A Neapolitan Ice Cream April Fool's Day Party! (Part 2, the Celebration)

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Presenting part two of the Neapolitan Ice Cream April Fool's Day party! Today is all about the details and the activities--the party, in other words!

First, the scene was set. TopIt Cupcakes is already gorgeously decorated, with its Neapolitan pink-cream-brown striped walls and adorable tables with pink chairs. I didn't have to do much to turn this venue into a party. I merely draped the tables with cream colored linens and set out the flowers. I used these charming floral containers that look like ice cream cones (from Joann Fabrics):


And I also used these stainless steel classic ice cream sundae cups (courtesy of my mother, who owns every type of serving dish anyone could want. Ever.):

When the guests arrived, they were greeted by a sweet little apron decorating each girl's chair. Its Neapolitan stripes, lacy flower, and girly ruffles set the tone for the party to come.


But as with everything in this party, all was not quite as it appeared at first glance. The center flower on the apron was actually a removable hair clip!


After that initial surprise was revealed, we went on to our first activity, decorating the aprons. I'd cut ice cream cone and scoop shapes out of felt, and let the kids loose. White sequins were also provided for sparkly, sprinkly fun.


We hung the aprons back on the chairs to dry for a bit, while we went on to our second activity. I'd been looking for an excuse to buy and play with the Fimo dough that turns into erasers when baked, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Just play dough? Just a sculpture? No! It's an eraser, too! With a group of seven and eight year old girls, this was a HUGE hit.


It was even a big hit with my almost-two-year-old (who insisted on being included in the fun at this point)!


For our third activity, we went on to do what TopIt Cupcakes does best. The girls strapped on their aprons...


...went through the extremely difficult process of picking just one delicious cupcake...


...and had a blast decorating the cupcakes themselves!



But the best part of any party, by far, for me? The happy faces.

Tomorrow I start posting the tutorials, beginning with the post popular request, the sugar cookies that look like scoops of ice cream. Come back and learn all my secrets!

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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