Back in the day, ice cream was a delicacy, especially in the 18th century when an ice-cream social was a rare, special occasion. As refrigeration became a mainstay, ice-cream parties became particularly popular at churches and social clubs. But we think that this ice-cream party is the cutest one yet!
We set the scene in Bre Rountree’s colorful kitchen in Valencia, California. An interior designer and owner of Breezy Designs, Bre loves all things vintage and isn’t afraid of vibrant hues. “I love using pops of color with neutrals. I painted my kitchen island with a bright aqua and added pops of yellow along with the aqua for a bright color splash,” Bre says.
To give our party a back-in-the-day look and feel, we used Depression-era bowls, dishes and cups—perfect for displaying toppings and candy. Milk-glass pieces also look right at home at an ice-cream party. A hobnail coneshaped vase filled with pink carnations is a delightful addition to the décor and looks like a delicious ice-cream cone.
To find these treasures, Bre says, “I like to venture into small town shops. It’s there where you’ll be surprised. I like to find vintage as well as reproduction vintage.” Bre’s aesthetic worked perfectly with our ice-cream party. She says, “Vintage to me means soft colors and unique details, those perfect authentic finds that will just fit. Be original!”
Set out candy-colored bowls with treats like cookies, confections and ice-cream-cone cupcakes. Striped straws and vintage-inspired tea towels will set the scene. You can’t go wrong if you stay within a pastel color palette. Use a kitchen island as the hub for the party, and create your ice-cream station with customizable toppings.