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7 Creative Makes For A Soothing Al Fresco Ice Cream Social

In this heat, stress and discomfort can sometimes reach unhealthy levels, so why not wind down with a calming ice cream themed gathering of your closest friends and family. Made with season-complementary pastel colours and delicate flower motifs, these projects are sure to make your ice cream social an inspiring event.

7 Creative Makes For A Soothing Al Fresco Ice Cream Social

1 Cone Wrappers

Using patterned or pearlescent paper to make a simple cone wrap, you can create gorgeous ice cream cone decorations that everyone will love and they won't make the cones difficult to hold. Tattered Lace's Sweet Enough Paper Pack (442993) is a perfect choice, as it comes in a range of pastel colours with candy and fruit-printed patterns! Truly, a show stopper sweet enough to eat!

2 Knit Covers

Many people dislike using cones, instead preferring a bowl and spoon. Indeed, bowls also allow more room for toppings and fruit combinations. This is a perfect opportunity to knit or crochet beautiful bowl and spoon covers, with season-appropriate colours and decorations like our very own gorgeous crochet flowers at createandcraft.com/gb/project/crochet-flowers

3 Customised Napkins

Ice creams can leave sticky messes, so napkins are a given. However, with a little creativity, you can make them the star attraction in your perfect ice cream social. Why not raid your crafting stash for any previous project leftovers, and decorate your napkins with complementary twine, ribbon, beads and brooches? You can also use For the Love of Stamps' Ice Cream Fundae Stamp Set (407456) to coordinate them perfectly with the event.

4 Toppings Plaques

Whether you have a taste for cherries, sprinkles, nuts, brownie bits or more, no ice cream is complete without its toppings. So, to create a perfect ice cream social, you'll need plenty available so your guests can pick and choose. Why not set them out in decorative bowls, and take the opportunity to make pretty plaques for each? Julie Loves' Sweet Letter Stamps (432922) are perfect for a complementary elegant font.

5 Paper Flowers

There's a wide choice of folded paper flower projects available both on our website and in our official magazine that would make beautiful, crafty table decorations. You can choose your favourites and recreate them using Lynda Chapman's World of Paper A4 Pastel Collection (377371) for an absolutely gorgeous finish, complementing the season with elegant colours.

6 Die-Cut Confetti

With any leftover pastel-coloured paper, you could have a go at creating your own custom die cut confetti to decorate the table with. Simply give Hero Arts' Color Layering Frame Cut Ice Cream Dies (429879) a try, and make ice cream shapes in a variety of soft colours.

7 Ribbon Hangings

Decorating a parasol or table with ribbon hangings is a simple yet effective strategy to create a beautiful atmosphere. Create and Craft's Fancy Decorative Ribbon Set (376479) contains a fantastic selection of decorative ribbons and embellishments, in sparkly white, silver and light pink. Simply pin in place, and you can take them down for reuse once the gathering is over.