When it comes to summertime desserts, ice cream always takes the cake. If you’re having a summer wedding, an ice cream cone bar is the perfect dessert table — and nobody makes an ice cream cone bar like Joy Cone.
Here are a few helpful tips to create the DIY ice cream cone bar of your dreams for your wedding reception.
Buy in Bulk
Specialty baked goods, such as wedding cake or pastries, can be expensive. However, most ingredients for an ice cream cone bar can be bought in bulk. You can purchase gallon ice cream containers at any local grocery store. Joy Cone offers 48-count boxes of Cake Cups and 12-count boxes of Waffle Cones.
However, if your guest list is in the hundreds, give us a call and ask about ordering Joy Cones in bulk.
A little creativity can make even the simplest ideas extraordinary. If you have a theme or color scheme for your wedding, decorate your ice cream cone bar to match. Display the different ice cream flavors on a chalkboard sign. Place a colorful bouquet of flowers in a waffle cone to tie in your color scheme. Hang a banner of paper ice cream cones above the dessert table.
There are so many ways to dress up an ice cream cone bar. Choose a few decorations that make your dessert table memorable and special.
Keep Your Cool
When planning a DIY ice cream cone bar, the top priority is keeping the ice cream cold. One inexpensive and easy way to do this is with ice buckets. Choose a bucket that fits your wedding theme — it could be painted, galvanized, stainless steel, copper, or even marble.
Fill the bottom of the bucket with ice and place the gallon of ice cream on top. Then pour ice around the gallon of ice cream until it fills the ice bucket to the top. Store the ice cream and ice bucket in the freezer until it’s time for dessert. When it’s time to serve, remove the lid of the ice cream gallon and place an ice cream scoop in the container.
Top It Off
No ice cream cone bar is complete without toppings! Be sure to include your favorite toppings, as well as crowd favorites. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Cookie crumbles
- Brownie bits
- Chocolate chips
- Peanut butter cups
- Cookie dough
- Candy bar crumbles
- Cheesecake bites
- Caramel sauce
- Chocolate sauce
- Gummy bears
- Fruit jams
Pick a variety of your favorite toppings and display them so your guests can serve themselves and make their favorite combination. If you include sauces, it may be smart to offer small bowls for upside-down cone sundaes — that way parents don’t have to worry about their kids making a mess.
Wrap It Up
Providing cone jackets or wrappers is a cute way to give your ice cream cone bar a catered look. Use white doilies, colored glossy paper, or even personalized cone jackets with your names and wedding date.
Celebrate with Joy Cone
At Joy Cone, we love bringing people together for celebrations, milestones, and everyday moments. We would love to be a part of your big day! Share your ice cream cone bar creations with us on Instagram at @JoyConeCo. Don’t forget to use our hashtag #BringJoyHome!