- 6 years ago
- Wedding: April 2012
Hello bees! Ok so for my 3rd “tutorial” I’ll be doing a DIY Ice Cream Sundae & Root Beer Float Bar!
photograph by TiffanyHopwoodPhotography
The story behind this is that the hubby didn’t want the traditional punch that his friends usually had at their weddings. He wanted something different; enter Root Beer Floats.
Hehe, well seeing as how you have to have ice cream for floats, I ran with that idea & came up with a sundae bar as well. It was not as difficult as one would think. Just grab you some ice cream, sprinkles & syrup & you’re good to go!
Keep in mind that our wedding was small (about 50 guests) so I didn’t really need anyone to tend to the bar. The Best Man & his wife who was also a BM volunteered to scoop the ice cream. This process only took about 10-15 mins, after that the ice cream was left out for anyone who wanted seconds & they just served themselves at that point. The way I set it up helped make it possible to keep it clean.
- Ice Cream (DUH!)
- root beer
- various sprinkles & toppings
- can whipped cream (optional)
- cherries (optional)
- rolled wafers (optional)
- various dishes, serving spoons, trays, bowls, wine glasses (all mine were purchased from Dollar Tree, you’ll think I’m their spokesperson after reading all this)
Syrups of choice, along with canned whip cream. The whipped cream is completely optional because the guests will love it with or without.
Next is sprinkles! Pictured below is crushed Oreos. I also had sliced almonds, cake spinkles in rainbow & chololate. As I mentioned about the way I set it up, to avoid spillage of sprinkles, I bought these crystal-look oval trays along with these lil bowls (4/$1) at Dollar Tree. By using these trays, any spillage will land in the trays and not on the tables, avoiding an unsightly mess! Also, since the trays are oval shaped, they take up more room on the table, giving guest a lil bit more elbow room in line . . . . I thought that was cute (sarcasm here) ;P
Next are the rolled wafers, which my guests thought was nice touch. I can’t take credit for this idea though, I thank Dollar Tree for this along with most of my wedding decor. For our small wedding we bought about 12 of these cans & still had about 2 left over. They come packaged inside a lil bag, stuffed in a cylinder can. I opened them & placed the bags in a bigger ziplock baggy & had them ready for replenishing, this saved a lot of time.
Here is the link that got my creative engine revving: http://www.dollartree.com/custserv/custserv.jsp?pageName=weddings’ defer=’defer
Ok, so the rolled wafers, I placed in the small wine glass. I got a lil too dollar-tree-happy-too-soon & accidentally purchased the tall ones first, unaware of the length of the wafers, whoops! So be sure to get the small ones.
As you can see, your guest will have a hard time diggin out the wafers from the tall glass.
During one of my many shopping sprees at Dollar Tree, I ran across these green tinted martini glasses. I SURE did recycle the wafer/glass idea & used these Martini glasses for the cherries! DT also carries clear tongs (1st pic above)
Ok, Ok, enough about MY sundae bar idea, I guess we can move on to the hubby’s root beer floats. (a sarcastic “whatever” 😉 jk
We spotted those cute lil mini cans of sodas in assorted flavors & decided to use those instead. Yes the were a lil pricier than the 2 liter drinks, but they gave the table a much better look. Plus they were the perfect size for what we needed them for. We bought Sunkist, Root Beer, Coke & Dr Pepper, giving our guest a good selection. I did buy “parfait dishes” from http://www.smartyhadaparty.com/9-oz-Fluted-Plastic-Parfait-Dishes-i7717.aspx so IDK why the person in the pic above is using a regular clear cup? UGH!
Last lil detail, I used a box lid and placed the wafer glasses on top, to give the table a lil bit of much needed dimension. If I could, I would definitely go back & get a ‘taller’ lid because the table still looked a but flat. Regardless of the simplicity of the bar, it was huge hit with our guests 🙂
My nephew the Ring Bearer, being a kid & drooling over the yummy-looking wafers . . . ok, maybe that last statement is a bit dramatic, but I DO love this pic
Sorry I don’t have more pics, but I figued these were enough to get a good visual of what I was working with.
Last but not least, my adorable hubby with his tasty sundae, he looks so proud!
p.s., I don’t think he even had a root beer float, but we won’t say anything, HA!