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The summer has been filled with trips to the pool, crafts, a lot of work around the house, and Mommy-Son outings. However, as of late, my loving only-child has been missing his school friends, and, with school still a month away, a fun filled play date was just the solution! It presents a wonderful opportunity to connect with other parents while the kids get some much needed social interaction and fun time, too.
My son picked out the theme and activity. Since this is national ice cream month, we themed the play date activities around decorating our own Carvel® Premium Ice Cream Cake slices and art. Thus, the artistic play date was born.
With play dates happening less than they have in his younger years, I wanted to dress this one up a little more than usual, without being overly complicated. After all, summer should be for relaxing!
This table was actually a piece of cake to setup. (lol, get it?!) A simple plastic table cloth, some rainbow cardstock, and coordinating t-shirts to keep their clothes clean. Our chosen art activity was a marble resist technique using dish-washing soap that I will be posting a tutorial for soon. It was so fun, but a little messy.
The super simple centerpieces are empty paint cans with tissue paper and a few paint brushes in them. Doesn’t get any easier than that!
My husband had the brilliant idea to add placecards for the kids to make them feel special and to make sure there was no fighting over a particular color. These place tags took only minutes to make with cake pop sticks and hot glue to make fun art easels.
But the real highlight and surprise for these budding artists was decorating their ice cream cake. My son always asks for an ice cream cake for his birthday and other special occasions. And with July being national ice cream month, an ice cream cake seemed like the perfect choice. When I let him pick one out for his play date, he immediately picked out a Carvel® Premium Ice Cream Cake. These ice cream cakes are conveniently available in grocery stores nationwide. The ice cream cakes come in many different styles and sizes, including original Carvel®, Jon Donaire® and OREO®. Find one near you by visiting I Love Ice Cream Cakes’ handy Product Locator here, however I picked mine up at Safeway.
Additionally, we picked up a Lil’ Love Chocolate Ice Cream Crunchies Cake which we set aside for my husband’s upcoming birthday (because Blake gets his love of ice cream cakes from his father). Since the Carvel® Lil’ Love® Ice Cream Cake serves 6, it was the perfect size for our play date.
For the playdate, I set out various brightly-colored candies, sprinkles, and sauces so that the kid’s could personalize their own special ice cream cake slice. Part ice cream shoppe, part artist’s creations…this activity was thoroughly enjoyed by the kids.
It’s the perfect combination of layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream with chocolate crunchies and fresh whipped icing, this confetti-decorated ice cream cake is a celebration in itself. The middle layer of crunchies is an unexpected surprise that makes it the best!
The smiles on the kid’s faces was the best part of the whole play date. Our ice cream party play date was such fun, but you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy a sweet treat! It’s National Ice Cream Month and our friends at I Love Ice Cream Cakes are giving you the chance to win a $500 Gift Card for the Ultimate Ice Cream Cake Party! PLUS, you can return every 24 hours during July for a chance to win the daily prize and additional entries toward the $500 grand prize! See Here for more information and entry instructions.
No Purchase Necessary. The #IceCreamCakeBreak #Sweepstakes begins on July 1, 2018 at 12:00:00 AM ET and ends on July 31, 2018 at 11:59:59 PM ET. There are Daily Drawings and a Grand Prize Drawing during the Sweepstakes. Legal residents of the 50 US/DC only 18+. Void where prohibited. By participating, you agree to the Official Rules here.
These ice cream cakes are conveniently available in grocery stores nationwide in the bakery or freezer sections. Find one near you by visiting their Product Locator here. In my area it was easy to find them with the special signage around the freezer doors.
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