5 Cool Ways to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

One of my favorite ways to beat the summer heat is with ice cream, and wouldn’t you know that July just happens to be National Ice Cream Month! What a treat!

When National Ice Cream Month was established in 1984, President Ronald Reagan himself said to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” With that said, I have compiled five ways you can celebrate National Ice Cream Month with your family and friends.

1. Host an Ice Cream Social

Whether it’s a family reunion or simply a gathering of friends in the backyard, come up with a fun ice cream theme. Have guests bring their favorite homemade ice cream. You could even incorporate a contest for the best ice cream concoction.

Here are some ideas to help embellish your party.

2. Try My Favorite Ice Cream Recipes

Plain vanilla just doesn’t cut it when there are so many wonderful flavors out there to be made! Here are some of mine. What are yours?

3. Think Outside the Cone

Ice cream can be more than a scoop in a cone. Why not create an ice cream cake or a homemade ice cream sandwich?

4. Create an Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Forget the sandwich buffet and finger foods for bridal or baby showers; instead, try setting up an ice cream sundae bar. It works for birthday parties, end of school parties … come to think of it, any summer party! Have a variety of ice cream flavors, toppings, dishes and cones ready for a sweet build-it-yourself dessert bar.

Here is a little “Pin-spiration” for your own sundae bar:

5. Make Ice Cream In A Bag

Love homemade ice cream but don’t have the time or the equipment? No problem! Just one zipper bag and a few common household ingredients are all you need to make a delicious treat that will delight and impress. Here’s the recipe.

Check out our Pinterest page and Recipe page for more ice cream ideas and inspiration!

By Kaci McClatchy Creel

Kaci grew up on a beef cattle and wheat farm and has always had a passion for helping consumers understand farming. She has been part of the Dairy MAX team since 2009. When she's not working, Kaci is spending time with her daughter or traveling. Learn more about Kaci