12 Apr

An ice cream parlor reception

categories Ceremony & Reception, Details + Decor, DIY Wedding

With summer fast approaching, we thought you’d like some tasty inspiration for your wedding or event, to cool down your guests and serve them something delicious they’ll never forget! Jillian put together this super cute inspiration shoot for an ice cream parlor reception, and enlisted our friend Jenna for her calligraphic magic. The color scheme was inspired by our Dapper & Dandy colorboard from last week, and serves as a more sophisticated take on the ice cream bar. The ice cream and accoutrements are from a local grocer. Jillian wrapped the ice cream with a cute graphic to personalize. All props are from a local antique shop called Fork & Pencil in Brooklyn. Ladies don’t be shy, ask if your local antique shop will loan you the goods for your upcoming event. In some cases they’ll rent them to you for 25% of the cost of goods. Huge savings here!

Now lets dive in, how yummy is this? Love the unexpected drama.

Wouldn’t this be the most delicious alternative to a traditional afternoon reception? Choose a few flavors, a mix of sweet and savory toppings, some fun syrups to drizzle on top and voilá! You’ll save a bundle on food and get a million cute points for style.

Or if you want to go big, roll this out after dinner and your guests will be raving about it forever!

We’ve got a few projects to share from this shoot later in the week too. Yummm.

Styling: Jillian Event Design / Calligraphy: Love ♥ Jenna / Photography: Scott Clark / Props: Fork & Pencil

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  1. Love this!

  2. Wow! What a great idea! Love this sophisticated take. Now, is it ok to have ice cream for breakfast? I might need to make a run to the grocery store…this all looks delicious.

  3. This just looks fantastic! Those flavors look divine, as well as the whole set up here. Lovely inspiration!

  4. *drool*. That pink striped dress is cute too!

  5. I am in love with this! It is adorable and such a fun and creative idea!

  6. This is seriously, mouthwateringly gorgeous… Perfection in every detail! I’m swooning over the beautiful menu calligraphy.

  7. this ice cream bar is so classy! love jenna’s calligraphy always adds an extra touch of glam to things (so pretty!). the flavors and toppings sound absolutely decadent!

  8. What a darling idea. I love the fancy vibe of it all. And her fuschia/black striped dress is stunning!

  9. OMG!!! Look at all those goodies!! :) I’m in sugar heaven! :) x

  10. This is just so stunning!!

  11. Little ice-creams for the cocktail!!! I love the idea!!!! Specially here, in Spain, where weddings in summer are sometimes, let´s say too warm…

  12. You brought such elegance to ice cream which is always displayed as a carefree dessert!

    Must tweet about it:)

    Stephanie @ rhinspiration

  13. You brought such elegance to ice cream which is always displayed as a carefree dessert!

    Must tweet about it:)

    Stephanie @ rhinspirations

  14. Totally in love with this ice cream idea! Totally simple, yet so sophisticated! Totally cute!

  15. yum! this is a trend we could definitely get on board with!

  16. This looks absolutely delightful!!!

  17. This ice cream parlor is the newest addition to the man cave in my mind. Groom-approved.

  18. Dying to do this with a few girlfriends! So many yummy ideas + so perfect for summer!

  19. I hope this trend continues so they are at all of the super hot summer weddings this year!!! I love ice cream as well!!

  20. Hi Brian – I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see a MAN comment!! I’m flattered this inspiration is groom-approved. We hope to show more inspiration that caters to both genders. As we know, there is more to a wedding than just our lovely bride.

    btw: Don’t knock the bacon, the flavors are really as good as they look. If you candy them, it’s off the charts! You have to check out this recipe : http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/candied-bacon-recipe/index.html

    Looking forward to seeing more weddings with this theme!

  21. So pretty!

  22. Oh wow…these look delish!! Wonderful images ~

  23. wow classy yet super cute at the same time!

  24. Looks lovely!!! It would be popular!

  25. WOW!! Really pretty! Love the calligraphy and all the color combination and all the wonderful details like the box cones are in! And the price is amazing!

    PS. Found your blog just yesterday! Love everything about it :)

  26. Who knew ice cream could be elegant? I’m loving the glamour brought out here!

  27. The composition of these photos is awesome!!
    The styling is so fab!!
    This post is such a treat (^•^)

  28. What an amazing idea!!! Love the idea. Affordable and memorable.

  29. how yummy and pretty looking!

  30. Beautiful! And seriously craving ice cream now…
    xo, Ara

  31. I love everything about this- but how would I keep it all cold and avoid a slushy mess?

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  33. So lovely! How did you make the chalkboard menu? Thanks!

  34. Ciao a tutti questo articolo è molto interessante grazie.

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