If you know me, you know I love ice cream! The love runs deep and is truly the real deal! I can thank my grandpa for this love as he use to layout a full spread of ice cream and toppings for us to create our own sundaes. Over the years I have tried countless flavors and brands – upon tasting Tillamook ice cream last month, I found my match! Truly the best ice cream I have ever tasted! It is creamy, smooth, packed with flavor, and leaves you satisfied while also totally wanting more! So when Tillamook reached out to me to host an ice cream tasting party featuring their amazing flavors and fun new packaging, I may have squealed with excitement and jumped with joy! I immediately was brought back to those days with my grandpa and those extra sweet memories. Therefore, I quickly settled on a vintage sundae social theme. One filled with classic toppings, mason jars, wood handled ice cream scoops, and dainty floral tablecloths.
With the theme decided, it was time to find the perfect space to host the sundae social. Tillamook provided a couple of fun spots in the Charlotte area and I immediately knew that The Candle Bar had to be it! Their new space is absolutely beautiful – filled with natural wood, gorgeous candles, and a wall of vintage blue glass bottles that perfectly aligned with the theme. Not to mention they have the sweetest staff ever! I truly couldn’t adore the gals that work at The Candle Bar more! The Candle Bar also allowed me to extend the invitation to followers and community members. Which was great as I didn’t want to limit the party invitation to just a small group of friends but rather have it open to everyone!
To me, ice cream is one of those things that brings people together. How often do you meet someone that doesn’t love ice cream? Which I believe the turnout perfectly proved – we had 45-50 friends, family members, and followers plus several that walked in after seeing the excitement + the Tillamook Sundae Social party sign we had placed outside. You know I was excited to share my favorite Tillamook flavors with them – Tillamook Mudslide and Oregon Strawberry. We also had, Old-Fashioned Vanilla and Monster Cookie.
Sundae Social Planning Tips
If you’re wanting to host an end of summer ice cream tasting party or sundae social or combine both, I have a couple of tips for you! These are items I learned along the way as I was planning the event and/or things I am so happy I planned ahead for as they made the event run smoothly + allowed me to enjoy it! And who doesn’t want to enjoy the party they’ve planned?!
Since the sundae social was hosted at The Candle Bar vs. a restaurant I had to get a little creative with how to store the ice cream. After all, ice cream melts pretty quickly, especially in the middle of summer, in the south! I borrowed a large freezer from my in-laws (thank you again) and purchased a vintage inspired cooler that we stocked full of dry ice + regular ice. I would recommend asking around to see if any of your friends have a large freezer you can borrow or purchase patio cooler, maybe both depending on the size of your party. Also, do not forget to buy several bags of ice and a little dry ice, the latter really helps to keep the ice cream from melting! Another note, purchase your Tillamook Ice Cream a day or two in advance and place in your personal freezer or borrowed/purchased large freezer right away. That way the ice cream is perfectly frozen and ready to be served at your party!
Offer a variety of options! As mentioned above, I included a couple of my favorite Tillamook Ice Cream flavors Tillamook Mudslide and Oregon Strawberry. As well as, Old-Fashioned Vanilla and Monster Cookie – an option for those that like the classic and one for those that little to try unique flavors! Don’t forget about variety when it comes to toppings as well! The sundae table included: pecans, walnuts, bananas, strawberries, dark chocolate chips, shredded coconut, homemade granola, dark chocolate sauce, and caramel sauce. No shortage of options for those that like to pile the toppings onto their sundaes! My personal favorite, Tillamook Mudslide with shredded coconut, walnuts, and banana slices – YUM!
Create an opportunity for guests to sample the different flavors. Since you are providing them with so many yummy options, giving them a way to taste before committing is a must! One way to do that and the route I went to fit the vintage theme, purchase mini mason jars, fill with one scoop of a flavor, and label which flavor is inside (see photo). This is a fun way for guests to sample the flavors and have a little party gift to take home with them – either their empty sample jars to use at home or a few filled jars to place in their freezers to enjoy later! Or you can create ice cream flights, that way the guest can take a tiny taste of each flavor to see which one is their must have!
Final tip, enjoy! Enjoy your guests, enjoy the Tillamook Ice Cream, and enjoy your party!