How to Host a Holiday Ice Cream Bar

I know that the holidays are supposed to be all about tradition, but sometimes things can get a little monotonous, don’t you think? It is fun to get together with friends and family for the holidays but sometimes you just need to add a little something special to make your time together even more memorable that doesn’t require a TON of work. That’s why I want to share an entertaining idea with you that puts a fun and easy spin on a decadent dessert: a holiday ice cream bar.

This post is sponsored by Graeter’s Ice Cream. All opinions are my own.

What makes an ice cream bar so perfect for celebrating the holidays? Well, first of all, it is unique. Most people aren’t craving ice cream when it is cold outside…and that is the point. It will be a pleasant surprise for your guests who have been binging on the same sweets over and over again. Move over cookies, see you later pies…it’s time for some swoon worthy ice cream. And I’m not just talking about ANY ice cream. I’m talking about splurging and getting the most decadent and creamy ice cream out there, Graeter’s ice cream.

You see, Graeter’s ice cream is so special because of how it is made. This family owned business has been creating French Pot ice cream since 1870. The artisans pour and swirl the finest ingredients into each 2 ½ gallon French pot and the result is rich ice cream that needs to be packing into pints by hand since the ice cream is so incredibly thick and creamy. Additionally, there are so many delicious ice cream flavors to choose from that are PERFECT for the holidays, especially for an ice cream bar. Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, Mocha Chocolate Chip, Peppermint…the list goes on and on.

In order to set up your ice cream bar, you need the following:

Usually I host a Christmas cookie decorating party for my boys and handful of their friends during the holiday season. But as much fun as it is, it is a TON of work. And to be honest, my kids get pretty burnt out after decorating more than two cookies and beg to go off and play with their boys. In the past, it has been a lot of work for not much reward. That’s why I thought of hosting a holiday ice cream bar instead and I am so THRILLED that I made that decision.

Not only does Graeter’s make tons of different flavors so that there is a special kind of ice cream that works for everyone, but it was also SO EASY to contain all of the messy fun by using holiday mugs. We simply scooped one or two flavors of ice cream into the mug and then put out a tray with a bunch of different toppings for the kids to pick and choose from. The snowflake marshmallows and candy canes were an absolute hit with the kids, and we moms loved adding chopped pistachios to the Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip ice cream.

If your kids are begging you to have friends over for the holidays, I highly recommend having a holiday ice cream bar because it is delicious, easy to prepare, and there isn’t much of a mess involved. And don’t forget that you can indulge, too, and eat straight of the pint once everyone leaves.


To prepare for your holiday ice cream bar, use promo code Queen-Sweets for $5 off ice cream orders shipped before December 13th.

Enjoy your ice cream party!

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  1. Alli Smith says

    My favorite holiday punch has ice cream in it and I believe ice cream should be served year round, especially during the holidays. I adore your holiday ice cream bar!

  2. Jeanette says

    This looks absolutely decadent! My kiddo and I would have so much fun doing this. It would be fun to get a whole little party together and do this with his friends.

  3. Lisa Favre says

    I totally love this idea! I love how you went with ice cream and not with the conventional gingerbread cookie or hot chocolate – so incredibly festive and creative.

  4. My Teen Guide says

    Fantastic idea! I will suggest this to my cousin’s wife (they will be the host for our annual Christmas day family get together). It would give the kids the freedom to add whatever they want in their cup of ice cream.

  5. Anosa says

    Peppermint ice cream… yum! Omg I would love this, need to have a look if they sell this anywhere near me. I don’t care how cold it is outside I love ice cream all year round. The family run businesses always make the best ice cream, you ust can’t beat it.

  6. Nikki says

    That is such a cute and festive idea! I love ice-cream, especially with all of the toppings! I crush up all sorts of stuff to mix in. Peppermint ice-cream is perfect for the holidays!

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