Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fun Summer Wedding Idea: Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Summer weddings are always a great time. People are in the mood to relax and enjoy a great party, and seeing a beautiful wedding just adds to the enjoyment. Make your party even more delightful for your guests by including a special surprise treat at the reception. A very fun summer wedding idea is to have an ice cream sundae bar.

An ice cream sundae bar is easy to set up, and such a great idea that you will wonder why more couples don't do it. It can be a fairly simple DIY affair, or you can hire someone to staff the bar. If you really want to get fancy, bring in specialty gelato flavors as a wonderful treat. Trust me, it won't just be your flower girls in their cute dresses and girls jewelry who swarm the ice cream sundae station; you will find plenty of adults going back for seconds!

Most ice cream sundaes are really about the toppings, so you don't necessarily need to have a huge variety of ice cream flavors on hand. You would do just fine to have only chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and coffee ice cream at the station. The flavors could either be presented in large bowls with scoops, or you might find it neater to have pre-scooped dishes set out from which guests can choose. Just be sure that you keep the ice cream nice and cold so that it does not get soupy before everyone gets a chance to get their dessert.


The toppings are where you should really go overboard and wow your guests. Certainly you will need the basics like hot fudge, whipped cream, and cherries. From there, indulge your own sweet tooth fantasies! Chunks of Oreos and chocolate chip cookies make tasty toppings, as do chunks of brownies. There are many delicious candies which are just perfect for including in your sundae bar, such as M&Ms (maybe in your wedding colors), sprinkles (or "jimmies", depending on where you live), Reeses Pieces, Heath bar crumbles, and peanut butter cup pieces.

Don't stop there! You can also have other syrups like caramel and strawberry. Set out a nice selection of sliced fruit for guests who want to pretend they are eating something healthy. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and pineapple are all excellent choices. And of course you will need some bananas for those who want to make banana splits. You can even put out broken pieces of waffle cones for guests to mix in with their sundaes. Nuts are typically included in ice cream sundae stations too, but be sensitive to possible allergies. Keep the nuts at the far end of the line, and give every bowl of toppings its own scoop so there is no cross-contamination. The last thing you want is to learn that your favorite niece had to go straight from your reception to the nearest hospital for an allergic reaction, all dressed up in her special dress and girls jewelry!

Decorate your ice cream sundae bar to coordinate with the rest of your wedding reception decor. If you are having a country style wedding, set up the station on an old wooden table decorated with handmade fabric bunting flags. For a more formal wedding, use elegant crystal bowls to hold toppings. If your style is retro chic, create an ice cream sundae bar with the vibe of a 1950's soda fountain, complete with a server dressed like a soda jerk. For a tropical theme wedding, make your station resemble a tiki hut with a thatched roof. There are so many ways that you can decorate a wedding ice cream sundae bar, and since it will be a fairly small area, you can do a lot without spending a lot on the decorations. Your ice cream sundae bar will be a feast for the eyes as well as the palette - your guests will be sure to love it!

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