an ice cream party is my fave

July 2, 2014

It’s National Ice Cream Month, yippee! Since I like to encourage as much ice cream intake as possible, today I’m sharing tips on how to pull together a frosty fete.

ice cream party invitations
ice cream party invitations

Send: This ice cream invitation! Simply download, print, fill-in and mail to anyone who appreciates summer and ice cream. Anybody else can stay home.

Decorate with: citrus hued balloons. Don’t overthink it, get some balloons blown up and lay out some picnic blankets then call it a day.

homemade chocolate gelato
ice cream party ideas

Serve: Ice cream, toppings, and Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites™ – Caffe Mocha (for an extra treat).

Here are some ideas for toppings to set out : fresh fruit, waffle cone bits, cookie dough balls, brownie chunks, gummy bears, sprinkles, hot fudge, pirouette cookies, Oreos, crushed candy bars, chocolate covered pretzels, caramel.

homemade coffee ice cream
ice cream party ideas

Make: Caffe Mocha Gelato. I love homemade ice cream so I usually make my own for such an occasion. Here’s a favorite flavor among the adults.

Caffe Mocha Gelato (adjusted from Ina Garten’s Deeply Chocolate Gelato)

Ingredients:
- 2 cups Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites™ – Caffe Mocha
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup sugar, divided
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 4 extra-large egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Large pinch kosher salt
- 8 chocolates, roughly chopped, optional

Directions:
Heat the Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites™ – Caffe Mocha, cream, and 1/2 cup sugar in a 2-quart saucepan, until the sugar dissolves and the milk starts to simmer. Add the cocoa powder and chocolate and whisk until smooth. Pour into a heat-proof measuring cup.

Place the egg yolks and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light yellow and very thick. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the hot chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Pour the egg and chocolate mixture back into the 2-quart saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. A candy thermometer will register about 180 degrees F. Don’t allow the mixture to boil!

Pour the mixture through a sieve into a bowl and stir in vanilla and salt. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the custard and chill completely.

Pour the custard into the bowl of an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s directions. Stir in the roughly chopped chocolate, if using, and freeze in covered containers. Allow the gelato to thaw slightly before serving.

ice cream container labels
ice cream container labels
ice cream container labels

Send guests home with: A carton for themselves! Pre-package ice cream in pints (buy them right here) and customize with these wraps and lid toppers free for you to download. Then your guests can grab their favorite on their way out.

And you’re done (and have solidified your title as best party host ever).

ice cream care package

Love summer and ice cream as much as I do? I put together an in-a-box to go with this party and it’s up for grabs today! It includes:

- you’re cool card
- popsicle string lights
- popsicle temporary tattoos
- ice cream cups
- Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones
- Coupons for 5 free cartons of Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites

To enter, simply comment on this post before eod Friday, July 4th. Winner will be randomly chosen then notified by me via email. Good luck!

*No purchase necessary to participate or win. Void where prohibited by law. Open to legal US residents eighteen (18) years of age or order, except employees and the families of Bellalimento.com (“Sponsor”) or any company or agency responsible for the sweepstakes or any prize provided (“Sweepstakes Participants”). Enter by posting comment on the Site from July 2 – 4. A winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries. The prize is a variety of goods valued at $100. One entry per person, per email address. All determinations by Sponsor are final. Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours or another winner may be chosen. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. No cash substitutions for prizes and prizes are non-refundable and non-transferable except at sole discretion of Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Entrant’s name and entry may be used for promotional purposes without additional compensation unless prohibited by law. Winners release Sweepstakes Participants from all claims and damages associated with the Sweepstakes and use of the prize. Subject to all federal, state and local laws. Winner is responsible for any taxes on prize.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company. All opinions are my own.

photos of invitation and ice cream packaging: Jennifer Little
invitation and ice cream package design: Kirsten Bingham

fourth of july paper bags are my fave

June 30, 2014

4th of July printables

If that American flag jumpsuit just isn’t festive enough for you this weekend, how about printing some American pride onto paper bags? They’re perfect for storing loot from the parade, picnic lunches, or goody/distraction bags for the kids. You could even print the designs on removable tattoo paper.

Get the free printable right here on Julep.

Design: Kirsten Bingham

seven layer bar ice cream is my fave

June 26, 2014

homemade coconut ice cream

seven layer bar ice cream

Seven Layer Bar Ice Cream

Start with:
coconut milk ice cream

Mix in:
graham cracker chunks
caramel sauce
toasted coconut
mini chocolate chips

One time Ben and Jerry’s ran this contest to come up with a new flavor and I submitted this idea. I wasn’t ever contacted but then a little while later I walked into a scoop shop and saw that the latest addition to the freezer was seven layer bar. Royalty check please.

PS I can’t for the life of me think of what the seventh layer would be. I left out nuts but what else would you put in these?

a colorful, no-sew garland is my fave

June 25, 2014

easy fabric garland
party garland diy
Alison is currently on a Search for Your Awesome party tour and last weekend she made a stop in Denver. I was in charge of the decorations and on the morning of the party I decided the lack of garlands was alarming so I whipped together this colorful little ditty. It’s no sew, made from a few supplies, and requires little skill. Click through to get the two step tutorial.
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banana split ice cream is my fave

June 19, 2014

banana split ice cream
banana split ice cream

Banana Split Ice Cream

Start with:
vanilla bean ice cream

Mix in:
chocolate covered banana bits
strawberries
hot fudge
crushed waffle cones

Does anyone ever really eat banana splits? This variation would be easier to eat.

ice cream tees are my fave

June 17, 2014

kid's ice cream tee

You know how parents tend to force their interests on their kids? I force my love of ice cream onto Beck. Last summer he wasn’t much of a fan but we’ve been working on it and yesterday he asked for a cone at 10 AM. Now I feel like he can wear this ice cream cone tee I made for him honorably.

Get the download and instructions right here on Julep.

Design: Kirsten Bingham

a breakfast club is my fave

June 16, 2014

breakfast party ideas
Breakfast is my favorite meal to make special. I love going out for breakfast, making a big spread on Saturday mornings, eating breakfast for dinner, and planning parties around breakfast time so I can serve waffles without hesitation.

For months now I’ve been wanting to start a monthly breakfast club with friends. While right now that consists of us going out for breakfast, I would love to turn it into a potluck-style gathering (not your standard church potluck but an Ina Garten worthy potluck). Molly Yeh made my wishes come true with this loveliest of spreads even breakfast haters would be delighted over.

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breakfast party ideas
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breakfast party
breakfast party ideas
breakfast party ideas
breakfast party
iced vanilla latte recipe
breakfast party ideas
For this inaugural meeting of the breakfast club, the menu consisted of:
- mini crepe cakes with vanilla buttermilk syrup (recipe below)
- marzipan dark chocolate scones
- fresh sourdough with some cheese, charcuterie, jams, and almond-ella
- soft boiled eggs
- yogurt and fresh fruit
- Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites™ – Vanilla Latte with rosemary syrup

Vanilla Buttermilk Syrup
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup StarbucksDiscoveries Iced Café Favorites™ – Vanilla Latte
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon baking soda

Stir all the ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 7 minutes (you’ll never go back to maple syrup again).

breakfast party ideas

The perfect takeaway for such a party is a tote bag that can be brought (filled with food) to the next monthly gathering. To make your own, you can download the logo here. I used a diecut machine and iron-on paper but you can also make it into a freezer paper stencil and transfer with paint.

The thing I love most about this party idea is that you don’t have to worry about over-the-top themes or decorations, it’s all about the company and the food. Have I convinced you to start your own club?

breakfast party ideas

I’ve put together a box to go along with this party. And it’s up for grabs today! It includes:

- Doodles at Breakfast
- striped napkins
- textured mug
- good day sunshine print
- an apron
- lemon blueberry pancake mix
- Coupons for 5 free cartons of Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites

To enter, simply comment on this post before eod Wednesday, June 18th. Winner will be randomly chosen then notified by me via email. Good luck!

*No purchase necessary to participate or win. Void where prohibited by law. Open to legal US residents eighteen (18) years of age or order, except employees and the families of Bellalimento.com (“Sponsor”) or any company or agency responsible for the sweepstakes or any prize provided (“Sweepstakes Participants”). Enter by posting comment on the Site from June 16 – 18. A winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries. The prize is a variety of goods valued at $100. One entry per person, per email address. All determinations by Sponsor are final. Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours or another winner may be chosen. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. No cash substitutions for prizes and prizes are non-refundable and non-transferable except at sole discretion of Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Entrant’s name and entry may be used for promotional purposes without additional compensation unless prohibited by law. Winners release Sweepstakes Participants from all claims and damages associated with the Sweepstakes and use of the prize. Subject to all federal, state and local laws. Winner is responsible for any taxes on prize.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company. All opinions are my own.

photos: Molly Yeh
breakfast club tote design: Kirsten Bingham

fridays are my fave

June 13, 2014

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1. Danyelle is the best at throwing perfect understated parties
2. Hooray Today!
3. I’m going to make these sweet puffy towers when I feel fancy
4. I’m one click away from buying this painting from Hillary Butler
5. I’m not sure if I love these family photos more or their peppy home decor

Plus! 30% off and free shipping at Boden all weekend long.

toasted coconut mango ice cream is my fave

June 10, 2014

coconut mango ice cream

coconut mango ice cream

Toasted Coconut Mango Ice Cream

Start with:
coconut milk ice cream

Mix in:
sticky rice
fresh mango
toasted coconut

I know it sounds strange to put rice in ice cream but the added texture is unexpected and quite enjoyable. Trust me, I wouldn’t lead you astray when it comes to dessert.

a how to summer list is my fave

June 4, 2014

summer list printable

To all my fellow list and summer lovers, here’s a How To Summer list made to track your plans for celebrating the season. I guess my list should include do: have a baby.

Here are some ideas to get your list started –

Go:
farmers market
picnic
matinee
baseball game
outdoor concert
splash pad

Make:
root beer
popsicles
outdoor fort
friendship bracelets

summer list printable

Do:
backyard campout
light sparklers
block party
ice cream crawl
outdoor movie
watermelon seed spitting contest
bike parade

Eat:
shaved ice
homemade ice cream
grilled pizza
s’mores
watermelon on a stick
ballpark hot dogs

printable summer list

I’d love to know what’s on your list this summer!

How To Summer list download (11×17)

Design: Kirsten Bingham


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