a summer ice cream social

while an ice cream cone is delicious any time of year, it’s especially tasty on a hot summer day. so i thought we’d get social today with ice cream. fridays with oscar is all about an old-fashioned summer ice cream social. do you remember having those as a child? school-related ice cream socials at the end of summer to welcome new students were quite popular back in the day. since our towns and cities are opening up, i thought an old-fashioned social is a perfect way to get social in our homes with family and friends. all the fixings for ice cream sundaes, floats, and even a boozy milkshake for the adults are on deck today! so join us as we host a summer ice cream social.

how to host an ice cream social

setting up the sundae bar is made easy with a opens in a new windowmuffin tin to hold toppings. pre-scooping ice cream onto a serving plate is another way to make it easy for your guests to self-serve. we have waffle cones and waffle bowls, fudge and caramel syrups, and whipped cream. 

get creative with your toppings. cereal or even potato chips make great ice cream sundae toppers. i have Cheerios, Heath Toffee crumbles, mini M&Ms, chocolate-covered pretzels, chopped walnuts, mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and fresh blackberries.

homemade vanilla ice cream was one of mr. style’s favorite desserts, so i am making vanilla ice cream, and i have two store-bought flavors: mint chocolate chip (my favorite!) and salted caramel. if you don’t already have an electric opens in a new windowice cream maker, i definitely recommend you get one! homemade ice cream is so easy, and such a wonderful summertime treat.  

today’s ootd is easy peasy. what is easier to throw together than a skirt, tee, and espadrilles? if you don’t have a white denim skirt in your closet you are missing out. a denim skirt is a versatile wardrobe staple that’s perfect to wear all summer long. make that all year long. but i especially love them during the summer months. the white denim skirt (old, similar opens in a new windowhere, opens in a new windowhere, and opens in a new windowhere) is from opens in a new windowJ.Crew the tee (old, similar opens in a new windowhere and opens in a new window here) is from Marc Jacobs. the opens in a new window ric rac espadrilles are from opens in a new windowAnn Taylor. add accessories of your choice and you are ready in just a few minutes. 

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅙ tsp sea salt
  1. In a small pot, simmer heavy cream, milk, sugar and salt until sugar completely dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat. In a separate bowl, whisk yolks. Whisking constantly, slowly whisk about a third of the hot cream into the yolks, then whisk the yolk mixture back into the pot with the cream. Return pot to medium-low heat and gently cook until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 170 degrees on an instant-read thermometer).

  2. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Cool mixture to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or stir mixture in an ice bath until completely cool. Churn in an ice cream machine according to manufacturers’ instructions. Serve directly from the machine for soft serve, or store in freezer until needed.

don’t forget the root beer floats! scoop ice cream into mason jars and place in the freezer until your guests arrive. they can pour over the root beer and top with whipped cream. i have fun, opens in a new windowfluted sundae cups with  opens in a new windowsundae spoons, special for this occasion.

Guinness milkshake

This is a fun boozy milkshake for the adults at your social; you can adjust the amount of Baileys to make the shake more or less alcoholic. i used a opens in a new windowblender to mix, but if your ice cream is soft enough, you can use a hand mixer or whisk to mix. i am serving these in  opens in a new windowIrish coffee mugs

Guinness Milkshake

  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 4 scoops mint chocolate ice cream
  • ¼ cup Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 cup Guinness Stout beer
  1. blend all ingredients in a blender to desired consistency. top with whipped cream and sundae fixings

white denim skirt (old, similar opens in a new windowhere, opens in a new windowhere, and opens in a new windowhere) | the tee (old, similar opens in a new windowhere and opens in a new window here) | opens in a new windowespadrilles

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oscar and i wish you a lovely weekend! enjoy these beautiful summer days.


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  1. Delicious ice cream!!

    Posted 7.9.21 Reply
    • nothing better than ice cream on a hot summer day! enjoy.

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  2. Susan H wrote:

    Dear Beth

    Can you please share the beautiful shade of deep red nail polish you are wearing in your 7.9.21 post?

    Loved all and plan to do an ice cream social or two yet this summer!

    Thank you,

    Posted 7.9.21 Reply
  3. RORY wrote:

    Great Idea!!!! You look fantastic too pats to Oscar and Ollie.

    Posted 7.9.21 Reply
  4. MaryLynne wrote:

    Hi Beth
    Ice cream cones remind me of our sailing vacations on Lake Huron. We couldn’t keep ice cream on board because our sailboat didn’t have refrigeration. Whenever we would dock at a town, the boys would scout out the Ice cream places. Towns were rated by the size of their ice cream cones. Miss those days but now we can have ice cream any time we want on the RV The black tee is a good choice because it won’t show ice cream drips

    Posted 7.9.21 Reply
  5. Kelley wrote:

    You always look so put together Beth! Although the fashions you present don’t, many times, fit my lifestyle, I have bought several pieces from your suggestion.

    I saw Reddiwhip as your whipped cream of choice. You are so health conscious. Have you ever whipped your own? So easy and so much better for you. Add some vanilla and it’s even more delicious. Just a thought.

    Posted 7.9.21 Reply
    • thanks so much for sharing! i definitely whip my own whipped cream. but honestly, i don’t use whipped cream all that often so when i splurge even Reddiwhip with all that extra sugar won’t make that big of a difference.

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  6. Eve wrote:

    When we traveled we stayed at campgrounds and one of the hi lites was the ice cream social. I loved it.
    Cute outfit and perfect for a backyard social. We all love Oscar ❤️

    Posted 7.9.21 Reply
    • there’s just something special about an old fashioned ice cream social! enjoy your weekend!

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  7. Charlotte Peck wrote:

    How fun I almost forgot about ice cream socials. I grew up in a small town in Nebraska and these were a staple.

    Posted 7.9.21 Reply
    • ice cream socials bring back fond memories! enjoy your weekend.

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  8. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, gosh the ice cream looks delicious and there is nothing like old fashioned ice cream is there, I’m quite partial to a coffee one. Wishing you a lovely weekend xx

    Posted 7.10.21 Reply
    • always love to hear from you, julie! enjoy your ice cream.

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  9. Vicki L Werley wrote:

    When I was growing up my parents would make homemade ice cream in the winter time using the snow. Vanilla was our favorite, but sometime we would have chocolate. Love your blog.

    Posted 7.10.21 Reply
  10. Christi wrote:

    What a “sweet” idea! Our quadrant of our neighborhood had an ice cream social last month. We all had such a great time, but no one made ice cream. I have your ice cream maker and it is soooo easy to whip up your own ice cream. Try vanilla bean paste in place of vanilla extract – so much easier than vanilla beans and give super flavor.

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