5 Party Cleanup Tips and a Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops Party Recipe

This post was sponsored by Color Scents, all opinions are my own.

Escape the Ordinary this summer season! Check out the strongest, best smelling trash bags for all your seasonal needs, the best party cleanup tips we know, and an awesome recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. You'll be all ready to throw the greatest party ever, and to have the best cleanup too! #ad #MyColorScents

As you know, it’s party season around here!

Also as you may know, we play it up big time with all the neighborhood get-togethers, birthday parties, and summer holidays. Cassidy and I are both sticklers for details. I use that in my work as a photographer and an influencer, and he uses that in his work and also in his nearly professional party planning. Details matter! It’s in the lighting that you choose, the recipes, and even the trash bags. That’s why we LOVE the NEW Color Scents 13-gallon stretch trash bags at Walmart..

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Here are my five best party cleanup tips:

1 – Start cleaning BEFORE the party starts. Close doors to rooms you don’t want guests to visit (we have to do this with our puppy anyway) and store your important or fragile items in the rooms with the doors closed.

2 – Put washcloths and/or paper towels in places that are easily found and readily available to guests so they can wipe up those inevitable spills instantly. Also have several locations for napkins and coasters to avoid those spills to begin with!

3 – Set out two garbage cans – one is for trash and one is for recycling. This is easy to do and makes less work later.

4 – If you have a dishwasher, rinse dishes fast, load up, start the dishwasher, and keep it going. If you don’t have a dishwasher, fill your sink with warm, soapy water and soak dishes while you do other chores so the washing will be easier.

5 – Clean surfaces, stains and floors. Use an all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloth or sponge to go through your home. Pick one room and do them all in a row. Save the bathroom and floors for last. They will be the hardest hit!

Escape the Ordinary this summer season! Check out the strongest, best smelling trash bags for all your seasonal needs, the best party cleanup tips we know, and an awesome recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. You'll be all ready to throw the greatest party ever, and to have the best cleanup too! #ad #MyColorScents

Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops:

Ingredients:

8 Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
11 oz. pkg. Vanilla Baking Chips
16 Wooden Popsicle Sticks
½ cup chocolate candy pieces, patriotic colors
Assortment of Sprinkles—patriotic and rainbow sprinkles, rainbow balls, etc.

Directions:

1 – First, cut off about a fourth of the top of each wooden stick. You can opt not to do this step if you don’t mind a longer stick, but I wanted my sticks a little shorter.

2 – Remove the paper from the ice cream sandwiches and cut each one in half.

3 – Push a stick into the cut end of each ice cream sandwich making sure to stop so the stick doesn’t pop through the top. Lay these on a parchment lined baking sheet and put in the freezer for about 20 minutes to harden them back up.

4 – Pour about half the white chips into a small bowl and melt in the microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring between each one until fully melted.

5 – Dip the corner of each ice cream sandwich into the melted chocolate. I dipped them in almost halfway at a diagonal. Quickly sprinkle on the candy pieces or sprinkles and lay them back on the baking sheet.

6 – After I dipped about half my ice cream sandwiches, the chocolate started to seize up, so I discarded that and melted the other half of my white chocolate. Finish dipping the rest of the sandwiches and get them back into the freezer as quickly as you can because they will start to get melty.

7 – You can serve these in about an hour after they are solid again or leave in the freezer overnight to serve the next day.

Escape the Ordinary this summer season! Check out the strongest, best smelling trash bags for all your seasonal needs, the best party cleanup tips we know, and an awesome recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. You'll be all ready to throw the greatest party ever, and to have the best cleanup too! #ad #MyColorScents

Escape the Ordinary this summer season! Check out the strongest, best smelling trash bags for all your seasonal needs, the best party cleanup tips we know, and an awesome recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. You'll be all ready to throw the greatest party ever, and to have the best cleanup too! #ad #MyColorScents

Escape the Ordinary this summer season! Check out the strongest, best smelling trash bags for all your seasonal needs, the best party cleanup tips we know, and an awesome recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. You'll be all ready to throw the greatest party ever, and to have the best cleanup too! #ad #MyColorScents

Escape the Ordinary this summer season! Check out the strongest, best smelling trash bags for all your seasonal needs, the best party cleanup tips we know, and an awesome recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. You'll be all ready to throw the greatest party ever, and to have the best cleanup too! #ad #MyColorScents

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What’s your favorite party cleanup tip?

Escape the Ordinary this summer season! Check out the strongest, best smelling trash bags for all your seasonal needs, the best party cleanup tips we know, and an awesome recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Pops. You'll be all ready to throw the greatest party ever, and to have the best cleanup too! #ad #MyColorScents

Unicorn Fudge as Part of Our Unicorn Series

This is a unicorn party food fit for a unicorn kid, or any kid or adult, for that matter. What's not to love with pretty food in pretty colors + SPRINKLES!

Here is part 3 (of at least 4) of our Scarlet-inspired Unicorn Recipes.

Earlier this week we’ve had Unicorn Smoothie Bowls and Unicorn Pancakes. Both are excellent and colorful breakfasts and now we’re moving onto desserts and party recipes. Stay tuned as well for Unicorn Bark, because a girl can never have too much bark. I seriously tell myself that sometimes. Over here, Scarlet had an awesome birthday! In lieu of our usual giant, back-breaking party, she had a few friends over for pizza, Harry Potter jellybeans (GROSS), and a cool, wonderful cake.

She had started theater camp on her birthday and we didn’t want to give up any of that. Yesterday I picked her up from camp and we did a birthday tour where you get a free rose, a free pin, two free chocolates, and a free ice cream sundae.

Now here’s another Scarlet-inspired Unicorn Recipe. Unicorn Fudge! It’s so good! We love to watch the fudge makers (if that’s the term?) make fudge at Penney Patch Candies in Provincetown on Cape Cod. That’s one of our annual delights. In fact, we’ll be going there really soon. The smell of the fudge is intoxicating. We don’t have the fancy fudge equipment here.

We make do, and you will too!

Unicorn Fudge:

What You Need:

6 oz white fondant
Cornstarch for rolling
2 cups white chocolate
2 cups milk chocolate
1 cup condensed milk
1 cup sprinkles of your choice

Yields: 10 to 12 squares of fudge

What You Do:

1 – Line a rectangular pan with wax paper and set aside. Also, line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside

2 – Start by rolling 12 fondant spheres, about ¼ of an inch in diameter. You can use your cornstarch on your fingers to avoid the fondant from getting stuck

3 – Then, roll each sphere into a long strip, about 1 ½ inch in length

4 – Slightly fold over your strip and start twisting – this will act as your unicorn horn

5 – Gently place each one on your lined baking sheet.

6 – In two separate microwave-safe bowls, microwave each chocolate in 30-second intervals until completely melted

7 – In a small saucepan, warm condensed milk over medium heat but do not allow to boil

8 – Add condensed milk into melted white chocolate and stir

9 – Pour into lined rectangular pan and tap to even it out

10 – Pour sprinkles on top of fudge, place fondant horns, and chill for approximately 3 hours. Cut into 3 inch squares

This is a unicorn party food fit for a unicorn kid, or any kid or adult, for that matter. What's not to love with pretty food in pretty colors + SPRINKLES!

And there you have it. Unicorn Fudge! Colorful fudge. Party fudge. Whatever you want to call it, it’s super fun. And the unicorn horns are the cutest, right? Working with fondant is a lot easier than I ever thought, with such possibility.

This is a unicorn party food fit for a unicorn kid, or any kid or adult, for that matter. What's not to love with pretty food in pretty colors + SPRINKLES!

What’s your favorite kind of fudge?

This is a unicorn party food fit for a unicorn kid, or any kid or adult, for that matter. What's not to love with pretty food in pretty colors + SPRINKLES!