gourmet ice cream bar

Gourmet Ice Cream Bar | www.SmartyHadAParty.com

Looking for a cool wedding reception idea? Your night will be the talk of the town with a gourmet ice cream bar! I’m not talking about a sprinkle-your-own hot fudge sundae bar. This type of ice cream bar means business. Elegant business.

Treat your guests to a sophisticated twist on the traditional ice cream bar. They’re sure to rave about the honey roasted banana split. The blackberry lavender ice cream topped with fresh blackberries, dried lavender, and basil will leave them begging for more. And last, but certainly not least, the exquisite pistachio mint ice cream garnished with dark chocolate shavings, fresh mint leaves, and pistachio crumbles will steal the spotlight.

Did I mention how easy it is to set up a gourmet ice cream bar yourself? We have variety of ice cream dishes that make it simple to set up, impress, and clean up! Here we used the 6 oz fluted dish, 8 oz pedestal dish, and 15 oz banana split dish with baroque spoons. We filled cube vases with delicious toppings and labeled each with a tag and a pick. The ice cream and toppings make such a gorgeous display that you will only need minimal decor. We created a simple bouquet of ranunculuses, tied them with black polka dot grosgrain ribbon, and placed them in a mini carafe.

How to set up a gourmet ice cream bar! | SmartyHadAParty.com

What you need:

Gourmet Ice Cream Bar: display of toppings | SmartyHadAParty.com


  • pistachios
  • dark chocolate shavings
  • dried lavender
  • basil
  • mint
  • blackberries
  • honey roasted peanuts

Gourmet Ice Cream Bar: Blackberry Lavender Basil | SmartyHadAParty.com

Blackberry Lavender Basil

  • blackberry lavender ice cream
  • dried lavender
  • fresh blackberries
  • fresh basil leaves

Gourmet Ice Cream Bar: Pistachio Mint and Dark Chocolate | SmartyHadAParty.com

Pistachio Mint Dark Chocolate

  • pistachio mint ice cream
  • dark chocolate shavings
  • pistachio crumbles
  • fresh mint leaves

Gourmet Ice Cream Bar: Honey Roasted Banana Split | SmartyHadAParty.com

Honey Roasted Banana Split

  • roasted banana ice cream
  • a roasted banana
  • honey roasted peanut crumbles
  • honey drizzle

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What do you think about a gourmet ice cream bar at a wedding reception? We’d love to hear your comments!

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  • Anna

    LOVE this! But, how do you keep the ice cream from getting melty?

    • Hey Anna! We suggest keeping tubs of ice cream on ice and letting guests self-serve to keep the ice cream from melting. 🙂

  • I LOVE this idea…possibly for a charitable trivia night that we are hosting for our Haitian friends…this is very classy & fun and an additional way to increase donations for the evening! Thanks!!