Summer Ice Cream Party: Fourth of July Ice Cream Social

Whether you’re adding a sundae bar to your Fourth of July barbecue, or planning your entire celebration around ice cream, these tips and ideas are perfect to make your Fourth of July a memorable one.


Summer Ice Cream Party

You could just serve chocolate and vanilla ice cream with red, white, and blue jimmies, which would be perfectly delicious, but not nearly as impressive as having a spread of red, white and blue flavors on offer. Here are some flavors to get you started.


  • Red velvet
  • Strawberry
  • Cherry
  • Raspberry


  • Vanilla (of course)
  • Coconut
  • White chocolate
  • Cake Batter


  • Bubblegum
  • Cotton candy
  • Blue velvet

If you plan on going the extra mile and whipping up your own ice cream, note that blueberries turn purple when blended, which is a tad unfortunate.


Summer Ice Cream Party

If only for the impressive visual, having a wide array of toppings is a must. There is no limit to what you can top your favorite ice cream with.

  • Sprinkles
  • Roasted nuts
  • Whipped cream – If you’re making your own, mix in red or blue food coloring and flavor extract of your choice for a Fourth of July flair.
  • Candy – It’s incredibly easy to find a variety of candies in our theme colors. Buy candies in single colors in bulk, or, if you have the patience, sort through a mixed bag yourself. Pour the color blocked candies in large, clear containers for a beautiful presentation.
  • Sea salt
  • Caramel popcorn
  • Fruit preserves
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Crushed cookies
  • Mimi marshmallows
  • Etc.

Popsicles are a fun addition to an ice cream bar. You can freeze your own, or bring nostalgia to the party by buying a load of rocket popsicles.

Ice cream sandwiches are an easy way to give your guests more snacking options. You can assemble them before the party starts, or leave out sugar cookies pressed in red and blue sugar, and chocolate chip with red and blue M&M’s for your guests to help themselves.

Setting Up

Summer Ice Cream Party

To keep your ice cream cold it can be nestled in a container filled with ice, though you may have to change the ice periodically. But if you’re hosting the party outside and there won’t be small children running about, dry ice does a much better job at keeping the ice cream the perfect consistency. Make sure you handle the dry ice with heavy gloves, cover the blocks with terry cloth, and post a warning for your guests.

Any party store will have red, white, and blue napkins, plastic bowls, plates, and spoons. If you want to DIY your décor, try stringing red, white, and blue pom poms and miniature American flags to make a patriotic garland to hang above or trim the table with.  A basic white table cloth can be artfully splashed with red and blue paint, or the kids can get involved with brushes and hand prints.

We hope you have an awesome Fourth of July, and we’ll see you next week to take an ice cream fueled trip through Miami!

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