Tailgate Ice Cream Party | neighborhood social & giveaway

Tailgate Ice Cream Party | neighborhood social & giveaway

This post brought to you by Unilever Ice Cream. All opinions are 100% mine.

Sunday we hosted a Tailgate Ice Cream Party in honor of National Ice Cream Day. With the entire month of July dedicated to this tasty summer treat – it’s an official holiday that many actually celebrate all year long. I mean how can you not go wrong with family, friends and one of America’s favorite summertime desserts.

Jeep Grand Wagoneer

As much I love the planning and hosting huge parties, I enjoy simple, impromptu gatherings just as much – especially during the warmer months of the summer. This tailgate ice cream party could not have been any easier to put together thanks to help from Unilever ice cream brands. Ninety percent of the prep was simply opening the boxes and removing these flavorful pre-packaged treats.

Tailgate Ice Cream Party

And just for fun we used the tailgate of our Jeep Wagoneer to display our delectable dessert spread – reminiscent of the ice cream trucks I remember as kid, cruising through our neighborhood streets.

Ice Cream Sandwiches on Sticks

Our pre-packaged novelty selection included classic Good Humor Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Ice Cream Party

The edges were simply rolled in colorful sprinkles ahead of time and put back into the freezer until they were ready to be served. The sprinkles actually helped keep the melted vanilla ice cream at bay during this very warm day. A wooden stick was also added to each sandwich for easy handling.

Ice Cream Party Ideas

Another Good Humor classic – Original Ice Cream on a Stick.

Ice Cream on a Stick

These chocolate covered bars were simply placed in small paper baking cups and tucked in a galvanized tub filled with ice. Regular cupcake liners could also be used – just simply poke or cut a hole through the center of the bottom and slide the wooden stick right through. The liners not only make for a cute presentation but help keep any drips under control.

Popsicle Party

The paper baking cups were also used to display the Popsicle pops. The smaller kiddies loved the fun flavors  and chewy texture featured in these these frozen pops – just like the popular Airheads Candy.

Ice Cream Party Ideas

Mason Jar Ice Cream

We had to include some traditional ice cream choices in our spread – which were served in glass mason jars.

Homemade Root Beer Floats

First up, some old fashion root beer floats. Breyers original vanilla ice cream was pre-scooped, re-froze then placed in the jars right before serving. The jars were tucked in ice filled galvanized tubs along with a few bottles of chilled root beer – so the guests could help themselves.

Mason Jar Root Beer Floats

Klondike Bar Shakes

Another mason jar favorite were these Klondike milkshakes. These are simply amazing – especially considering there are eleven different varieties of bars.

Simply blend two Klondike bars with a 1/2 cup of milk and a handful of ice in a blender and enjoy. We used the Mint Chocolate Chip and it was a huge hit.

Jeep Wagoneer

Crepe Paper Garland

Ice Cream Social

Popsicle Party

Tailgate Ice Cream Party

Ice Cream Party

Host an Ice Cream Party

Ice Cream Social

Other flavorful frozen treats included these Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cups.

Ice Cream Party

Good Humor has taken some all time favorite candies – like Reese’s, York & Mounds – and transformed them into ice cream bars. The wooden sticks were added prior to serving to make them a bit easier to handle in the heat.

Magnum Ice Cream Bars

Another popular selection were these Mini Pleasures from Magnum Ice Cream.

Ice Cream Bar Party

Silky vanilla bean ice cream, luscious caramel sauce and rich Belgium chocolate – oh my! Two of the newest varieties include the Gold?! and Double Caramel, which were both hits.

Jeep Wagoneer

Wine and Popsicles

Last but not least we had to throw in something special and fun for the grown-ups.

Popsicles & Wine

We paired Fruttare Frozen Fruit Bars with some Italian Sparkling Wine to create a fun, refreshing unexpected dessert – a perfect recipe for a warm summer afternoon.

Jeep Wagoneer Woody

Interested in hosting your own ice cream party this summer – enter below for a chance to win a special prize pack featuring all six mentioned Unilever brands.

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  1. Oh my goodness, I don’t even know where to begin… You displayed everything so nicely. I love that you also came up with your own drinks for the party. Frozen fruit bars and wine, -genius!! You’re posts are always so inspiring.

    • I would love to try the Mini Pleasures. They look delicious and since they’re mini I can eat two in one sitting and not feel bad! Ha!!!

  2. Mary Happymommy :

    I’d like to have the klondike bars because they remind me of those funny commercials from my childhood where they asked “what would you do for a klondike bar?” and someone did something silly.

  3. Would have loved to attend you ice cream party! Fun AND tasty!

  4. This looks so fantastic. Everything is so beautiful and perfect. Looks like a great set up for a wonderful party for sure!

  5. My kid’s just love ice cream and my soon to be freshman son
    would like to have an ice cream party with LOTS of friends!
    Every single ice cream option looks great, Too hard to choose one!

  6. I’m so sharing this on my blog tomorrow! And is that a Scout?? I learned how to drive in one of those. . . oh so many years ago! lol! Great food details and presentation! Love it!

  7. How fun and refreshing! It’s been so hot here in Northern California that an ice cream party sounds perfect. Thanks for offering the generous giveaway, Stephanie.

  8. I would love to try the Fruttare. It looks yummy and healthy.

  9. I’d love to try the Magnum ice cream because I’ve never tried it before and it looks delicious!

  10. Hannah Grimm :

    I just shared on Facebook and would love to b able to share some f the Fruitare or Carmel ice cream.

  11. What a fun, cute & delicious idea! I’d love to try the Reece’s!

  12. What a wonderful idea!

  13. How spectacular and a terrific idea! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Shared on Facebook and tweeted!

  15. Oolala! So pretty and delicious looking! The setup if beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I’ve been wanting to try the Magnum ice cream bars! – Karen

  17. Oh my gosh… I’m afraid to say it’s a good thing I’m not a neighbor — I’d be “that” guest who had one of each! I love, Love, LOVE the way you displayed it – hope you don’t mind if I try to copy you and recreate for our annual neighborhood Labor Day Street Party. Thanks so much for the inspiration and the opportunity to win!

  18. It is such a fantastic idea! I would love the Klondike or the Magnum, how cool was that?!! Thanks for always giving us something different to try!

  19. Michele Worley :

    I Love any Ice Cream or Ice Cream Bar!! But I think the Magnum Bars are my faves! An Ice Cream Social would be a great idea for a summer party! Thanks for such great ideas!

  20. The past year I’ve developed a love for ice cream that I’ve never had before. This looks so fun! The kids and adults alike will love it.

  21. Great! Beutifull!

  22. I want those mini magnum bars.

  23. What a beautiful party, Stephanie Lynn. I’m sure everyone had a memorable (and yummy!) time. Thank you for the giveaway — I’m spreading the word.

  24. I would love to try the Magnum Ice Cream

  25. I shared this giveaway on pinterest http://pinterest.com/pin/257760778645937593/

  26. All of the ice creams look delicious but I would have to try the Klondike milkshake first!

  27. Love this post! I would try the mini pleasures – perfect a little dessert after dinner 🙂

  28. I’d like to try the magnum b/c they look so good.

  29. What a cute Ice Cream Party. I always enjoy your photos and ideas =)

  30. Kayla Didier :

    Love this idea, it’s simple and great for a summer day. I love the streamers across the back of the tailgate. wondering if the plates the ice cream bars are sitting out on are cold stones? How else would you get everything to stay cold?

    Thanks for sharing this incredible impromptu party idea.


    • Hi Kayla, The plates were just wooden serving trays but I love the idea of cold stones or even serving on marble. The biggest thing that helped the most was prepping all of the ice cream ahead of time. Everything was unwrapped and placed on serving boards – then placed back into the freezer until it was time to serve. The ice cream was pre-scooped and the milkshakes were pre-made – then all were placed back into the freezer. The galvanized tubs filled with ice did help keep the jars cold as well as the popsicles and other desserts that were on a stick. Of course we couldn’t control the weather so things did eventually start to melt – however having everything ready to go did help a lot. The fact that once it was served – it didn’t last long at all – also played a key part!

  31. love ice cream…especially when we are having the typical Ohio River humid summer weather…its all good.
    loved your party ideas and must try some of them.

  32. I am most interested in trying the Magnums. They also have a mini version that looks like a ice cream candy bar. That is too much temptation for anyone to resist.


  34. The Fruttare because I have not tried it and it seems like a good combination.

  35. The Magnum ice cream bar looks so good!! Would love to try it!

  36. We have been away from home for five weeks of our eight week summer break and I wanted to host a ice cream social for my kids to reconnect with their friends before school starts.

  37. Christine Uniejewski :

    Beautiful displays. Magnums sound delicious!!

  38. My kids would love those Klondike milkshakes!!!

  39. I have never tried Magnum ice cream so I would like to sample that brand. I would also like to try a green tea ice cream. I have seen pictures of it before and I am way curious. I love the photos of your party. The best word I could use to describe the set up is Charming.

  40. Susan Broughton :

    I’ve seen those commercials for the Magnum ice creams and it looks so decadent so I think I would like to try those.

  41. Susan Broughton :

    I shared your giveaway on my Facebook page here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/susan.broughton.9400/posts/1401767996705981

  42. Laura Jacobson :

    Oh such cute ideas you did!!!!! Oh I would love to try the Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cups! I love chocolate and peanut butter….and would be even better in ice cream!

  43. Laura Jacobson :
  44. rod jackson :

    mini magnum bars as they look and sound fabulous.

  45. rod jackson :

    i did a facebook share

  46. I’d like to try the Magnum bars. They sound really good!

  47. Looks like you are in ICE CREAM heaven! YUMMY!

  48. I think I would have to try the mini magnum bars, yummy!!

    xo, Tanya

  49. I’d love to try the Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cups, because I love peanut butter cups!

  50. I love peanut butter so I’d like to try reese’s!

  51. I haven’t tried fruitare yet but since they are artificial dye free I am excited to try

  52. Love the party! The decorations are awesome. One question how did you keep the ice cream from melting quickly!

    • Hi Glenda – All of the ice cream was prepped ahead of time. Everything was unwrapped and placed on serving boards – then placed back into the freezer until it was time to serve. The galvanized tubs filled with ice did help keep the jars cold as well as the popsicles and other desserts that were on a stick. Of course we couldn’t control the weather so things did eventually start to melt – however having everything ready to go did help. The fact that once it was served – it didn’t last long at all – also played a key part!

  53. I want to try the Klondike milkshake! Yummm

  54. i live and die by breyers ice cream!

    rafflecopteR: daniel

  55. I’d like to try more of the Fruttare bars – so far we’ve just had strawberry!

  56. judy gardner :

    i love fruttare coconut and milk and would love to try other flavors!

  57. The mini pleasures sure look good! We have a party over Labor Day. This is a great idea!

  58. Very cute idea – I bet the kids loved it!

  59. I would like to try the Good Humor bars because I never have.

  60. Margie McInroe :

    I love this party type, what great ideas. I have never tried the Good Humor bars, but all Ice Cream is wonderful!

  61. What’s not to love?!!!

  62. I have six kids and a hubby, and we’ve eaten ALL of those ice creams! I’d love to win!

  63. Looks like the perfect summer-inspired party! I want a bite of everything.



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