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Ice Cream Social

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Ice cream Sunday at the sugar bowl Scottsdale

When it’s already 100 degrees out first thing when you get up in the morning, it’s hard not to obsess over ways to cool off!  I’ve been dreaming about an ice cream social lately – gathering good friends for a good ol’ fashioned ice cream party.  And recently I convinced my HOA to have an ice cream social for our next community gathering (which in return, I get to plan… Yay!)

Here are a few of the creative and refreshing recipes I’ve come across for inspiration when we get around to planning this summer soiree!

ice cream social - ice cream party invitations

I love these vintage-inspired custom ice cream party invitations by .

ice cream social - ice cream dessert recipes

There’s lots of cute ice cream party ideas on Spoonful.com like the cute almond sugar cookies decorated with ice cream cone designs above!

And I don’t even know where to begin with these Oreo fudge ice cream bars! Get the recipe on  Pinch Of Yum, and just a warning: you’ll be on that site for awhile since the recipes and the food photography are equally delicious.

ice cream social - ice cream dessert recipes

Clockwise from top left: Blueberry ice cream pie – get the recipe from The Rookie Cook; Ice cream cone cookie treats from Cookies & Cups; Banana ice cream with sweet and salty roasted almonds recipe available on Henry Happened; Peach and pistachio ice cream made with coconut milk – recipe on A House In The Hills

ice cream social - ice cream party welcome sign

Welcome to the ice cream shoppe! Super cute ice cream party welcome sign from .

ice cream social - ice cream dessert recipes

I can’t wait to try this key lime pie milkshake made with graham cracker crumbs! Recipe from Crumbs and Chaos.

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Front Porch Sittin’

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We didn’t have a front porch growing up… our views were in the back, where we could see  row after row of pecan trees, and farm land for miles. Even now as an adult in my own home, our porch is non-existent, more like a front step with a wall to hang the doorbell…

So these days I dream of having that front porch some day, with the swing, the lemonade, the friends gathered, and the well-behaved hound dog who snores quietly on the steps (well I guess that’s one thing I have already. Check!).

Below are a few inspirations to hold me over for that “someday” porch.

front porch photographyPhoto from Beautiful South; by Derek Swalwell photography.

front door lemon wreath, pennant flags, front porch swing Lemon wreath from ; pennant from ; country porch swing photography by ; front porch swing lemonade candle from truetexasscents.

charming shabby chic birdhouse

Birdhouse and tea cups photography by .

nostalgic photograph front porch milk carton

Nostalgic milk crate on the front porch photography by TheCrookedCamera.

“No front porches. My uncle says there used to be front porches. And people sat there sometimes at night, talking when they wanted to talk, rocking, and not talking when they didn’t want to talk. Sometimes they just sat there and thought about things, turned things over. My uncle says the architects got rid of the front porches because they didn’t look well. But my uncle says that was merely rationalizing it; the real reason, hidden underneath, might be they didn’t want people sitting like that, doing nothing, rocking, talking; that was the wrong KIND of social life. People talked too much. And they had time to think. So they ran off with the porches.”

Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451

front porch sticker - girl sitting on the front porch

Front porch rules sticker by GirlyMommaDecals; yellow chevron straws from AisforApronStrings. Continue reading