How cute would an ice cream sundae party be? It’s the perfect idea for a birthday party, family reunion, or just a fun get-together!
Ice cream is usually a pretty universally loved treat, and with so many different flavors there can really be something for everyone! I’ve put together a list of what you’d need in order to create the best Ice Cream Sundae Party ever.
1. Ice Cream. It might be kind of hard to have an ice cream party without the ice cream… Make sure you have a large variety of flavors, and don’t forget some good old-fashioned vanilla for those boring people out there (totally kidding! Kind of).
2. Ice Cream Scoops. If you really want to be cool, keep them in a large bowl of hot water so that there is less flavor mixing and it’s easier to scoop!
3. Bowls and Cones. Give everyone the choice with cute bowls and lots of cones.
4. Fruit Toppings. Bananas, strawberries, raspberries… You can really go with just about any fruit!
5. Candy Toppings. Sprinkles are a necessity. Also marshmallows, chocolate chips and nuts!
6. Syrups. If nothing else, set out some chocolate syrup and whipped cream. If you’re feeling fancy grab some pineapple preserves and some caramel and strawberry toppings too.
7. Spoons and Napkins. I don’t think those need too much explaining…
8. Decorations. How cute are these ice cream balloons? Even if you just make a few of these and set everything out on a nice tablecloth, you’re set!
9. Invitations. Make your own, like these adorable invites, or simply send out a mass text. Anything works.
10. Lots of Hungry People.
There you go! Super cute party idea for any time of the year (not just Summer! People eat ice cream allll year long). It doesn’t take much work or planning, just the right supplies!
Let us know how it goes, we’d love to hear it!
Soaps are my favorite! There is just something super luxurious about a fun-scented soap. Especially if it is homemade! Of course a bar of white soap you pick up in Walmart does the job, but wouldn’t you rather have something that cleans, moisturizes and makes you smell pretty?
Now, heading out to buy a block handmade soap can end up running you more that you’d probably like, which is why I found an easy DIY version to save you money and still have you smelling beautiful!
Since it is Fall and I am obsessed with all things seasonal I decided that a pumpkin spice scent was not only a good idea but the absolute best idea. Of course, if you’re not feeling the pumpkin scent (how dare you!) you can replace the spices with some essential oils. Lavender is my favorite oil to add to soaps, but there are so many great options!
Alrighty, now that I’ve chatted for a while, lets get to the soap concocting! I got this recipe from Happiness is Homemade, so head on over there with this link!
I promise you’re going to love how soft your skin feels, and the sweet pumpkin scent. Have I mentioned that this is a fantastic gift idea as well? Make a couple of these bars and give one to your mom, your niece, your neighbor! Inexpensive and easy!
Tell me in the comments if you ended up making this, and how you liked it! Did you use the pumpkin scent, or did you try something else?
Honestly, what could be better than science that ends with a sweet treat? Sugary science is probably the best science, and I’m sure your kids will agree. I mean, how often can you actually eat the final product of your science project?
(Most of the time things that you normally would eat sit in the pantry too long and become a science experiment in and of themselves… yuck.)
This is a super easy experiment that does require adult supervision because you’re dealing with very hot liquids, but it’s simple enough that most kids will really enjoy it. All that is required is some patience as it will take 3-7 days for the sugar crystals to fully develop. But honestly, checking to see what’s grown each morning is the biggest part of the fun!
I copied the supplies needed and instructions down below for easy reference, but feel free to pop over to the Science Bob website for some photo demonstrations as well. (They’ve got a whole bunch of other fun experiments, too!)
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A wooden skewer or chopstick
- A large clothespin
- 1 cup of water
- 2-3 cups of granulated sugar
- A tall narrow glass or jar
Here’s what you’ll do:
- Clip the wooden skewer into the clothespin so that it hangs down inside the glass and is about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the bottom of the glass. (as shown)
- Remove the skewer and clothespin and put them aside for now.
- Get a helpful adult!
- Pour the water into a pan and bring it to boil.
- Pour about 1/4 cup of sugar into the boiling water, stirring until it dissolves.
- Keep adding more and more sugar, each time stirring it until it dissolves, until no more will dissolve. This will take time and patience and it will take longer for the sugar to dissolve each time.Be sure you don’t give up too soon. Once no more sugar will dissolve, remove it from heat and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes.
NOTE: While it is cooling, some people like to dip half of the skewer in the sugar solution and then roll it in some sugar to help jump start the crystal growth. If you do this, be sure to let the skewer cool completely so that sugar crystals do not fall off when you place it back in the glass.
- Have your friendly ADULT carefully pour the sugar solution into the jar almost to the top. Then submerge the skewer back into the glass making sure that it is hanging straight down the middle without touching the sides.
- Allow the jar to fully cool and put it someplace where it will not be disturbed.
- Now just wait. The sugar crystals will grow over the next 3-7 days.
Want colored rock candy? Add food coloring to your sugar water and make sure sure that it is pretty dark in color for the best result.
And that’s it! Just check back each morning to see the sugar crystals magically forming on the stick! Your kids will love this. And since it’s made with just sugar and water (and possibly food coloring) it is totally safe to eat!
Let us know how this fun experiment turned out for you!
My grandma has always made these Biscuit Donut Holes, or as she sometimes calls them, Poor Man’s Donuts! Her mother used to make them when she was a child and she’s continued the tradition by making them for her kids and now her grandkids! And boy have we loved them!
I’m not sure if there’s really a person out there than can turn away from a sugary donut. I’m really not sure it’s possible! Especially with how delicious these guys are.
They’re everything you want in a dessert: sugary, simple and scrumptious! (Yes, I did just find three words that started with an ‘S’, but they all fit perfectly!) Go ahead and give these donuts a try. You will be chowing down on them in only a matter of minutes!
Any can of Biscuit Dough
Enough Vegetable Oil to fill pan 1-1/2 inches
Cinnamon and Sugar to roll the dough in after it’s done frying (you could also use powdered sugar)
First, cut the biscuit dough into quarters.
Turn the oil to med-high and place one bit of dough in to test if the oil is hot enough. The dough should fry up pretty quickly. Once you’d determined that the oil is hot enough, add as many dough bits as you can to the oil so that they are fully submerged.
It should only take about two minutes before you need to stir them up and flip a few of them around. After that you should only have to let them fry for another minute until they turn a nice dark golden-brown.
After they’ve been scooped from the oil, roll them in a cinnamon-sugar mix
If your mouth isn’t watering at this point, I think there may be something wrong. 😉
Do you want to teach your kids about other cultures without having to pay thousands of dollars to travel to a different continent? Do you wonder what the best way would be to bring a bit of that country into your home is?
Food. Hands down food is the best way to do just about anything in my humble opinion.
Because each country is bound to have a traditional food, why not try your hand at making it? Having a Mexican theme one month and then trying Indian the next month, Moroccan another month… The options are endless! And nowadays it is so easy to find a whole lot of different recipes, you’re sure to find something that the whole family would love with just a few Google or Pinterest searches!
While you can do a full dinner with an entree from that country along with appetizers and a dessert, you can totally just do a dessert or just a simple dish if you don’t have the time or resources to go all out. Just print out a photo of the country and get the family together to talk about what you know about the country already, and then do some research together to broaden your knowledge! You can even find out how to say basic phrases in that language and practice saying “hello” and “good-bye” to each other. Music is also a great way to learn about that country; find a few fun songs originating from that place and listen to them! Honestly there are so many simple ways to learn more about different countries and help your kids, too!
Who knows, they may even ace their next geography test after a few of these “International Nights!”
Let us know if you have any other ideas on learning about other countries and cultures! If you have any fun international recipes, please share them in the comments as well!
As a kid my siblings and I enthusiastically referred to Fridays as “Stay Up Late Night.” It was the one night that my parents did not implement a bed-time and we could stay up as late as we wanted to (we’d usually crash before we ever reached 10pm, though) and we’d have a blast watching movies and eating pizza. Pure kid heaven, let me tell you.
Fridays were the best days ever because our school let out early so we usually went to get lunch with my mom and grandma. After that we’d head home to board games, movies projected onto the wall with my dads dinosaur of a projector, and lots of other fun. Having those fun activities to look forward to during the week was the greatest, and I’d love to share some fun ideas with you so that you can host your own “Friday Stay Up Late Night” with your family each week.
Pick out a movie: After school my mom would take us to Blockbuster (do you remember Blockbuster?! Holy cow I can’t believe it’s gone. So much of my childhood was spent at Blockbuster) and we’d pick out a movie. Now all you have to do is open up Netflix and let the kids choose what they want to watch.
Buy some treats: Or better yet, bake some together!
Break out the board games: Apples to Apples, Monopoly (if you really want to stay up late…), Clue, Trivial Pursuit… Grab a few and have a blast!
Create a cozy viewing area: Have everyone bring all of their blankets and pillows and stuffed animals into the living room. Your kids will get a kick out of the chaotic coziness.
No bed-time: Seriously, just let them fall asleep whenever they feel like it. (Most likely, it won’t be much later than their bed-time anyways…) Even if this is just a once-a-month thing, they’ll love it!
Invite friends over: While I wasn’t able to have sleepovers with friends, we could have “late nights!” (Meaning that we got picked up from the friend’s house around 11pm, right around when we’d usually just fall asleep anyways.) Inviting some cousins or friends over to enjoy the junk food and games will make it that much more fun!
There’s so much you can do on a Friday night in with the family, these are just a few of the things that I loved as a kid.
Do you have any fun Friday ideas? Let me know what you like to do as a family!
I’m not kidding. When I say that this icing is The Best Thing Ever I am being 100% serious. If I had to choose one thing to live off of for the rest of my life, this may just be it.
Now, before you stop and think “well I’m not an icing person” just go ahead and take a second to hear me out. Read through the rest of my rant about how fantastic this icing is, click on the link to The Pioneer Woman’s website (where you can find the icing recipe along with a sheet cake) to drool over the photos, and then pretty-please try it for yourself. I’m positive that you’ll end up loving it almost as much as I do.
This god-send can be spread over any type of cake (especially the Pioneer Woman’s Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever), drizzled over ice cream, or if you’re like me, shamelessly eaten with a spoon.
So go ahead and click on this link right here. It will take you to the most amazing chocolate icing you’ve ever tasted (and a fantastic sheet cake as well, I really shouldn’t leave that out).
By the way, I do realize that I just posted the same link to the same website page 3 different times. So if you don’t want to click on that last one you can honestly choose any other and you’ll be taken to the same place. Please just head over there and check out the deliciousness.
So tell me honestly, did you end up eating most of the icing with a spoon before you even had the chance to spread it onto the cake? It’s okay, no shame.
I have so many scented candles scattered through the house that I just can’t keep track of them. In fact, today I just found that one of the candles in the kitchen is a Christmas Evergreen one. Woops.
Candles are great; they put off such a great aroma, the fire sets the perfect cozy mood, and they’re easy. Just light them and you’re done. As great as they are though, sometimes you just want to try something different and a bit more natural. And frankly in my opinion there aren’t many candles that can live up to the smell of homemade Stovetop Potpourri.
Even though candles only require a light of a match to get the lovely aroma spreading, potpourri isn’t that far behind in the easy-factor. All you need to do is boil a few cups of water in a saucepan and add these ingredients:
An apple, cut into quarters
An orange rind
A few cinnamon sticks
A handful of whole cloves
and a teaspoon of vanilla extract
Once the water has come to a boil and you’ve added the ingredients turn the heat down so that it can simmer. Be very mindful that the water will evaporate quickly so more water will need to be added every half-hour or so or you’ll risk burning everything in the saucepan. (And no, I am definitely not speaking from experience…) If you plan to keep the potpourri simmering for longer than an hour or so make sure to add a little more spice each time you replenish the water.
That’s it! In only a matter of minutes your house is going to smell heavenly.
Let us know what you think! Happy Fall, Y’all!