When you’re a kid, there’s nothing more exciting than your birthday. Having your very own special day, and of course, a fun party with all your friends, is the stuff great memories are made of. However, when you’re a parent trying to plan a memorable party for your child, it can be hard to keep it original and fresh. If you’re tired of doing the same thing year after year, liven up your family’s birthday tradition with these fun ideas for unique, show-stopping treats:
Ice cream is a fixture at any good birthday party: it’s a must with cake and pleases guests of all ages, from toddlers to grandparents. However, store-bought ice cream often leaves something to be desired. Filled with stabilizers and artificial ingredients, most commercial ice cream isn’t that great – or that great for you. And even premium brands can’t compare to the delicious flavor and magnificent texture of fresh, homemade ice cream. Most people shy away from making ice cream because they think it takes too much work. That may have been true in the era of hand-cranked ice cream makers – which required pounds of rock salt and a whole lot of elbow-grease – but with the Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker, making your very own gourmet ice cream is a cinch! Featuring automatic hardness settings that let you decide exactly how firm you want your ice cream to be, the Breville Smart Scoop allows you to get creative with flavor combinations and ice cream styles. In addition to making the very best, freshest tasting ice cream right at home, the Breville Smart Scoop lets you make any flavor you (or your child!) can dream up. For your child’s next birthday party, bring the ice cream parlor home with fun flavors like buttered popcorn, strawberry-fudge brownie, banana cheesecake, peanut butter and jelly, or anything else you can imagine: the sky’s the limit!
If you’re making multiple kinds of ice cream, you’ll need storage containers to keep them in. Ordinary tupperware doesn’t hold up well in the freezer; glass jars are fragile and awkward. Tovolo’s Glide-A-Scoop Ice Cream Tub, on the other hand, is designed specifically for ice cream: its slender design guides perfect scoops and helps it fit in the freezer, and its non-slip base keeps it steady as you scoop. Built-in insulation keeps ice cream cold longer, so you don’t have to worry about melting.
Why just serve ice cream when you can offer other frozen treats, too? The Astrad Ice Pop Mold lets you create push pops from whatever ingredients you have on hand: fruit juice, milk, even smoothies and fresh fruit pieces! The Browne USA CuisiPro Robot Pop Mold makes fun and whimsical popsicles in a robot shape that kids love.
Cupcakes are always a hit at birthday parties. This year, try something different (and keep to the ice cream theme) with the Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Pan. This clever baking pan lets you create cupcakes that look just like ice cream cones: simply add frosting, and – voila! – you’ll have a fluffy topping of ice cream that’s sure to delight your guests!