice Cream party inspiration, I knew deep within my food-loving heart that this was the perfect idea! I mean, come on! Tess LOVES ice cream- we all do!
Once our theme was locked in, I started thinking about all-things-ice-cream (so, ya know, pretty much a normal day for me!) and I was reflecting on my undying love for Perry’s Ice Cream. I come from a long line of Perry’s Ice Cream fanatics. In fact, everyone in the family loves Perry’s signature taste, creaminess, and variety. Oh my gosh- the flavors! There are so many unique flavors!
If you’re not familiar, here’s a little history, direct from Perry’s, “From the first batch made on the kitchen stove, to the fourth generation, the Perry family continues the tradition of creating old-fashioned ice cream, full of the ‘good stuff’, one batch at a time. Since 1918, Perry’s has insisted on blending only the best ingredients starting with fresh milk and cream for their customers. Perry’s Ice Cream, the perfect choice for all of life’s moments.”
Now a first birthday party is without a doubt one of life’s moments, and a very important moment in our family. And that’s another reason the ice cream theme tugged at my heart strings. Being present in the moment, the simple joy of ice cream. As emotional as I am about my last baby turning one (!!) I made an active decision to be present in this moment and the joy of the day really did come through.
Perry’s Ice Cream is available in retail stores and ice cream stands across New York State and Western Pennsylvania. You can check out places that carry Perry’s here. They’re pretty involved in the community and with local charities. I love that there are also plenty of delicious gluten free options (and all but one flavor is kosher!). They even make sorbet and slush pops that are milk free.
For all of life’s moments, there’s a Perry’s flavor and we had a tough time deciding which to feature! We finally narrowed it down to 10 different options. From Perry’s Premium 1.50 Quarts, we opted for Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Strawberry, All American and Panda Paws™.
Perry’s Premium Ice Cream Quarts are a great option if you want more than a pint but still don’t have a ton of room in your freezer! And the flavor options are seriously unique and delicious- everyone was raving! From this line we chose Banana Cream Pie, Rocky Mountain Raspberry, Sundae at the Ralph™ (because you know J wasn’t about to let me get away with not having the Bills involved in some capacity!), Peanut Butter S’mores and Grasshopper Pie.
The centerpiece of the entire party was the dessert table. Justin constructed a backdrop designed to look like the facade of an Ice Cream Parlor, complete with a brick wall, an awning and a window. I talked to him a little bit about what I was hoping to accomplish and he basically created a backdrop that far exceeded my expectations! He seriously went above and beyond here and I’ll be sharing directions for making that in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
I originally envisioned a dessert table that was cute, colorful and brimming with goodies! We had excellent luck finding tons of cute accessories at great prices at places like Target (the Target dollar section never lets me down- except for the fact that those items aren’t available online- also the Valentine’s Day clearance items were a major score- I’m talking $.30 garlands here! I pillaged the whole section), The Christmas Tree Store, Michaels, Joann Fabrics, the dollar store and my own home. I did my best to locate items online so you can get them for your own ice cream party. But whatever wasn’t available for online purchase I found similar items. You’ll find those links in the captions of the photos.
We had bowls as well as waffle cones, sugar cones and kiddie cones. I made these (adorable!!) Melted Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes that I shared last week and chocolate kisses were also up for grabs. And I couldn’t forget a small smash cake for T to go to town on, and boy did she have at it! My gal was dainty for a whole 30 seconds until she let loose and gave that cake a run for it’s money. She totally learned that from me.
Our guests enjoyed a variety of toppings including whipped cream, hot fudge, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, sprinkles, peanuts, cookie crumbles, bananas, strawberries, pineapple tidbits, mini chocolate chips, toffee bits and of course plenty of cherries. Needless to say, nobody went hungry!
In addition to a huge Sundae Bar, with all the Perry’s Ice Cream we could ever want (actually that’s not true. I will always want more!) we provided pizza and wings since the party was being held around lunch time. But the beauty of having the dessert table as the centerpiece at this party is that it was very clear from the start that the sundae bar was the main event, so everyone made sure to leave plenty of room. Of course we encouraged our guests to go back for seconds and thirds! And being the Perry’s enthusiasts that they are, they were all very happy to oblige.
To make the pizza table a bit more festive, J painted a couple of dowels and screwed them into one of the tables that we brought. He then made a few notches in the dowels and we were able to hang some pretty garlands.
We set up a fun play area for the kids with the DIY Play Stand and the toy ice cream set that were our gifts to T for her birthday, as well as a coloring station. I found some adorable free printable coloring pages here and printed out a bunch. These were definitely a hit!
Speaking of printables, I’m a total sucker for a cute printable. I love fun little clever phrases and plays-on-words that go with my theme, so I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to create some cute printables to tie in some of the spaces that weren’t as prominent decor-wise. They turned out super cute and I just had to make them available for free to my subscribers.
Not to be outdone, J made a sign of his own for the coat room. It feels weird talking about out-doing him in general, considering he totally knocked it out of the park with that whole dessert table. Enjoy this, honey: you win…this time…
At the last minute, I also threw together some simple and sweet centerpieces using a mixed bouquet from our grocery store as well as some waffle cones and some jam jars that are part of my food photography prop collection.
Overall, it went off without a hitch. We had a crazy wind storm a few days prior to the party which left much of Rochester without power and two days after T’s party we had a wicked Nor’easter that swept through and kept many people house-bound. I don’t know how we got so lucky to have everything work out perfectly- full power, warm venue, delicious food, the very best ice cream and a very cold but still bright and sunny day!
Most importantly, my sweet little T and all of our guests had a great time! Tess was a little rockstar and happily got passed around all day. She had a blast crawling around and following after her sister and watching her go after that cake was unforgettable.
This giveaway has ended! Congratulations to Allyson T.!
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway: The awesome people at Perry’s have generously given me a Perry’s Ice Cream Prize Pack to give away to one lucky reader- so you can have your own Perry’s Ice Cream Party! Here are the goodies that are included:
Fun Pack of Coupons: 2 Free Novelities 2 Free Quarts 2 Free 1.5 Quarts
Perry’s Ice Cream Scoop
Perry’s Pennant Flag
Perry’s Official Apron Details: This giveaway will run through 3/29/17 and a winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email.
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Terms and Conditions: One (1) Perry’s Ice Cream Prize Pack ($50 value). The winner will be notified via email on or around 3/30/2017. This giveaway is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry, except anyone directly associated with Perry’s Ice Cream or The Life Jolie (sorry Justin!). This promotion is void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited. Good Luck!
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