How to Throw a Back to School Party

This post is sponsored by I Love Ice Cream Cakes. All thoughts, photos and ice cream cake love are my own.

We decided to throw a back to school party to celebrate all of the fun changes. See the 3 fun things we did to make this a success! #ad #IceCreamCakeBreak

As you know, back to school is a big deal around here.

We had a bit of a rocky first week of school. For one, school never starts before Labor Day for the northeast, but it started on August 30th this year! For another thing, Scarlet wound up with a high fever after one day of school and missed the second day of school, and essay writing assessment that day. She LOVES writing. I know she will be able to make it up this week on the first “real week of school” but I was sad for her. As for Des, he is rocking first grade so far. Life is pretty great when your best bud is in your class, your great preschool friend is now in your class, and your awesome next door neighbor is no longer the librarian – she’s now your teacher. All in all, we think we have a lot to celebrate with this new school year.

That’s why we decided to throw a back to school party to celebrate the new year with a few close friends. Here are the simple elements…

our favorite ice cream cakes

1 – First, food. We’ll get to dessert in a bit because that’s obviously the most important thing, but I thought it would be so much fun to recreate a “best of school lunch” meal. I even put them on plates with trays, like cafeteria trays! For us, we did grilled cheese on wheat bread, pineapple chunks, and potato tots. Couldn’t you absolutely see it on a school lunch menu?

How cute is that?

We decided to throw a back to school party to celebrate all of the fun changes. See the 3 fun things we did to make this a success! #ad #IceCreamCakeBreak

2 – Second, the activity. We made summer memory jars! They were such fun. We took a fun apple-themed mason jar and then wrote out our favorite summer memories to place in the jar. They could be very specific or just two words. Anything goes for this. Then at the end of the party, we took out all the pieces of paper from the jar and read them aloud.

We decided to throw a back to school party to celebrate all of the fun changes. See the 3 fun things we did to make this a success! #ad #IceCreamCakeBreak

Making Summer Memory Jars

Making Summer Memory Jars

Making Summer Memory Jars

3 – And most importantly, the CAKE! My mom raised me right in that a party needs ice cream and cake, so when you have ice cream cake? That’s perfection! Our back to school party was on the bigger side, so we picked up TWO yummy ice cream cakes from I Love Ice Cream Cakes on my weekly grocery store run. I wanted to find I Love Ice Cream Cakes products near me so I used this product locator. It was as simple as that to plan and pick up!

What we got!

What a hit! I honestly think this made for such a special party. The kids were in heaven! I love that I Love Ice Cream Cakes offers a variety of delicious cakes, and they’re sold in grocery stores nationwide. They are super family friendly, and everyone finds a flavor to love. Des picked out a Carvel® Ice Cream Cookie Cake, and Scarlet chose the OREO® Ice Cream Cake for her friends. You can find such great ice cream cakes, that include nostalgic cakes from Carvel along with delicious and seasonal treats like the OREO one, and even a college football cake! Many wonderful finds in our grocery store freezer.

We got our ice cream cakes at BigY grocery store in the frozen aisle.

I Love Ice Cream Cakes showcases delicious frozen ice cream cakes for all occasions, in many different styles and sizes, conveniently available in grocery stores nationwide in the bakery or freezer section.

I Love Ice Cream Cakes showcases delicious frozen ice cream cakes for all occasions, in many different styles and sizes, conveniently available in grocery stores nationwide in the bakery or freezer section.

I Love Ice Cream Cakes showcases delicious frozen ice cream cakes for all occasions, in many different styles and sizes, conveniently available in grocery stores nationwide in the bakery or freezer section.

So, I Love Ice Cream Cakes have delicious frozen ice cream cakes for all occasions, and they come in many different styles and sizes. You can conveniently find them in grocery stores nationwide – in the bakery or freezer section. Tasty, ready-to-serve ice cream cake treats that are easily picked up on weekly grocery store runs? Total simplicity! We love to use ice cream cakes for many celebrations and gatherings – like football parties, birthdays, graduations, or even just cheering each other up. I think the back to school party will become a new tradition for us every year. It gives us all a big thing to look forward to at the end of the summer.

Fun info for your back to school party:

The OREO Premium Ice Cream Cake is a dessert to start a party! It has vanilla-flavored ice cream blended with OREO cookie pieces plus whipped icing topped with a large OREO cookie wafer and OREO cookie pieces. It serves up to 12 guests! As for the Carvel Ice Cream Cookie Cake, it has vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two giant chocolate chip cookies and then rolled in famous Carvel crunchies. Bonus that it can be easily personalized for any occasion. Make sure you join the Crunchie Club, where you’ll get product news, coupons, and other info! Join here with this link (and get a $5 coupon just for signing up). And check out all of these tasty desserts here.

We decided to throw a back to school party to celebrate all of the fun changes. See the 3 fun things we did to make this a success! #ad #IceCreamCakeBreak

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We decided to throw a back to school party to celebrate all of the fun changes. See the 3 fun things we did to make this a success! #ad #IceCreamCakeBreak

Back to School Treats: Twinkie Pencils

In terms of back to school treats, these Twinkie Pencils are the cutest ever! They're easy to make and will be perfect for a back to school party at home!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you that these are among the cutest recipe inventions I’ve ever done.

And with tomorrow starting our first full week of school, I figured I’d be writing about back to school treats as much as possible. We had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Cassidy was in Denver seeing three Phish concerts, and a whole lot of good friends, and we had our own mini adventures at the Three County Fair and with a 7-kid playdate. Yeah, I’m not positive I’d recommend that – unless you want broken things in your house? And an empty fridge. Worth it, though, because we had our own back to school party! And what’s a back to school party without incredible back to school treats?

Back to School Treats: Twinkie Pencils

Twinkie Pencils:

What You Need:

1 Box Hostess Twinkies
10 Hershey Kisses
1 Pkg. Strawberry Marshmallows
6 oz. Wilton Candy Melts, White
2 oz. Wilton Candy Melts, Black
Foil

ingredients for back to school treats: twinkies pencils

What You Do:

1 – In a small bowl, melt the white chocolate according to package directions

2 – Unwrap all the Twinkies and trim a little off one end of each one so it tapers to a blunt point like a pencil

3 – Dip each tapered end into the melted chocolate so that it covers about a quarter of the Twinkie – set these on a parchment lined baking sheet

4 – Unwrap the Hershey Kisses and stick one on each chocolate end of the Twinkies so it looks like the lead point of a pencil – let these set until the chocolate hardens

5 – Take 10 marshmallows and cut about ¼ of the end off each one and discard

6 – Put a dot of melted white chocolate on the cut side of each marshmallow

7 – Cut a sliver off the other end of each Twinkie and press a marshmallow to each end and let them set for a few minutes until the chocolate is set

8 – Cut 10 pieces of foil about 4” x 1” and fold each piece in half lengthwise

10 – Wrap a foil piece around the crack where the marshmallow and the Twinkie meet

11 – Put a dot of melted white chocolate on one end of foil piece and attach the other end to it so the foil fits tightly – do this with all the foil pieces

12 – Melt the black chocolate per package directions and put it into a small plastic baggie

13 – Cut the tip off a corner and pipe a small number 2 on top each Twinkie back by the foil

Twinkie Pencils Step 1

Twinkie Pencils Step 2

Twinkie Pencils Step 3

Twinkie Pencils

In terms of back to school treats, these Twinkie Pencils are the cutest ever! They're easy to make and will be perfect for a back to school party at home!

So, on a scale of 1 to cute, how do these back to school treats rate?

In terms of back to school treats, these Twinkie Pencils are the cutest ever! They're easy to make and will be perfect for a back to school party at home!