Post # 1
We’re entertaining the idea of having an ice cream bar but Fiance is all about the budget that has already been blown. We agreed that if we could put one together for under $100 we would go for it.
We’re only inviting 85 guests so we won’t need an outrageous amount. I was thinking that we could get 8-10 gallons (that will be scooped in the kitchen) of various kinds of ice cream and an assortment of toppings. Our guests can choose their ice cream and then make their own sundae with the toppings bar. We would use borrowed and garage sale bought dishes for the toppings so that wouldn’t be a large expense.
Think this is possible to do for under $100?
Post # 3
nice idea! Yes you can do it for under 100. just crush up all your candies for the toppings, dont try and do hot fudge cuz it will keep getting cold and clumpy. also if you crush reeces or any kind of candy bar you should refrigerate it until the reception so that it doesnt clump as well. i used to work in an ice cream shop. enjoy!
Post # 4
I think it MIGHT be possible to do, but I would expect it to cost a little more than $100. Those gallon sized ice cream things are like $6 or more each. I think it really depends on how many toppings you go for. My workplace does this a few times a year and it’s a huge hit!! I want to say they have about 30 different toppings to choose from.
Post # 5
Do you have a local ice cream store? you might be able to buy from them in quantity cheaper than the store.
And of course it depends on what ice cream. You can get large buckets of cheaper, non-name brand ice cream at a lot less at many stores. Or do you know someone who can go to restaurant supply store to buy ice cream there?
Technically there is 16 1/2 cup servings per 1/2 gallon. Assuming a double portion size about, that is 20 per gallon.. you would only need 4-5 gallons.
Then for toppings, sugared cereals like cocoa pebbles make good toppings for cheap to fill out the options. Things like cherries would be a bit more pricey. Buying a jar of peanuts and crushing your own. Also be sure to check the dollar store for different topping ideas!
I bet you can do the ice cream bar for under 100 no problem.
Post # 6
What about talking to Stewart’s – they have an ice cream bar package you can buy for parties. Maybe there’s a way to make it work for your venue? Plus it adds a little local flavor (haha.)
Post # 7
@lefeymw: Yep, we have a local conveinance store chain that makes and sells their own DELICIOUS ice cream. Their prices are reasonable and they have a ridiculous assortment.
Good call on the cereals. I’ll definitely add some of those to the list.
@kelz12106: I was wondering about the hot fudge. Seems like a lot of work so I think we’ll probably skip that.
@BambeeBliss: The ice cream would definitely take up a chunk of our budget but now that I think about it, I don’t think I’d need as much as I originally thought.
Post # 8
@Ms. Dove: That’s what we’re planning. Gotta love Stewarts ice cream!
Post # 9
a few other ideas for cheap toppings
a box of that cookie dough candy- a box for $1 at the dollar store along with lots of other candies
a box of granola (or make your own basic recipe)
Frozen fruit defrosted and drained slightly (wasy to buy when in sale)
Sliced bananas- alway cheap!
bag of shredded coconut
crush up oreos or chips ahoy (way cheaper than buying it pre crushed in the candy aisle)
And root beer in case they want to make a float!
Post # 10
@lefeymw: Awesome suggestions!!
Post # 11
I’m totally doing an ice cream bar of some sort- i haven’t worked out all the details yet, but it’s just so US, and it totally has to happen. You could totally make it happen, I’d say just keep it simple 🙂
Post # 12
I know I’m always saying this, but you should go to your dollar store! You can get the sprinkles, coconut, peanuts, even no-name peanut butter cups and other candies.
Post # 13
I think if the melting can be kept under control by the kitchen scooping, that yes, it could be done!
Post # 14
okay just did an ice cream bar at my friends bridal shower and it can be very easily done. they had 40 people there. They had crushed oreos, reeses peices, strawberries, you could do crushed peanuts or whatever and then a few syrups with whip cream in a can. the ice cream was prescooped and we put it in dishes and then put them in the freezer until closer to time. was very nice!
Post # 15
@UpstateCait: we’ll be doing one at our wedding. It will be more than 100 after including the spoons, scoops, and cups.
Post # 16
We are debating ice cream buffet vs. DQ cakes. I like the idea of the buffet better, but the DQ might be easier logistically.
Also, for anyone doing the buffet, where have you found cute ice cream cups?! I’ve found some that are cute (Sur La Table), but pricey ($14.95 for 24). I would prefer to be at around $.10 each since we invited about 150 ppl.