We All Scream for Ice Cream
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Frozen yogurt and ice cream are all the rave right now (wow, I sound like my Grandma). I mean, come on, how can you not love these new frozen yogurt shops like Pinkberry and Orange Leaf that are popping up everywhere? It’s time for you to jump in on the fun and have your very own frozen yogurt or ice cream bar at your reception! Guests will be wowed when they see they can enjoy their own ice cream creation along side their slice of wedding cake.
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Consider using exotic flavors like green tea, coconut, passion fruit or salted caramel. Choosing fun flavors expresses your individuality as a couple and shows your adventurous side. Since the guests aren’t paying for their ice cream or yogurt, they won’t be scared of stepping outside of their comfort zone to try something new and exciting!
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Either way, make sure you have lots of toppings so your guests can make it exactly how they like it!
Consider having bowls of:
- rainbow sprinkles
- chocolate sprinkles
- chopped candy bars
- chopped nuts
- cookie crumbs
- fresh chopped fruit
- candied bacon
- fresh berries
- carmel sauce
- graham cracker crumbs
- fudge sauce
- whipped cream
- mint sauce
- gummy bears
I could keep going but I’m sure you can come up with your own great ideas!
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Presentation is everything! Think about a neat way to serve the ice cream. A martini glass or a footed dessert dish would be perfect! If that doesn’t strike your fancy, you can purchase these adorable ice cream cups at Shop Sweet Lulu for $13 (set of 12) AND they come with small wooden spoons that take you back to the 5th grade. They are fun and make a great addition to any color palette! If you haven’t checked out Shop Sweet Lulu before definitely give it a looky-lou. They have some amazing products for jazzing up your reception! Their motto? Make your party pretty!
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Whether you decide on froyo or ice cream, make sure it flows with the theme and feeling of your event. If you are having a semi-casual wedding go with a fun nostalgic look. If you are having a more formal affair consider trying something like this:
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Things to Consider:
- It is a wise idea to have someone there to help run the ice cream bar. It is my suggestion that you talk to you caterer or venue manager and have a member of the wait staff there to help guests. It gets tricky when you ask a friend because you have to remember that you are spoiling their fun by asking them to help. If the bar is being set up by an outside source (for example, if you have hired a specialty ice cream store, think Ted Drewes for all my STL readers) they should provide someone to help serve guests as part of your contract.
- Ice cream and frozen yogurt can get messy!!! Make sure you have plenty of napkins and a ton of towels there to make sure everything stays tidy!
- If you are serving frozen yogurt have the attendant make several cups ahead of notifying guests. When froyo machines get too much use, too fast, they have trouble keeping everything cold and your froyo could end up runny..
- There are other options besides ice cream and froyo. Think concretes, milkshakes or floats!