Host Your Own Tipsy Ice Cream Social

tipsy ice cream social ideasThis past weekend, we had a bunch of friends over for what I’m sure will become a new tradition: our Tipsy Ice Cream Social! It’s like a traditional ice cream social but with some adult beverages mixed in. In my head, the whole thing was set to be very Mayberry or River City-esque since it was the night of our town’s Independence Day festivities, and I have to say it turned out even better than I’d imagined. Want to throw your own tipsy ice cream social? Here’s how.


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Make the “tipsy” known. First, make it clear on the invite that this party is tipsy — read: The last thing in the world you want to do is deal with policing the drunken gummy bear distribution because there is a curious 4-year-old in the house. Also, if you’re inviting people you may not know that well, make a note that spouses and plus-ones are invited. I always forget this, but it will put new guests at ease and there will be more guests to make your party fabulous!

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 Open GalleryCustomize. It may sound totally cheesy, but I think it’s the little things that make people feel loved when they come to your house. I stamped these ice cream sampling spoons to match our theme.

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 Open GalleryMake your toppings. Tipsy toppings are so easy and Pinterest is full of recipes. Want to make the drunken gummies featured above? That recipe came from one of my favorite sources: A Beautiful Mess. Or how about throwing some whipped-cream-flavored vodka into the mixer while you’re making whipped cream?

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What’s a sundae without a cherry on top? We bought some moonshine cherries at our local liquor store and then made our own chocolate cherries by adding Godiva liqueur to a drained jar of maraschinos.

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Serve some real food. Sugar and liquor is lethal without a little salt and protein to balance things out. I recommend things that are easy to nosh, such as chips, salsa, and hummus.

Step 9

Plan some fun and games. We always have lots of lawn games out to encourage conversation because our guests don’t always know each other. This party was particularly easy because it also happened to be on the evening of our small city’s FreedomFest, which meant there were fireworks right down the street as soon as the sun went down, and we could literally end with a bang!

About Hannah B. Slaughter 


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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  4. Julie Swanson says:

    This sounds like fun! And slightly dangerous! I could eat that whole bag of spiked gummy bears!

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