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Sherbert & Spice, part two

After all the spicy circles seen in part one transformed our backyard into a truly fun place to be we added a bit of old fashioned charm and of course, the ice cream.

Ice Cream Birthday

A bit of old fashion vintage charm peaked through many of our ice cream birthday design pieces. We washed and sanitized a bushel of very old coke bottles found at a local flee market to serve as glasses for the event. With bright straws sticking out they were a huge hit.

The dessert bar featured custom popcorn cones, a cake with a chalkboard banner, and these vases of old fashioned candy.

The sherbert stand was truly a work of love! Made by the mom I was planning for- she hand drilled it all together and right in the middle of a major family move. The kids loved it and our chalkboard Sherbert sign signaled them over throughout the afternoon.

On the sherbert stand we offered a variety of both ice cream sandwiches and ice cream birthday cones. The sandwiches were tied up neatly with custom ice cream birthday labels and tied off with string.

You can download the labels for the ice cream sandwiches and cones by clicking here. Instructions: Simply print (there are multiple labels per page) and trim where necessary to fit your ice cream treats! Wrap around and tie with string.

We served up the sherbert toppings in a vintage model ferris wheel, each little basket holding a different yummy treat.

The kids especially enjoyed when we had the ice-cream man working behind our stand serving up gooey goodness for them. My little Chica even ate a whole messy cone herself- 25 cents was the going price:)

The wall behind our sherbert stand was strung with homemade kites, DIY coming soon. They served as favors for each of the kids in attendance.

To quench the after ice cream thirst we had stacks of custom labeled juice boxes set out along with fruit-lemonade for the adults.

Inspired by this celebrity party, the custom juice labels seemed too lovely a detail to pass up. You can download these custom juice box labels to use at your own party by clicking here. Remember to take the straws off the boxes before covering them, you can reattach them with string or simply set them in a bowl nearby.

To ensure guests didn’t faint from all the sugar we set up a food table with a special carnival fare.

Stacks of corn dogs curbed hunger and BBQ’d corn was finished off with fabric flag holders. The DIY for the fabric flags is here, I simple attached each flag to 2 toothpicks and stuck in the ends of the corn. The flags are a great stand in for those plastic hot corn grips. Wouldn’t they be lovely done as USA flags for an upcoming independence day celebration?

A bite size vegetable spread was centered on our food table. Using baby versions of the veggies they fit snugly in small candy cups. Multiple dips were ready beside them for dipping.

Before our guests left for the day we gave them a little project. In lieu of a signing book we created a blank story time printable guest book. Each guest wrote in a part of the story for our birthday girl. They did a great job and from what I hear the book has been bound and is being very treasured by a certain four year old, DIY instructions for this cane be found here.

Our Sherbert & Spice theme was possibly the most enjoyable celebration I’ve done. The details would translate well to many other summer-time parties- really anytime you give a group of kids melting ice cream & games it is a success!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this design. In case you missed it- part one is here

All photography credits to the lovely, Jackie Wonders!



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  • Tegan and Tage
    June 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Beautiful job with this party. Your details are always gorgeous and well thought out!

  • Anneliese
    June 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Darling ideas! I especially love all the sherbet-colored labels. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Kelly Irene
    June 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I love the color combination and the circles! I’m bookmarking this for inspiration for my daughter’s upcoming 1st birthday :)

  • Holly
    June 9, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Amazing! I love the individual pinatas! And all the circles…and the storybook… so many great ideas.

  • Yolanda
    June 9, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Really loving the details on this party, especially the customized juice boxes.

    (BTW–Part One did not show up in the RSS feed. I‚Äö?Ñ?¥m not sure how often the feed is dropping, but several have not come through in the past month.)

  • Vicky
    June 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks you guys! It was a really fun party for me:)

    Yolanda, thanks for the heads up on that- I have been having issues with it lately but I am hoping when I update the blog next month it will all get worked out. Until then, just know I post M-F everyday so you’ll just have to keep checking in;) Sorry.

  • mandi
    June 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    i love the little cups with veggies – i bet these would be a hit with my summertime playgroup!!!

  • Kim
    June 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I love the juice box wraps! I love how little details make the best impact!

    Kim @
    party inspiration

  • Jessica
    June 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I just got way too excited about that ferris wheel. It’s perfection for this party. (also, we totally were on the same wavelength about the felt circles! and candy dots! Although, I wish I had thought to turn them into bracelets- genius.)

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  • lauralye
    June 11, 2010 at 8:27 am

    You did such a great job on the whole party! I love it. I am having a vintage carnival themed wedding next June and am wondering where you found the vintage model ferris wheel. I am looking for something similar to use on my cake table.

  • Stephanie Lynn
    June 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    So sweet! Love the coke bottles – fabulous idea! The juice boxes are adorable!! {just as much as the previous printable!} What a fantastic party! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  • Ruth H.
    June 11, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    What a darling party! I love the juicebox idea…I’m planning a “teeny tiny” party for my daughter, and these labels would really turn small juice boxes into something special for the party. Thanks for sharing!

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    June 12, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Oh, I love! What a fun party! I love every little tiny detail…thanks for sharing!

  • jamie
    June 13, 2010 at 7:24 am

    oh so fun! what a cute idea! I’d love for you to link this up

  • Stephanie
    June 14, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Every detail is so sweet. I love the kites! Adorable.

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  • Vicky
    June 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    You are all so kind! Thanks.

    Lauralye, I found the Ferris Wheel in the clearance section at our local JC Penny’s that area has for some reason been a jackpot for me lately:)

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  • Miriam
    June 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Love Love. Just wondering when the DIY for the kites are going to be posted?

    • Victoria
      June 14, 2011 at 6:25 am

      Thanks Miriam, I never ended up posting it last year and we are in the middle of a family move right now. Once we are settled thought I will work on sharing it. I had completely forgotten about it. Thanks!

      • Miriam
        June 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm

        Thanks so much Victoria. My daughters birthday is in a couple of weeks so even if you send me a quick email with materials used and some quick instructions I’m sure I will figure it out. they just look so divine. Happy moving.

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  • McKenzie
    May 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    This party looks sensational! Great job!

  • Jenny
    September 1, 2012 at 6:53 am

    I almost fell out of my chair when I stumbled across this party! Absolutely AMAZING! How clever and cute is the Sherbert stand! I am loving the ferris wheel feature too!

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    June 4, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    so lovely.
    I have a question- where can I find this ferris wheel? it’s just perfect…

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