A Cool Idea: Keep Ice Cream Frozen for an Outdoor Party

There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a frozen treat, but I’ve always found it impossible to keep things frozen when we’re outside on a hot, Southern summer day. That is until last weekend. Husband was determined to uncover a solution that would keep ice cream frozen in the 80°+ heat for several hours for an upcoming party, and I think he found the perfect fix.


Step 1

 Open GalleryFirst, he gathered a few supplies from around the house. In this case, we were able to use a large galvanized steel tub, several blankets and clothespins. We chose a shady spot on the porch mainly to keep bugs out of the ice cream, but I’m sure the shade helped the tub stay cooler, too.

Step 2

 Open GalleryNext, he wrapped two blankets around the galvanized tub and attached them with clothespins. This insulated the tub which would help keep the temperature consistent inside. He put the other blanket underneath to protect our table from condensation.

Step 3

 Open GalleryThen, he went to the store. I had no idea most grocery stores sell dry ice! If you have trouble finding it, just ask someone. He bought four pieces of dry ice and placed them around the perimeter of the galvanized tub using tongs. You can also use an oven mitt. (WARNING: Do not touch the dry ice with your bare hands!) This kept the interior of the tub around 26°F even after everything was placed inside – just right for the ice cream! I’m happy to report that our ice cream stayed frozen for the duration of our 5-hour party, and made it so easy to clean up.


  • galvanized steel tub
  • 3 blankets or throws
  • clothespins
  • dry ice
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I’m a graphic designer for HGTV and DIY who loves taking something old, making it new and then adding sparkle. Weekend activities include thrifting with my handsome husband, writing for ...

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  1. I like what you guys tend to be up too. This kind of clever work and reporting! Keep up the great works guys I’ve you guys to my personal blogroll.

  2. alyse says:

    Did you put anything on the bottom of the inside tub? Any ice at all?

  3. juan achi says:

    This kept the interior of the tub around 26°F even after everything was placed inside – just right for the ice cream!

  4. Paula says:

    Ooh that ice cream looks good!!!

  5. Ross says:

    Did you wrap the dry ice in anything?

  6. scomello says:

    Do you have the recipes for the ice cream flavors shown in these photos? They sound pretty good!

    • @HB_Belle says:

      I'll be posting some soon. Stay tuned!

      • Dave says:

        Good idea but it has a side effect. Dry ice is a mosquito magnet. The little bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide that people/animals breath out. Dry ice is that time a hundred, which is why used as the best mosquito bait by researchers. You can keep pesky mosquitoes away from your party goers by placing some dry ice at the farthest corner of your yard away from the guests. They will find the dry ice instead of you.

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