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July 2012 Official Newsletter of The Party Favors Site Issue #01
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July is National Ice Cream Month
Time to Celebrate!

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Hi there! Welcome to the first issue of Party Tidbits! Scroll through to find some fun ideas for favors, decorations, and even a free gift you can download and print out right away! Make your party unique and extra special with the little touches!

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Thanks for joining us ... happy partying!

In This Issue ...

Cake Pops
Notepad Favors
Favor Containers or Decorations
Free Printable Tags or Straw Toppers


Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops

These are so easy to make! They are a bit messy but well worth it. See below for brief instructions or our cake pops page for more details. (Just hit your browser's back button to come back here.)

Supplies Needed:

  • mini ice cream cones - waffle, sugar or wafer style (for bigger pops, use regular-sized cones)
  • cake - from scratch or a mix
  • icing - homemade or canned
  • candy melts
  • decorations - sprinkles, chocolates, coconut

Instructions:

  1. Bake your cake (mix or scratch), let it cool, and crumble it into a large bowl.
  2. Add some icing (just enough to moisten) and mix fully.
  3. Roll into balls large enough to sit on the cones.
  4. Dip the bottom of the balls into melted candy melts, place the dipped portion on to a cone, and allow to dry.
  5. Holding on to the cone, dip the entire ball into candy melts coating completely.
  6. Add sprinkles while wet, then allow to dry. (Note, for the pops pictured here, allow the first coat of candy melts to dry and then add the "sauce" coat with a spoon. Add sprinkles and "cherry" to this coat.)
  7. Eat immediately! ;o)

    If you're giving these out as favors, place them in cellophane bags and tie a pretty ribbon around them. So cute!

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Ice Cream Notepads

Want some fun little favors for your ice-cream-themed party? Pick up supplies at the dollar or craft store. They're pretty cute and hardly take any time to put together. Any kind of notebooks or journals will work.

Supplies Needed:

  • notebooks - any size or color
  • fun foam (spongy-type paper)
  • googly eyes
  • permanent marker
  • scissors
  • white glue or hot glue gun*

*If you don't have a hot glue gun, go get one! :o)
You'll love it if you do a lot of crafting.
Drying time is almost immediate.

Instructions:

  1. Cut out the shapes for the ice cream bars and sticks. Make them all the same or make different "flavors" of ice cream.
  2. Glue on the pieces.
  3. Draw on a funny mouth.
  4. Done!

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Ice Cream Cone Favor Containers/Decorations

You can make these any size you'd like. Lots of different sizes are great for decorations. Pink and white are really cute, but use any colors you want. Or try a mix of colors.

If you make them large enough, the cone is a great party favor container. Just make sure the bottom is sealed off.

Supplies Needed:

  • balloons
  • single- or double-sided tape
  • cardstock, scrapbooking paper, or poster paper*
  • fun foam cut into small rectangles for "sprinkles"
  • red pompom for "cherry"
  • scissors and white glue

*I used white poster paper and wrapped brown parcel post
paper around the cone. I also made criss-crossed folds
in the paper width and lengthwise to make it look waffly.

Instructions:

  1. Roll paper into a cone and use tape or hot glue to hold the shape.
  2. Cut off the excess at the cone's opening to make the top flat. Use decorative scissors if you want a fancy edge.
  3. Blow up a balloon large enough that it will sit in the cone's opening without falling in too far.
  4. Cut skinny strips of fun foam into about half-inch shapes for sprinkles and glue them on randomly.
  5. Glue the "cherry" on top.
  6. Fill with treats!
  7. Tape the balloon to the cone. You can tape just one side of the balloon and weigh down the balloon tie with one of the favors, so it doesn't have to be torn to get at the goodies. Or you can tape the balloon on two or four sides to keep it snug.

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Freebie!
Printable Tags/Straw Toppers

Here's a fun freebie for you to print out. Print them on cardstock or photo paper to make straw toppers or goodie bag tags. For straw toppers, cut each tag out, and then make two slits using a box cutter or two holes using a hole punch. Make them just wide enough to slip the straw in through one and out through the other.

You can also turn these into stickers or labels. Print them on a full-sized label sheet, and then cut and stick them on paper goodie bags, notepads, or even plastic cups.

Buy some extra tall straws and use these toppers to top off an ice cream float. Mmmmm! See below if you need a refresher on how to prepare a float ...


Ice Cream Float Instructions

Instructions:

  1. Put a big scoop of vanilla ice cream into a glass.
  2. Slowly add soda and watch it foam!
  3. When the foam simmers down a bit, top up the glass with more soda. Tip the tops of the drinking glass and soda bottle in towards each other while pouring to avoid a mess.
  4. Serve with a straw and a spoon.

Supplies Needed:

  • tall glasses (the cup above is from the dollar store), straws, spoons
  • vanilla ice cream
  • soda - common flavors used are coke, root beer, and cream soda (orange or grape soda floats might be yummy too!)

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We hope you've enjoyed all the fun ideas in this issue of Party Tidbits.
Stay tuned for a whole new theme in next month's issue!

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"My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy the ice cream while it's on your plate."

~ Thornton Wilder

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So Delicious
Ice Cream Sandwiches

(Non-Dairy)

These bars are a great alternative if you can't or don't eat dairy. They really are ... So Delicious!

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Vanilla is the top-selling flavor of ice cream with almost one-third of the market!

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