(Closed) Icecream soda float- yay or nay?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Awesome and delicious but has a potential to be messy.  Mmm… I haven’t had a float in a long time… have to add that to my “to eat” list.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

It’s a really cute idea! But I can see it getting messy *really* fast.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

@Mrsgurzakovic:  That is amazing.  I’m not big on candy but I absolutely LOVE soda floats, and it’ll be refreshing while everyone’s hot and thirsty from dancing.  

That said, is your wedding just sweets or are you having dinner too?  I’d have some kind of food even if it’s just appetizers (did you see that 4 weddings ep where they had an all dessert reception and the girls were so hungry they ordered a pizza?)

Post # 6
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Busy bee

@Dizbee:  Oops, just completely skipped over hour deouvs, never mind!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Love it!!! 

I think if it’s possible, have a friend “man” the station and do the scooping part so guests don’t get sticky! Then set out the tasty toppings in a cuter way!! The toppings are cute… but I think you can get even more creative with this!

 

Good Luck! πŸ™‚ 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Definitely yay! What an awesome idea 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I am planning a Soda Fountain inspired Sweet Sixteen party for a client right now–a surprise for her daughter.  Trust me, it is a really cool idea and for an adult event (I’m assuming it’s for adults since it is a wedding…:-D), why not do “gourmet” floats?  Lemonade floats are fun and unusual, plus you can get all kinds of flavored lemonades.  Or, unusual or “different” sodas.  OR, go the completely nostaligic route and use cane sugar Coca-Cola (still in glass bottles if you buy the “Mexican Coca-Cola”), seltzer bottles, and your favorite hand-dipped vanilla ice cream.  Don’t forget the different types of floats–Brown Cows are Coca-Cola and ice cream, Root Beer Floats are self explanatory, Orange Creams are orange soda and ice cream, et cetera.  There are also some alcoholic versions that are supposed to be yummy.  Instead of signature cocktails, you could invent a signature float or two!

If you need supplies or simple inspiration, I’ve found Prairie Moon a good source–they even sell the soda jerk outfits!

I have no clue about your budget, but if you have access to a marble topped table or a piece of marble to put on the serving table that would add the authentic soda shoppe feeling.  Do you know what a party bowl is?  It is a type of very large round ice bucket.  Purchase or rent enough for each flavor of ice cream (or two if you are only doing one flavor), coat the inside of the larger bowl and the outside of the smaller bowl with cooking spray, place a smaller metal bowl inside, fill the larger bowl (not the smaller) with water, and freeze to create a diy water/ice jacket.  Fill the smaller bowl with rounded scoops of the ice cream using a trigger scoop or a large melon baller (other tools would work too) or simply fill it with the ice cream.  Refreeze and take out about 5-10mins before serving.  Provide (rent or buy) trigger scoops or ice cream spades, long straws (there are some really cool ones made in a slew of colors), iced tea spoons, footed float glasses or frosted glass mugs (plastic would work too), and luncheon-sized paper napkins (you can even buy Coca-Cola branded ones if it fits the overall theme).  Hang pom-poms, ribbons, balloons!, or even paper chains in your colors above.  I’m sure you could find a ice cream parlor table & two chairs (you know the one’s wire wire or rattan heart backs?) for super cheap to sort of set the scene by setting it on the diagonal to the right of the serving table and placing a simple bud vase with a single flower that matches the rest of your decor.  If possible, take a cheap/free piece of wood (or foamcore board or cardboard), paint it a solid white, stencil on “____ & ____’s Soda Shoppe” or something similar, and suspend from the ceiling or place it off-set on the counter to the left side.  Add a few glass canisters of varying sizes filled with penny candies or varying sizes of pom-poms in your colors and scaled-down version of your centerpieces.  Ta-da!  Instant diy soda floats bar.  If you want, hire (or ask a friend ;-)) a person to watch over it all and serve dressed as a soda jerk–white paper or cloth soda jerk hat, white tuxedo or dress shirt with bow tie in one of your wedding colors, white bib style apron (usually paper), and black pants.

If you want to do a diy photo booth, the whole area might work as a cool backdrop/prop, even! 

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Eek!  I forgot that Maraschino (sp?) Cherries are a must!  Whipped cream, too.  Other toppings, displayed in sundae and banana split dishes with demitasse spoons for serving.  Paper or vinyl checked table cloth on the table in your colors.  Maybe print up a cute little “menu” in Word or Publisher and display it using a photo clip stand?  If it were me, I’d stick to toppings that color coordinated, but I’m way OCD πŸ™‚  Have fun, I’m sure your wedding will be a blast no matter what you do, as you seem to be a really creative and fun bride.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Love the idea! Afraid the icecream wouldn’t last long in July but if you pull it off it will be adorable!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Cute, and DELICIOUS, but make sure that the ice cream is kept cold somehow! (Maybe dry ice? Or insulated containers?) Also, it would be awesomer if you had different kinds of soda & ice cream too, instead of just one as in the picture.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Fun, fun! Cool ideas!

With a Gelati cart, maybe your could find those little mini tasting cups and wooden spoon-things (no idea what they are called…you know, the ones that look like mini paddles?) they offer at gelato shops, so guests could have just a taste or two, if they aren’t soda drinkers?  When I think of gelati carts, for some reason those little monkeys playing the accordian come to mind (wierd, I know…) so maybe you could find a little toy one as a decoration?

For a different take, a soft serve machine is usually not too expensive to rent and would have no staying cold issues as long as there is a power source.  But, I’m not sure about soft serve floats…:-D  An frozen water jacket should keep everything cold for about 30-45mins, maybe longer depending on how cold your (or your caterer’s or venue’s) freezer is.  Hmm, I bet you can rent actual ice cream freezers, but I’d bet they’d cost a fortune…Discuss with your caterer, they might have a brilliant solution.

Don’t forget those simple paper doilies, bitd soda jerks would place them under glasses to make cheap glassware look fancier.  They also usually stuck to white, chrome/silver, and one accent color to make the space (usually inside a drugstore) seem spotlessly clean.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

That pic is lovely! I love ice cream floats, so I’d def be hitting that table if I was at your wedding!

1920cottagegirl: Wow, what awesome ideas- I wish you were planning my wedding!

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