This past long weekend marked my baby girl, Lucy’s 1st birthday. It was a medium-sized party, with family and friends who were in town for the long weekend. I had previously decided to host an ice cream social as Lucy LOVES ice cream. She will throw a fit if she sees anyone eating ice cream near her and they aren’t sharing it. She’s very confident in knowing what she wants at any given time 😉 What’s an ice cream social? To me, it’s a party where building something ice cream related (in our case sundaes) and being social. Everyone got to build an ice cream sundae and it was really fun watching the kids pick and choose their toppings. And, Lucy had an amazing time. She handled all the sugar and attention like a champ.
Randomly, I found a lot of ice cream related party decorations which aren’t necessary, but definitely added to the occasion. The ice cream waffle cones on the wall are from London Fields Shoppe here in Vancouver, BC (no affiliations, I love the products they carry and it is run by a lovely local family – they do ship if you’re keen to get your hands on the waffle cones). The ice cream truck and ice cream cups with wooden scoops are from Meri Meri Party Supplies which I purchased from The Cross, also local (no affiliations to either, I will say nothing but excellent things about The Cross, in particular how excellent their customer service is).
To host an ice cream social 3 things need to be lined up:
- Ice cream – there are 2 no-churn ice cream recipes below, quickly mix and freeze the night before for homemade ice cream! I also purchased a coconut milk based ice cream as I had 2 guests that could not eat dairy. If you’d like a vegan no-churn ice cream recipe, check one out here.
- Sprinkles – let’s be honest, what’s an ice cream birthday without sprinkles?
- Guests – watching everyone hum and haw about their choices was great. It sparked some good conversation and the kids were adorable!
If you were inspired by this post and host an ice social please tag me (#mykitchenlove) so I can see your photos! Any ice cream social is bound to be a party!
No-churn ice cream is a breeze to make and what better way to top it off than with a 2 ingredient hot fudge sauce?!
15 minPrep Time
5 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 3 x 330 ml (10oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
- 4 cups / 1 litre whipping cream
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or high quality extract)
- 12 oz. / 340 gr. semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped and divided in half
- Take half the chopped chocolate (6 oz.) and melt chocolate using the double boil method (a small heatproof bowl set above, but not touching, a small amount of simmering water) or in short bursts in the microwave (20-30 seconds). Set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, whisk whipping cream until stiff peaks form, about 3-5 minutes. Add vanilla and mix until just combined.
- Fold in 2 cans of condensed milk. Divide the whipping cream/condensed milk mixture in half. Place half in an air tight container and freeze for at least 8 hrs, preferably overnight.
- Gently fold melted chocolate in with remaining half of whipping cream/condensed milk mixture. Place in an airtight container and freeze for at least 8 hrs, preferably overnight.
- Take remaining half of chopped chocolate (6 oz.) and can of condensed milk and place in a heatproof bowl or container (I used a glass mason jar), heat in the microwave in short bursts (30 seconds) mixing after each burst until chocolate is melted. If not serving immediately, reheat in the microwave and stir before serving (I made mine the day before).
2 Ingredient Hot Fudge Recipe is from The Pioneer Woman